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Rating: 5

The disease of alcoholism/drug addiction is among the most destructive, debilitating and deadly diseases ever known, No culture, creed, or ethnicity is immune to its deceptive brutality. Other chronic/terminal illnesses (except brain diseases) attack a patient only physically and any resulting emotional side effects are triggered purely by fear or anger with coping with a terminal illness. These other diseases do not sabotage the victim's attempt to treat the ailment, i.e. when a patient has heart disease the heart doesn't deny undergoing surgery; with diabetes, the pancreas doesn't reject an insulin pump; etc. However, in active addiction the disease deceives the patient into believing either there is no need for remedy, or that the individual is capable of handling this on his/her own. Consequently, the disease progresses and the patient permeates lies and deception under its wretched influence.With alcoholism/drug addiction, the disease directly invades the entire being from the start and attacks the patient physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.In a deep, dark veil that shrouds the person entirely, it will steal anything, and everything, that defines the stricken individual. It will deceive him/her into choosing substance abuse over all that was once meaningful/valuable to the afflicted person.Initially, it will create a "euphoric high" (a feeling better than anything previously experienced); it will temporarily relieve physical or emotional pain; it will seem to strengthen an inner weakness or briefly satisfy a void. However, before long, it will plunge you lower than you've ever fallen... steal your dreams and any healthy sense of motivation toward self-improving goals/desires...strip your dignity, self respect and moral integrity...there are no limits to what you may lose, as it will extinguish life itself. This quite morbid reality is the outcome of an alcoholism/drug addiction path without recovery.

HOWEVER, there is endless hope and infinite promise in recovery! And, for our daughter, that lifesaving rescue happened at Charleston Recovery Center. The most successful healing from this dreaded disease occurs within a strong recovery-seeking community. Ronnie Byer, his staff, and all members of Ashley Hope House are the most phenomenal "Earth angels" I've ever encountered. The genuine compassion, empathy and heartfelt love each member has for one another is absolutely undeniable and among the most beautiful experiences I've ever shared with a group of people (during each of my visits). Their accountability and commitment to helping each other is unbelievable. They have traveled the road of malicious wreckage that substance abuse leaves every time and they are determined to reverse it. The sense of support is remarkably outstanding and, I dare say, there are few places on our planet where miracles happen as often as they do at Ashley Hope House. While completely professional, Ronnie and his staff operate more of a ministry, than a business. Their passion for healing and helping someone seeking recovery is beyond worldly expectations or reality. Rooted in intensive education and practice of the 12-Step Program, Charleston Recovery Center takes it further by fostering daily sharing and healing among all community members. This outreach of service to each other is the key to maintaining long-term sobriety.We are forever grateful to Ronnie and this community for supporting our daughter every step of the way, while coaching her in the tools and discipline necessary to stand on her own while continually helping others in need. The premise of how they operate so successfully is, literally embodied, in the expression: "mutually beneficial". For it is known, that by serving others, we serve ourselves. Beyond doubt, this is the healthiest, most rewarding way for our daughter to continue living. Words cannot express our profound appreciation and we will highly recommend Charleston Recovery Center.


Donna Fernandez


Rating: 5

This organization is doing something that is challenging and unique. They accept children who have been expelled, suspended, truant or otherwise dropouts from the school system and provide them with supplemental education and strong behavioral management. It is a volunteer agency that works with the children one-on-one to also provide mentoring and referral services for their families. It's almost like sending your children to their grandparents home to straighten out issues that the parents are having difficultiy dealing with. It's an awesome program that also gives the children structure, stability and hope. They say it's their goal to transition the child back into school academically enlightened and with positive behaviors and attitudes.

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