Recovery Emerges from Hope

The DOOR’s Mission & Vision

The Mission to utilize Peer Based Recovery Support Services to empower individuals for sustained long-term recovery  


The Vision to enhance the quality and quantity of supports for individuals seeking and experiencing long-term recovery in all of its forms. 

DeKalb Open Opportunities for Recovery  

(The "DOOR"), established in July 2015 as an initiative of STAND, Incis an Addiction Recovery Support Center (ARSC) and Recovery Community Organization (RCO).

Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists (CARES) are individuals that through training, are certified in Georgia as having “lived experience” of   substance use. This allows the CARES to connect with others showing by example that long-term sustained recovery is attainable. CARES support other individuals by promoting hope, recovery, personal responsibility, education, and self-advocacy. CARES assist their peers in skill building, goal setting, problem-solving, and in helping them build their own self-directed recovery tools. 

Our Core Values

At The Door, we are guided by the following values in every aspect of our work:

  • Integrity
  • Reliability
  • Professionalism
  • Honesty

Our Peer Recovery Support Services aim to meet the needs of people at different stages of the recovery process. These services may:

  • Precede formal treatment, strengthening a peer’s motivation for change 
  • Accompany treatment, providing a community connection during treatment 
  • Follow treatment, supporting relapse prevention 
  • Are delivered apart from treatment to someone who cannot enter the formal treatment system or chooses not to do so 


One of the strengths of our peer recovery support services has been our adaptability to multiple pathways of recovery, as well as to different service settings and organizational contexts. This adaptability makes us an effective vehicle for extending support for recovery beyond the treatment system and into the communities where people live and to people following different pathways to recovery including pathways that are predominantly religious, spiritual, or secular; with a focus on cultural survival and renewal as avenues to recovery. 

Get in Touch With Us

Our team in Decatur, Georgia is committed to helping individuals and families recover through a wide range of educational and engaging activities that you can join in, free of charge. Contact us today for more information about how we can assist you.

We Value: Hope – Wellness – Diversity – Recovery – Integrity - Commitment

Our team of Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist will support you as you take small steps towards achievement of your life goals. The "DOOR" program does not attempt to replace existing services but strive to enhance them by offering peers another opportunity to learn, grow and thrive with others who are actively seeking to build a life of long-term recovery.


Frances Sikes CPS-AD


Charles Sperling MS, NCAC-II, CCS, CPS-AD

Nigel Smith CPS-AD

Lakeisha Johnson CARES Trainee