Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc.

Burke Recovery was organized as The Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency in 1966 to assist in the alleviation of human suffering borne by those afflicted with alcoholism and chemical dependency and the suffering of family and friends.

The Council is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers concerned about Burke County. Burke Recovery is a private, non-profit organization. The Council believes addiction to alcohol and or other substances is a chronic disease. Burke Recovery focuses efforts on education, prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

Burke Recovery promotes public understanding and awareness that the alcoholic or chemically addicted person can be helped. Burke Recovery is committed to the alleviation of the suffering and to the improvement of the lives of all persons affected by substance abuse and/or dependency.

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The mission of the Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc. is to work collaboratively with community partners to provide prevention/education, treatment and recovery support services to all citizens of Burke County regardless of their ability to pay.

Burke Recovery was started as the Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency in 1966 by a group of concerned citizens who were looking for an agency to provide some education to the community and the school system about alcohol. At that time, the agency was called the Burke County Council on Alcoholism. The first money was initiated by the ABC Board and the County Commissioners.



Substance dependency is a chronic disease that, left untreated, is progressive and can be fatal. It is caused by a genetic predisposition or environmental factors (continued use/abuse).

At Burke Recovery we feel there are many paths to recovery. God (Higher Power) can intervene in someone’s life and take away the desire/need to use substances. Participation in a treatment program (outpatient or inpatient) in often necessary to break the cycle of dependency. Many people find recovery through 12-Step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Many family members of addicts find recovery from the family illness of addiction in Al-Anon or CODA (Co-Dependents Anonymous).

However sobriety occurs, good therapy and on-going support can provide opportunities to rebuild self-esteem, repair relationships and help people discover new lives in recovery!


Burke Recovery offers a range of treatment options, from assessments to referrals to individual and group therapy. We serve adolescents, adults and families. We operate on a recovery management model with the aim of helping clients fully achieve their own recovery goals. 

Adolescent Treatment

Burke Recovery does assessments and provides individual and group therapy for adolescents referred to us through the Department of Juvenile Justice and other adolescents who may be referred by parents, agencies or medical professionals. Call 828-433-1221 for more information.

Adult Treatment

Burke Recovery does assessments and provides individual and group therapy for adults seeking assistance for substance use disorders. Referrals can be made by the individual, an employer, human service agency, court or health professional. Call 828-433-1221 for more information.

Family Treatment

Addiction is a family disease that affects not only the user/abuser but all members of the family. Burke Recovery encourages family members to seek help for themselves through a 12-step program such as Al-Anon. We also offer counseling services for families, either with the using/abusing member or without. Call 828-433-1221 for more information.


Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc.

Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc.



Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The purpose of the STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is to HELP students develop positive self concepts as well as learning coping and decision making skills in order to promote healthy drug free lifestyle choices.
The program will provide counseling services to students with school, peer, family and alcohol and other drug related problems. The program will also provide a procedure for early identification of students experiencing these problems.


School Intervention Program (ScIP)

ScIP is an alternative to suspension for students who violate the school’s drug free policy.  ScIP provides alcohol & drug education for the middle & high school students who are experimenting with alcohol/drugs or those considered at risk for future alcohol/drug use. 


Faith-Based Community Recovery Initiative

Purpose: to raise awareness of addiction issues, educate clergy and laity on how to recognize, talk about and, when appropriate, help them make good referrals for treatment. Work with classes of 10-12 faith communities, represented by clergy and laity. Contact Burke Recovery at 828-433-1221 for more information.


Prescription Med Abuse Initiative

Purpose: to raise community awareness of prescription med abuse issues and to establish collaborative working relationships with doctors, pharmacies and law enforcement. BCACD is a member of a team of community providers/leaders whose goal is to design, manage and monitor a program dealing with prescription med abuse. For more information call Burke Recovery at 828-433-1221.

Local Industry / Civic Club / Organization Awareness Initiative

Purpose: educate local businesses, civic clubs and community organizations on SA/addiction issues. GOAL: 24+ presentations to 1,000+ individuals –help build a Recovery Oriented Community of Care in Burke County.
For more information call Burke Recovery at 828-433-1221.

Burke Recovery Public Education & Training Initiative

Purpose: Establish Burke Recovery as a source for public education and professional development on issues relating to substance abuse/dependence. We would offer three public education sessions (Parenting Skills on April 28, 2011) and three professional development trainings (motivational interviewing etc…) at a community site. For more information call Burke Recovery at 828-433-1221.

Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN)

Purpose: bring together on a regular basis all providers and stakeholders involved with substance abuse issues in Burke County…..to help us establish a Recovery Oriented Community of Care in the county. For more information call Burke Recovery at 828-433-1221.


Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations – creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic.
The merged organization will be called:

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