Our mission is to advocate for recovery. We do this in three ways:
- Education through direct outreach to the community
- Recovery support through working with persons with substance use problems, their families and friends
- Working with business and community leaders to encourage a recovery friendly environment
So how do we fulfill our mission?
Our educational efforts include community outreach events, providing speakers and written materials to churches, schools, community centers, health care providers, and participation in many of the recent Heroin/Opioid Awareness meetings. The current opioid crisis has really shone a light on the depth of the addiction problem in our country as a whole and specifically our community. We are losing a generation to this disease and our area is ground zero for the state of SC.
Our recovery support efforts are multifaceted. We provide educational support meetings, in our facility, utilizing peer recovery coaches and (soon) family recovery coaches to teach and empower substance users, as well as their families, friends and loved ones, to help them seek, achieve and maintain recovery. The recovery coaches address such aspects as goal setting, setting boundaries, communication skills, identifying and accessing treatment, identifying your most compatible mutual support group, job and school re-entry and re-establishing trust. We provide training for peer support recovery coaches and provide coaches for hospital ERs, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commissions, Drug Courts, recovery programs at the detention centers, and other organizations based on need and availability.
Our work with business and community leaders involves educating them on the nature of the disease of addiction, reassuring them that recovery is a reality and that recovering persons are reliable and productive persons, who need a chance to return to a normal productive life. We also want our lawmakers involved in supporting and promoting recovery through facilitation and funding of innovative programs.
With our new facility, we will be able to have our regular meetings and classes. We have meeting space that can be utilized by other groups such as AA, NA, and Al-Anon. We have office space that can be used for one-on-one and family coaching. There is also space for a room or two to be used by some of the other agencies, as a satellite or itinerant office, to assist clients who have difficulty getting to their main offices. These might include Vocational Rehabilitation, DSS, Veterans Affairs, SC Works, and Shoreline, to name a few. In addition, we plan to have a clothes closet (to help those who need clothes for an interview, for example), a computer station or two where people can complete online job searches and applications, and a recovery library. Our coaches will also help the recovering person with developing life skills such as budgeting, financial related instruction such as how to manage a checking account, and provide assistance with resumes and job applications.
This will only happen if we can get the financial support we need. We will have the operating expenses for the building and we really need to hire one or two people to coordinate all of this. The majority of our services are provided by volunteers.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so on our website Donations Page or our Facebook Fundraiser Page.If you would like to make a donation, you can do so on our website Donations Page or our Facebook Fundraiser Page.
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity, so donations are deductible.