Burke 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:
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:
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
203 White Street
Morganton, NC 28655