We believe that the culture and staff at Atlanta Detox Center can be the difference-maker for every individual in our care.
Each staff member at Atlanta Detox Center brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications, and hands-on experience. Approaching recovery work from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities allows our teams to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.
Many members of our team are in recovery themselves and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery. Additionally, we have been where you are and we are excited to help each individual find long-term recovery.
Each member of our team will facilitate your success. We will be on your side at every turn, serving as a resource and a role model to help you live clean and sober.
Dr. Aurielle Williams
Regional Executive Director
Regional Executive Director of Georgia at TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Centers. Dr. Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Domestic Mediator. In her professional capacity, Dr. Williams has been in clinical practice for several years specializing in trauma, suicide awareness and prevention, as well as family preservation. Dr. Williams attended Auburn University where she earned her undergraduate degree and continued her academic journey at Mercer University School of Medicine, where she received her master’s degree. Dr. Williams continued her academic pursuit at Walden University where she earned her doctorate degree in Human and Social Services. Most recently, Dr. Williams also completed her MBA in Healthcare Administration.
Original Michael, Masters in Forensic Psych, Masters Addiction Counselor, CADC-II
I bring over 20 years’ experience and passion working with the mental health and addiction population, helping people stay clean and resilient. I have overcome these challenges myself; I want to be all that I needed someone to be when I was struggling. I develop a rapport with clients by using a sincere, emphatic, authentic, and non-judgmental approach.
I have been a Board Member of PAIMI, the advisory board for Georgia Office Advocacy (GOA), where I advocate for the rights of people who live with disabilities and mental health and substance abuse challenges. I sit on the Advisory Board for DBHDD, advocating for programs that treat clients who have challenges with the greatest measure of respect. In 2019, I was named by GACA the GA Counselor of the Year.
I have also been on various radio stations (V-103, 1300 AM) advocating for and educating about those suffering from addiction. In 2020, Porsche Foxx of channel 5 news awarded me the distinguish award from the David and Bozeman law firm. I have had guest appearances on the show “Love and Hip Hop”, and have become a regular on the show “Keeping it 1K With Little Scrappy.”
Original Michael, CADC-II, MAC, CCS, CAMS, CPS, is a Primary Therapist at Atlanta Detox Center. He has worked hard to position himself to help others. He has a master’s degree in forensic psychology, a graduate level certification in family and marriage counseling, a CACII, CADCII, MAC, CCS, CAMS, and CPS, and is presently in a doctoral program.
Sophelia Russ, BS
Sophelia, Russ, B.S., is a Primary Therapist at Atlanta Detox Center. Russ received their B.S. in in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University in 2017, and her M.S.W. degree from Georgia State University in 2022. She joined the clinical team at Atlanta Detox Center in 2020.
Russ works with mental health and substance abuse clients. She offers supportive therapy using cognitive behavioral techniques, employing solution-based and reality therapy practices, and addressing family and relational dynamics. In using cognitive behavioral techniques, Russ provides clients the opportunity to address behaviors such as suicidal ideation, self-medicating, and thoughts of revenge by reconstructing their past beliefs.
What drives your passion to work in this field?
I enjoy working in this field because I get to offer clients relapse prevention, cognitive control, more vital relationship skills, and self-care options
What makes Atlanta Detox Center stand out?
The location stands out in its quest to apply holistic as well as evidence-based approaches to our clients.
What is the most rewarding part of working at Atlanta Detox Center?
The most rewarding part of working at TruHealing Riverdale is helping clients shift from a place of pain to a place of love.
National Director of Family and Alumni Programming
What drew you to working in the substance use treatment field?
I was able to create a life of recovery at 22 years old and it is what gave me my life back. Working to bring anybody who walks through our doors the opportunity to do the same thing brings me joy.
What makes Atlanta Detox Center stand out?
The extensive knowledge about the disease of addiction and alcoholism and the understanding each staff member has makes Atlanta Detox Center stand out. Coming into work is a different atmosphere. We feel we give the best opportunity for a person struggling to learn and live while assimilating back into the family dynamic. Additionally, we help people become significant members of their community and workplace.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are countless rewards that come, often daily. Being able to see someone come in day one and completely change the landscape of their life is a blessing to witness. But I think the connections made along the way and getting to know families and being a source of support in treatment and beyond is the most rewarding experience to be a part of.
Dr. James Craig
What is your full name, title, and the location you work out of?
Andrew Widota, Director of Operations for both Georgia Addiction Treatment Center and Atlanta Detox/Atlanta Center for Mental Health.
Where did you grow up?
Monroe Township, New Jersey.
Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
Monroe Township High School/Middlesex County College (Criminal Justice)-not complete.
