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…

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…