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This curriculum is the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina with the primary focus being on recovery from
substance use disorders. There is also a significant amount of material in the curriculum which will cover cooccurring mental health conditions and its connection to substance use disorders. We believe those who take this training will be better able to be of service as Peer Support Specialists to those struggling with substance use disorders and will be more aware of their own needs for selfcare and support.

Kevin Sampson would be dead if not for the Medication-Assisted Treatment Program implemented by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.The Pembroke man has been part of the program for four months, after a six-year battle with drug addiction that resulted in two overdoses.

It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.

Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.

Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.

CDC data shows North Carolina has seen a 10-19% increase in drug overdose deaths in the last year. South Carolina more than 20%, among the worst in the nation.

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

In a Western North Carolina region ravaged by opioids, innovative programming provides comprehensive, judgement-free care.

Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.

We wanted to share this message and video from one of our partners, Oxford House: Holiday Greetings Everyone! I hope you are all safe and well during these uncertain times in 2020. I wanted to reach out to you all in an effort to extend a virtual connection. We are still all in this together; which is to help individuals live a quality life. Oxford House is here do our part by assisting people with housing that are desiring a recovery lifestyle. Please feel free to use the link below to learn more about our safe, sober living houses. This video is a great way for individuals to know what to expect when making a choice to journey in recovery with Oxford House.We are continuing to take applications and conduct interviews over the phone and in person. If a participant chooses to do an in person interview, all COVID-19 precautions must be adhered to.

In a year when the coronavirus has racked up an unbearable death toll, recent preliminary data from the federal government suggests an overlap with another staggering figure: More Americans died from drug overdose in a 12-month period than at any other point in history. While the vaccination of more than 1 million Americans in recent days is buoying hope that health officials could be gaining a foothold over the pandemic, the same can’t be said for the opioid crisis, which has been killing people for far longer than COVID-19 and in the last year alone claimed tens of thousands of American lives.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.

Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.

The RCNC team, led by Dr. Rita Anita Linger, works tirelessly every year to ensure that all are welcome and supported, from the person who walks through our door to the emerging groups across the state who request our assistance as they organize. Recovery, education, and advocacy are happening everyday at RCNC. Please support us today and donate!

On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.

As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.

For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals.

While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

Ask ten different people and it is likely that you will get ten different but strangely vague responses. The general understanding of hope is far too limited. Making it successfully through addiction recovery requires a clear understanding of hope.

North Carolina loses over 2,000 people a year to drug overdose, and the tragic loss doesn’t appear to be improving. As grim as this situation is, there is a simple solution; we can help North Carolinians battling behavioral health disorders — and cut our uninsured rate in half — by expanding Medicaid. States have seen a 6% decrease in opioid deaths after expanding Medicaid. Recovery is possible if we give folks a fighting chance.

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Loneliness is one major challenge people often face early in recovery. It’s usually a good idea to distance yourself from old friends who drink or use drugs since they can be a major trigger of cravings. However, you may not yet have any friends to replace them. People typically find loneliness stressful and depressing. Chronic loneliness has even been linked to early death. Having a pet is a hedge against loneliness. There’s always another sentient being around to keep you company. A dog is always happy to see you and a cat will at least put up with you. It’s not the same as having friends to talk to, but it helps.

On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.

There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.

In the decade-plus since the opioid crisis entered public consciousness, two intertwined realities have emerged in North Carolina, both involve a death of sorts. One of these realities is easy to grasp: From 1999 to 2016 more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid overdoses. The other reality concerns programs that may or may not have the funding to fully address the crisis. Public health programs often live on grants and then die when money earmarked for a cause dries up. The result, particularly in rural areas, is a mishmash of programs that may address some, but not all the needs of people with addiction.

Whether it be adopting an animal or helping in various other ways, we hope you’ll take part in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY — Between January and August, Rockingham County emergency rooms saw 46% more opioid overdose cases than during the same time in 2019, according to a report by Injury Free N.C. The organization, a collaborative between the University of North Carolina's Injury Prevention Research Center and the North Carolina Division of Public Health, analyzes health risks by county.

Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.

North Carolina has a Drug Treatment Court (DTC) that helps offenders who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol receive the intensive treatment they need to become healthy, law abiding, and productive members of society. The goal of DTC is to reduce alcoholism and other drug dependencies, to reduce recidivism, to reduce the drug-related court workload, to increase the personal accountability of the offenders, and to promote effective interaction and use of resources among criminal justice personal.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Parents know there’s a fine line between giving kids independence and keeping them safe. Teenagers often consider their bedrooms their sacred space, but a Monday night program in Raleigh encouraged parents to go in their teens’ rooms and showed them exactly what to look for. It’s called “The Top Secret Project.” The bedroom isn’t real, but it’s designed to reveal a very real problem.

With changing seasons comes more than just pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and crunchy fall leaves. The new season also brings forward new opportunities to do good out in the world.

What are you waiting for? The benefits of mentoring will not only give back to your mentee, but also to your community, and even to you.

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.

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.

Who knew that making a difference in the world could be as easy as wi-fi and your own couch? Leave it to the world of do-gooders to find ways to volunteer, even in the midst of a global pandemic!

Amid signs that the state is losing ground in its battle against the opioid crisis, four North Carolina agencies on the front lines of addiction and recovery have received $1 million apiece to address the issue in rural areas.

The 2020 National Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections,” reminds people in recovery and those who support them, that we all have victories to celebrate and things we may wish we had done differently. This is true of everyone and, as in most cases, we cannot do it alone. Recovery Month will continue to educate others about substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and recovery services, and that recovery is possible.

Now in its 30th year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home.

Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.

Wake County on Monday announced a plan to help residents keep the lights on, the water running and other utility services active. The county will provide residents who qualify with up to $500 per household to pay past-due balances on utility bills for electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater and solid waste services.