The NC Counties represented in the Western Region include:

Buncombe Graham  Macon Polk
Burke Haywood Madison Rutherford
Catawba Henderson McDowell Swain
Cherokee Jackson Mitchell Transylvania

This community is made up of 18 counties in the most western section of North Carolina. The Western North Carolina Regional Recovery Alliance covers an area of about 11,000 square miles with a population of , as measured by the 2010 U.S. Census, 1,473,241, which is approximately 15% of North Carolina’s total population. Tourism, especially outdoor ventures such as canoeing, whitewater rafting, camping, and fishing are extremely important to local economies in the area. Per capita market income is $21,168, compared with $23,443 statewide and $26,420 nationwide, with 7 Western Region counties falling in the “at-risk” or “distressed” poverty levels.

Photo of the meeting
On July 19, 2018, a focus group of 25 leaders of the Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment and recovery support field in this part of the state gathered for a brainstorming and planning session. The goals coming out of the meeting were to:

1) Create a Western Carolina Regional Recovery Alliance, including the following counties of NC: Burke, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Transvanial, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Yancey and Mitchell.

2) Create a list of representatives in the SUD field (Including prevention specialists, educators, high school and collegiate counselors and recovery programs, law enforcement and drug court professionals, treatment providers, recovery communities, professional monitoring organizations, and others). This list currently includes 215 individuals.

3) Host annual Summits to bring leadership together to collaborate on projects throughout the year. The first of these will be on November 9, 2018

4) Provide for ongoing collaborative efforts through online tools, Zoom Meetings and smaller in-person meetings.

Provide for representation of the Western Carolina Regional Recovery Alliance at the Annual North Carolina statewide Recovery Alliance Initiative Summit each spring.

All Regions operate under the same guiding principles. To learn more, please visit the Recovery Alliance Regional Recovery Alliance Overview.

Planning Committee

If you are on the planning committee, or wish to be, for the Western NC Regional Recovery Alliance, please email Deborah Kopytowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an invitation to the Planning Group and updates on all upcoming meetings.

Community Updates

If you would like to be included in the Western Regional Recovery Alliance Initiative Community, please join our online community. Please note that you must be a member of in order to participate. RAI is easy and free to join. CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Photo of the location Lake Junaluska at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains near Waynesville and 30 minutes from Asheville, NC

November 9, 2018 Summit

Please note that the initial summit is invitation only and space is extremely limited. If you did not receive an invitation, but would like to be involved, please email Deborah Kopytowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will forward your request to the Committee. Please note that the goal is to balance representation from various fields and counties/cities within the region, we may not be able to accommodate your request at this time, but we do very much want to include you in the Strategy Committees and the Community, as well as future events.