CEDARTOWN — Bill Carruthers, a nationally known advocate for recovery and the peer support movement, has joined Highland Rivers Health as director of peer workforce development.
Carruthers, who has shared his personal story of addiction, mental illness and his journey to recovery throughout the nation, was most recently director of the peer program for Gateway Behavioral Health Services in Chatham County.
A native of Kansas City, Carruthers, 58, began using alcohol and drugs as a child, and lived a transient life for years, often homeless and moving from city to city all over the country. Eventually landing in Savannah in the 1980s, Carruthers grew tired of substance use and its associated problems and sought treatment eleven years ago. He has lived in recovery ever since, and has become involved in the peer movement in order to share his experience and help others. He became a peer-to-peer facilitator for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) in 2008, and a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in 2012. In 2016, Carruthers attained the highly specialized Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential.
Carruthers is available to speak to organizations in communities served by Highland Rivers Health, including schools and colleges, parent/teacher organizations, church groups, law enforcement agencies, recovery groups, civic organizations, government agencies and other community groups.