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On February 27, 2019, North Carolinians from the mountains to the sea will join together in Raleigh to tell our lawmakers that we want to close the health insurance coverage gap by expanding Medicaid during this legislative session. We would love for you to join us!

Refuge Recovery is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction and alcoholic recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction.

FY 19 SAMHSA SAPT Block Grant reimbursement funding through the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services intended to enhance and expand peer-based recovery support services in local communities is available! RCNC is seeking applications from Recovery Community Organizations and/or Recovery Community Centers who may benefit from up to $25,000 in reimbursement funds. See attached on spending restrictions specific to this grant entitled “SAPT Block Grant Expenditure Restrictions”; it is attached to the email wherein this announcement has been sent.The deadline for applications is January 21st, 2019 by the end of business day and determinations will be announced by January 31st, 2019.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams participated in a discussion about opioid addiction and treatment policy. He talked about what he said were improvements made by the Trump administration to address the opioid epidemic from the federal level, and suggested additional steps that could be taken in order to help those living with or seeking treatment for addiction.

If you have a student in your life who you want to serve the community, here are some tips for how to encourage teenagers to volunteer with a cause they care about.

Caregiving is a valuable position in our community which often goes unrecognized. Let's look at what National Family Caregivers Month is and how you can celebrate it.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to help out this Halloween. Here are some top tricks to make Halloween a treat for everyone.

How can you encourage the children in your life to be active and volunteer with their community? We have some ideas for how to get kids involved in giving back.

Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. This highly effective, evidence-based, self-care education program for family caregivers, builds the skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. Caregiver participants learn to minimize the potentially negative impacts of caregiving in a six-week program emphasizing self-care and empowerment. Research on Powerful Tools for Caregivers has consistently shown increased self-efficacy for caregiver participants.

There are plenty of ways to get involved in your community. To get you started, we came up with six spooky-fun volunteering ideas for October.

Books are a valuable source of information, creativity and empathy. If you're not a book lover now, you will be soon. Here's how reading makes you a better person.

Learning how to have fun and celebrate in recovery can be challenging and unfamiliar. That is why it is important to meet others in recovery and to connect in a fun, social setting. Recovery social activities like this can help you feel alive and regain a joyful, fullfilling life alongside your peers, so come out, celebrate your recovery and dance with us! We will have karaoke, a live DJ, music, food and fun!
$10 per person (covers food & entry) Please RSVP to Pat Gix at:

How can you get involved? If you want to join the fight against breast cancer, we have some ideas for how you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, take advantage of the season of fall to dive into getting involved. Here are five fun ways to give back this fall.

Many Pathways - One Destination" was the theme of this year's Capital Area Rally for Recovery hosted by RCNC on September 8th. The purpose of the yearly rally is to celebrate National Recovery Month, raise the profile of recovery, increase understanding of the value of - and contributions by - persons in recovery to our family, friends, communities, policy makers and media.

Two hundred thirty-one years later, the Constitution is still an active document for our country. So, how can you celebrate and honor this historic day?


A message from Dr. Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP, RCNC Executive Director
I have always believed that 'self-care is health-care', particularly within our line of work.

Compassion fatigue and feelings of being overwhelmed and overworked are common experiences for those of us who care deeply about helping others and offering support to our recovery community members. As we work, we often criticize ourselves. When we ridicule ourselves and say things like, “I didn’t do enough" or “why couldn’t I have helped him/her more?” or “I’m not good at what I do. I could have done better”, we become locked in a prison of our own negative self-talk and self-image. I would wager all of us have done this at one time in our lives.

As we serve our clients and peers, it's important to remember self-love and self-care, especially in the face of self-loathing and a negative self-image. We are often convinced that what we think we know about ourselves is accurate. We tend to automatically believe our thoughts and opinions without even questioning them. The reality is that these stories are often relative, limited and most definitely flawed...

Learning to stop believing in negative stories and illusions is part of becoming “free” and critical to our personal healing and growth. This is not an easy task, but with time it is possible, and the results are worthwhile. First, we must learn to sit in discomfort and feel the negative illusions and stories we tell ourselves, including our feelings of unworthiness and powerlessness. Being honest about how we feel and what we’re thinking can help us to find our personal power and authenticity in new ways. Our stories, self-beliefs and identities create our sense of purpose. If they are negative and self-deprecating, we feel anxious, depressed, lonely, and worthless. If we reach this point, our mental, emotional and physical health becomes compromised. As we sit in the discomfort, we become more comfortable in our own skin and we can more clearly process where we are at and what changes we need to make in order to thrive.

The time has come to be kind to ourselves and to laugh more at our imperfections and failings. Truly, they are not as big a deal as we make them out to be! If we are kind to ourselves, we can begin to care more deeply for others.

