Authors: NURS 3208 Mental Health Nursing Students
Faculty Supervisor: Amy Bowles, MSN, RN
Community Partner: The Remedy Project
The Creation of a Digital Addiction Resource with Addiction Places in Georgia Amy Bowles, The College of Coastal Georgia Addiction to substances is an epidemic in the United States. Although there are many ministries and non-profits in the Golden Isles attempting to help those who are suffering, it is hard to find the information needed for addicts and their families to make an informed decision about recovery. The Remedy Project, a local non-profit that provides counseling and support for those struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, requested a digital resource for the state of Georgia and surrounding areas. They suggested a format like the GARR network (www.thegarrnetwork.org) with designations for cost, religious affiliation, type of program, insurances accepted, and other distinguishing features. The Mental Health Nursing class of 47 junior students was divided into six groups. Five groups were given the task of contacting resources in their designated geographical area. Each student contacted at least five resources. The final group created a link for groups to input information they obtained from their contacts which went directly into a spreadsheet that they used to create the final digital product. The final product covers recovery places in the entire state of Georgia, Southern South Carolina, and Northern Florida with the designations requested by the Remedy Project. The poster presentation shares the students’ journey through the process. Although the resource was requested by this non-profit, it will be shared widely so that addiction sources will be widely available.