Gratitude • iThrive Recovery • Staff Spotlight • Upcoming & Ongoing
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The Benefits of Gratitude
As Thanksgiving arrives at the end of the month, many people take a few moments to concentrate on their blessings. Grace, gratitude, and expressions of thanks create happier times and better connect us to others, especially the people we love. Giving thanks—perhaps by writing a few sentences in a gratitude journal, or taking a moment to acknowledge all you have—can transform your life.

Amy Morin has identified lists seven scientifically proven benefits of acknowledging and expressing gratitude. In an article in Psychology Today, she writes:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Showing appreciation puts you in a better mood and can help you win friends. How? Thank a stranger for holding a door, acknowledge other people’s contributions to your project, write a thank you note. The possibilities are endless!
  2. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, and are more likely to take care of their health by exercising, eating well, and getting regular check ups.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health. It reduces toxic emotions such as envy, resentment, frustration, and regret. It increases happiness and decreases depression.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are less likely to retaliate or seek revenge, and more likely to experience sensitivity and empathy.
  5. Gratitude facilitates better sleep. Spending a few minutes writing grateful sentiments before bed may lead to better and longer sleep.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Grateful people are less resentful of others who have more money or better jobs and instead appreciate other’s accomplishments.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength. Research shows that gratitude plays a significant role in overcoming trauma and fostering resiliency.
iThrive Recovery
iThrive Recovery is an intensive outpatient treatment program for those seeking recovery from a substance use disorder. It has been operational for over two years and serves individuals 18 years old and up from an abstinence-based model, said director Fonta High.

We believe in many different pathways to recovery and offer recovery supports in line with this belief system that include Recovery Dharma, SMART Recovery® and acupuncture in addition to our 11 hours of group therapy and group skills facilitated by experienced master’s level licensed therapists each week. The therapists in the program take a person-centered approach in their work, helping each person to feel respected as they receive treatment in a confidential setting for a disease that is highly stigmatized in society. Each individual completing the program is equipped with a personalized recovery maintenance plan in addition to the skills to manage the disease of addiction as they begin to live life on life’s terms!

“I most enjoy the team camaraderie as I work together with compassionate therapists to help individuals in their journey towards health,” High said. “We help others combat the insidiousness of addiction that I’ve seen many others in the field shy away from!”
Staff Spotlight
Carolyn Boles
The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia welcomes Carolyn Boles to its administrative staff to work primarily with MaryBeth Hayes, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education.

What is your job title and what are your duties?

My job title is CPE Administrator. My duties are to be the first responder to applicants to the CPE resident and intern programs. I accomplish this by tracking application materials and organizing orientation sessions. In addition, I serve as the primary communicator to the CPE program faculty regarding the application processes. I also will assist MaryBeth Hayes, the CPE Director, in the upcoming Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) accreditation review.

Where are you from? What is your background?

I am originally from Statesboro Georgia—better known as the ‘Boro to the locals. This city carries the distinction of being the only place in the world with the name Statesboro—it’s a unique place for unique people. My professional background is in higher education, student engagement/mentorship, and pastoral care/chaplaincy.

What appeals to you about CCCG? How has it been so far?

The appeal of 3CG is in its people whom I have found to be warm, engaging, and a little quirky (my tribe looks like this)! Smile. So far, it’s been good—I am learning as I go!
Ongoing & Upcoming
Offered below is a brief listing of upcoming and ongoing CCCG events.
with AnnMarie Lehrer, MS, NCC, APC, at CCCG’s main office. Do you or does your teen struggle with depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, or communication problems? Learn to be more mindful, to strengthen effectiveness in relationships, to tolerate distress, and regulate emotions! Mondays, Nov. 11–Dec. 9. Cost = $30/session or $150 for the whole series. Click here for more information and to register, or contact AnnMarie Lehrer at or 404-636-1457 x472.
AnnMarie Lehrer, MS, NCC, APC, will begin another 6-week dialectical behavior therapy boot camp at CCCG’s main office. Learn to apply DBT skills to help with mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness in your struggles with depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, or communication problems. Tuesdays, 6–8 pm, Nov. 5–Dec. 10. Cost = $180 for the whole series. Click here for more information and to register, or contact AnnMarie Lehrer at or 404-636-1457 x472. · Learn more ·
ASAM Level 1 care and support and for persons using alcohol and other drugs, or for those suffering from process addictions such as gambling, sex, internet, shopping, who have concerns or want to stop. Our scientifically based treatment includes motivational enhancement, emotional coping skills, mindfulness, personal empowerment, and experiential learning. Tuesdays from 6-8 pm. Cost: $70/session. Click here for more info or contact Janay Whittaker, APC, at or 404-636-1457 ext. 409. · Learn more ·
Saturdays at 10 am. FREE! (donations accepted). This is for you if you would like a Buddhist-based approach to recovery—from substances, eating disorders, process addictions, and much more!
A recovery group based in cognitive skills and thought restructuring. This is a community-based, educational support group that can supplement or replace traditional 12-step meetings. Wednesdays, 7:00–7:45pm FREE!
Support Groups
JD Presents—This is Me: Fresh out of the closet? Or just need extra support? Come join a group of like-minded individuals as we work to make our place in the world. Saturdays at 11 am. Session costs $20. To sign up, contact JD Dreiling at

Women’s Growth Group : At CCCG in Decatur with Carol Pitts—$45 per session. Contact Carol at for more information.

Weekly Grief Support Group at Oak Grove UMC : For individuals who have experienced loss and are looking for a community of support. Tuesdays 6:30–7:30 pm. FREE! Contact Jonathan Yellowhair at or 404-636-1457 x428 f or more info.

Monthly Grief Support Group : FREE! Meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 pm at CCCG at our main office in Decatur and is sponsored by A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home. It is open to the community and free of charge. For more information please contact Jacqueline “BB” Burnett-Brown at or (404) 636-1457 x432.
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