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Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC) is proud to announce its selected as an award recipient of a three-year Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which started in August 2019.  RCNC has partnered with a focused youth serving organization, Reintegration Support Network (RSN) on this state-of-the-art grant. RSN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides youth in Orange and Durham counties with a sense of belonging and the skills and capacities of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, and positive engagement in the community.

In September of 2018, Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC) was awarded a three year grant by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT),  entitled: Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network (RCSP-SN).

In 2018, Wake County Department of Public Health/ Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention Section awarded Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC) a grant to write, create and develop a Peer Support Curriculum that paid particular attention to recovery from substance use disorder.

NC’s public Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) System is undergoing major changes. We want to hear from our consumers, families and advocates about how the system is working and how we can assist in creating a system that improves health outcomes and promotes recovery for all North Carolinians.

RCNC presents this film in partnership with City of Raleigh Substance Use Advisory CommitteeAbout the Film: Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope -

January 23rd at 6:30 to 9:00 PM at RCNC's Recovery Community Center

RCNC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training

Thank you for an amazing training at RCNC on August 29th. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

Share Your Recovery Story in Honor of National Recovery Month

In honor of Recovery Month, RCNC, in partnership with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is gathering as many recovery success stories that we can share online. We would love to highlight the work of all the Recovery Community Centers in North Carolina, including programs, statistics and individual stories. When you share, please remember not to include full names or PII. Info can be submitted to DeDe Severino at or Martin Woodard at Thank you in advance. Happy Recovery Month!

RCNC will offer monthly supervision workshops for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches 1.5 hours CEU will be offered for the free trainings. Staying involved through the Years Presented by Kurtis Taylor, Executive Director, Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina on Wednesday, July 31st from 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

People with mental health and substance use disorders frequently cycle in and out of jail. It can be difficult for someone to get better when floating between jails, homeless shelters, group homes and emergency departments.Officials at the Pitt County Sheriff’s Department noticed this pattern and they’re making changes to reduce recidivism rates and get these people the help they need.The Pitt County department has a jail “navigator” who helps place people into safe housing and reconnect them to benefits upon their release. The sheriff’s office is also preparing to launch a new treatment program for drug users housed in the jail.

he United States is not the first country to be plagued by heroin and overdose deaths. Western Europe experienced spikes in opioid overdose deaths in the 1980s and 90s. But countries such as France and Switzerland have found ways to support drug users and rein in the problem.
North Carolina Health News has dedicated hundreds of reporting hours to the opioid crisis and its socio-economic side effects in our state. Late last year, we traveled to Europe to see what others have done to address these issues before us.

The 7th Annual Capital Area Rally for Recovery will be held Saturday, 9/21/19 10AM—2PM at Mordecai Historical Park. 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. This event is being held to raise the profile of recovery by demonstrating to our friends and neighbors, communities, policy makers and the media that we can and do recover from substance use disorder and that when we get well, it benefits our families, communities and nation.

RALEIGH, N.C. — In 2017, nearly 2,000 people died from opioid addiction in North Carolina. That same year, providers in our state wrote 72 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people in our state, well above the national average. The state adopted the STOP Act to help track and hopefully slow down the opioid epidemic. Now, there’s a new player in the fight against a human health crisis - animal doctors. Starting June 3, veterinarians across the state will be required to submit opioid prescription information to the Controlled Substance Abuse Reporting System if they dispense certain types of drugs to a pet owner for the animal.

RCNC Presents: Peer Support Supervision, The Role of a Peer Support Specialist. Presented by Elliot Palmer, Creator of A New Start While Empowering Recovery (A.N.S.W.E.R.). This workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. RCNC will offer monthly supervision workshops for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches and 1.5 hours CEU will be offered for the free trainings.

State Senate leaders rolled out their two-year budget proposal for North Carolina on Tuesday, highlighting several health care provisions.
State senators want to address mental health needs by funding a psychologist for every North Carolina school district, adding additional money for addiction recovery treatment, and by adding staffing and beds to Broughton psychiatric hospital.Similar to the state House budget proposal, the Senate pledged money to test the backlog of rape kits. Read more...

