13th Annual NC “One Community in Recovery” Conference Recap

The Annual NC “One Community in Recovery” Conference is a yearly conference planned by a statewide committee of behavioral health providers and advocates, many of whom have lived experience with recovery from mental health and/or substance use.

This year’s conference “Healing Together After Being Apart,” was held on April 27-29, back together again in person! We were delighted to have 170 attendees this year, which was up slightly from last year. The conference took place at the beautiful and spacious Conference Center at GTCC just outside of Greensboro. To reach even more people across the state this conference was a hybrid, there was a live-stream option for those who prefer to attend virtually.


2022 Keynote Presenters were:

David W. Oaks, Revolutionary Consultant, Ačiū! Institute, LLC

Haner Hernández, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI, Consultant, Hernandez Consulting


Here is what attendees had to say about the One Community Conference:

“I’m not sure I can name just one thing that I learned and stood out to me as there was so many different things that intrigued me. I think more so than anything I connected with so many awesome people that can help in supporting our patients.”

“Very great conference, very organized and good resources and attendance. My first conference for clinical/non-clinical and I enjoyed every minute of it, and I will be back.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I learned a lot and was able to connect (in person) with other great people!”

“So much food for thought. I was able to see possibilities. Became more aware of recovery focused programs already in place across the state. Everything about this experience was excellent, it was organized so very well, and the venue was immaculate!”


Congrats to our Recovery Champion Award Recipients:

Frankie Roberts - Eastern Region

Tara Bohley - Central Region

Devin Lyall - Western Region

Rosalie Tierno – Youth/Young Adult Voice Award


Check out these photos from the event:


Planning Committee Members, Tanasia Boyd and Courtney Lytle of Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, working at the registration desk




One of our exhibitors - Recovery Concepts Community Center




Keynote: Recovery Processes Grounded in Equity,  Haner Hernandez, Ph.D., CPS, CADCII, LADCI


Devin Lyall and Jeff Walker of Wilkes Recovery Revolution presenting “Creating a Recovery Eco-System”




Who Should Attend?

Group therapy in session sitting in a circle in a bright roomWe warmly invite all individuals involved in any aspect of recovery and resiliency around mental health and substance use disorders. This conference will be beneficial to addictions specialists, administrators, advocates, allies, counselors, educators, family members, individuals with lived experience, marriage and family therapists, peer support specialists, policy makers, psychologists, social workers, and other health and human service professionals interested in recovery.



As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Northwest AHEC and Wake Forest Baptist Health provide compassionate education and respectful care for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


One Community in Recovery Conference is provided by Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC System, with support from the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and the UNC School of Social Work Behavioral Health Springboard. This program is funded in part by the SAMHSA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.



Click here to read 12th Annual NC "One Community in Recovery" Conference Recap

View Full Couse Catalog