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Carol Calvert

DeKalb CSB Employee Spotlight – Carol Calvert, LPC, DeKalb Addiction Clinic

This April, DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) proudly joins the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) to celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month.  Alcohol Awareness Month in a national call to action to focus on a comprehensive approach to promote recovery and reduce underage drinking.

Carol Calvert is a full time clinician and therapist at DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic (DAC).   In her role at DAC, Carol conducts patient assessments and leads individual and group therapy.  Carol’s goal is to teach individuals the skills that they need to cope with life’s circumstances without using substances.  Carol has worked in this profession for 30 years, spending 20 years in the Department of Corrections.

“What motivates me to continue with this work is seeing the repeated devastation that addiction causes in families and individuals,” states Carol.  “Despite what society tells us, addiction and substance use is a disease of the brain.  The brain changes and is literally hijacked by addiction leaving it incapable of functioning in a way that it should.  With the proper treatment and support however, people do recover.”

What sets the DAC program apart from other treatment programs is its holistic approach to substance use treatment; providing the right treatment for individuals dealing with co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorder refers to the coexistence of both mental health and a substance use disorders. According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014.

In addition to the holistic approach to substance use treatment, DAC also provides a number of treatment options and programs that cater to each individual’s needs.

12-Step Program
DAC’s 12-step program plays a critical role for clients.  “All of our clients are required as a part of treatment to attend 12-step meetings weekly to establish a network of sober support that will be with them long after they complete treatment,” states Carol.  “The 12-step program offers individuals a blueprint for living a sober life.”

Family Education Group
DAC’s Family Education Group is for family members (parents, children, spouses, and significant others) of individuals in treatment.  The group provides family members with education about the disease of addiction and provides a space for family members to talk about their concerns.  Family members also learn how to support their loved one in recovery.

Addictive Disease Support Services
DAC has recovery coaches available to provide additional support to individuals in treatment, outside of their day to day treatment program.  Recovery coaches assist with transporting individuals to therapy provide moral support to individuals during their recovery journey, and links them to resources available in the community.

Established in 1998, DeKalb CSB’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic has served as the primary location for the delivery of addiction services to individuals in need. Located at 455 Winn Way in Decatur, Georgia, the center offers a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs to help individuals move towards the goal of achieving and maintaining recovery from substance related and other mental health disorders. Treatment services include group counseling, individual counseling, skill building, education, random drug screening, family treatment sessions, and case management delivered in a warm and supportive setting.  Learn more by visiting us online at or calling 404-892-4646.

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HAMILTON - June 6, 1996 Illustration for teen drinking. Under age and under the influence: why do some teens drinks and how can parents deal with it? Story by Mary Pat Elliott Photo by Scott Gardner

Connecting the Dots

The need to provide meaningful education on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use here in Metro-Atlanta has never been greater. A few facts help to highlight that need:

  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading causes of crime among youth.
  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading factors in teenage suicide.
  • More than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

Young people, like adults, drink alcohol for many different reasons. Some of the reasons may seem obvious, but understanding the feelings behind these reasons – as well as how everyday teen life comes into play – can be difficult.

Young people often drink to check out from family problems or issues with school and grades; loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues can contribute; they may drink to deal with the pressures of everyday social situations, to change their image or to fit in when moving to a new school or town; to gain confidence or lose inhibitions.

As kids get older and alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs – and helping their kids to do the same.

Parents can be a primary source of positive and reliable information. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.

And it is important to take advantage of “teachable moments” when parents and other adults can help kids connect the dots about underage drinking and drug use. It’s not so much about having “the big talk,” but about being there for them when the issues come up – on TV, at the movies, on the radio; about celebrities or sports figures, or about their friends.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, here are some guidelines that can help parents talk about alcohol and drug use:

Listen before you talk: For kids, knowing that someone is really listening is most important. Ask open-ended questions. Be involved. Be honest and open. Be positive: talking about these issues can build bridges rather than walls. And remember, addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can be linked to family history and genetics. So, if you there is a family history of problems be matter of fact about it, as one would be with any other chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

“Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people,” says Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD, “and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drug use.”

So, this April DeKalb Community Service Board’s DeKalb Addiction Clinic is celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month by raising public awareness about underage drinking and encouraging parents to speak to their kids early and often about alcohol and other drugs.

For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month or the DeKalb Addiction Clinic contact 404-508-6430 or visit us online at

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Brighter DeKalb Foundation Selected as CBS46 Charity of the Month

The Brighter DeKalb Foundation was selected as CBS46 Atlanta’s Charity of the Month for the month of April 2017.  The Charity of the Month is part of CBS46 Chief Meteorologist Jim Kosek’s 3 Degree Guarantee launched in March 2015.

Monday through Friday on CBS46 News at 11, Jim delivers a guaranteed forecast that includes the high temperature for the following day. The next day on CBS46 News at 6pm they will compare the forecast high temperature to the actual high temperature. Each time their forecast high temperature is within three degrees of the actual high, CBS46 will donate $50 to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation.  Donations will support the needs of individuals living with mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities.

brighter-dekalb-logo-cmykEstablished in 2006, the Brighter DeKalb Foundation is a nonprofit organization in metro-Atlanta established to help youth and adults reclaim their lives by supporting the full continuum of behavioral health and developmental disability services provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board (DeKalb CSB).  The Brighter DeKalb Foundation’s mission is to promote, advance and support the services provided by DeKalb Community Service Board.

WGCL (CBS46) is devoted to making a difference in the community by partnering with nationally recognized and smaller non-profit charities.   We applaud their commitment to our mission and for bringing key issues in our community to light to make a difference.

Click here to learn more about CBS46’s Charity of the Month.

Click here to learn more about The Brighter DeKalb Foundation.

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

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