Get Ready To FACE-IT In Cherokee County, NC 

On July 26, 2011 the fourth, and largest, Facing Addiction through Community Empowerment and Intervention Teams in Western North Carolina (FACE-IT) team received their certificates signifying the completion of the extensive training on alcohol and drug use, abuse and addiction that focused on how to respond to the prescription drug abuse and overdose epidemic.

Working in conjunction with the North Carolina Evidence Based Practice Center, collaboration between Duke University and Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC), and Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County, Mountain AHEC sponsored the FACE-IT WNC program. The program was funded through a grant award from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Below are the projects they plan on implementing in their communities. 

Drug and Alcohol Resource Information Sharing with local Agencies

Ride for Recovery

Adding Substance Use Disorder Information to Life Skills Program at the Homeless Shelter

Department of Social Services Parent Education Program

“Let’s Talk” Healthy Carolinians

Substance Use Awareness Cards

Counselor Education

Overcomers Outreach


Swain County

Swain County
Health Dept.

Monday January 24, 2011
@ 11:30-12:45

     Yancey Mitchell Counties

Spruce Pine Hospital
Tuesday January 18th @ 9:00-10:15

 Rutherford Polk Counties

Rutherford County Annex
Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 12:00-1:00

FACE-IT Project Goals

1)  Increase dissemination and implementation of research based practices

Get the right information to the right people to prevent and treat Prescription Drug Abuse and Substance Use Disorders

2) Encourage Workforce Development

Help providers with access to resources, consumers and best practice interventions

3) Develop, implement and evaluate community wide stigma reduction activities and enhance intervention and treatment opportunities for those suffering from and affected by substance use disorders.

Meet communities where they are at and support them in understanding the problem and how to address it community by community

4)     Work collaboratively with existing community resources to advocate for consumer needs, serve as “in house” resource leaders, and assist with referrals.

Not duplicate efforts or re-invent the wheel

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) will be working with local communities across Western North Carolina to reduce prescription misuse and other forms of drug abuse through a project called FACE-IT. The project is made possible by the generous support and grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Subpages (1): How R U FACING IT?