Igniting Recovery thru Art

Igniting Recovery thru Art

“Artistic expression is one way that people recovering from addiction and mental health disorders can support their own recovery.” – James Guffey, event coordinator

Of the dozens of recovery events held in Georgia during the month of September, one of the most unique was a showcase of art and talent produced by the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN). The program, held at The Solarium in Decatur, featured works by visual artists, a film screening, and performances by poets, musicians, and singers.


Speakers included Neil Campbell, executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance

Abuse, and GMHCN Executive Director Sherry Jenkins Tucker. Event coordinator James Guffey credits planning committee members Sam Rapier, Roslind Hayes, and Mariam Abdul-Aziz for the success of the event, which attracted 100 guests.

DBHDD’s Office of Addictive Diseases sponsored recovery events across Georgia through a contract with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is a non-profit corporation founded in 1991 by consumers of state services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive

Diseases. The organization evolved from a meeting of 30 consumer leaders to over 4000 members statewide.

SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month is designed to raise awareness and increase

Understanding about issues related to addiction and mental health as a way to celebrate those in recovery.  The theme for 2015 was Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!