What are recovery support services?

Recovery support services, delivered by trained volunteers who themselves are in recovery, help individuals and families initiate, stabilize and sustain recovery from substance use disorders.  The services are non-professional and non-clinical and provide linkages to other services and supports in the community.  Recovery support services can be delivered in a variety of settings and throughout the continuum of care.

What is the FAVOR Greenville Center?

After an extensive three year planning process and fundraising campaign that netted $ 1.5 million, FAVOR Greenville opened the FAVOR Greenville Center on July 1, 2013. The Center is located in 4,400 square feet of office and training space in Highland Business Park, just off Laurens Road at 355 Woodruff Road, Suite 303. The space was up-fitted to FAVOR’s specifications, including a large training room, two smaller conference rooms, offices, resource center and two small meeting rooms for coaching sessions. The Center is a welcoming, soothing space for participants who are suffering with a substance use disorder in themselves or a loved one.


How will the Center be sustained over time?

Through good stewardship and a strong annual giving program, the board of FAVOR Greenville has continued to seek private support after the initial capital campaign was completed. The current FAVOR FOREVER CAMPAIGN seeks to raise $6,000,000 over the next five years to sustain the work of FAVOR into the future.


Why does the community need a recovery community center?

There are over 40,000 individuals age 12 and older with a substance use disorder in Greenville County. Only about 10% of these individuals currently receive appropriate treatment or support for recovery. Research shows that people believe our community lacks a coordinated system of care for substance use disorders and many people are unaware of available services and how to access effective support for recovery.

Our state government spends more than $934 million on costs related to the burden of substance use disorders, including criminal justice, social service, healthcare, and loss of productivity each year. Greenville County’s share is estimated at $93 million annually. Each person with a substance use disorder negatively impacts the lives of at least five other people: spouse, children, friends, and employers. The personal and emotional costs to individuals and families are incalculable.

Clearly, from these statistics, there is a need in Greenville County for a new, cost-effective strategy. Across the country the recovery community is organizing its “ability to care” in recovery community centers, where a renewed spirit of service and activism is taking hold. Locally, with the support of the community and our referral partners, we have a unique opportunity to change lives and save lives through this new center.

How does FAVOR Greenville promote and support recovery in the Greenville community?

The most critical issue in achieving long-term recovery is not how to stop alcohol and/or drug use and manage acute withdrawal symptoms, but how to avoid resuming use in the weeks, months, and years following recovery initiation. FAVOR Greenville has added new programs to the existing resources in the community to help individuals and their families 1) initiate recovery by connecting with mutual aid groups and treatment services as needed and 2) provide recovery support services to those working to sustain recovery. We know that long-term recovery is a reality and that recovery is a process of change that takes time and support.

FAVOR Greenville’s recovery support programs offer non-clinical services that help people achieve, enrich, and maintain recovery. Services include personal recovery planning, telephone recovery support, family education, recovery coaching, information and referral, volunteer opportunities and Fun in Recovery social events. Research shows that a comprehensive array of services assists people in sustaining recovery and social supports improve recovery outcomes.

Isn’t this program a duplication of other efforts in the community? What about collaboration?

FAVOR Greenville brings new services to the community that have not been available before. FAVOR exists to mobilize resources within and outside the recovery community to increase the number of individuals who achieve and sustain recovery from substance use disorders. It serves as the Welcome Center to Recovery for the community and is the source for “all things recovery” for both individuals and families. Like hundreds of similar organizations across the country, FAVOR is an independent, non-profit recovery community organization which is led and governed by people in recovery. It provides advocacy and public education activities, as well as recovery support services which are delivered by trained volunteer recovery coaches who are not substitutes for, but partners with, professional addiction counselors and sponsors in 12-step programs.

Since its inception FAVOR Greenville has collaborated with all treatment providers, mutual-aid groups like AA and NA, Celebrate Recovery churches, and all recovery residences in the area.  It maintains a Resource Center and provides 35 outreach meetings each month to Phoenix Center, Gateway House, Springbrook, Carolina Center for Behavioral Health, Serenity Place, and Turning Point.

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