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Jarmichael R. Harris, MS, LCAS        

Founder & CEO of Engage Recovery, LLC and Director of Scholastic Recovery for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina

Jarmichael Harris, MS, LCAS (He/Him) is the Founder/CEO of Engage Recovery, LLC and currently serves as the Director of Scholastic Recovery for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina. Mr. Harris is an advocate for the expansion of Recovery Support resources for underrepresented populations - both regionally and nationally, volunteering his time on several boards.

Mr. Harris has spent the past decade working in substance use treatment and recovery supports, working with adolescents and young adults, and advocating for a more expansive Recovery Oriented System of Care. He is a two-time alum of his beloved East Carolina University, where he also serves as Adjunct Professor.

Raised in Salisbury, NC, Mr. Harris enjoys being outdoors and taking in everything the great state of North Carolina has to offer.

Speech Topics

Advocacy in a Digital Age

With the click of a button, your voice can be shared with millions. Like no other time in history can a person use their platform to create change. Whether it’s simply retweeting a scholar that shares your point of view or a funny meme that speaks to truth, your social media account can be the catalyst of change.

The Humanitarian Response to Substance Use Disorders

The language we use has remarkable impacts on how society views mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you are a person in recovery, a family member of a person in recovery, or an ally like myself, I believe that when we change our language, we can change our culture. We are Change Agents.

Grab a Shovel, Treat the Soil

This is the extended version of Jarmichael’s July 2020 TEDxJHRoseHigh Talk. This talk highlights the challenges people who use drugs (PWUD) and those seeking treatment face. COVID-19 has exposed our nation in many ways, but certainly in addressing the wide gaps of resources available to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Highlights of the discussion will include the systemic oppression that has attributed to a healthcare system that has under-served BIPOC, the failed War on Drugs, and how we as a community have the power to "treat the soil" to provide better outcomes for those in need.

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