Recovery Center in Smoky Mountains Remains Open Despite Fire Threat

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English Mountain drug rehab center is still doing business as usual despite the temporary threat of surrounding fires.

Treatment went on with a slightly adjusted schedule but we all kept the recovery process moving forward

An addiction treatment facility in the Great Smoky Mountains has managed to avoid closure despite the threat of wildfires in the region. English Mountain Recovery, a 36-bed residential center in Tennessee, borders on property consumed by recent fires, including resort communities of Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Firefighters responded by climbing the steep mountain to dig out fire lines by hand, and the collective swift action of the recovery community, firefighters, local law enforcement, Red Cross, National Guard, FEMA/TEMA and the Tennessee Highway Patrol allowed residents to remain protected while the 27-acre English Mountain Recovery campus was also spared from damages.

Following a series of logistical challenges to ensure safety of the recovery community, residents and staff have returned to the English Mountain campus. While the mission of treating drug and alcohol addiction continues, Clinical Director David Vincent is among those expressing gratitude now. “Treatment went on with a slightly adjusted schedule but we all kept the recovery process moving forward,” Vincent explained.” “From the bottom of my heart I wish to thank the dozens of firefighters, forestry service and law enforcement personnel involved who helped keep our clients, staff and property safe,” he added.

These wildfires come five years after much of English Mountain Recovery sustained major losses during a fire. The nationally-recognized 90-day treatment center, located on a site once visited by dignitaries including President Theodore Roosevelt, survived to serve individuals stricken by alcohol and drug dependence with a program that features a 12 Step introduction, family sessions and equine therapy. The center maintains a membership in a variety of professional organizations too, including the National Association of Addiction Professionals, Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services, and The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

For more information about English Mountain Recovery’s mission and program for alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Tennessee, visit Calls regarding admissions questions are handled at 877-459-8595.

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