“When we empower our professionals through deliberate education and vigilant advocacy, more lives are saved, more people find wellness and more communities prosper.” – APNC’s Why Statement
Addiction Professionals of North Carolina is committed to empowering our prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals to thrive. The unrelenting addiction epidemic and North Carolina’s evolving continuum of care require deliberate education and vigilant advocacy.
Our conferences keep helpers up to date on what’s trending in the field. We provide training on exciting innovations and updates on pertinent legislation and policy. Participants seize these opportunities to network with change agents from across the country to improve their practice and amplify their voices.
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The faith-based community is a critical resource in the fight against the opioid and addiction epidemic. Church leaders are looking for ways to leverage their relationships, outreach, infrastructure, and volunteer capacity to make a difference in their communities, though many are unsure how their places of worship and faith-based community organizations can best contribute to the fight.
The opioid and addiction crisis is taking more and more lives and hurting more and more communities. Families in crisis exist in every town across our country and these families turn to their church for help. Faith-based communities are well-situated to help families navigate crisis, but they are also natural community leaders and changemakers to help shape how communities respond to addiction.
At this training, learn examples of how faith-communities can start and maintain efforts to address the opioid and addiction epidemic by:
- educating their community,
- reducing the shame and stigma around help-seeking behavior,
- building community capacity for addiction treatment, and
- being an active partner in building sustainable recovery for individuals.
Also, learn how your community can build your own addiction response efforts using the SAFE Project Community Playbook. SAFE Project, a nonprofit focused on stopping the addiction fatality epidemic, developed the SAFE Community Playbook, a step-by-step guide on how communities can organize to make positive change. The Playbook walks communities through how they can engage with stakeholders across six important sectors to impact the epidemic, save lives and heal families. Faith leaders and community members can use their power to convene to bring together these important stakeholders for a common purpose through implementing the Playbook’s tools.
The number of people with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder housed in jails has increased significantly over the past several years due to substantial changes in jail populations. Research shows drug overdose is one of the leading causes of death among people recently released from correctional facilities. The NC Department of Health and Human Services will facilitate a FREE conference on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in jails on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 9am to 12:30pm at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Please contact Margaret Bordeaux at Margaret.Bordeaux@dhhs.nc.gov if you would like to register to attend this conference.