James CioeProgram Coordinator Governor’s Institute
After half of a life in addiction, Grace gave Jimmy Cioe the second half in recovery. Which means he has spent his life studying every facet of this gem we call addiction plus treatment, recovery and healing. He became licensed in alcohol/drug treatment and, for the last twenty-one years, worked and managed virtually every aspect of the treatment continuum, including a city detox, outreach, case management services, outpatient treatment, in-patient, long-term residential treatment and intervention. This experience includes working with the full gamut of homelessness and mental illness diagnosis. He now blessed to be the Program Coordinator of Recovery Initiatives at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse in Raleigh, NC. He has been licensed or certified in various states including New Mexico, Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina. Jimmy has also gone beyond recovery and treatment into the study of healing in all its aspects, beginning with nutrition, energy systems (Polarity, Radix, and Craniosacral) and core strength training. His desire is to understand and communicate a holistic approach to healing and to cultivate a sense of history, allowing him to place issues within their broader historical context. His interest and passion is the intersection of psychology, communication and spirituality. Years working with Native tribes in New Mexico grew this perspective leading to presentations on the bigger picture, starting with Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, coupled with greater visibility for Recovery. Through the doorway of Recovery Community Messaging presentations, he is able to synthesize this broad view into a snapshot of solutions, amplifying the beauty of a Recovery Oriented System of Care. It is through this prism, speaking truth to power, that solutions to national problems can be found.