Profile in Advocacy: Kurtis Taylor

I’m delighted that Kurtis Taylor, is my Profile in Advocacy this week. Kurtis is the Executive Director of Alcohol Drug Council of North Carolina (ADCNC), the Vice Chair of the Substance Use Disorder Federation, and a man living in long-term recovery. 1. Advocate, from Latin advocatus means “one called to aid (another).” What moves you…

Where is the Outrage?

I was honored recently to address a roomful of journalists from across the country to discuss harm reduction and treatment access issues in rural communities. Naturally, I discussed the terrible impact of our most recent epidemic. North Carolina lost 1,726 fellow citizens to unintentional drug overdose in 2016, twice the number we lost only 6…

APNC 2018 SUD Policy Summit

Fulfilling our promise to keep you up to date on what’s trending in the field, including pertinent policy, legislation & funding, we’ve gathered an impressive group of national and local policy experts to spend the day with us. Lunch will be served but please pre-register. Up to 3 NCSAPPB hours-approval pending.

Eastern Regional Trainings: HIV in the 21st Century

Join us for an in depth look at HIV in the 21st Century with Eli Branscome, LCAS, LPCS The pace of progress in HIV treatment has not resulted in fewer stigmas for HIV positive individuals. Everyone has unique biases, fears, and deficits in knowledge. This presentation will present empirical facts and medical evidence that support…

North Western Regional Training: Addiction Recovery! Stigma, Language, & Advocacy.

Recovery is a Process, Not an Event We have five decades of research proving that addiction is a chronic brain disorder, not a moral failing, yet we have been responding to it with the acute care model of addiction treatment and incarceration. This educational experience will provide information on the pathology and chronic nature of…

Now Hiring Recovery Support Services Outreach Coordinator!

Job Title: Recovery Support Services (RSS) Outreach Coordinator (Western North Carolina) Organization: Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) – Raleigh, NC 27603 APNC empowers our prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals to thrive in their practice. The unrelenting addiction epidemic and North Carolina’s evolving continuum of care require deliberate education and vigilant advocacy. APNC is a…

March to Membership Drive!

Special offer available throughout the month of March for New or Lapsed (more than 12 months) Members. Standard Annual Dues are $130 for Professionals, $109 for Associates & Peer Recovery Support Specialists (NEW!), and $50.50 for Students. For this month only, dues will be discounted to $99 for Professionals and $79 for both Associates &…

ASAM Strategic Plan: People Get Better Than Well

Yesterday, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) revealed their strategic plan for 2018-21 in which they strengthen their focus on the full spectrum of addiction care: prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery. The inclusion of recovery as the ultimate potential within the addiction spectrum, distinct from remission, affirms what many of us have known for decades: recovery…