Substance Awareness

Services Offered:

The HCHD helps people find the services they need, navigating the various options regarding substance use disorder, such as detox, outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, and recovery.

Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, our Certified Peer Support Specialists help people to become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. These services are provided both one-on-one and in group settings.

This program offers a wellness and recovery approach to help people decrease and prevent troubling feelings and behavior, increase personal development, improve quality of life, and achieve ones life goals and dreams. 

Offered on Fridays at 6pm at Swan Quarter Pentecostal Holiness Church (154 Academy Street, Swan Quarter, NC 27885).

Offered on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Hyde County Senior Center (160 Juniper Bay Road, Swan Quarter, NC 27885).

Our Certified Peer Support Specialists visit with individuals in the community who have overdosed, within 72 hours of an incident, in an effort to direct victims of overdose to harm reduction and treatment/recovery services.

The Good Samaritan Law

If you suspect that you or someone with you is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately! In North Carolina, if you call 911 in response to you or someone with you experiencing an overdose, you will no longer be prosecuted or have your probation/parole violated for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia, or underage drinking.  The North Carolina General Assembly has passed laws to minimize the risk of deaths and other serious health issues associated with substance abuse. The Hyde County Health Department has implemented these programs to reduce the potential harm to citizens battling with substance abuse.

The goal of substance abuse treatment is to stop use and allow people to lead active lives in the family, workplace, and community. One continual challenge, however, is keeping patients in treatment long enough for them to achieve this goal. That is why finding the right treatment for a person’s specific needs is critical. Substance abuse treatment is not “one size fits all.” Treatment outcomes depend on a number of factors.

• the extent and nature of the person’s problems

• a true desire to be in treatment

• the availability of additional services

• the quality of interaction between the person and his or her treatment providers.

• a strong support system

Family and friends can play important roles in motivating people with drug problems to enter and remain in treatment. However, trying to identify the right treatment programs for a loved one can be a difficult process. Please feel free to reach out to our staff at Hyde County Behavioral Health or use the resources below as a starting point to help locate the appropriate treatment options for you or your loved ones.

Resources & Education

Contact Information

To get connected to any of the services above, please reach out to:

Mike Wheeler, Certified Peer Support Specialist, WRAP Facilitator, Post Overdose Coordinator


office phone:  (252) 926-4392

cell phone: (252) 422-2936 (text or call)

Joy Dodge, Certified Peer Support Specialist, WRAP Facilitator


office phone:  (252) 926-4366

cell phone: (252) 422-1913 (text or call)

Brittanie Thompson, MAT Nurse, Behavioral Health Nurse


office phone:  (252) 926-4391

Anna Schafer, MPH, Health Education Supervisor, Substance Awareness Program Director


office phone:  (252) 926-4381