Amanda Dillard is a Recovery Counselor who works with patients in Bluff Plantation’s intensive outpatient program (IOP), offered through RiverMend Health Centers of Augusta.
A Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, Amanda serves as an adjunct to the clinical care team and assists patients during the transition from residential addiction treatment to outpatient programs.
Specific tasks included helping with resume writing, job searches and interviewing skills; self-care and daily living skills; overcoming obstacles and challenges in sobriety; working the 12 steps; and creating a sober support network, such as finding a sponsor and identifying peer-support meetings.
Amanda also helps patients develop risk management plans, which involve identifying potential triggers and threats to sobriety that individuals may encounter at work, at home or during their leisure time, and planning ahead to avoid or cope with triggers.
Enjoying nearly four years of sobriety after a long struggle with substance use, Amanda is active in the Augusta recovery community and uses her knowledge of local resources to make sure patients get – and stay – connected as well. She teaches Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) classes and is involved in advocacy groups for both women and young people in recovery.