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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.

In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.

On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.

Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.

When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.

RCNC is launching a group to support the overall health and well-being of the men in our community who are in recovery and seeking peer support. The purpose of this group is to create a space for men to come together to talk about their challenges overall and in recovery, their attitudes about being in isolation or on lock down due to COVID-19, the racial issues we are currently facing in this country and how it is impacting them - no matter the color of their skin, etc. We are here for you and we value you!

There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role.

This transformative free, online 8-week journey is for women in recovery. Each week you will experience and learn about a transformative skill to help you power up each and every day in mind, body, and spirit.

This transformative 8-week journey is for recovery professionals (CPSS, Social workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Psychiatrists, General practitioners, Recovery Coaches, MAT Providers, First Responders, etc.

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 offered by RCNC through SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Support Project-Statewide Network (RCSP-SN). The purpose of the training is to enhance the level of commitment to the communities we serve.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive.

Here are eight of the main life skills people in recovery will benefit from practicing in their daily lives. These skills are proven to support individuals during their recovery journey:

Exercise, fresh air and fun are essential to coping with stress during this difficult time. Here are some safe and sober activities you can do with your loved ones.

Whether you’re in the business world or the nonprofit realm, communication is a critical component of moving things forward and accomplishing your goals.

Goal setting is an important step in not only rebuilding your life after years of substance use, but also in moving towards the direction of your lifelong dreams. Here are 4 simple steps to help you on get there. You got this! 

RALEIGH — Attorney General Josh Stein announced new resources are available for people facing addiction recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.The resources, developed in coordination with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, connect North Carolinians to treatment options, recovery resources and other services. The resources are available at the More Powerful NC website at“This pandemic has put additional burdens and stress on North Carolinians with the disease of addiction who need treatment and support,” said Attorney General Josh Stein.

Surry County, like most of the nation, has long been plagued with a deadly opioid epidemic, claiming the lives of scores of local residents each year. But the county, under the direction of Opioid Response Director Mark Willis, has launched a new program aimed at helping those who are using opioids and other drugs — the Surry County Intervention Team. The team is a group of individuals who can work with people suffering from addiction to opioids and other drugs, stepping in by referral or when a person has a crisis event — such as an overdose hospital visit.

The pandemic is having a significant impact on people with a substance use disorder who are in the early stages of addiction recovery, says author and motivational speaker Eric Gremminger. People in the early steps of addiction recovery depend upon the support of peers and groups to stay sober, and those support measures are threatened during a quarantine, Gremminger said. That stress only multiplies when one is unable to work and struggles to make ends meet financially, as well as being isolated in a home with a family that doesn’t understand the needs of someone in addiction recovery.

For the 16 million people globally and 3 million people in the U.S. suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD), COVID-19 brings a slew of issues: lack of face-to-face counseling services, methadone clinic shutdown and increased mortality risk from coronavirus from underlying respiratory damage.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as stress and anxiety are at all-time highs due to the added emotional weight of the coronavirus pandemic, we compiled our very best mental health advice -- all spliced into easy-to-digest sections on burnout, anxiety and sleep, plus the benefits of meditation, physical activity and getting outdoors. We hope this helps you navigate any mental health troubles or emotional distress you may be dealing with at this time.

Reading the tea leaves, so to speak, is the job of our senior team at OPEN MINDS. But I will admit to getting “mixed signals” (or is that mixed tea leaves) when it comes to addiction treatment in the post-crisis recovery. What do we know? First, the demand for addiction treatment will likely spike. Social distancing is a risk factor for relapse because consumers self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to ease the stress (see Once The Coronavirus Pandemic Subsides, The Opioid Epidemic Will Rage). A lack of face-to-face services, methadone clinic shutdowns, and increases in poverty raise the mortality due to opioids, while opioid-induced diminished lung capacity raises the mortality of COVID-19.