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- Moving Onward through Life… Looking Upward to God

The mission of the Davis Direction Foundation is to serve as a role model in our community in order to become a national resource for Opioid/Heroin Addiction Awareness and Change.

We will strive to remove the outdated stigma of opiate addicts and innovatively revamp the rehabilitation process to appropriately address the disease of Opioid/Heroin Addiction as one of the most severe forms of addiction. We will provide direct assistance and services to individuals, family members, or others at risk of experiencing an opioid related overdose. We will provide a safe place for all people to seek, maintain, support and enjoy long-term recovery free from substance use disorder.

We believe that collectively we can make a difference. We Believe that the optimal answer to opiod/heroin addiction is prevention. We believe that heroin causes one of the most severe forms of addiction. We believe that we must make heroin a public conversation in order to make a difference. We believe that the stigma of a heroin addict and rehabilitation for them is outdated and needs to be changed. We believe that legislative changes need to be made regarding Opioid/Heroin addiction. We believe that addiction of all kinds is a disease.

Davis' Story

On March 4th, 2014, the doorbell rang and the detectives told us that our precious son had been found dead in his car due to a suspected heroin overdose. Our world was forever changed. Davis was the oldest son of our five children, and was a brilliant, beautiful, and compassionate child. He loved unconditionally and sought to make others happy. He was overcome with stress in his life and turned to opiates in the family medicine cabinet to address his painful and sleep-deprived existence. He was president of his senior class, Hall of Fame in his high school, a chosen leader, an honor student, and an awesome friend to all who knew him. He lived a secret life of opiate addiction and when he entered rehab, his family was advised to take everything of importance to him. He was left with no job, no phone, and no car, reducing him to a budget that offered no alternative to an established opiate addict, but heroin.

Our Challenge

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2012 about 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year,1 a number that has been on the rise since 2007. This trend appears to be driven largely by young adults aged 18–25 among whom there have been the greatest increases. The number of people using heroin for the first time is unacceptably high, with 156,000 people starting heroin use in 2012, nearly double the number of people in 2006 (90,000). In contrast, heroin use has been declining among teens aged 12–17. Past-year heroin use among the Nation’s 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders is at its lowest levels in the history of the Monitoring the Future survey, at less than 1 percent of those surveyed in all 3 grades from 2005 to 2013.

Why Your Donation Makes A Difference

When you support the Davis Direction Foundation, you’re supporting an organization whose impact has already extended far beyond a local community. We reach across demographic, geographic, and political boundaries, to affect real change. We’re an apolitical organization by design. For us, it’s not about addiction it's about recovery.

Our Team

Missy Owen

Executive Director Kennessaw, GA

Tanya Smith

President Atlanta, GA

Michael C. Owen

Chief Financial Officer Kennesaw, GA

Dr. Harold L. McLendon

Medical Director Kennessaw, GA

Leigh Colburn

Secretary Cobb County, GA

Saverio Paglioni

Board Member Kennesaw, GA

Spencer Owen

Board Advisor Kennessaw, GA

Stella Dowling

Vice-President Kennessaw, GA

Bert Reeves

Board Member Kennessaw, GA

Lisa-Marie Walsh

Board Member Kennessaw, GA

Dr. Kevin Daniel

Board Member Kennessaw, GA

Dr. Dayton Hibbs

Board Member Kennessaw, GA

Chief Marlon Longacre

Board Member Marietta, GA

Recovery Is Saving Our Children.
Combat Opioid / Heroin Addiction.

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