Someone with a substance use disorder may repeatedly use alcohol or drugs despite the consequences. More than 20 million Americans struggle with substance use, including 8 million people who also have a mental health disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
At Vaya, we see you as a person, not a diagnosis. Founded upon SAMHSA’s guiding principles of recovery, we believe that recovery focuses on the whole person and:
• Emerges from hope
• Is person-driven
• Occurs through many pathways
• Is holistic
• Is supported by peers and allies
• Is supported through relationships and social networks
• Is culturally-based and influenced
• Is supported by addressing trauma
• Involves individual, family and community strengths and responsibility
• Is based on respect
Recovery does happen.
In North Carolina and nationwide, people in recovery have discovered healthy and rewarding lives that are free of alcohol and drugs. Learn more about recovery classes like Wellness Recovery Action Plan and Peer Support Specialist training in our education opportunities section.
Substance Use AllianceThe Alliance is chaired by Brian Ingraham, CEO of Vaya Health. Efforts will focus on the 23 counties Vaya currently serves and be guided by both the 2016 report of the N.C. Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use and the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
Vaya Health has joined with community partners to form the Western North Carolina Substance Use Alliance. The WNC SU Alliance aims to increase collaboration across agencies involved in substance use prevention and treatment, leverage resources to maximize efforts, reduce duplication and establish top priorities for the region.