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Brunch To Celebrate National Recovery Month


September 4, 2017

Every September since 2011, Meridian Behavioral Health Services’ Recovery Education Center has hosted a community celebration featuring information booths from local and regional agencies working to promote wellness and recovery for those living in Transylvania County, as well as recovery stories, art exhibitions, and performances. This year’s Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Strengthen Fam-ilies and Communities.”

Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

This year, in addition to hosting several community education events at the Recovery Education Center, Meridian Behavioral Health Services is inviting local community organizations and individuals to attend a Community Recovery Appreciation Brunch.

The Brevard Recovery Education Center’s Comm-unity Appreciation Brunch will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Foods and beverages will be available.

“We want to give folks in recovery and those whose lives have been positively impacted by the work of local nonprofits and individuals who’ve stood by them through tough times the opportunity to celebrate and thank the people and organizations whose dedicated work supports recovery here in Transylvania County,” said Faith Rhyne, staff at the Brevard Recovery Educ-ation Center.

The impact of substance use and mental health challenges for local families and on community health here in Transylvania County is tremendous. The 2016 Transylvania County State of the County’s Health Report identifies substance use and mental health as top priorities in addressing community wellness. With regards to substance abuse, the report states, “the most recent rates of unintentional poisoning related to drug overdose in Transylvania County were approximately 35 percent higher than the regional rates and 1.8 times the state rates.”

The 2015 Transylvania County Community Health Assessment report states that, “In 2015, more than 16 percent of county residents reported having seven or more days of poor mental health in the past month, (compared to 12 percent in 2012), and nearly 6 percent reported being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with life.”

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that in 2015, approximately 18 percent of adult Americans experience some form of mental health challenge, and that the overall likelihood of experiencing mental health impairments over the course of a lifetime is just below 50 percent.

Local community agencies, organizations and coalitions work tirelessly to address the complex needs of Transylvania County residents who are impacted by challenges related to poverty, mental health and substance use. Numerous programs and services have been made available to support people in strengthening their wellness as individuals and as community members.

People can and do recover from significant life challenges. When individuals recover, families recover and communities recover.

During the month of September, join Meridian Behavioral Health Services and the Brevard Recovery Education Center in celebrating both recovery and the people and organizations that support recovery here in Transylvania County.

If you have any questions, contact Faith Rhyne at or (828) 339-1406 or Mary Richmond at or (828) 339-1402 at the Brevard Recovery Center.


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