Gary, Counselor

Garland (Gary) Sauls, Program Coordinator and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

Gary has had twenty-five years of experience in the substance abuse treatment field. He has been at Duke for over fifteen years. He is licensed by the State of North Carolina as a Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). He is an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC) and he is certified in the MET/CBT-5 Therapy Technique of SAMSHA. Prior to being at Duke he was a counselor at the Detoxification and Rehabilitation Institute of Knoxville, Tennessee (DRI). He also was a counselor at the CHAPS/Koala Centers of America. He spends the majority of his time in the Intensive Outpatient Program, but also has some duties in supervision and staff management. He also participates in research in adult addictions.

Gary talks about the goals of therapy, the importance of a drug-free brain for normal development, his approach to helping families and adolescents, and the keys to successful substance abuse treatment.

Gary’s approach to helping adolescents and their families from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Gary shares a few of his experiences working with addicted adolescents. He talks about both the successes and the challenges of dealing with relapses, deaths, and his own grief.

Gary’s highs and lows of working with addicted adolescents from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Gary describes how he became one of the founding members of the Triangle area Narcotics Anonymous (NA) chapter, the importance of one addict helping another, and his thoughts for those considering NA or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Gary’s Role in the Triangle NA chapter from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Gary talks about his own history of drug use, his recovery, and how he became a substance abuse counselor. He also talks about his relapse several years ago and the importance of being open about recovery in order to destigmatize addictive disease.

Gary’s path to becoming a substance abuse counselor from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

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