Jordan Hussey is a person in long-term recovery and makes it her life’s mission to help others who facing similar struggles. During her early recovery from Substance Use Disorder, she found many people didn’t talk about recovery, wellness or the resources that are available. Today, Jordan speaks about that struggle and uses her experience to advocate and empower others and to connect them with the resources they may need.
Before joining J’s Place, she worked with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Peer Recovery Coach at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Prior to this she was a Substance Abuse Tech at Twin Lakes Recovery Center.
She is Certified as a Peer Specialist in Addictive Diseases, Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist, in Medication Assisted Treatment and Trauma Informed Care as well as Whole Health Action Management.
As a person in long-term recovery, Greg has been a championing advocate for behavioral health and substance abuse. When Greg served in the Army as a field medic during the Gulf War era, he came back with PTSD. “Back then it was called shell-shocked; I absolutely knew nothing about what I had been experiencing. ” My life was literally out of my hands.”
After seeking mental health treatment, Greg started attending support groups for his sobriety, creating a great support network and has remained sober ever since. His accomplishments and trainings include, Certified Peer Specialist-Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, and Opioid Risk Assessment, Mitigation, and Management. These are just a few of the talents that he brings to J’s Place.
Greg is all about spreading the knowledge and awareness of recovery to help struggling peers. He is a firm believer that change is possible for those who allow themselves the opportunity to do so. Getting peers connected to services is his life’s passion. A willingness to share his experiences of hope and resiliency guide him as he supports others who are need the gifts of recovery. He invites you to come celebrate the power of recovery through community outreach.
Rebecca Wagner is a person in long-term recovery. Being a native to the Northeast Georgia area, strengthening her community is very near and dear to her heart. She says, “it is an incredibly rewarding experience serving the community in which I took so much away from.”
Early in Rebecca’s recovery journey, she found she had a passion for helping other’s reach their own individual recovery goals. However, Rebecca recognizes that addiction impacts so many more than just the individual and is a firm believer in applying a holistic approach to recovery with the family component. “Addiction has a ripple effect. Family members need to recover too. Support, education, and establishing a new family dynamic is key to a successful recovery. In healing as a collective, we are able to restore families and strengthen communities.”
Before joining J’s Place, Rebecca worked for Acceptance Recovery Center and Community Recovery Center, as well as an internship at the DIVAS Who Win Freedom Center in Athens, Ga. She is certified as a Peer Support Specialist in both Mental Health and Addictive Disease, a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist, and has training in Medically Assisted Treatment, Trauma Informed Care, and Wellness Recovery Action Planning. She is actively pursuing her National Certified Peer Support Specialist certification.
Katie Dunagan is a woman in long term recovery who’s finally living her dream. Katie is a peer recovery coach and a native of Gainesville Georgia. She loves this community and is passionate about helping those that are struggling with substance use disorder. She has achieved many of her lifetime goals during sobriety. After graduating from Hall Co. Drug Court in 2013, she discovered her passion for helping others. She went back to college in 2016 and graduated from UNG in 2020 with a B.S. in psychology and sociology. She would also like to become a Level 2 Certified Addiction Counselor. Her focus is to help other addicts navigate their recovery. Addiction affects every community, and Katie wants to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and to make recovery the expectation in the Hall County Community.
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