Georgia Addiction Treatment Center Staff

 

At Georgia Addiction Treatment Center, each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. We approach treatment from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities, allowing us to create a truly comprehensive, individualised treatment plan.

Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.

Cody Moniz

Case Manager

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

One day my mentor asked me a question. He said “what would you like to do with your life?”. After a week of deliberation I came back to him and replied “I think I’d like to help people.”. That simple question put me on the path of working in the field of recovery. As A person who is in recovery myself I feel that my own personal journey puts me in a unique position to help others who are just like me.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

We look at every individual who comes in this facility as just that, an individual. We do our best to try to work in the parameters of how to best suite every individual's needs. We look at everybody for what they are, which is Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters.

What is most rewarding part of your job?

They say that if you love what you do you never work a day in your life! I love everything here, from the residents who bring their own unique flair to the table, to my clinical team, who make every day a fun and new experience!

Cameron Carter

Director of Business Development

What drew you to working in the substance abuse field?

As an addict in recovery, my personal experience is what lead me into working in the field of substance abuse treatment. Wanting to work with those still struggling addicts and help them find the relief and serenity I now know is possible is what gives me purpose

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center Stand out?

What makes GATC stand out and actually what got me to come on board after working with another company for 5 years is the staff. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like family from day one. When I saw how that same “welcome to the family” approach was translated to the clients as well, I fell in love with GATC.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I’d have to say the two most rewarding parts of my job are, for one, seeing clients coming and going from group with a smile on their face, knowing that whether they know it yet or not, they are starting to experience the peace and serenity real recovery brings. Second is when I get to speak with a loved one that had almost given up all hope before getting their son, daughter, husband, wife, friend into GATC and hearing that they’re finally getting to sleep at night and that they’re so grateful for what’s happening in their loved ones life. One of my personal recovery goals is to help as many parents of struggling addicts as a way to make up for the hardships I, at one time, put mine through. So anytime I can help bring some peace into THEIR lives, I consider it a victory.

Keneshia Brown, MS

Primary Therapist

What drew you to working in the substance abuse field?

I’ve known from an early age that God has a special anointing over my life. I’ve always had the desire to help those who are unable to help themselves. My passion for substance abuse and mental health goes beyond just calling this a career. I look at this profession as a ministry

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

Our dedication to our clients well being.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I believe nothing beats the feeling you receive from making a difference in someone’s life. I enjoy getting to know the parts of people that may make others cringe. I enjoy challenging individuals to discover the why in their what. My purpose in life is to help those who are afraid to admit they need help due to the uncomfortable reality that it may bring. I would say giving my clients hope is the most gratifying part of my career.

Maxine Haynes

Client Care Coordinator

What drew you to working in the substance abuse field?

After struggling with substance abuse, myself, one of the most important responsibilities in my process in recovery is giving back to others who struggle with the same dilemma. I believe experience is the best teacher and as an example of how treatment saved my life, my goal is to be that beacon of hope that potentially saves someone’s life.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

Compassion and empathy displayed by our staff are one of the most prominent characteristics which sets our facility aside from others. The dedication, support, and teamwork given to clients reflects the outcome of their experience during their time with us.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Watching someone enter our facility completely broken and hopeless, becoming willing to participate in bettering themselves, witnessing growth, change, and continuous abstinence is the most rewarding part of my job.

Marc Wiltshire

Admissions Coordinator

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

I was able to create a life of recovery at 22 years old and it is what gave me my life back. Working to bring anybody who walks through our doors the opportunity to do the same brings me joy.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

The extensive knowledge about the disease of addiction and alcoholism and the understanding each staff member has makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out. Coming into work is a different atmosphere we feel we give the best opportunity for a person struggling to learn and live, while assimilating back into the family dynamic as well being significant members of the community and workplace.

What is most rewarding part of your job?

There are countless rewards that come- often daily. Being able to see someone come in day one and completely change the landscape of their life is a blessing to witness, but I think the connections made along the way and getting to know families and being a support in treatment and beyond is the most rewarding experience to be apart of.

