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Premieres Thursday, April 8, at 7 PM on PBS NC and the PBS Video App

Opioids: State of Recovery follows Leah Wright and her son, Carrson, as they recount his own recovery journey. Following multiple drug poisoning events, Carrson eventually found recovery and has been clean for over two years.

Leah’s journey with her son inspired her to start the Triangle’s first recovery high school, Wake Monarch Academy. Recovery high schools are designed specifically for adolescents who are in active recovery from substance use disorder. When adolescents in recovery return to their original high schools, they have a 70% chance of return to use. Those in recovery high schools stand only a 30% chance of return to use.

Working to remove the stigma associated with those in recovery, the series brings into question the science behind a person’s choice in using drugs, socioeconomic status, the role law enforcement plays, and what limited resources are available to those in recovery. Opioids: State of Recovery opens the doors to discussion and works to incite passion in making change.

Learn More about Organizations Featured in Opioids: State of Recovery

Additional Information and Resources

If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or go to SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Narcotics Anonymous (Find a Meeting)


State of Recovery is made possible by the generous support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

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