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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.

Soon after, a 71-year-old man came to the door hoping for a bed to sober up. Turned away, he fell asleep on the side of the road and Healing Transitions staff covered him with blankets.That incident stuck with Budnick, as he and other Wake County partners worked to quickly set up a remote detox center. Programs for people who use drugs or are in recovery, like Healing Transitions, have been quick to adapt to the changing needs of their clients. However, some providers are cash-starved and waiting for federal and state funding relief. Meanwhile, the pandemic has created the perfect storm of stressors, putting those who use drugs or are in early addiction recovery at risk for the COVID-19 virus and overdose.

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.

As a psychiatrist, I understand the realities of the mental health stressors that exist from this global pandemic and the potential for an increase in psychological care needs now and in the aftermath. However, it’s possible that we emerge from this with innumerable positive mental-health outcomes.

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 fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.

When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.

Are you eligible for Unemployment in NC? Get support to file your unemployment claim at Oak CityCares, May 4-8 between 10 AM and 1 PM.

Get support to complete your IRS application to receive your stimulus at Oak City Cares, May 4-8 between 10 AM and 1 PM. Learn more...

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County — One county in eastern North Carolina has seen a significant increase in overdose emergency department visits in recent months. According to data provided to the county by the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Carteret County has ranked within the top 10 highest counties for overdose emergency department visits in February and March.

If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.

This training is designed to assist the RCOs financially supported by RCNC through the State DHHS and SAMHSA as well as our allies in building your online facilitation muscle so that you can effectively facilitate groups, compassionately manage people in those groups, help keep the enthusiasm, interest and the energy high and build connectivity and an online community that will prove beneficial to all those who participate in your trainings or workshops.

As a result of our current circumstances in North Carolina, RCNC is encouraging CPSS and Recovery Coaches and other recovery service providers to join us weekly at 11AM EST for an interactive Zoom session which is designed to allow us to check in, sharing cares, concerns, accomplishments and triumphs, build an affinity community group, and care for each other.

These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.

Building community and positive habits are two vital pieces of recovery from substance abuse disorder. But the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown patterns of recovery into disarray, and treatment facilities have quickly pivoted to compensate for those changes. “So much of what it means to be in recovery and to be sober is to create daily habits to set yourself up for success. Generally speaking, it’s really hard for everybody.”

Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?

As RCNC considers our Recovery Community and our larger community, we want to think responsibly and are taking preventative measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID19. Even if we aren’t likely to get very sick from COVID-19, it is recommended that we still practice social distancing to keep from spreading to vulnerable populations, according to officials with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

As the creators of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy©, we oftentimes get asked about data. Where is the data that supports the Recovery Coach model? Are these trainings based on evidence based practices? These are great questions.As Recovery Coaching is a peer-based service, there hasn't been a need for documentation - and without documentation, there isn't data to report. However, as more and more organizations have begun utilizing coaches to provide support services for those in recovery from alcohol and other addictions, we are finding more and more articles written to show support of this model.

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. It also details a bit on the history of the organization and how they promote addiction recovery, wellness and citizenship through advocacy, education and support.