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Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness believes everyone deserves the chance to see tomorrow. But anxiety, trauma and isolation are symptoms contributing to a massive rise in substance use, mental health challenges and unintended overdose deaths. 

We are a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), led and governed by those in the recovery community and their allies. Sunrise’s staff of Certified Peer Support Specialists provide hope and healing through their shared lived experience overcoming and managing substance use and mental health challenges- an evidence-based model of improving recovery support outcomes- and help others discover and maintain their pathway to recovery. 

Sunrise helps fill gaps in systems of care for some of our most vulnerable populations- the houseless, the recently incarcerated, and those experiencing mental wellness and substance use challenges. We offer opportunities for individuals to discover their own journey to recovery through peer support, free services, resource connection with community partners and a pathway to gainful employment as a Peer Support Specialist.

Our staff are the hands and heart of our organization and are able to connect with participants in an authentic, evidence-based way that removes stigma, reduces isolation and lowers instances of incarceration, hospitalization and recidivism.

At Sunrise we accept and respect people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, socio economic status, age, physical ability, religious belief, treatment choices, and various mental, emotional, and physical challenges. We celebrate diversity in a safe and positive environment. It is our responsibility to abide by these guidelines to create a safe and inclusive environment for all. 

What is a Certified Peer Support Specialist?

Watch this 3-minute video to learn the steps to becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist, the history and the impact of these community change-makers.


Check our calendar for support group meeting descriptions and schedules. 

All meetings are hybrid, meaning they are offered both online or you can visit Sunrise Community Center to watch in-person with Sunrise Peer Support Specialists.

Visit the Drop-In Community Center Mon-Wed-Friday 9AM-5PM and Tues-Thurs 9AM-7PM.



Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness is funded solely by grants and donations. We appreciate your donations so that we can continue to support and serve our community!

Sunrise has a variety of giving options, from making a gift of stock, donating using your donor advised fund, or purchasing hygiene products for the shelterless community. 


Have you recently been released from jail? Are you struggling to pay child support? Do you want to learn about treatment options? Do you need Narcan, safe syringes or harm reduction supplies? Do you want to learn about working as a Certified Peer Support Specialist? Check out Sunrise’s Programs.



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Sunrise would like to thank the following Community Partners:

Love & Respect for Recovery and Wellness 


MANNA Food Bank

Mary Benson House

NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

North Carolina Problem Gambling

Promise Resource Network 

PRISM (formerly People’s Opioid Summit)

Oxford Housing

Q&A Training and Consulting, Inc. 


Shining Star Center

Umoja Health, Wellness, and Justice Collective

Vaya Health

Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Buncombe County

Wilkes Recovery Revolution

WithAll Congregation


Yoga-Light A Path