The Rear Window: A Space for Mindful Reflection



As our National Recovery Month draws nigh (September), we look back at the strides the recovery movement has made in the past 12 months.

September is a recovery celebratory month and a national observance with the sole purpose of educating people across this nation that recovery is possible and that people with a substance use disorder and/or a co-occurring mental health issue can absolutely live a happy and healthy life. RCNC will be honoring recovery month through a recovery rally in Raleigh, NC.

Please read below for more information on the rally and consider joining us.

What we know at RCNC, as do people everywhere, is that recovery works…we see the power of recovery every day as lives are transformed and hope buoys the person with a substance use disorder into a life full of promise and quality—this is a wonderful thing to watch happen to a new recoveree.

“How do we support that person as a friend, ally or family member?”, you might ask.

Well here are a few strategies that are being shared on an international level focusing on the ways we might support someone who is new to recovery:

  • Encourage the new recoveree to engage in peer support or recovery coaching services;
  • If they are a member of a support group of any kind, encourage them to continue attending;
  •  Uphold boundaries and have clear lines of communication;
  • Be mindful and patient with the new recoveree in all situations; do your best not to judge or lecture;
  • If the person with a SUD is a family member, attend family therapy if necessary to help rebuild the family unit and provide a safe space to talk openly;
  • Learn about substance use disorder, the process of recovery, and available resources.
  • Try to find new sober activities together you can practice together;
  • If the recoveree is living with you, create a safe home environment by removing all substances (including alcohol);
  • Try and help reduce stress in the home environment;
  • Find support for yourself. (Family and friends resources include but are not limited to: Family Meetings at RCNC, SMART Friends and Family (a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon);; Nar-anon; Gam-anon;; and

Until next month I will leave you with this quote from Ralph Marston, “You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”


Dr. Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP
Executive Director
Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC)
5245 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27616

Shannon Egan