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Recovery Concepts plans Thursday, Sunday workshops

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There is still time left for those hoping to learn the new language surrounding recovery.

Recovery Concepts Community Center and Eastpointe will host a free interactive session called “Shift Happens” from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday. The concept of “recovery messaging” training will be introduced at the session. The workshop will give participants a way to engage in discussion about words used, the process of recovery stigma and wellness as well as mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

Eric Fox, mental health program coordinator of the Community Engagement and Empowerment Team, which is under the umbrella of the state’s Division Mental Health, Development Disabilities and Substance Abuse Service, will lead the workshop.

Through the use of words, officials say, they will be able to educate communities that recovery is real. The session will be held at Recovery Concepts Community Center, 2860 Ward Blvd. Suite C. To reserve your spot, call 252-991-7267.

DEAR FAMILY MEMBER WORKSHOP

Recovery Concepts, also known as RC3, will also host a free workshop called “Dear Family Member” on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center. The workshop will be a message of hope and resilience from a dad with experience of the loss of children and other family members to addiction.

Karl Linger, who is the workshop facilitator, understands the impact of addiction on immediate and extended family members. He is also a father who experienced the pain and loss of two children. Linger, an activist in the recovery movement, assisted in starting the first meditation recovery group in Chapel Hill more than eight years ago.

Officials said when a family member’s loved one is suffering from substance use disorders, it can be lonely, confusing and a painful experience. Officials say a focus on a path toward long-term personal and family recovery is vital for family members because they are often involved in the struggle of their family member’s addiction.

Contact RC3 at 252-991-7267 to reserve your spot.

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