January 2019
Dr. Robert returns as Willingway's Medical Director
Willingway is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert E. Bryan, M.D., as our new medical director. Dr. Robert was a staff physician at Willingway from 1990-2010 and served as medical director from January to July 2010. During that time, he made a huge impact on many of our alumni and we are sure that you will be excited to hear of his return.

Dr. Robert brings extensive knowledge about addiction treatment with him to Willingway. He has worked in the field of addiction medicine for 28 years and is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Most recently, Dr. Robert worked in private practice in St. Simons Island, Georgia and was President of Medical Staff and an addictionologist at St. Simons by the Sea Hospital. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

"Dr. Robert not only treats addiction, but also treats the patient,” says Willingway’s Director of Operations Tracie Smith, CAC II, NCAC II, CTRS, CCJS, CCS. “He is down-to-earth and very patient-centered, engaging with our clients daily. He encourages and inspires our staff to be the best that they can be. We are so excited to have him back as medical director.”

Dr. Robert began his new role at Willingway in December 2018.
Willingway's Patient & Staff Christmas Party 
At Willingway’s annual Patient/Staff Christmas Party, employees dressed up in their favorite holiday garb for our 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Patients overwhelmingly voted for Inpatient Counselor Paula Becker, who went all out this year, dressing up from head to toe. For more pictures, check out our  Facebook page  !
Paula Becker is pictured above -
 this year's contest winner!
Alumni Updates
Michael W. and Duke M.
Statesboro, GA

WW alumni Michael W. celebrated 5 years of marriage to his husband, Duke, last month. Congratulations to these two wonderful people!

Duke and Michael are pictured to the right along with WW Family Counselor and Continuing Care Community Group Facilitator Hope Aldred.
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  • New jobs
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Deadline for inclusion is the 15th of each month
and as they say, thanks for sharing. 
Happenings Around The Way

Willingway Employee Christmas Party

Willingway celebrated the holidays in style at our annual Staff Christmas Party with a delicious buffet dinner catered by  The Painted Chef . To the right Lee Street Counselor Sammie Foss is pictured with her wife Debbie. Visit our Facebook page to view more pictures from our yuletide shindig.
January 25th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This workshop utilizes the music industry to establish a line of communication with today’s youth. By emphasizing the importance of Media Literacy and Media Advocacy this workshop provides tools to help participants critically analyze various genres of music to detect subtle (or not-so-subtle) influences and suggestions that glorify and promote reckless, negative lifestyles, choices and decisions among today’s youth.

The effects of the music culture on today’s society are explored in depth. This workshop is ideal for creative prevention and intervention strategies to facilitate groups, trainings and/or simple, open dialogue by actively involving youth in the process of deciphering, dissecting and listening to the “Message in the Music”.
We are offering an Early Bird Registration Fee of $55 for those who sign up prior to January 11th. After that day, registration will increase to $60.00. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so please make sure to  regist er in advance.
Project Recovery and Because You Asked

We know that our alumni will be very excited to learn that Willingway has partnered with The Averitt Center for the Arts to create an immersive week of theater, dialogue, and education called " Project Recovery" The goal of this project is to destigmatize the views of addiction and people in recovery, while spotlighting the community services available to persons involved in the recovery process. At the heart of Project Recovery is Because You Asked, a dramatic adaptation of true-life stories of addiction and recovery. The production will inform audiences of the risks and effects of substance abuse, as well as provide insight into this human tragedy. Because You Asked will premiere in Statesboro, Georgia, September 16-22, 2019
Pictured above, beginning from the left and going clockwise, are Project Recovery Staff and Advisory Board members- Trish Tootle, Jamie Grady, Dr. Bobby Mooney, Connie Lawler, Raymond Scott, Clint Tootle, Rachel Morris, and Rachel Elkins.
Homecoming is May 3 - 5, 2019!

Each year we welcome returning alumni and their families as well as friends of Willingway to Statesboro for a weekend of fellowship and fun while celebrating recovery. Activities include an ice cream social, open house and BBQ on our main campus, pizza and dance party, and recovery speakers. Homecoming 2019 will take place on May 3-5 in Statesboro, GA. Be on the look-out for an announcement regarding this year's theme contest winner!
Willingway Weekly Continuing Care Community Groups

Held weekly in the following cities, our care extends beyond the Statesboro campus
to provide ongoing support for those in recovery. Alumni, their families and friends,
and anyone with a touchpoint to recovery are welcome.

For detailed meeting location information and local contacts, please visit our Continuing Care page  or contact Director of Continuing Care and Outcomes Jason "JD" DuPell at 912.489.7218 or email him at jdupell@willingway.com

Atlanta - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Augusta - Saturdays, 10:00 am
Bluffton - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Charleston - Mondays, 6:30 pm
Macon - Mondays, 6:30 pm
Marietta - Thursdays, 7:00 pm
Raleigh - Mondays, 7:30 pm   
Statesboro - Mondays, 6:30 pm
 St. Simon's Island - Saturdays, 10:00 am
Jacksonville - Mondays, 6:00 pm
Jacksonville Beach - Tuesdays, 6:00 pm  
Warner Robins - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm  
Waycross - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Chandelier is a digital monthly publication for the Alumni, Family, and Friends of Willingway. For any questions about it or our Alumni program in general, please contact Alumni & Community Relations Coordinator Emily McFarland at emcfarland@willingway.com or 912.489.7277.