Paige Miller is the Compliance Officer for Hope House, a nonprofit residential and intensive outpatient substance use treatment facility in Augusta, Georgia. She is also a young person in recovery from substance use disorder, and serves as the treatment representative for the local Drug Free Communities Coalition in the CSRA, as well as the Young People in Recovery (YPR) Chapter Lead for Augusta.
Paige helped to organize a recovery community development project, called Recovery On My Mind, in March of 2015 that brought together over 300 community members, along with other annual recovery community events. Her local advocacy includes initiatives around: employment, education, and housing for those in recovery, especially young people.
Paige is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) and Certified Preventionist in the state of Georgia and has a passion for working with individuals not only seeking treatment and in recovery, but also in promoting positive youth development for at-risk youth and children with parents suffering from substance use disorder. The mission of Georgia CARES’s is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders by providing experienced peer support and advocating for self-directed care. We envision a recovery-oriented system of care that supports self-directed pathways to recovery by building on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities.
“I am a person in long-term recovery, and for me that means that I haven’t had a drink of alcohol or used an illicit drug since I was 22 years old. But for me, my recovery is so much more than abstinence from alcohol or other drugs, it’s truly the ability to live a healthy and meaningful life. As a result of my recovery, I am a better daughter, sister, aunt, employee, and friend. I am a volunteer in my community, I pay taxes, and I vote. And I speak loudly and proudly about my own recovery because I believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities I had to get and stay well. Recovery is age independent, and I’m living proof. I’m proud to work at an organization like Hope House that helps women get well. Because of community support, we are able to help local daughters, sisters, aunts, mothers, and friends. Individual and corporations’ donations and volunteerism show our women that their community cares about them and their families, and in turn, our women become employees and tax payers in the CSRA. Thank you to all of those who support Hope House and our mission!”