The Opioid Response Project

Access to Treatment & Recovery Support

Access to Treatment & Recovery Support:

These resources contain both concrete information about recovery and treatment services in North Carolina, including housing and employment resources, as well as theories and tools to develop, improve, and evaluate treatment and recovery programs. Communities may use these resources to build their knowledge and capacity when creating or implementing treatment and recovery programs.


Kansas Community Toolbox for Community-Building - The Community Toolbox includes step-by-step guidance for organizations to build community, including assessment, intervention, and evaluation of change. It also contains information about how to build stakeholder investment in projects, leadership and management strategies, advocacy, and cultural competency, among other topics.

NC DHHS Opioid Epidemic Resources - This webpage provides links to medical treatment resources for those experiencing opioid use disorder, including managed care organizations that provide coordinated care, crisis resources, and other treatment options.

North Carolina Drug User Health Resource Guide by Region (2019) PDF - This guidebook contains resources for those who use drugs by region of the state, including: health departments, low cost/free clinics, food pantries and community meals, housing, hepatitis treatment providers, syringe access programs, gastroenterology providers, buprenorphine/suboxone providers, medication assisted treatment and behavioral health, and narcotics anonymous chapters. 

North Carolina Multidisciplinary Collaboration on Opioid Use and Misuse - This website provides resources for prescribers and medical professionals, highlighting their role in prevention, treatment, and recovery, including office-based medication assisted treatment, and connecting patients with specialized substance use disorder treatment.

Reconnect for Resilience - These trainings are trauma-informed and resiliency-focused and may help individuals, organizations, and communities focus on wellbeing. Training includes knowledge about trauma and how it affects the brain, including chronic stress. Other resources from the organization (The Resiliency Collaborative) include a community resiliency model and wellness recovery action plans.

Recovery Communities of North Carolina - A nonprofit organization that promotes addiction recovery, wellness, and citizenship through advocacy, education, and support of those in recovery.

START Model: Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams - START is an intensive child welfare program for families with substance use and child abuse or neglect built on cross-system collaboration and integrated service delivery with substance use disorder treatment services.  This evidence-based model could be helpful in establishing similar programs in North Carolina.

THRIVE (Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) - THRIVE is a theoretical framework for understanding how structural issues like racism affect community-level determinants of health. The website also contains resources for using this framework in developing organizational programming, planning, interventions, and evaluations.

USDA Opioid Misuse in Rural America Resource Guide (2018) PDF - This guidebook contains varied, national-level resources for those experiencing opioid use disorder, their families, and their support networks, ranging from resources aimed at specific demographic groups to support services and medical treatment.

Wake County Drug Overdose Resource Pocket Guide 2019 PDF - This pamphlet-style guide contains important resources for those experiencing overdoses or witnessing an overdose in Wake County, including the steps to get medical help, services and resources, where to get Narcan and other reversal medications, housing, and more.


Employment Resources:

Fair Chance Hiring in North Carolina - Fair Chance Hiring policies delay questions regarding a criminal record history until the employment interview process. This site has more information on how to get involved, as well as jurisdictions and companies that participate.

From Working on Recovery to Working in Recovery PDF - This study reports on national employment statuses for those who are in recovery from substance use disorder, as well as some of the factors that influence the likelihood of being employed in recovery.

Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit: National Safety Council - This toolkit includes sample policies, fact sheets, presentations, safety talks, posters, white papers, reports, videos and more to assist with implementing a workplace program on opioids.

Recovery Friendly Workplace - This website has resources to help design more recovery-friendly workplaces, including fostering a safe environment, education and prevention, and retention policies for those in recovery.


Housing Resources:

NC Coalition to End Homelessness: Continuums of Care - A CoC is a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of those who are homeless. This site contains resources on understanding COCs and applying for federal CoC funds.

NC Balance of State Continuum of Care - This specific CoC is a coalition that assists rural areas in applying for federal CoC funds from the Department for Housing and Urban Development.

Hope Restorations - This nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide paid employment, training, and other support to adults recovering from addictions or incarceration, while simultaneously purchasing and renovating housing for low-income families in served communities.

Oxford Houses - Oxford House is an overarching organization that helps provide and administer democratically run, self-supporting, drug free homes for those in recovery. This site includes a location map and vacancy search for housing.

Wilkes Recovery Revolution - Phases Transitional Housing offers male and female housing for individuals leaving  incarceration, detox, and treatment, and offers onsite peer support services, work programs, and Project HOW (Healing our Workforce) education and workforce development programming.