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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.

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.