Save the date for next year March 6-8, 2024 at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro!


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.

The conference was fully in person this year at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro, March 1-3. The theme for this year’s  conference was “WE: Wellness and Empowerment.” We were delighted to have 217 attendees this year – our highest attendance since 2014. 

2023 Keynote Presenters were:

Delton Russell, NCCPSS, Population Health Recovery Specialist, Partners Behavioral Health 

Sascha Altman DuBrul, Writer, Educator, and Founder of The Icarus Project


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

"The Conference left me with many ideas and strategies that I will attempt to implement in my practice as a Peer Support Specialist."
"I would just like to say thank you so much for this event… it was the most worthwhile experience. I learned so much and met many amazing people."
"I felt empowered and strengthened to go back to work fresh with a different mindset."
"This conference renewed my focus. Burnout occurs often in mental health, and being able to go back to basics at this conference was great."


Congrats to our Recovery Champion Award Recipients:

  • Alabama Stone - Eastern Region
  • Fonda Bryant - Central Region
  • Susan Buchanan - Western Region
  • Jayvein Greene – Youth/Young Adult Voice Award
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Listen in on our Healthcare Insights Podcast!

Jayvein Greene Inspires and Spreads Hope for Today’s Youth

We sat down with Jayvein Greene - winner of this year’s Youth/Young Adult Voice Award at the One Community in Recovery Conference - to talk about his experience as a young, black male facing mental illness, trauma, and substance abuse. 

Listen to Jayvein as he tells his story in this episode of Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina




Check out these photos from the event:



Opening Session


Sunrise Exhibit


 Jimmy McGill




Jimmy McGill Breakout Session




Save the date for next year March 6-8, 2024 at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro!



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 University 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.


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