Three Resources to Help Mental Health and Addiction/Recovery Issues During COVID 19 From the GA Council on Substance Abuse

As we move deeper into the COVID-19 national emergency, secondary medical issues begin to manifest themselves. Isolation is the number one factor in recovery from both addiction and mental health issues. Combined with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, it is essential Georgia address the inevitable mental health and addiction / recovery issues which will grow themselves.

The opposite of addiction is human connection. The longer people are isolated, the greater the possibility of return to use, and given that early recovery is very fragile, people seeking recovery need to know there are those of us out here who are successfully living in recovery.

The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse wants to share these three free virtual opportunities for Georgians to connect during COVID-19. We invite you to share these in your newsletter for your employees / members who are looking for information during this challenging time.

Additionally, our Executive Director, Neil Campbell, and Chief of Policy, Jeff Breedlove are available as guest on your virtual town halls to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and addiction recovery community in Georgia. As you know, this population in well into the millions statewide and people are seeking answers and solutions. Contact Jeff Breedlove at 404-615-5735 or to have Neil and/or Jeff as a guest.

Virtual All Recovery Meetings

GCSA Virtual All Recovery Meetings are free and open to anyone who needs to connect about any issue related to any type of recovery issue.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday twice a day at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Friday at 7:00 PM

Join the Zoom meeting via laptop click hyperlink below

Meeting ID: 695 949 293

Join via telephone dial 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 695 949 293

The CARES Warm Line

The CARES Warm Line is OPEN for calls. Call the CARES Warm Line at 844-326-5400. Georgia Council on Substance Abuse peer recovery coaches are answering the phones for calls or texts, from 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM, seven days per week.

The CARES Warm Line is FREE, confidential, and available to anyone who has questions about addiction and recovery, needs someone to listen to them, or just needs to communicate with someone who is also in recovery from Substance Use Disorders.

Recovery Town Halls

COVID-19 Recovery Town Hall hosted by Neil Campbell of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse with a recovery update from Jeff Breedlove.

EVERY Wednesday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Join Zoom via laptop or tablet click hyperlink below

Meeting ID: 695 949 293

Join via telephone dial 646 876 9923

People in recovery from mental health and substance use issues are facing a particularly challenging time without access to their community supports. It is essential Georgia listen and respond to the needs of our behavioral health recovery community to prevent unnecessary demands on Georgia’s health care system.