Deb Bailey and the history of J’s Place

EPISODE 1: “The Journey”

We are so excited to introduce our new podcast. “The Journey.”  In these conversations, we will talk with people from our community to share wisdom, struggles and hope.  For our introductory episode, we sat down with Deb Bailey to take a look at how J’s Place got started. Deb is a faithful friend to the recovering community and was instrumental as the groundwork was laid for J’s Place to become a reality.

Soon, this podcast will be available on Spotify and Apple Podcast.  Until then, check this J’s Place web site for updates.

Hall Recovers

Hall Recovers is a night of awareness and remembrance of the loved ones that we have lost due to substance abuse.

Join us at the American Legion of Gainesville on 8/31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

To have your loved one named aloud, email Vanessa at

Old behavior vs a new way of living

by: Jordan Hussey, Executive Director

I struggled for years as most in my addiction with isolating and avoiding events with my family and old friends. I found myself only comfortable around people that used the way that I did and even more so completely by myself. When I finally found recovery, I didn’t know how to be around other people. Even in my own home, around my family, my anxiety and inability to just be got the best of me time and time again. I didn’t even know how to articulate what I was feeling or why.

What we know now is that isolation, while comfortable at times is not necessarily a healthy choice for us. We need others to grow, to learn and to keep us from making choices we shouldn’t. We believe that the opposite of addiction is not the abstinence of substances but is connection. Here at J’s Place we encourage you, no matter where you find yourself on the journey to recovery, to stretch from your norm. Come on in and be connected. Try something new and surround yourself with people who understand. We have new events and several meeting options to choose from. We want you to know that we are here.

Hocus Pocus Friday Fun Night Recap

A big thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our Friday Fun Night of watching Hocus Pocus out on the lawn! After waiting for the weather to cool down all Summer, the chill and fog rolled in just in time for us to watch  this Halloween classic together. Be on the lookout not only for ghouls and goblins but also for more Friday Fun Nights, happening weekly!


Mental Health First Aid 08.15.2019

Our event on Wednesday, August 15th is held in part by Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid is a ground breaking and nation-wide program that is meant to help everyone understand mental illnesses and disabilities, be able to discern signs of mental health problems, and overview their impacts and treatments.

“Mental Health First Aid allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find mental health help?” Participants are introduced to local mental health professionals and resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.” ©2019 National Council for Behavioral Health.

So come join us on Wednesday, August 15th, 2019 for our training to help all participants in a deeper understanding into what is meant by mental health.

Introduction to Human Trafficking: Awareness, Advocacy, and Action presented by Carter Brown

Come join us on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 Joy Kelleher, LCSW, CHP, CCEP, the CEO of Carter Brown USA while she presents to us the Introduction to Human Trafficking: Awareness, Advocacy, & Action.

The Key Objectives for this meeting are:

  1. Explore common approaches and profiles of traffickers.
  2. Discern systemic challenges hindering allocation of protective resources.
  3. Explore societal trends, biases, and prejudices that may inadvertently contribute to risk.
  4. Discover strategies that practitioners and parents can utilize to raise awareness and counteract trafficking efforts.
  5. Examine challenges for recovery and treatment of targeted individuals.

Joy has over 25 years of experience globally in behavioral health. This meeting is appropriate for social workers, clinicians, and other behavioral health providers in direct service, supervisory, and leadership roles.


Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: 11362 Juanita Ave., Gainesville, 30501

Cost: Free to attend; $20 for CE Credit



CARES workshop May 10

J’s Place will sponsoring a CARES Application Workshop on Friday, May 10th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Anyone interesting in applying for the CARES Academy is encouraged to attend. We are located at 1362 Juanita Avenue, Gainesville, GA  30501.  Lunch will be served. Let me know as soon as possible since space is limited.  If you have further questions, please send me an email or call me at 770-503-5137.