The Art of Recovery

Addiction has to do with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and treatment requires a holistic approach. NewDay is dedicated to maintaining a personal touch based on individual care.

Photos: D. Paul Graham L-R: Minna Betancourt, Tim Strickland, Mike Farmer, Dr. Michael Hall, Wende Moulis

Addiction has to do with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and treatment requires a holistic approach. NewDay is dedicated to maintaining a personal touch based on individual care.

NewDay Counseling is a boutique treatment center for all types of addictions with an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that offers group therapy and individual counseling. “Too often organizations become too big and impersonal, and we realize that addiction treatment can be scary for those in need of help,” said Mike Farmer, NewDay Counseling CEO, who works alongside his wife and p​rogram manager, Susan. “We strive to treat each person coming to us with respect, empathy and understanding.”

Farmer is not just a paper pusher; he has personal experience in the art of recovery, getting into the field of addiction treatment in 1983 through his own rehabilitation. After a few years of sobriety, Farmer decided to apply for a job at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, GA., where he worked as a nurse’s aide, before going back to school to become a counselor. 

NewDay has a mixture of people on staff — a few who’ve had a problem with addiction, and a few who haven’t — but the common denominator for the team is they must have the ability to empathize, communicate recovery principles, and maintain an inspirational approach.

“When a client comes to us for help, they can be angry, distrustful, and in denial. We train our counselors and staff to apply recovery principles rather than react to personalities. Our approach is not so much unique as it is a constant process of staying true to our mission and never losing the personal touch,” said Farmer.

Farmer also understands and urges care for his own team’s wellbeing, highly recommending that NewDay’s staff have outside interests as well. One can often find Farmer golfing, exercising or with his head buried in a good book.

Farmer has been blessed to have seen many individuals and their families recover together. 

“I’ve witnessed people who had lost everything, make great changes and do things they never thought possible. I’ve also witnessed tragedies, individuals who left treatment and, for whatever reason, relapsed and never got a second chance. The recoveries give me hope and inspiration, and those who never recover remind me over and over of the seriousness of addiction.”

Susan Farmer

NewDay’s process is simple: a free initial consultation, allowing potential clients to find out what the possibilities are for their particular situation. Clients then visit the medical director immediately after admission to address any physical health complications or concerns. From there, group therapy starts for eight-to-10 weeks, with groups meeting for three hours, four evenings a week for education and therapy. The counselors, in coordination with the client, then develop a treatment plan, and upon completion of the program, clients are given a discharge and recovery management plan.

All recovery movements are close to Farmer’s heart. “Organizations that celebrate and promote recovery help remove the stigma and teach individuals to move from shame and denial to dignity and responsibility,” he said. 

NewDay treats addiction as a chronic and progressive condition that requires long-term recovery management, and encourages clients to see it as a life-long process. Farmer adds that although recovery is real, and a person who was addicted can improve their life 100%, if recovery is not managed long term, relapse is always a risk. Clients are therefore coached on relapse prevention and long-term recovery management.

An important part of the discharge plan is staying aware and staying involved. “We highly recommend clients get involved in a support group like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous), and utilize this support for long term recovery management,” said Farmer. “We urge family members or significant others to get involved.” 

What is the first step for someone who thinks they have a problem? Simply pick up the phone and call NewDay at 912-201-3605 and book a free consultation.

Learn more about NewDay Counseling at savannahoutpatient.org | 1805 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA | 912.201.3605


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