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's clergy are gathering in cities across the state to talk about the opioid crisis. A recent survey found more than 70 percent of clergy in North Carolina say their congregations have been affected by opioids. Barriers to accessing substance abuse and mental-health resources make church one of the first places people turn to for help with addiction. Elizabeth Brewington, opioid response program coordinator with the North Carolina Council of Churches, is organizing the clergy breakfasts.

Your mental health is inseparable from your physical health. Not a revolutionary concept, but what is astounding is the stigmatization that still surrounds men who dare to talk about their mental struggles. As we move into Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we hope to change that. Men who are vocal about any kind of mental issues can be dismissed as weak. As inferior. As flawed, broken guys who are more likely to be ostracized for their honesty, instead of rewarded for their bravery.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Drug recovery experts in North Carolina say they're seeing children fall victim to the nation's drug epidemic, claiming lives at an early age. Research shows that the majority of adults with a substance use disorder started using before age 18. Even if those teens seek treatment, many times they return to same schools and friend groups, which can lead to relapses. Because of the rise, there is a new push to establish so-called "recovery high schools" programs that allow teens to overcome addiction issues while continuing their education.

Check out an in-depth look at Recovery Communities of North Carolina and the faces behind the successful recovery program. This cover story will offer readers a glimpse into how the organization is able to successfully lead patients onto a path to recovery and the leading philosophies and missions of those in charge.

Samantha Brawley got hooked on painkillers after high school, an addiction that stole nearly a decade and cost her most of the savings that were supposed to help improve her life. Finding her next Percocet, and the next, was easy on the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee reservation home to roughly 8,000 people in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. “I began taking two or three a day for a year, maybe two years,” said Brawley, 30, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. “Then it was as many as I could afford. I’ve done 10 a day.”

RCNC will offer monthly supervision workshops for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches. 1.5 hours CEU will be offered for the free trainings. Help for the Helper will be presented by Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Executive Director, Healing Transitions, Adjunct Instructor with the NCSU, Department of Social Work on Wednesday, May 29th from 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

This month aims to increase awareness about stress, its negative effects and how to relieve it. If you’re experiencing stress, keep these ideas in mind for how to relax.

If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.

Beginning April 2nd, every Tuesday from noon – 1pm at RCNC located on 5245 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27616. We will provide free coffee and snacks! We hold regular open discussion meetings that are confidential and judgement free. We welcome anyone who’s interested! Come to a meeting. Share, educate yourself, find acceptance, experience love.

RCNC will offer monthly supervision workshops for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches 1.5 hours CEU will be offered for the free trainings Medication-Assisted Treatment: Examining Biases, Prejudices & Implications

This workshop will be Presented by Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS Medication-Assisted Treatment Director, SouthLight Healthcare on Wednesday, April 24th from 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

The Team of facilitators consists of Certified Peer Support Specialists, Social Workers, Advocates and Integrative Health Professionals. This Team has been providing supportive and coaching services to those who are responsible to ensure that those in recovery, seeking recovery, their family and allies are provided with the direct service resources and support they need to succeed in a life of sustainable recovery. (CEU credits will be offered for this training.) Read more...

RCNC will offer monthly supervision workshops for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches. 1.5 hours CEU will be offered for the free trainings. Help for the Helper will be presented by Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Executive Director, Healing Transitions, Adjunct Instructor with the NCSU, Department of Social Work on Wednesday, May 29th from 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. RCNC invites You to a FREE Special Screening of Beautiful Boy followed by Q & A. This will take place Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at 5245 Capital Blvd., Ral., NC 27616

Did you know that over 20 million Americans suffer from some form of drug or alcohol addiction? To put that into perspective, that is about one out of every twelve people you pass on the street. It is astounding to think how so many people can fall victim to such a terrible illness and there is not a lot being said publicly about it. If you or a loved one suffers from an addiction, it can be an overwhelming feeling not knowing where to turn to for help. Luckily, there are places like Recovery Communities of North Carolina that are working tirelessly to get people the help they, not only need, but deserve!

You are invited to join us for Volunteer Orientation and lunch. Discover how your gifts and talents can help others and join the NC Recovery Movement. If you are interested in exploring our many volunteer opportunities, please email to RSVP. See flyer for more details!

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.

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.

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:

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.


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.

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!

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.