Promoting Holistic Recovery & Wellness


Training Details

Location Date Cost
306 Bradley St, Apr 26, 2019 $100 Admission
Carrollton Ga, 30117 8:30am - 4:30pm

Medication Assisted Treatment: What MH professional need to know

6 hours

The opioid crisis is in the news every day. We hear about overdoses, deaths, and lives destroyed. It’s just not on the news anymore. It is in our communities, neighborhoods, and families. This presentation will inform participants about the reality of medication assisted treatment not only for opioid addiction but also for alcoholism and other mental illnesses. Understanding the harm reduction model, how to implement a continuum of care, and the importance of using evidenced based approaches to treatment can save lives and support people to move into long term recovery.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the 4 types of medications used to treat addictions

  2. Participants will learn 3 components of harm reduction model

  3. Participants will be able to identity 2 ways to incorporate a continuum of care into their counseling practice

  4.  Participants will be able to differentiate myth from facts concerning medication assisted treatment



has worked 28 years in community mental health for the State of Georgia. She has specialized in working with people living with co-occurring disorders as well complex issues such as homelessness, severe poverty, legal problems, and poor health. Dawn has provided professional trainings on many topics including co-occurring disorders, recovery oriented systems of care, understanding addiction and recovery, MH/SA assessment and treatment planning, and suicide assessment and intervention at numerous professional conferences on the local, state, regional, and national levels. Dawn is living in long term recovery with a passion for helping others with their recovery process. Dawn is dedicated to bringing a holistic approach to recovery.


is a native of Eastern Tennessee, having graduated high school in Maryville, TN and then with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Zac received his graduate education in clinical social work from Walden University. Zac opened two outpatient opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Chatsworth, Georgia and Murphy, North Carolina. Zac served as Program Sponsor of both OTPs and served as Program Director of the OTP in Chatsworth, Georgia until August 2018 when both OTPs were acquired by BayMark Health Services/MedMark Treatment Centers. Zac continues to serve as the Treatment Center Director for MedMark Treatment Centers Chatsworth. Zac is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC II), a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS), and an Electronic Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (E-CADC) through ADACBGA; a Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CACII) through GACA; an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) through IC&RC; a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) through the Breining Institute; and a Certified Medication-Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA) through NAMA Recovery. Zac currently serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer and on the Certification Committee of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), and Zac serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG) – the Georgia state opioid treatment provider’s association and Georgia Chapter of AATOD. Zac has been a Recovery Month Planning Partner with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) since 2014. Zac lives in Dalton, Georgia with his partner of 5 years, their 15-year-old and 10-year-old sons, and their three dogs: Mary, Mocha, and Laylah.