Education Meeting Sep. 4 – Come hear Dawn’s story of recovery and how she is helping others in our community
We invite you to join us at our Education meeting on Sep. 4, 2018 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church 751 Green ST, Gainesville, GA Room 206. Our speaker will be Dawn Mullinax. Come hear Dawn’s story of recovery and how she is helping others in our community.
Dawn Mullinax is a person in long term recovery from substance use and mental health challenges. For her that means she has not used substances since March 2007 and has not used self-injurious behavior since 2011. Long term recovery has given her a life of hope and the ability to overcome life challenges without using substances.
Her natural instinct is to advocate for people seeking recovery and to help reduce stigma around addiction. Her life goal is to support any person trying to find his or her pathway to recovery. Working as an advocate has given Dawn the opportunity to share her story of recovery with others throughout Georgia, and demonstrate that it is possible for everyone to sustain long term recovery.
Dawn is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES 15) working for the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA) as a Recovery Coach, in partnership with Northeast Georgia Community Connections team in the emergency department. Dawn is also a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) through the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and has worked with other organizations in their innovative endeavors to include peers in the workforce for the past seven years. Her experience includes working with the Peer Support Wellness and Respite Center in White County, Region One Mobile Crisis and North Georgia Drug Court Systems. Her goal for the future is to complete the Georgia Certified Addiction Counseling Certification.
Dawn has lived in the North Georgia region for the past 30 years and has a strong love for the community. She continues to spread the word of recovery and lives her recovery out loud. She believes “with great collaboration about recovery comes great resiliency and wellness to that community.” She found her recovery by reaching out to the supports of this community and wants to give back to the community by doing her part to navigate others to those supports.
You can also find out more about NAMIWalks North Georgia on October 20, 2018, in Gainesville.