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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.

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.

Join Us via Zoom every Thursday at 11 AM for Speakers, Support and Solutions at RCNC's Recovery Corner!
Meeting ID: 844 9322 7436
Passcode: 008620

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.