Debbie Ray, LPC

Clinical Director

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

After working for 7 years working at a facility that helped children and their families, I wanted to learn more about addiction so that I could begin to be more proactive in stopping the disease from destroying families. I love working with this population of clients and seeing their successes.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

I never worked in a facility where the staff were so willing to go above and beyond. The teamwork and energy here is amazing!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When a patient comes to treatment it is one of the hardest things they will ever do. Watching them go through the struggle is difficult but so necessary to help them get to the other side. Being able to see them every day make strides in changing their lives is huge!

Jarret Stone

Southeastern Regional Director of Business Development

What drew you to working in the substance abuse field>

As an active member in the recovery community, my journey began in this field inadvertently when I made the decision to get clean in 2014. After celebrating my first year in recovery I began to peruse my desire to help other addicts, like myself, obtain and sustain sobriety by working as a behavioral health technician. This is where I was able to find my true passion, which lied in community outreach. I realized that I have the ability to help others who are struggling harness their true potential. Since 2015 I have had the fortune of helping men and women in becoming better versions of themselves.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

Georgia Addiction Treatment Center is one of the branches of Amatus Health; a large behavioral health company. GATC operates with the resources of a large behavioral health company while uniquely maintaining its integrity and individuality as a community resource for substance abuse and mental health.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

By far the most rewarding part of my job, is having the ability to watch the metamorphosis of these men and women that come into our program as you watch them grow. I have seen men who have dropped out of high school, successful get their GED and enroll in college; I have seen a woman that had lost custody of her child come through our program and learn the tools and skills she needed to be a mother to her daughter and ultimately regain custody of her child. These are the real gifts of being in recovery, working in this field, and working for Georgia Addiction Treatment Center.

Jesse Stone

Executive Director

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

The work that is done in the field of substance abuse is work that is far more rewarding than anything money can buy. Through my own journey of recovery, I have found that satisfaction of watching someone transform into the best version on themselves eclipses any other ambition I have ever had. I could not see myself doing anything else, and for that, I know that this is what I am meant to do.

What makes your facility stand out?

There are not enough great things that I can say about Georgia Addiction Treatment Center. From the dedicated staff that are willing to go above and beyond for every person that walks through our doors, to the family atmosphere that is exuded in staff and clients alike. But if I were to pinpoint one element that separates our program from others, it would be the natural splendor that one can only find Georgia. The scenic mountains and lakes amplify the vibrance of the landscape in a way that cannot be ignored. Georgia Addiction Treatment Center believes in promoting a nourishing atmosphere for those to recover in and our location certainly helps accomplish that goal.

What is most rewarding part of your job?

I can without a doubt say that I am extremely fortunate to hold the position that I hold. The most rewarding part of my job is watching a person successfully complete our program and seeing the light come back into their eyes. It is said that addicts live two lives in one lifetime and having a place at the turning point of that timeline is worth its weight in gold.

Kimberly Whitner, NCC, LAPC

Primary Therapist

What drew you into your work with substance abuse?

People begin using drugs and alcohol for many reasons, but no one uses them with the intent of developing a problem. Addiction causes a whirlwind, sucking in family, close friends and communities. Extending a hand to someone in addiction can be so far-reaching that you could change the life of that person, their family, friends or community.

What is most meaningful about your work?

What is most meaningful when working with my clients is partnering with them in the commitment to work towards long-term sobriety. It is most rewarding to see the despair melt from their faces, to be replaced with the glow of hope, pride and excitement for their future!

What about your facility stands out?

At East Point, I have witnessed lives transformed and hope restored. Clients receive treatment in a structured, therapeutic environment that exudes a culture of family-orientation, which is a breeding ground for change.

Andrew Widota

Director of Operations

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

The main reason that I wanted to work in the treatment field is a prior struggle with addiction. I try to help those how I was helped when I needed it.

What makes your facility stand out?

Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stands out because 100% of our staff cares about our patients. Not one patient doesn't receive the care they need.

What is most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our patients succeed in life.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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