Addiction & Recovery Commission

The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee

The Addiction and Recovery Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee is comprised of caring people who share a concern over the growing problem of addiction. The combined knowledge, experience, and credentials, as well as sensitivity to the importance of the recovery process, makes the commission a valuable diocesan resource.


The purpose of the Addiction and Recovery Commission is to offer the Church as a resource for the education, care and support of people affected by the spiritual despair and disease of addiction. We offer support and comfort to families and loved ones whose lives are impacted by another’s addiction.

Our History

The 1979 General Convention Resolution on alcoholism committed the Church to a position anticipating the problems and needs of the victims of chemical dependency and to raising consciousness about alcohol and drug use and misuse.

The 1985 General Convention Resolution on Alcohol and Drug Abuse reaffirmed the earlier position and defined a policy for the use of alcoholic beverages in parishes, calling for education and employee assistance programs.

The Fifth Annual Convention of the Diocese of West Tennessee (1987) called for the appointment of an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee to develop comprehensive resources in West Tennessee in response to the policies of the General Convention. The Commission has continued to be a presence in the Diocese of West Tennessee since that time.


For more information about the WTN Episcopal Addiction and Recovery Commission, download our brochure. It includes a list of commission members and their contact information, a list of 12-step groups in the West Tennessee area, and other information you may find helpful.

We periodically have recovery book discussions, retreats, 12-step Eucharists, run/walk in recovery races, and more.  Visit our Facebook page at where you can keep up to date with what we’re doing in the diocese. We would love to include you on our mailing list. Just click the email sign-up link on our Facebook page, or contact one of our commission co-chairs:

Lucy Owens (; 901-497-0691)
Shannon Tucker (; 901-281-0785)