What is your passion for working in the treatment field? (You can share your own recovery story, or you don’t have to disclose)
My passion in this field stems from my personal experience with addiction. My clean date is January 8th, 2015. Multiple treatment stays are part of my personal journey, so I strive to operate facilities based on client care, and help as many people as humanly possible.
What do you do for your job? List a few responsibilities.
Handle day-to-day operations of both facilities. Work hand-in-hand with clinical staff to promote exceptional client care.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being able to help people who are struggling with similar issues to what I dealt with in the past.
What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
The difference between Amatus and other centers is the communication and structure between all facilities. When transitioning levels of care, the process is smooth and seamless.
Anything else you want to include in your bio?
I have extensive training in clinical, medical, and operational compliance. I was trained for three and a half years by a consulting company that focuses strictly on healthcare/behavioral health.
Director of Nursing
I joined the medical team at Atlanta Detox Center and Atlanta Center for Mental Health in December 2021. Prior to working for Amatus Health, I was a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Piedmont Hospital and engaged in part-time contractor work as a Mental Health Clinical Assessor for Eastchester Family Services.
Over the past twelve years, I’ve worked with individuals suffering with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). I’ve received training in various therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CT-R), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prime Solutions, and the Matrix Model.
One rewarding part of my work is the relationships I can build with clients. Clients are aware that our department is there to do more than just take vitals and pass medications. We provide them a listening ear and help them feel some control over their medication regimen. Our location is also unique in that we offer GeneSight testing for little to no cost, which helps individuals discover the psychiatric medications that may work best for them.
I am glad to be part of the Amatus team, and am looking forward to growing in my position and within the company.
Juanita Jackson, BSN, RN, LPC, is the Director of Nursing at Atlanta Detox Center and Atlanta Center for Mental Health. She earned a BS in Biology from Dillard University, an MS in Community Counseling from Columbus State University, and a BS in Nursing from Brenau University.
Bapuamoyo Kambeya, LPC, NCC
Regional Clinical Director
I joined the teams at Atlanta Detox Center and Georgia Addiction Treatment Center in December 2021. During the last eight years, I have worked with clients ranging from four to 95 years old—with couples, families, and individuals—whose diagnoses include substance use disorders, PTSD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD (including Harm OCD), and personality disorders, to list a few. Regardless of diagnosis, nearly all the clients I have been honored to work with experienced some degree of trauma that kept them from living the life they wanted.
I started my career providing trauma-informed therapy in a community setting
to refugees in the Atlanta area. Those experiences guided me to intentionally consider cultural context and background when assessing client needs. Understanding the need for trauma-informed care, I sought to expand my knowledge about how traumatic events impact our biological systems and contribute to mental health.
My goal is to facilitate a healing journey, through which clients can learn behaviors, routines, and strategies to reconnect with or discover their true selves. That is what drives my passion in this field. It is priceless to bear witness to human resilience and growth. And it is unimaginably rewarding to have a role in a person’s discovery of their inner strengths and motivation for growth.
At ADC and GATC, we have supportive and hard-working staff who are eager to improve other people’s lives. Our staff have a big heart and a creative approach to delivering service—whether incorporating our therapy dog Maybelle at GATC or our Sound Therapy room at ADC. Both offer a non-traditional avenue to symptom reduction. We are here and ready to serve.
Bapuamoyo Kambeya, LPC, NCC is the Regional Clinical Director at ADC and GATC in Georgia. She received a BA in Psychology at Columbia College in Columbia, SC, and an MA in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta. Throughout her career, she has completed certification training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has also completed training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Kambeya is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner, and is currently enrolled in a Level 1 Internal Family Systems (IFS) course required for certification.
My area of expertise comes from life experience. I am in long-term recovery. The road I went down turned into purpose. I can relate to our clients, and our clients to me. With that comes empathy, which can be crucial for those in a fragile state. “We only keep what we have by giving it away.”
Atlanta Detox Center’s top priority is the overall wellbeing of our clients—mentally, physically, and emotionally. Our therapeutic team is unmatched! Atlanta Detox Center cares for our clients from the moment of contact and supports them through the entire continuum of care. Atlanta Detox Center’s goal is to set our clients up for long-term success.
Bethany Harrelson is Case Manager at Atlanta Detox Center.
Maybelle was a rescue after being a breeder dog for her first year and a half of life. She is now a certified therapy animal and spends her days comforting and playing with the clients and staff at ADC/ACMH. Maybelle has yet to meet anyone she didn’t immediately love. The presence of an animal during therapy enhances the therapeutic alliance and reduces anxiety during treatment.