Join the #YouthRecoveryRevolution!

Pictured L – R: Sasha McLean (Executive Director, Archway Academy Recovery High School, Houston TX) Leah Wright (Founder, Wake Monarch Academy) Mary Ferreri (Founder, Emerald School of Excellence) Without a doubt, as someone who works in the substance use field, you have noticed the recent focus on both youth and recovery support services. The most…

Profile in Advocacy: Mary Ferreri

I’m thrilled that Mary Ferreri, President & Founder of Emerald School of Excellence is my Profile in Advocacy this week. For nine years, Mary has been a Physical Education and Health Teacher. Her leadership roles and creative ways to keep students engaged have been her strengths. Her genuine passion for helping students thrive and be…

Executive Director Leadership Opportunity

The APNC Board of Directors is excited to announce an amazing leadership opportunity for an exceptional professional. We are accepting applications for the Executive Director position. Please follow the APPLY NOW link to read more about APNC, the job description, and the application process. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 5…

Language Matters

NASW Specialty Practice Sections | Fall/Winter 2018 | ATOD Section Connection Language Matters, p. 5 by Donald McDonald, MSW, LCAS, RCP I was honored recently to address a room of journalists on harm reduction and treatment access issues. naturally, I discussed the terrible influence of our most recent epidemic: North Carolina lost 1,726 citizens to…

#ThankTheVillage

For National Recovery Month, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), the nation’s leading recovery advocacy organization, issued the Thank a Village challenge, challenging us to get out into our community with a sign that reads: YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE…YOU ARE MY VILLAGE FAVOR asks us to take a picture or a video expressing our…

Novant Health Opioid Stewardship Campaign

We’ve been delighted to collaborate with Novant Health on their Opioid Stewardship Campaign, particularly around their stigma elimination initiatives. Novant Health understands what recovery activist Bill White has been teaching us for years, “Words have immense power to wound or heal.” They’ve made a concerted effort to educate their 25,000 staff and partnering physicians at…

2018 Fall Awards

Folks drawn to the substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery field tend to be a humble lot. We shy from drawing attention to the strong work we do. It’s important for others to shine that light on us, so the community can see the many positive aspects of addiction work. APNC members, it’s time to take…

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…