Carolina Recovery Program is a collection of UNC students, alumni, faculty and local young people who have a history of substance use disorder. They come together to provide support for each other as they navigate their individual recoveries. Their group also seeks to educate the UNC community about substance use disorder, including identification and stigma reduction. Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
As a way to keep their group functioning at its current capacity, they are holding a fundraising “Run for Recovery” on Oct. 5, which will take place on UNC’s campus. You can sign up for the run or donate to the group on their website.
To the editor,
My name is Drew, and I am a person in long-term recovery. Almost two years ago on my first full day living in Chapel Hill I went to a Carolina Recovery Community (CRC) meeting and immediately was embraced with love, acceptance and support. Quickly this group became a very important aspect of my life. I am so grateful this group exists to provide a space on campus where I am encouraged to be myself and surrounded with young, like-minded people all striving to grow and be better individuals one day at a time.
As I continued to grow in my recovery — spiritual, mental, physical (in that order) I began to run. I started off slow running less than a mile at a time. Within five months, I ran my first half marathon and four months later a full marathon. Physical exercise became a vital part of my recovery. I grew up playing sports, and as my substance use disorder progressed, my physical activity declined.