Frank’s Second Chance at Life

Group2Frank found himself at a crossroads and chose a path he will never regret. Three years ago, he sought mental health and substance abuse services from the DeKalb Community Service Board. This 41-year-old Decatur resident had struggled with addiction since 1981 and longed for a second chance at life.

Since February 2007, Frank has been clean and now spends his time helping others suffering with dual diagnosis, a condition resulting from a mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction.

In 2010, Frank was accepted to a training for the Georgia Certified Peer Support Project, an initiative of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. He passed the test and is now a Certified Peer Support Specialist to help others in recovery. To date, the CPS Project has trained and certified more than 550 individuals.

To help Frank achieve this goal, the DeKalb CSB Foundation awarded him a $300 matching scholarship for the training. Frank is pictured above after receiving the award from DeKalb CSB staff and board members at the Crossroads Open House.

“I meet people daily with disabilities and addiction. This training will help me to make a deeper impact on those I come in contact with. If I can recover with someone else giving me assistance and knowledge, then I can help someone else, too,” said Frank.

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