Substance Awareness


Services Offered:

  • Treatment Navigation

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.

  • Peer Support

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.

  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

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.

  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

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

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

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

  • Post-Overdose Support

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

  • NENC Connect is a Regional Substance Use Information Campaign in Northeastern North Carolina with the aim of connecting people to substance use prevention, support, treatment and recovery services. Individuals will be linked with services or information via telephone or the NENC Connect website.

  • Trillium Health Services is a local governmental agency that manages mental health, substance use, and intellectual/developmental disability services in eastern North Carolina. They are responsible for managing state and federally funded services for people who receive Medicaid, are uninsured or cannot afford services. They have a 24/7 access to care line, 1 877-685-2415, and in an emergency can dispatch a specially trained Mobile Crisis Team to your location.

  • SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. They have a 24/7 free and confidential treatment referral service helpline, 1-800-662-4357. You can also use their online treatment locator tools to find a treatment center or buprenorphine (Suboxone) doctors in your area.

  • FindTreatment.gov where you can look for a treatment center online by clicking on the link and simply entering your zip code. Or if you prefer to speak with someone on the phone, you can call the helpline and get some advice on how to proceed: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

  • Addictions.com offers people a single source of relatable, reliable information for any stage of the recovery journey, including resources/treatment, warning signs, talking to a family member, and definitions on different types of treatment.

  • Narcotics.com which helps people find local Narcotics Anonymous meetings and provides resources for various types of treatment including inpatient, outpatient, and support groups.

  • Rehabs.org provides info for people at any stage of their recovery journey, including info on different types of therapy/recovery options, warning signs, how to talk to a family member, definitions of different types of treatment, and a local treatment center directory.

  • AmericanAddictionCenters.org is the leading provider for addiction treatment nationwide, specializing in evidence-based treatment and mental health care.

  • AddictionGroup.org can help you find a drug or alcohol rehab program that's right for you. Talk to a specialist today!

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

email: mwheeler@hydecountync.gov

office phone: (252) 926-4392

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


Joy Dodge, Certified Peer Support Specialist, WRAP Facilitator

email: jdodge@hydecountync.gov

office phone: (252) 926-4366

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


Brittanie Thompson, MAT Nurse, Behavioral Health Nurse

email: bthompson@hydecountync.gov

office phone: (252) 926-4391


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

email: aschafer@hydecountync.gov

office phone: (252) 926-4381