Recovery Stories

I used heavily throughout my twenties and had more or less resigned myself to the idea that I would drink myself into an early grave. I had never been comfortable in my own skin. Alcohol was my faithful, reassuring companion….for a while.

Ultimately I ended up in the hospital at age 32 with necrotizing pancreatitis. The pain was relentless and exhausting, but it stirred something deep within me. For the first time in a decade I realized I wanted to live an authentic life, free from the tyranny of substance use.

For the first eight months of my recovery journey, I met with my FAVOR Recovery Coach, Mike Malone, on a weekly basis. He shared with me many of the insights sobriety had taught him, particularly this idea of multiple pathways. I was shocked to learn that folks in recovery still have fun! With his encouragement, I began trying things I had never considered before: cycling, practicing yoga, and weight training. He also suggested I give the All Recovery meetings a try, a concept I eventually warmed up to.

I have been sober for two years now, and I believe it is because this community made me feel welcome when it seemed my life had hit a dead end. I wear my “Got Recovery?” bracelet with pride. Recovery benefits everyone!

Ben Sullivan

Music lover, road cyclist, FAVOR recovery coach, finally taking my health seriously

My liver was down to 60% function, I was around 85 pounds, and my mother and sister said I was “unrecognizable.”  I knew alcohol was killing me and I resigned myself to that, because I couldn’t stop.  I couldn’t even remember what it felt like to be happy without alcohol.  There was no way out, or so I thought. I had been to other programs for help, and it either felt like counseling where they didn’t get it, or the blind leading the blind where not all parties were in recovery.

My sobriety date is November 28, 2015 and that is due in a large part to FAVOR!

“Wow” is the first word that comes to mind when I think of FAVOR. It was love at first meeting. When I found a place that offered multiple pathways to recovery, I knew I was in the right place. I felt really comfortable and related to everything other folks said. I loved that FAVOR had planned activities and Recovery Coaches that are not only trained, but are in recovery as well.

My life is exponentially better and FAVOR helped show the path out.  Now I look and feel healthy! Thank you FAVOR!

Lanette Erwin

Solo traveler, cruise taker, sky diver, living the life I have always wanted

Trying to find help for our son was difficult and overwhelming. He was turned away from a program in Charleston because they said he needed more help than they could offer him.  In the parking garage outside the hospital, with a list they gave him, he began to call other facilities one by one. Finally he was told about a recovery residence in Greenville, SC.  Within 24 hours he was their newest resident and we went to our first family support meeting.  It was there that we learned about a new program that was in the planning stages called FAVOR.

As soon as the FAVOR doors were open in July of 2013, we began attending the Family Recovery meetings.  We quickly realized that FAVOR’s approach was different than any other program we had participated in. Our feelings of fear, stigma, despair and hopelessness were replaced with education, acceptance, understanding and hope.  FAVOR knows that addiction is a family disease.

Today our son is in recovery! And we just became grandparents to his beautiful baby daughter Ivy! We continue to attend Family Recovery meetings in order to further our education about this brain disorder, share our recovery journey, and give hope and support to other families. FAVOR’s continued support of our own needs and concerns as individuals and parents gives us the strength to walk with our family on this journey of hope and healing, one day at a time.

Mary Kaye and Billy Gault

Avid gardeners, devoted to family and friends, world travelers, passionate about FAVOR

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Families living with active addiction

I read a very insightful article in NEW YORK TIMES Sunday on families living with a person in active addiction. The article essentially chronicled the exhausting and never-ending journey of dealing with the issue of addiction. The violence, the conflict, in and out of treatment, in and out of jail, the constant worry, the financial […]

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WHEN DEALING WITH CHILD’S ADDICTION PARENTS NEED SUPPORT NOT JUDGEMENT We all want to put our best self forward. It is human nature. The sociologist Irvin Goffman referred to this as “impression management”.  We want to be viewed as competent, we want our children to be viewed as successful, we want our marriages to be […]

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ARE WE PRIMING THE NEXT GENERATION FOR ADDICTION? You see this picture above. It’s my 8 year-old Andrew, his brother Aiden who is 4, and my 6 year old Ellie. They are locked and loaded on a new personal computer game with graphics that push the boundaries of reality. As a matter of fact, these […]

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CONFESSIONS OF A DOUBLE AGENT- MY SECRET LIFE AS A MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT (M.A.T) THERAPIST I’m sure we can find people out there who know much, much more about medication assisted treatment than I do. There are people out there who understand the technical end of medication assisted treatment better than I do. What do I […]

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Lil Peep and The “SHOUT OUT BRO” Culture

Rapper Lil Peep and The “SHOUT OUT BRO” Culture: New Age Recovery For A NEW GENERATION… I did not follow Lil Peep (surprised?). But I know he publicly self-destructed. Popping pills left and right. High as hell in all his videos. 1.6 million kids watch it. Then he dies of an overdose. And the followers […]

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