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Those who suffer from substance use disorders often remain in the shadows, even when they are in recovery. Many simply fear how friends, neighbors and community members will perceive them. But a united effort is underway in hopes of removing that stigma and showing those in recovery that the Wilson community is behind them each step of the way.
The Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition is selling $10 yard signs for its partnership drive aimed to raise awareness of RC3, the Recovery Concepts Community Center, and show support for those seeking recovery from substance use disorders.
“We want to raise awareness about current recovery support efforts and reduce stigma related to the disease of addiction,” said Erin Day, Wilson Substance Prevention Coalition executive director. “It’s a way for people to support the recovery community.”
The signs feature a multicolored pinwheel on one side and the message “I Support RC3” on the reverse.
All proceeds go toward prevention and recovery support services in Wilson County. The signs can be purchased at WAWTix.com, a new online service powered by The Wilson Times and Wide Awake Wilson. Once on the website, folks can click the “buy tickets” button to reserve the signs, making them available for pickup.
‘WE SUPPORT RECOVERY’
Wilson’s RC3, which opened in September, is one of only a handful of recovery centers in North Carolina. The center is a vital resource for those working to sustain and maintain their recovery from substance use disorders. Its staff and volunteers also offer educational opportunities, group meetings, social events, health status testing and a host of other resources.
Officials say Wilson remains on the forefront when it comes to helping those in need and addressing issues that affect so many lives. While the opioid epidemic has soared here and across the country, leaders here have been working at the ground level to ensure resources are available for families, friends and those seeking to build a robust life in recovery.
“It’s really about building community readiness and capacity. We have a lot of recovery support services in place right now in Wilson County,” Day said. “Let’s say we support recovery.”
Day said many businesses and residents have reached out in support of the effort. Several signs have already popped up in front yards throughout Wilson.
For more information, contact RC3 at 252-991-7267. The center is located at 2860 Ward Blvd., Suite C.