Letting Go of Toxic Relationships

  Life skills classes are an important part of our program at The Extension. Learning to interact with others, and with ourselves, in a healthy way is a skill that we can all improve on. Charmon Talley is the Executive Director of the Georgia Association Recovery Residences (GARR), a certified Substance  Abuse Professional (SAP), and … Continued

Love Saved My Life

Being a male homosexual meth junkie, the idea of living with 47 guys for my first year of recovery was uncomfortable.  On the streets and in particular rooms, I was told that I should find a program amongst men of “my own kind”.  That this and only this was the route to my recovery.  There … Continued

For You, For Me, For Us

I started partying and had my first kid at 16. I come from a real dysfunctional home, both my parents are alcoholics. I was 21-22 the first time I tried cocaine. At the beginning it was just on the weekends. It started getting out of hand, so I stopped. Later, when I was working multiple … Continued

Ask A Counselor

Mr. Robert Jordan has been in the field of Addiction for eleven years. He studied under Dr. Diane Sherman, PhD and received his Certification of Addiction Counseling in 2013. Robert is a 10 year Naval Veteran originally from New Jersey and settled in Atlanta upon his Naval discharge and proudly calls it home.  Robert is … Continued

Thankful Thoughts

It’s the Holiday Season and we have arrived at the time of year when it’s customary to show thanks for those around you…. family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Those we love and cherish all deserve their moment in our schedule and life. As there is no greater gift than surrounding yourself with those who inspire … Continued

And the Winner Is…Those We Serve!

Every year (or so) we give out a couple of awards that recognize people who exemplify the commitment and love of all those who support The Extension. These awards are named for two people whose impact will be felt for generations. This year we gave out the awards at our annual Marietta Blues Bash, held … Continued

Monthly Giving

  Monthly Giving Makes Good “Cents” The holidays are the season of giving. Giving is good for your heart, your health, your relationships, and your community. You may not be a millionaire or be able to make a big impressive one-time donation, but you can make a significant difference in the lives of others just … Continued

Give Christmas Away!

Give Christmas Away! When I was little, Christmas around my house was always a big celebration. Generations of my family would gather Christmas Eve for a big formal dinner. After dinner, the family would pile into the living room to exchange gifts. One family member would be designated as “Santa” and would pass out the … Continued

Law & Order

Growing up, I developed self-discipline through ice-skating. Because I was overweight and naturally clumsy, ice-skating was particularly challenging. Starting at the age of eight, I learned how to really work hard for something. By the time I was thirteen, I joined the team representing my rink here in Georgia. I discovered what it meant to … Continued

My Name is Shawn

I entered in The Extension on September 1, 2017. I came in a broken man. The choices I made, trying to feed my addiction turned me into a monster. I became dishonest, a liar, and a selfish human being. My only concern was getting and using drugs and alcohol. I didn’t care who I had … Continued