Empowered Citizens hosted their Recovery Month Event on September 10, 2016 from 6pm until midnight. They had approximately 60 people in attendance. Talented speakers were incorporated into their event, three of which shared their recovery experience. They had ten performers total. A member of APNC educated the audience about APNC and a DJ provided music for everyone to dance. The entire event was very educational as well as
Path of Hope
Open House on September 17, 2016. They celebrated their 40th anniversary by having an open house that invited the community to come celebrate recovery. There was a bouncy house for the kids, balloon animals for everyone, and even a cornhole tournament. Approximately 120 people attended. Many alumni came and shared their stories of recovery with anyone who would listen. Family, friends, and advocates shared a day of celebration. Everyone laughed, shared hope, and came together as one voice.
Communities Rallying for Recovery & Mountain Coalition
The Western Regional Recovery Rally was a free, family-friendly event open to everyone, whether they were in recovery, interested in recovery, know someone in recovery or simply wanted to support their families, friends and neighbors as they work together to build healthier communities. The 2016 rally included a walk around the lake, free food and drinks, children’s activities, inspiring guest speakers and giveaways and resources from local organizations. They also announced the winners of the 2016 Recovery Champion and Recovery Ally of the Year awards. The Western Regional Recovery Rally is organized by a volunteer community group that includes people in recovery, recovery allies, treatment providers, law enforcement and others who work to make our communities safe and decrease stigma around recovery.
Cherokee Indian Hospital/Analenisgi Recovery Center
The very first Cherokee Rally for Recovery was held on September 13 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. They had over 250 people in attendance. They gave away t-shirts, pens, bracelets, cups, etc. Many families attended as they had great kids’ activities including bouncy houses, face painting, games, sand art, etc. The event began with Tribal and Hospital leadership stating their commitment to recovery and a healthy Cherokee. Community members shared their stories of hope and recovery. A meal was provided and various community organizations had booths to provide information about their services. The event was very impactful and positive feedback was received from the community. The Cherokee Indian Hospital Pharmacy gave out 24 naloxone kits and Full Circle Recovery gave out 5 naloxone kits to people who don’t qualify for Cherokee Indian Hospital services.
Recovery Community of Durham
The Recovery Community of Durham was pleased to host ‘Durham Celebrates Recovery’ on Saturday September 10th from 2 pm to 6 pm at Durham Central Park. About twenty agencies set up tables at the event and provided health screenings, children’s activities, healthy eating tips and community resources. Over 300 people turned out to celebrate and enjoy the festivities. They were honored to have Mayor Bell present to welcome a visitor from a recovery organization in their sister city, Durham, England. The Durham County Commissioner’s Chairperson, Michael Paige, was also present and participated in the activities. The keynote speaker, Tom Hill, traveled from SAMHSA headquarters in Washington DC and provided some humorous insights concerning his own recovery and an update on the growth of the recovery movement. Also present were visitors from Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC) in Raleigh and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Use. Accompanied by a drum and trumpet, participants marched around the park area singing a song written just for the occasion. Participants listened to inspiring recovery speakers, two recovery poets, enjoyed an artistic dance routine, line dancing and a fantastic, 20 piece jazz orchestra that closed out the show.
Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community
Celebrate Recovery-Under the Tent was held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Residential Treatment Services in Burlington, NC from 5-8 p.m. The event was well attended with over 75 people who heard a variety of speakers share their stories about their struggles with alcohol, cocaine, prescription medicine, heroin and other substance use. They shared their journey from the dark days of addiction, the conditions and influences that led to this period in their lives followed by their experiences of treatment and eventual success into recovery. The stories also included how family members, friends, treatment professionals and local support groups such as AA, NA and Nar-Anon helped them seek and maintain their recovery. They offered hope to others that treatment works and recovery is possible. Those attending under the big tent enjoyed a meal of barbecue, slaw and hush-puppies and camaraderie as the evening sky turned to dusk. This was a truly successful event in their community!
Addiction Recovery Care Association
There were over 80 people in attendance at the special screening of “Generation Found”. Overall response to the event was excellent. Board Chair Thom stated, “Heartfelt congratulations to you and your staff on a tremendous event held last night. The movie was quite inspiring and the audience impressive.”
Women of Strength
Women of Strength hosted two viewings of “Anonymous People”, Alamance County and Family Fun Day, Mecklenburg County. Family Fun Day was promoted to all members of the community including attorneys, probation officers, community organizations, city/county government officials, all past and present clients along with businesses located near their location and those with whom they do business. The event was held at Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Sugaw Center which offered an opportunity to involve the communities to which they are connected. Many organizations participated including: Insightful Options, Mobile Crisis and Mecklenburg County Drug Free Coalitions. Also in participation was Dr. Lewis of My Father’s Choice Ministry who has over 25 years of sobriety and runs a peer support school for individuals interested in working in the field. One of the highlights of the day was the appearance of the ‘Pink Lady’, an operable fire truck that is used to promote awareness of breast cancer and other cancers. A resource table was available to provide attendees information.
Phoenix Counseling Center
Phoenix Counseling held their 3rd annual 5k race on September 10th. It was a huge success with over 200 participants. Awards were given for males and females in each age group, as well as overall 1st place competitors. Each participant was also given a 5k t-shirt and a bag full of goodies, (Phoenix water bottle, hand sanitizer, chap stick, etc). There was also a display of cork boards created by outpatient groups from the community to show their ideas of recovery.
Carolina DWI Services
Carolina Services Lincolnton hosted a pancake breakfast. This event served people from the AA community, police officers and other people of recovery.
Carolina Drug Education Services
The Recovery event on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 sponsored by Carolina Services in collaboration with the Student Government Association (SGA) at Cleveland Community College was a great success! They had approximately 100 people in attendance. The program described the different stages in “The Road to Recovery” using a creative educational narrative with powerpoints and personal stories through poem, music, singing, dance and mime. The SGA president welcomed the guest to the event, Kathy Allen, CSAC and owner of Carolina Services shared what Recovery Month was about. The audience stayed engaged throughout the journey with silence, laughing, clapping and singing along. What was really encouraging was the participation and support of persons in the community. They had teachers, students, and people on their journey of recovery participate. The program ended with a Q&A session with questions from the audience. There were many questions and interest about Substance Abuse. The panel consisted of Tony Beatty, LCAS, CIS and President APNC, Kathy Allen, CSAC, SAP and Tanzy Wallace, CSAPC-R, DES Instructor.