Neil Campbell, MS
Neil Campbell, MS is the executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the impact of recovery in our communities through education, advocacy, training, and peer recovery support services. She is a passionate advocate, using her own lived recovery experience to reach others who are struggling. Ms. Campbell’s current emphasis is to influence public policy through a recovery-positive legislative agenda to promote recovery-oriented systems of care and to increase the peer recovery workforce.
In 2009, Ms. Campbell co-founded the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Academy, which, to date, has prepared over 740 people in recovery to deliver support services in Georgia’s behavioral health, criminal justice, and healthcare systems. Additional recovery initiatives include community listening sessions in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and the annual Addiction Recovery Awareness Day at the capitol.
Ms. Campbell has extensive experience working in criminal justice agencies, including law enforcement, adult corrections, and juvenile justice. She served as the single state authority for addiction services funding in Georgia. In her current role as a recovery advocate, Ms. Campbell frequently goes to jails and prisons and domestic violence and homeless shelters to carry the message of hope for recovery. Her passion is to ensure voices of lived recovery experience are heard and stories of hope are used as a basis for changing the way addiction is perceived. Ms. Campbell is dedicated to growing communities that support recovery.