More than 378,000 South Carolinians are living full lives – in recovery.
It’s time we all embrace recovery, not just those who are overcoming a substance use disorder. Once we understand that this is a treatable disease and not a moral failing, better days are ahead for everyone. People can and do recover, going on to lead healthy lives. That’s why it’s so important to provide understanding and support, regardless of where in the recovery process someone might be.
What is Recovery?
Recovery is the process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential.
Four areas that support life in recovery are:
Overcoming a substance use disorder means making informed, healthy choices that support physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Having a stable, safe and recovery-friendly place to live.
Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as working, volunteering, taking care of family or having creative endeavors – as well as the independence and resources that enable an individual to participate in society.
Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.
What is the language of recovery?
When it comes to the language of recovery, additional support can be given by eliminating words and phrases that can have a negative bias against individuals. Avoid words like addict, habit, junkie and clean. They suggest a person “is” the problem, rather than the person “having” a disease. Being characterized like that can reduce the willingness to seek treatment and we should all work toward ending the stigma associated with substance use disorders.
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What are some different types of recovery services?
Peer Support & Recovery Support
Designed to reduce incidences and the return to substance misuse, these services also aim to decrease emergency medical use and the involvement of the criminal justice system. They are often created by people who have experience with substance use disorders. The services can be delivered in diverse settings and take many forms, including one-on-one coaching and recovery support groups.
Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC)
A ROSC is a supportive network that addresses the full range of substance use and/or misuse problems within communities. A fundamental value of a ROSC is the involvement of people in recovery, their families and the community.
Recovery Community Organization (RCO)
An RCO is an independent, non-profit organization that engages in recovery-focused community education, outreach programs, peer recovery support services and advocacy.
RCOs in South Carolina
College of Charleston Collegiate Recovery Program / Visit Site
Community Connections for Recovery (Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County) / Visit Site
The Courage Center / Visit Site
FAVOR Lowcountry / Visit Site
FAVOR Pee Dee / Visit Site
FAVOR Piedmont / Visit Site
FAVOR Upstate / Visit Site
Gamecock Recovery / Visit Site
Greenville Technical College Center for Collegiate Recovery / Visit Site
Midlands Recovery Center / Visit Site
The Peer Connection / Visit Site
Savannah River ROC – A Recovery Oriented Community (Aiken Center) / Visit Site
SC SHARE / Visit Site
WakeUp Carolina / Creighton’s House / Visit Site
Looking for a support group?
South Carolina has a number of different types of recovery resources and social networks. Each group focuses on being engaging, accessible and supportive of people who are seeking recovery or who are in recovery.
Recovery Support Group Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous / Visit Site
Narcotics Anonymous / Visit Site
Al-Anon / Alateen / Visit Site
Nar-Anon / Visit Site
Adult Children of Alcoholics / Visit Site
Families Anonymous / Visit Site
Co-Dependents Anonymous / Visit Site
Cocaine Anonymous / Visit Site
Dual Recovery Anonymous / Visit Site
Nicotine Anonymous / Visit Site
Chemically Dependent Anonymous / Visit Site
Crystal Meth Anonymous / Visit Site
Recovering Couples Anonymous / Visit Site
Lawyers Helping Lawyers / Visit Site
All Recovery Meeting (in Greenville, S.C.) / Visit Site
HAMS (Harm reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support) / Visit Site
Moderation Management / Visit Site
SMART Recovery / Visit Site
“Secular Recovery and Wellness” Group on Facebook / Visit Facebook Page
“Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)” Group on Facebook / Visit Facebook Page
Need help finding recovery options?
Finding the right recovery resource or counseling center is an important step forward in finding knowledge and guidance for people and families that have been impacted by a substance use disorder.
Abbeville County / Cornerstone – Abbeville
Anderson County / Anderson Behavioral Health Services
Cherokee County / Cherokee County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Greenville County / The Phoenix Center
Greenwood County / Cornerstone – Greenwood
Laurens County / GateWay Counseling Center
McCormick County / Cornerstone – McCormick
Oconee County / Oconee Behavioral Health Services
Pickens County / Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County
Spartanburg County / The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health
Union County / Healthy U Behavioral Health Services
Barnwell County / Axis I Center of Barnwell
Chester County / Hazel Pittman Center
Edgefield County / Cornerstone – Edgefield
Fairfield County / Fairfield Behavioral Health Services
Kershaw County / The ALPHA Behavioral Health Center
Lancaster County / Counseling Services of Lancaster
Lexington County / LRADAC – Lexington
Newberry County / Westview Behavioral Health Services – Newberry
Richland County / LRADAC – Richland
Saluda County / Westview Behavioral Health Services – Saluda
York County / Keystone Substance Abuse Services
Allendale County / New Life Center – Allendale
Bamberg County / Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Bamberg
Beaufort County / Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department
Berkeley County / Ernest E. Kennedy Center
Calhoun County / Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Calhoun
Charleston County / Charleston Center
Colleton County / Pillars 4 Hope
Dorchester County / Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission
Hampton County / New Life Center – Hampton
Jasper County / New Life Center – Jasper
Orangeburg County / Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Orangeburg
Chesterfield County / The ALPHA Behavioral Health Center
Clarendon County / Clarendon Behavioral Health Services
Darlington County / Rubicon Family Counseling Services
Dillon County / Trinity Behavioral Care – Dillon
Florence County / Circle Park Behavioral Health Services
Georgetown County / Georgetown County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission
Horry County / Shoreline Behavioral Health Services
Lee County / The Lee Center
Marion County / Trinity Behavioral Care – Marion
Marlboro County / Trinity Behavioral Care – Marlboro
Sumter County / Sumter Behavioral Health Services
Williamsburg County / Williamsburg County Behavioral Health