Marilyn L. Davis From Addict 2 AdvocateBio: Marilyn L. Davis

Marilyn Davis recently celebrated 33 years of abstinence-based recovery. Davis is the author of the Therapeutic Integrated Educational Recovery System, used by many residential treatment facilities. She opened and operated an award-winning residential facility between 1990 and 2011 called North House. She also facilitated men’s, women’s, and HIV-positive groups. 

Encouraged to let others know how she went from addict to advocate, she recently published her memoir, Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate. To help others tell their story, she published, Memories into Memoir: The Mindsets and Mechanics Workbook. 

Davis is also Editor-in-Chief at, a literary blog, where she continues to encourage collaborative writing. The site’s writers are poets, problem-solvers for writers and bloggers, and internationally acclaimed. Prose and essays educate, entertain, and enchant readers with the written word. The writers represent different countries, viewpoints, and opinions worldwide.

Before the Blogs and Books

Davis was a desperate woman on drugs, managing bands at night, giving up her children, having her house foreclosed, and running to Georgia. 

After an intervention by Brenau University in 1988, she was in treatment for six weeks, then she returned to Gainesville and attended two 12-Step meetings a day. 

A chance encounter with a 74-year-old Native American named Gray Hawk showed her that healing would include meetings and Steps. Gray Hawk felt that she was the woman to open a house of healing for other women. He had seen her in a vision quest in Staunton, Virginia, left his job of 24 years, and came to Gainesville, Georgia, to find her. 

Meeting him when she had ten months in recovery, Gray Hawk helped her realize that opening North House was her purpose. Others agreed that North House was a model facility, and in 2008, Brenau University created the Marilyn Davis Community Service-Learning Award. This ongoing award honors individuals working in recovery and mental health. In 2010, Marilyn received the Liberty Bell award. This award is given to non-judges and attorneys for contributions to the criminal justice system and communities.

On the Lookout for New Perspectives in Recovery

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Davis realizes that guest posts will increase awareness that recovery is possible. She also knows that how she says something might not resonate with some. When you’re ready to share your story of healing, consider a guest post. 

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