SPOTLIGHT: Morganton, NC’s Faith-Based Community Recovery Initiative

ResizedBurke Recovery (formerly the Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Inc.), NCADD's Morganton, NC Affiliate, has a program to train clergy and lay leaders on how to screen for substance abuse issues and make quality referrals for services.

The program started five years ago with eight churches. Since then, another 10 faith communities have been added.

The program offers a structured four-month educational program designed to expand awareness of addiction issues, increase knowledge of the disease concept and its applicability in pastoral counseling, and how to establish recovery ministries in faith communities.

The goals of the program are:

  • To educate ministers, staff and lay leaders on addiction issues so as to increase their knowledge, awareness and understanding in ways that enhance their ministry and to explain the vital role faith communities can (must) play in Recovery Oriented Communities of Care.
  • To prepare participants for an effective SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) program in their churches.
  • To offer on-going training and dialogue on related issues such as:

o spiritual dimensions of the 12 Steps
o mental health and substance abuse recovery awareness and support services
o community resources
o how/when/where to refer

The four-month program includes:

  • Month 1: Introduction and overview of program, establish schedule, review of disease concept of addiction, discussion and networking
  • Month 2: Q & A from experiences since last meeting, cover SBIRT—what it is, how it works, how to modify for faith communities, review of assessment tools, participate in role play exercises, discussion and networking
  • Month 3: Working with families on issues of addiction—how to involve families in a recovery program. Introduction of models of recovery ministry and assignment about deciding what such a ministry would look like in each individual congregation, discussion and networking
  • Month 4: Conclusion.....cover a wide-range of topics to make sure all participants have a working knowledge of language, concepts, modalities etc....connection to a web-site that provides continuing education, reference and networking opportunities.

A key aim of the program is to work with the lead pastors and lay leaders on how they can present information to their parishioners on substance use disorders, how to make referrals, and how to offer quality recovery services.

The pastors and lay leaders participate in the Council's community collaborative, Burke Substance Abuse Network, and support its awareness efforts through sermons, special programming and other means during Alcohol Awareness Month and National Recovery Month.

The mission of Burke Recovery is to work collaboratively with community partners to provide education/prevention, treatment and recovery support services to all citizens of Burke County, regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information:
Jim Van Hecke, Executive Director
Burke Recovery
203 White Street
Morganton, NC 28655
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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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