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Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.  Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.

“Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

This report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future. It provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions, and promote recovery.

Download the report here.

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Join us for Addiction Recovery Awareness Day: ARAD

Join DeKalb CSB and the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse in celebrating Addiction Recovery Awareness Day @ the GA State Capitol on January 14, 2016!

Schedule of Events:
  • 8:30-9:15am- Breakfast GROUP 1
  • 9:30-10:15am- Breakfast GROUP 2
  • 10:00-11:00am- Visit your State Legislatorsand/or gather in the galleries for Recovery Proclamation reading
  • 11:30am- RALLY!! Gather in the Rotunda of the South Wing to hear the event speakers and rally for RECOVERY!

Join us and #Rally4Recovery

Click here to learn more.


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Avoiding Holiday Temptations

For those in recovery, New Year’s Eve can be the hardest holiday to stay sober through. Celebrations are often filled with friends, family, drugs, alcohol and pressure.

Here are some tips for avoiding the temptation to relapse during the holidays.

  • Make a plan. Schedule a 12-step meeting, or at least a call to your sponsor, before and after key holiday events and parties.
  • Be discriminating. Accept invitations for events that will put you together with people who will support your sobriety. Shun those where you know people will be drinking excessively or taking drugs.
  • Keep your hands full — of a safe drink of your choice. Prepare and hold your own beverage to avoid friends shoving alcoholic drinks at you.
  • Choose your company. Stay away from people you know are going to offer you alcohol or drugs. And avoid or walk away from people who make you angry or bring you down.
  • Stay strong. Fortify your emotional defenses by stepping up your fitness program. Get plenty of rest. Eat well and exercise. Take time to relax. A few moments of meditation works wonders in terms of relieving stress.
  • Get Outta There. Have an excuse ready to exit a gathering at which you feel uncomfortable, so you can leave on a moment’s notice without offending anyone. People understand there are always a lot of chores to do around the holidays and will give you a pass.
  • Give thanks. Year’s end is the perfect time to reflect on the things and people for which we are grateful. Put yourself at the top of the list, for the incredible achievement of staying sober for how many days or months it has been. Taking time to own and savor your accomplishment will help keep you firmly on your path.

For additional assistance with substance use contact DeKalb CSB at 404-892-4646.

Happy Holidays!


Cutler, Steve. “Avoiding Relapse Over the Holidays.”Http://www.delraybeachiop.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.


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DeKalb CSB Joins Hundreds at the State Capitol for Addiction Recovery Awareness Day

ATLANTA, Georgia – February 4, 2015 – DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) joined the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and a host of advocates and community representatives at the capitol on Thursday to celebrate recovery.

Those in attendance included individuals in recovery, prevention providers, community partners, family members and allies.  During the morning activities, supporters attended the Recovery Messaging Training where speakers shared their testimonies on how they managed to overcome addictions despite the challenges placed against them.

“Recovery changed my life!  Today it has been thirteen years, seven months, and twelve days since I’ve had my last drug or drink,” said Tony Sanchez, long term recovery supporter.  “Today I am a homeowner, I am employed, I have insurance, I vote, and I am the proud grandfather to a wonderful four year old boy.”

In addition to the messages of recovery and triumph, partners from Georgia Overdose Prevention celebrated the passage of the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law.  Since being passed in April of last year, over 170 lives have been saved.  The law allows victims and witnesses to seek help from the police when experiencing an overdose without the threat of criminal penalties.  Instead of suffering in silence or running away from potential help, the Georgia Overdose Prevention Organization encourages those suffering with addiction or witnessing it to seek help without fear.

“I am jazzed up about the celebration of our recovery,” said Neil Campbell, Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. “Remember to speak out, not about the mess, but about the beauty of recovery.”

At the close of the morning activities, supporters gathered inside of the capitol, alongside legislators, to rally for recovery and the importance of creating a state where all people have opportunities to get and stay well.

DeKalb CSB offers a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic located at 455 Winn Way in Decatur, Georgia.  The program helps 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 urine drug screening, and/or family treatment sessions and case management in a structured, clinical setting.

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 10,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).   For more information, visit www.dekcsb.org or call 404.508.7875.

 Gary Richey, DeKalb CSB Chief Executive Officer and R. Derril Gay, Ph.D