The Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (TAADAC) has announced that David Burnett, of Monteagle, is the recipient of the “Counselor of the Year in the State of Tennessee” award presented at the Annual TAADAC Counselor Appreciation Luncheon held September 6. Burnett has previously won the Regional Award for “Counselor of the Year” in 2013, given by the regional Southeast Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (SETAADAC) chapter.
The Counselor of the Year Award in the state is the organization’s highest honor and is presented annually to the individual in the substance use disorder and mental health treatment field who has made a major contribution to both their clients and to the addiction treatment field in general. The annual TAADAC Counselor of the Year in the state of Tennessee Awards luncheon will be held in Franklin at the Cool Springs Marriott Hotel.
Burnett has more than 20 years’ experience in the substance use disorder/mental health treatment field. He is currently employed as a Counselor III by the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) in Chattanooga as the Adult Family Counselor on the Residential Unit and maintains a private practice at Sewanee Holistic Health located in the Folks at Home Building in downtown Sewanee. In addition, he is licensed by the state of Tennessee as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor. At CADAS, Burnett conducts individual, group and family counseling sessions in a Residential setting. In addition, he is responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting the weekly held 3-day Family Workshop with clients and their family members as well as conducting the weekly Family Education Groups.
Burnett has held several key leadership roles in the community including past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA). Past president and board member of the Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce (MMCC). Past president and board member of the Grundy County Rotary Club, Leadership Grundy participant and past vice-president of the Leadership Grundy Board of Directors. Burnett is a parishioner at Otey Memorial Parish where he serves on the Vestry and is Chairman of the Stewardship Committee as well as a lay reader and usher.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery from substance use disorders. The annual TAADAC Counselor Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled in September to coincide with National Recovery Month, which teaches Americans that addiction and mental health treatment can lead to healthy and rewarding lives. The Recovery Month’s focus is to celebrate the gains made by those in recovery, just as society would for those who are managing other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works and that treatment is effective.