Taking some time out to be with just yourself in a peaceful place - through meditation practice - is a great way to start. There are a variety of meditation practices you can engage in and many are free and available on YouTube. There you can find what type of meditation works best for you. For meditation beginners, you will only need five or ten minutes a day to experience a change in how you see yourself, your life, your potential, your purpose, and those around you. I would like to recommend a free app, which teaches you how to breathe fully (most of us do not breathe to capacity), how to meditate simply and how to watch for changes in your physiology as you begin to relax, and to accept all that you are. The app (which you can get from the Apple Store) is called, Breathe2Relax.

Finally, remember, there is no one special way to be…you are special and perfect just as you are.

If you strive to live an intentionally altruistic lifestyle, you’ve come to the right place to learn more. Here are seven ideas for random acts of kindness.

Thank you Governor Roy Cooper for proclaiming September as Recovery Month in North Carolina. The proclamation arrived today at our office and we at RCNC are honored to be a part of this action.Recovery REALLY does! Happy 2018 National Recovery Month!

When it comes to giving back, Labor Day is the perfect chance to do something valuable for others. Here are some ideas for how you can get involved this Labor Day.

The Capital Area Rally for Recovery is an annual event to celebrate recovery and offer hope to anyone seeking or in need of recovery from Substance Use Disorder. We welcome everyone in the community to join us in our efforts to recognize and promote the wellness recovery brings. People in recovery from substance use disorder, their families, friends and allies will be coming together from across the Greater Triangle Area on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Mordicai Historical Park in Raleigh, NC to celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery Month.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Recovery Communities of North Carolina provides recovery education, advocacy, and support to individuals and families. Its state-wide work supports a lifetime of recovery for individuals out in the community. With our scholarships, they can add self-advocacy skills to their array of holistic services.

Social stigma has kept recovery voices silent for decades. Research has shown that messaging shifts can open attitudes toward addiction as a disease and recovery as a real thing. This course, developed by Faces & Voices of Recovery, will provide techniques on how to discuss addiction and recovery with family, employers, friends, service providers, the general public and the media. Don't miss this great learning opportunity to learn!

Fundraisers are an important way to give back to your school and raise money to support causes you care about. However, fundraisers aren’t the only way to get involved.

Whether they’re your closest family or a complete stranger, there are lots of simple ways to bring joy to others every single day. So, we came up with 10.

If you live an altruistic life and donate to an organization or cause you care about, you might be surprised to find these life benefits from financial donating.

If you want to take advantage of the last summer days and commemorate Family Fun Month with your loved ones, here are four ideas to celebrate this August.

Whether you make friends with your next door neighbor, community member or someone who lives halfway across the world, you can celebrate International Day of Friendship. Here’s how.

When you have an efficient morning routine, you set an effective tone for the rest of the day. Here are five ways to establish a productive morning routine.

There’s more to Global Hug Your Kids Day than just giving your kiddos a hug or two. If you want to celebrate today, here are some fun ideas to get you started.

Setting goals is simple. We’ve all heard different phrases, acronyms and ways to properly set a goal for life. However, accomplishing goals can be a whole different task.

Do you want to make a difference and give back to your community this holiday week? Check out our list of volunteering ideas for you to try on the Fourth of July.

Fortunately, there are a few ways and practices to grow in your communication skills. Here are healthy habits you can try to become a strong communicator.

If you’re considering volunteering with a cause you care about in the community, consider the benefits you can receive. Here are the top eight benefits of volunteering.

Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.

If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to overcome loneliness in everyday life.

How can you continue to honor and respect the service men and women dedicated to protecting this nation? Here are six ways to show your support this Memorial Day.

Mentoring a child helps them to see unlimited possibilities for the future, learn something new and most importantly, realize that somebody cares about them.

While it might seem simple to say talents can help others, actually identifying your talents and putting them to good use can be a little bit more difficult.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are plenty of gifts you can give your loved one on Mother’s Day that also give back to others in the community.

RALEIGH – A celebration of long-term recovery kicked off in Raleigh Saturday morning. The fifth annual Capital Area Rally for Recovery took place on the Bicentennial plaza. Organizers say they hope to encourage people to share their own stories of recovery in order to lessen the stigma that often times surrounds issues of addiction....

Teenagers are our future; by building them up and encouraging them—even if they’re not our own children—we can create a better future for generations to come.

We compiled a list of six of the greatest books to read about giving back. These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world.

Earth Day 2018 is the perfect opportunity to get involved with your community and take care of our Earth. Let’s talk about some ways to go green for Earth Day 2018.

If you want to live a more altruistic life, but aren’t sure where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to find a cause you care about.

When it comes to living an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to get involved this National Poetry Month. Today we dive into a few ideas to get started.

Turns out, helping others can actually help you live longer. You heard that right: the key to a long and fruitful life might exist in what you give, not in what you get.

How can you enjoy the new sunshine of the season? Here are some ideas for how to live your best altruistic life and celebrate sunshine on the first day of spring.

National Plant a Flower Day is the perfect start to the new season, so if you want to get involved, there are a few ways to join. Here’s how you can give back today.