DAODAS has provided the following list of support groups and other recovery-support resources for individuals to utilize while working to stay in recovery. (This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, and updates will be made as warranted.)
The Courage Center (TCC) – TCC is a peer-led Recovery Community Organization that offers All Recovery meetings (see “Secular Recovery Groups and Resources” below) for youth (ages 15-18), young adults (ages 19-26), and family members of those dealing with a substance use disorder. In addition to weekly meetings, TCC offers recovery coaching for all demographics and bi-weekly recreation nights for youth and young adults. All services of TCC are offered free of charge. Other Twelve-Step and secular recovery meetings are also hosted by TCC. For a full schedule, click on the link at the beginning of this listing. (meetings in Lexington, S.C.)
All Recovery Meeting – Whether you are in long-term recovery looking for a sober community to help with recovery maintenance, are unsure about recovery, or are simply curious to find out about the many paths to recovery, All Recovery meetings are flexible enough to meet the immediate needs of those in attendance. These meetings do not focus on a particular path to recovery but are a way for people in all types of recovery to come together and learn from one another. (meeting in Greenville, S.C.)
HAMS (Harm Reduction for Alcohol) (HAMS = Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support) – HAMS is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for anyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better. HAMS offers information and support via a chat room, an e-mail group, the articles on the organization’s website, and live meetings (although there currently are no live meetings in South Carolina).
Moderation Management – Moderation Management (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. MM promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal. (meeting in Charleston, S.C.)
SMART Recovery (SMART = Self Management and Recovery Training) – SMART Recovery is a leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a worldwide community that includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. (meetings in Greenville, Orangeburg, and Spartanburg, S.C.)
SOS – Secular Organizations for Sobriety (or “Save Our Selves”) – SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or other drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. SOS takes a reasonable, secular approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality. SOS credits the individual for achieving and maintaining his or her own sobriety, without reliance on any “higher power.” (meetings in Bennettsville, Central, and Greenville, S.C.)