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Dawson County Recovery Fest

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Dawson County Friends of Recovery Hosts Recovery Fest to Raise Awareness of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders


Dawsonville, GA - Recognizing the societal benefits of recovery for Dawson County and to promote the widespread observance of National Recovery Month, Dawson County Friends of Recovery (D-FOR) hosted its inaugural Recovery Fest, which featured speakers, musical entertainment, a cookout, and area vendor displays. The event, which took place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Veterans Park, was intended to support people in recovery and draw attention to critical prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.


“Friends of Recovery wants to increase the community's awareness of the programs and benefits of Drug Court, DUI Court, and HELP Court in Dawson County,” said Carla Turner, D-FOR Chair. “We want to let the community know who we are, what we do, why we care, and how they can become involved. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by the drug epidemic in our country, and we want to let people know that the Treatment Courts are working. The programs combat addiction, reduce crime, ensure compliance, restore families, and save the taxpayers a lot of money.”

In existence for six years, D-FOR continues to strive to increase public awareness of programs and benefits of Dawson County’s accountability court programs. D-FOR aims to facilitate long-term sustainability for Treatment Court and the HELP Program, strategically sponsor services, and provide financial assistance to strengthen the stability of these programs.


Recovery Fest was part of Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The observance raises awareness of mental and/or substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

• Back row (from left to right): Alice Geier (Dawson County HELP Program Coordinator), Heather Herrington (Dawson County Treatment Court Coordinator), Judge Jason Deal (Dawson County Treatment Court), Sgt. Jennifer Wright (Dawson County Sheriff’s Office)

• Front row (from left to right): Chloe McClain, Cayla McClain (these ladies were responsible for dunking all four adults!)




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