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

We Got This!

Do you have a special person in your life or perhaps a group of people that mean a great deal to you? Groups could be the folks you work with perhaps or your church, and hopefully us? Are you struggling with finding that perfect gift? No worries—we’ve got you covered! Custom cornhole boards are what … Continued

The Extension Receives a Three Year CARF Accreditation

With the help of funding from the Rotary Club of Marietta (, The Extension was awarded a three year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This put us in the top tier of all organizations receiving CARF accreditation, a distinction that can rightfully be considered as the best of the best. … Continued

The Gift of Desperation

The gift of desperation is a beautiful thing.  How you gain it is another story.  My life has never been a fairy tale but I can say I was blessed with a large family that loved me from day one the best they knew how.  I was the first child and grandchild so to say … Continued

My Journey of Recovery

It was a pretty spring day in May two-and-a-half years ago. Mother’s Day weekend. I found myself sitting in a conference room at a recovery center in another state. I was attending a family workshop with a dozen other strangers sharing the awful bond of having an adult child in treatment for drug addiction. The … Continued

Making the Transition…

I came to The Extension April 18, 2016, completely broken, hating myself and ready for something different. Having just served close to 9 months in jail, I was humble and willing to do anything to never have to go back! I had lived a “normal life” before my active addiction, owned a home, was married … Continued

The Extension Women’s Campus Needs Your Help!

Currently, we have one 15 passenger van that is shared between the Men’s and the Women’s campuses. The Men’s campus has a capacity of 47 beds, and the Women’s has a capacity of 20 beds. That’s a lot of people sharing one van! Due to lack of transportation, the women have had difficulties participating in … Continued

Come Grow with Us

This spring at The Extension Barbara J. Crafton Center (our women’s campus), we are organizing a community garden project! We are calling the project “Community Roots”. We have a beautiful garden space with raised beds that were built as part of an Eagle Scout project. We came up with a great idea that will use … Continued