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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Mental Health, Patient & Family Support, Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Our goal is to broaden access to community-based recovery support services for youth (ages 15-26) and families struggling with substance use disorder. Peer recovery support services, delivered by peer recovery coaches involves giving and receiving non-clinical assistance to support long-term recovery from substance use disorders. A peer recovery coach brings the lived experience of recovery, combined with training and supervision, to assist others in initiating and maintaining recovery, helping to enhance the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery (White, 2009). Peer recovery support services can support or be an alternative to clinical treatment for substance use disorders. TCC utilizes a peer-oriented social model program which is applied to all three of TCC’s participant populations: youth ages 15-18; young adults ages 19-26; and, family members of a loved one battling substance misuse or with a substance use disorder. Program participants learn what it takes to recover through the guidance of recovery coaches. In addition to one-on-one recovery coaching, TCC facilitates peer-led mutual aid support groups for each participant population. TCC also conducts and hosts various trainings, engages in community education and outreach, serves as recovery advocates, and offers a wide variety of pro-social recreational activities across TCC’s four-acre campus. Activities include ping-pong, pool, darts, basketball on the full-length court, other forms of exercise, mindfulness and meditation practices, video and board games, and movie showings.

Results: Successful partnerships with Lexington County Sheriff's Office, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Mental Health Lexington County, Lexington School District One, Lexington/Richland School District 5, Lexington Medical Center, Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, and the faith community. We are currently expanding our services and programs into the Chapin community and launching our evidence-based curriculum, T.R.I.B.E. (Tapping Resources of Integrity, Education, and Belonging).

Target demographics: With providing recovery support services to youth (ages 15-26) and families struggilng with substance use disorder.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 150 young people and family members, with time invested ranging from a a referral by phone to long-term, intensive coaching and support.

Geographic areas served: Lexington County, SC

Programs: Mutual aid support for young people and parents/families, recovery coaching, peer support specialist trainings, Narcan distribution, education and awareness events, and supporting collaboration with local and regional providers to offer referrals for services for substance use disorder, mental health disorder, and other treatment services through our Journey To Recovery Fund.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

what a great place we have in Lexington SC called The Courage Center. We were born out of love for our family members struggling and we continue in this work in profound ways. We turn people's lives around to ensure improved safety and health for their future. thank you to all of the staff, board members, family participants, coaches, volunteers, and our community. We Recover Together

Brooke Lauren S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a person in long term recovery (3years10months) I haven't come across a program as inviting and organized as this one! I love everything about The Courage Center! Since I first started coming almost 2 years ago I've only missed a handful of meetings. I'm so grateful for all that I've learned from the Recovery Coaches and to see the growth from not only myself but the center itself. Also, the Recovery Coach Academy I attended there to get certified as a Recovery Coach myself to continue to carry the message and help other newcomers was well put together and executed by Hunter W. and Brock S. 10/10 would recommend!! We have so many great things happening coming up within the program and the community. I'm happy to be a part of this recovery family.

1 Joshua G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been in recovery for almost 5 years, and recently started coming to The Courage Center. I've never felt as involved as I do here, nor have I felt such a sense of belonging and family. This is such an amazing program full of amazing people, and I'm extremely excited for the future here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

when i came to this place i was already a few weeks clean but i needed more help, i didn’t want any but my mom forced me to go one day and i fell in love with the people here. i have been struggling with addiction for about a year and a half and they have managed to turn my views and thoughts about being sober into something that seems amazing and wonderful. i love everyone who comes in these doors and there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to help someone in here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the CC. Only friends and family there. A great place for ppl in recovery.

