ABOUT US

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Our Vision

We want to see a world where people with Substance Use Disorder are accepted, understood, appreciated, and loved by their communities without stigma or shame. Our Mission is to build that within the CSRA for individuals that have Substance Use Disorder. Our goal is to create a space that is free from shame while fighting to stop the stigma that surrounds Substance Use.

AIKEN CENTER

1105 GREGG HYW

AIKEN SC 29801

Our Stories

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I'm Jules and when I entered recovery, I was unemployed, homeless, malnourished, and suffering. The people who helped me to discover a way of living without using substances addressed these needs before I could heal emotionally and spiritually. I think it is imperative to approach recovery from a whole-health perspective. Today I have the tools to take better care of myself because I was shown how by observing other people’s lived experiences.

There are many barriers that can impact a person’s journey into recovery. Whether these barriers include finding treatment options, ensuring an individual’s basic needs are met, or having legal consequences to face I would like people entering recovery to know they are not alone. It can be intimidating and discouraging to navigate these processes without the support of someone who has the lived experience of dealing with these issues.

The quality of my recovery today is a direct result of the women who supported and empowered me through their journeys in recovery. As a result, I would like to be a part of that experience for other people who need support. I believe that the empathy a person with lived experience can offer to someone still struggling is imperative to the recovery process. Advocating for and supporting people entering recovery is the most impactful way in which I can express my gratitude for those who have guided me along the way.

Jules T.
Peer Support Specialist

My Substance Use Disorder and mental health is something I have struggled with since my youth. Most of my adult life has been spent in an exhausting cycle of picking myself up, getting my life together, sabotaging all the progress I've made, and then picking up the pieces so I could rebuild again. I broke this cycle by finally seeking treatment for my mental health. Slowly but surely, I started to learn who I really was and how to incorporate my mental healthcare into my recovery process. Not only did I have years of unresolved trauma buried deep down, but I also learned I was ADHD. One by one I started to let go of the chemical crutches I've leaned on most of my life. It took a lot of baby steps but eventually I got to happy and healthy. My life has been full of mistakes and my recovery journey will always be ongoing, but I am so grateful for the progress I've made. I want to help others who are still struggling, and I want to create a safe space for anyone who needs one. Working as a Peer Support Specialist allows me to give back to my community and is a part of my recovery.

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Elia D.
Peer Support
 Specialist

Throughout many years I struggled with addiction and undiagnosed mental issues. These issues affected all areas of my life and lead to feeling isolated and misunderstood. During this trying period, I was blessed to meet some people who understood, cared, and believed in me as I believed in myself. Through the hope and encouragement I received from these people I have grown into a person who understands, cares, and believes in any person that struggles with issues yet to be overcome. Today, I am a Recovery Coach using my past experiences and recovery to instill hope and encourage positive growth and wellness.

Hunter D.
Peer Support Specialist