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BJ

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My name is BJ. I’m an alcoholic and drug addict. I have currently been clean for 1 year, 6 months, 28 days. Like most people, I had a heavy drinking and drug problem. One day I decided it was time for me to get help. In doing so I started getting help by going to the VA Hospital, they in turn sent me out to a drug rehabilitation center. I was there for approximately two and a half months. Then they transferred me to a place called Gateway, due to the fact that I was a homeless veteran. While at Gateway, they sent me to DeKalb Addiction Clinic. DAC taught me how to handle triggers and how to learn to not want to drink. I also learned coping skills for getting back into society as a productive individual.

Since that time I have been clean over a year or so now. I am now currently attending college and will be graduating in the next two to three months. I have a bachelor’s degree in music, and I will be getting an associates degree in graphic design. I’ve also been offered a tenure at a very prestigious photography college in Massachussets. Due to the fact that I’ve gotten off drugs, I have my own place, I have my own car and I’m in the process of looking to buy my own home here soon.

I also learned how to reach out to people when you need a hand. You’ve got to throw all your doubts and fears away and just not be afraid to say, ‘I need help.’ I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t asked for it that day. I learned the true meaning of what it is to be a productive individual. Now I want give back and help others to get where I’ve already gotten.

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DeKalb CSB Selects New Developmental Disability Director

DeKalb Community Service Board has named Keith Ricketson the new Director of Developmental Disabilities Services. Since 1974, Keith has assumed various positions with increasing responsibilities serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in communities in Maryland, New Hampshire, California and Massachusetts. Most recently, Keith served as Director of Operations for BAMSI – Developmental Disabilities/Brain Injury Day and Residential Services in Brockton, MA for more than 13 years. Keith’s work experience includes positions with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health as well as leadership positions with various local affiliates of The Arc.

“I am very excited to be in Georgia and working with DeKalb CSB,” Ricketson said. “I have many years of experience designing and providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and working in several states. I look forward to lending some of that experience to DeKalb CSB.  Coming from the frigid north, the weather doesn’t hurt either.”

Ricketson resides in Alpharetta with his wife and daughter who is going into middle school. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and going to the beach.

Mailing: PO Box 1648, Decatur, GA 30031
General information: 404.294.3834
Appointments, referrals and crisis support: 404.892.4646

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