The mission of the Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc 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.
— Burke Council on Alchoholism
& Chemical Dependency
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
— The Serenity Prayer (as adapted by AA and other 12 Step Fellowships from the original prayer as written by Dr. Reinhold Neihbuhr)
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 Council we feel there are many paths to recovery. God (Higher Power) can intervene is someone’s life and take away the desire/need to use substances. Participation in a treatment program (outpatient or inpatient) is 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! Contact Burke Council at 828-433-1221 for more information on Recovery Support Services.
Because of their proven power and worth, AA's Twelve Steps represent a way of life appealing to all people of goodwill, of any religious faith or of none. Note the power of these very words!
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. We focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. Our message is broad enough to attract addicts from any social class or nationality. When new members come to meetings, our sole interest is in their desire for freedom from active addiction and how we can be of help.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
Alateen is a fellowship of young people (under 21) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meetings are held in Asheville. Adult Al-Anon members serve as sponsors of Alateen meetings.
The Al-Anon and Alateen program has helped many find solutions that lead to serenity - whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Click Here for More Information on Al-Anon Meetings/Schedules
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
CoDA is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.
“If we willingly surrender ourselves to the spiritual discipline of the 12 Steps our lives will be transformed. We will become mature, responsible individuals with a great capacity for joy, fulfillment and wonder. Though we may never be perfect, continued spiritual progress will reveal to us our enormous potential. We will discover that we are both worthy of love and loving. We will love others without losing ourselves and will learn to accept love in return. Our sight, once clouded and confused, will clear and we will be able to perceive reality and recognize truth. Courage and fellowship will replace fear. We will be able to risk failure to develop new, hidden talents. Our lives, no matter how bad or denigrated, will yield hope to share with others. We will begin to feel and come to know the vastness of our emotions, but we will not be slaves to them. Our secrets will no longer bind us in shame. As we gain the ability to forgive ourselves, our families and the world, our choices will expand. With dignity we will stand for ourselves, but not against our fellows. Serenity and peace will have meaning for us as we allow our lives and the lives of those we love to flow daily with God’s ease, balance and grace. No longer terrified we will discover we are free to delight in life’s paradoxical mystery and awe. We will laugh more. Fear will be replaced by faith and gratitude will come naturally as we realize that our higher power is doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.”
-p.269, From Survival to Recovery