Georgia Addiction Treatment Center Staff
At Georgia Addiction Treatment Center, each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications, and hands-on experience. We approach treatment from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities, allowing us to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.
Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.
Dr. Aurielle Williams
Regional Executive Director
Regional Executive Director of Georgia at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center 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.
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.
Dr. James Craig
What is your full name, title, and the location you work out of?
James Christopher Craig. I do the medical directorship for Atlanta Detox, Atlanta Center for Mental Health, and Georgia Addiction Treatment Center.
Where did you grow up?
South Fulton County, Atlanta.
Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
I went to undergrad at Emory University in Atlanta, where I was a Biology major. Then I went to Medical College of Georgia and got my medical degree.
What is your passion for working in the treatment field? (You can share your own recovery story, or you don’t have to disclose).
The first part of my career was during active addiction. I became a family medicine physician and was moderately successful, despite my best efforts at times. When I went into treatment, I was taken care of by addiction medicine physicians. When I left treatment, I started working on becoming an addiction medicine professional.
What do you do for your job? List a few responsibilities.
Basically, head-to-toe care. I assess addictive disorders and decide on detox regimens if necessary, as well as any co-occurring disorders. I also help guide recovery modalities, whether it’s 12 steps, CBT, trauma therapies; I don’t initiate any of those therapies, I just decide whether they’re appropriate and then guide them in the right direction.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Having a patient identify that they’re not alone. Addiction is a disease that grows in isolation, so the therapeutic value of one alcoholic helping another is without parallel. Having a patient see that they don’t have to continue to keep doing things over and over and expecting different results—and that the loneliness doesn’t have to part of the disorder.
The medical is pretty cut and dry; there are certain things you do medically that are just accepted. But the greater part is leading them in a direction to get deeply adherent to a recovery program.
What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
What I’ve seen is that they understand the great nature of this thing. One of the problems right now in the mental health and addiction field is that there’s not a lot of evidence-based standard of care. You can have two people with the same disorder; one goes to one treatment center and one goes to another, and they could potentially receive vastly different care. That’s a problem.
Let’s say two people have coronary artery disease—they’re going to receive the same care, down to the milligram of medication. Why isn’t that the case with something we know is a brain-based disorder? It’s because there are still strongly held false beliefs about the way to treat it.
When I stuck my toe in the water at Amatus, I saw that they really do care about the standard of care. As a scientist—not just a person in recovery—if we’re not talking about numbers, we’re not talking about reality. I need to know that the facility I’m with cares about that, and from what I can tell Amatus does.
Anything else you want to include in your bio?
I have two books. Being a Drug Addict: Other Secrets of Life is published under my name. The second, Push Down and Turn: Under and Above the Influence, is published under my pen name, Kiffer Cole, M.D.
Besides that, not so much—everything springs forth from sobriety. Everything else is just a wonderful extraneous detail.
MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
Justine Irizarry, CADC-T