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International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21 every year, is the perfect opportunity to promote peace in the world around us.

Under the direction of the Substance Use Prevention Assistant Director, the Substance Use Prevention Specialist provides collaborative substance use prevention efforts in target communities, collaborates with other community and regional partners, and provides educational programming to children, youth, families, and community leaders.

Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. But how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

Join us for our 2021 Capital Area Rally for Recovery on September 18th at 11 am.

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly. Wasn’t it just 2020, after all? Time flies faster than you think, which is why it’s important to think about your end-of-year giving plan now. 

Life has been hard lately on us all, but September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup.

White people and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) grow up with different experiences and levels of awareness about structural oppression and inequities. Given these differences, we end up with vastly different relationships with privilege, power, white supremacy and different understandings of how intersectional identities shape our lives.

Although there are a ton of heavy issues going on in the world today, nonprofit organizations are a bright spot in the world, helping to provide relief and aid to a variety of important causes.

When you open yourself up to actively listening, you’ll be surprised at how much you gain in return. Check out these tips to implement active listening into your lifestyle, as well as what you can take away in return!

Given the disparities and difficulties that have been revealed in the recovery community and in black and brown communities due to COVID 19 and the deadly inequities of police violence focused on African Americans, this timely training is being offered by RCNC through SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Support Project-Statewide Network (RCSP-SN) on August 24 and 25.

Many of us were not prepared for the stress and trauma of 2020. The last year brought not only a global pandemic but also social injustice and economic instability. This free workshop is essential in learning how we can till the soil of our minds and establish peace during this challenging time

August 14 is recognized as Financial Awareness Day. You can celebrate by planning your own future, teaching others to plan for theirs or giving back to your community.

When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years.

Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you.

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.

This workshop is important because life happens to everyone. Resilience in recovery and our ability to meet life with an abiding sense of hope, confidence, inner happiness, love and peace, is available to us all, even if adversity makes hope seem impossible. Learning how to access, trust in, and build our inner resilience and life of sustainable recovery will help us meet life with a greater sense of hope and possibility. The key is knowing how to turn passing experiences into lasting inner resources built into your brain.

Life offers us every opportunity to become our own medicine. When we look within, we receive guidance for what the body is calling for. Through this journey of life, we get to explore holistic ways of relieving stress and balancing the challenges we face. Join us as we take a journey through the Mind & Body to awaken the healing powers within.

This workshop is designed to teach non-profit organizational and self-development using social branding and entrepreneurial objectives for recovery organizations and other non-profits serving those with substance use disorders and mental health challenges in order to enhance the quality of their reach and create opportunities for growth and public support.

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!

Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.

We're excited to announce that on July 21st we will be hosting a free workshop for BIPOC men who are caught in the crosshairs of racial injustice, and mental health disorders, and for the providers offering the individuals professional support. Click on each image for more details. #RCNCRecovery

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.

Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.

While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.

The goal of The People’s Opioid Summit is to SAVE LIVES by providing critical education & solutions to everyday people who care about someone impacted by the Opioid Epidemic. This innovative event brings together caring & experienced professionals in a variety of fields to provide our attendees with real-world, actionable solutions, support, stories, and more.

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is all about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is the perfect holiday to exercise taking a day “on” instead of a day off.

RCNC has been approved by CCAR to facilitate a Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) online using a Zoom virtual platform. RCA is an intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Participants will be grouped at virtual tables and will bond with the community they will build within the group as well as their table mates.

To lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too. 

The People’s Opioid Summit – A forum of the people, by the people, and for the people living with substance use disorder, their loved ones, and professionals who want to help.

Building an inclusive community, one in which everyone has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life as a valued member, free from prejudice, requires a “reframing” of the methods used to relate to each other. This conference has two main purposes: to celebrate the contributions of people and organizations that have led the way in including people with mental illness who are transitioning from prison, abusive living situations, and other life conditions that often sever their ties from the community. Learn more...

You don’t have to choose just one cause or organization to support. You can provide support for various causes and various organizations. Take the time to figure out what feels right for you and your own goals for doing good in the world.

May is recognized as National Recommitment Month. It’s a time of renewal and even to build new habits or relationships. What will you recommit to this month?

Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference.

With the use of mind-body approaches, we will journey in this workshop through the 4 elements for essential sustained recovery, healing and wellness.

Join us for this virtual workshop on how to sustain positive habits in recovery. It will take place on Wednesday May 19th, 2021 from 10:30 - 3:30 EDT.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A clearer picture is forming of how the COVID-19 pandemic has made the opioid epidemic even more deadly. In North Carolina, fatal overdoses just hit a 10-year high. Now a major push is underway to tackle the issue with funding and policy changes. Harvard researchers now estimate that 2020 will likely be the deadliest year on record"COVID has set us back five to 10 years," recovery advocate Tim Ryan said. Ryan and his wife Jennifer, both recovering addicts themselves, say increased isolation and dwindling access to support in 2020 dealt a huge blow to people in recovery."We have a pandemic within a pandemic happening," Jennifer Ryan said.

Social stigma has kept recovery voices silent for decades and has caused those struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) to lose hope for recovery. Research has shown that messaging shifts can open attitudes toward addiction as a disease and sustainable recovery as a legitimate outcome for those who are dealing with a SUD. 

Gut Health is critical to overall health and an individual’s recovery from substance use disorders and mental health disorders. The gut houses over 70% of our immune system and makes over 2/3 of our body’s serotonin, the neurochemical credited with our well-being. In addition, stress impacts gut health directly. So how do we address the health of our most important system? Of course, what we eat is crucial but also just as important is HOW we eat. Mindful eating is a multifold strategy backed by scientific evidence to help us not only manage food cravings and our emotions but also to improve our overall gut health.

You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.

If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.

While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!

When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.

You may not win the lottery tomorrow, or ever for that matter. But what we’re talking about is a different kind of ‘gold’ to make you feel rich in other ways. Check out these ways to feel fulfilled in your everyday life and to make each day golden.

There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.

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.

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