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

ACCESS FAVOR  /  Visit Site

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

Savannah River ROC – A Recovery Oriented Community (Aiken Center)  /  Visit Site

SC SHARE  /  Visit Site

WakeUp Carolina / Creighton’s House  /  Visit Site


Faith-Based RCO’s

Celebrate Recovery (First Baptist Church of Lexington)  /  Visit Site

Recovery All SC (Oak Grove Baptist Church)  /  Visit Site

Trinity Recovery (Lutheran Services of the Carolinas)  /  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?

County Organizations

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


Aiken County  /  Savannah River ROC – A Recovery Oriented Community (Aiken Center)

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


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