Lori P.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a mom with a son in sustained recovery. I’m from upstate NY and came to SC to get away from the harsh winters in the north country. Because I am working so hard on my own personal recovery from being “an expert enabler” I needed to find a recovery community to keep me on my right path and continue to grow. When I stumbled across The Courage Center I was truly blessed! Inside these walls there is love, kindness, compassion and the willingness to help anyone struggling to find their way and to meet them where they are at. My cup runneth over with courage and my goal is to walk along side other family members that need to find their own courage


TY Courage Center of Lexington
Lori Elliott Porter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When our family faced the challenges of dealing with the effects of the disease of addiction with our son we felt alone, frustrated and without a support network. At The Courage Center we found a group of our peers that opened their doors and hearts. They provided support, advice and guidance in a non judgemental environment. Families often find they don't know where to turn, it's difficult to find good advice or someone who will listen and The Courage Center is there to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed to work with TCC as a recovery coach. I am also an educator in the community. I am passionate about partnering up with stakeholders to provide our youth with coping skills. I am in long term recovery and believe we need to open our minds to the truth that recovery is not a negative thing but something to celebrate. We know that all teens experience peer pressure and also are curious creatures. They need to know who to turn to when faced with problems as well as know they are not alone. God bless Adrienne, Brock, Hunter, Pam Imm and everyone for making a positive change!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazingly dedicated organization providing peer support and engagement in our community. Their staff's dedication far exceeds the expectations that you would have. Staff will walk you through your journey from the beginning to the end. They have high integrity, culturally competent, confidential, and reliable to guide you through to recovery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really don't know where to start. When I attended the first meeting at the Courage Center I left feeling hopeful. It was the first time in a long time that I felt that way. My daughter had been battling addiction for about 4 years that I knew about....we have been to 7-8 rehabs over the course of this journey, arbitration, DJJ, and even jail time. I had support from Day 1 of attending the Courage Center and to this day I have the support and guidance that I have needed. I have learned so much about this disease and I feel so free being able to open up and talk about addiction. Not only have I learned how to help myself, I am helping my daughter, and the rest of my family. I owe everything in the world to the Courage Center for giving me the Courage and hope that I need to help others.

4 Abby F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Courage Center is a unique organization offering FREE services unlike any in the state. They are creating a model of community-based recovery services for youth and families that, if we are lucky, will be copied all over the state. As a volunteer recovery coach, I had opportunities to utilize my lived experience as a person in long-term recovery to help guide young people onto their own path toward wellness. The Courage Center is a blessing to its volunteers, the community, and its participants!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to finally have an organization in the area addressing the issues that our community desperately needs. I have personally been involved for quite some time and have truly witnessed miracles involving youth and family. The Courage Center is a pioneering organization changing the lives of families and youth in a way that no other organization does in the state of SC. They are filling a gap and true need in our community. Keep up the great work!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family starting using The Courage Center’s services last year. We attend group meetings every Monday evening. We have learned so much from training sessions and group meetings. We have learned that it is ok to set healthy boundaries in our home and have learned of many treatment options. With the help of The Courage Center we were able to quickly get our loved one into a treatment facility and into a long term sober living environment. The Courage Center equipped us with the tools we needed to help ourselves and our son. I have learned that it is ok to be ok even if my loved on isn’t. Self care is so important and knowing we are not alone in this journey helps with the healing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We highly recommend The Courage Center to all families and young adults that need support and a safe place when experiencing a loved one suffering with substance abuse - and that is wether someone has just experimented a time or two or wether a loved one has developed an addition.

This is a place where you can learn how to stay ahead of this disease or how to cope if in the throws of use. It is a place where all people are valued, encouraged, and start the path toward healing and recovery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The most helpful for both sides being an adult child and us as parents. Julie Cole helped us tremendously and walked us through every aspect of our adult child with starting with pain meds and moving on to meth. She kept in constant contact with us and helped us with finding treatment for our daughter. She also talked with us at any given time and checked on us daily. We have been going to their Monday night meetings and they have helped tremendously for us to be around others going through the same thing that we are going through. I have recommended them numerous times to others going through the same thing, and when my husband and I walked into the first meeting we actually knew 5 people at the meeting. This just does not affect the poor this affects all individuals from all parts of society.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is providing recovery services to young people and their families in the Midlands. Finding the right service for young people can be tough sometimes but The Courage Center is doing it right! Furthermore, having services for the family members is vital in achieving long term recovery and TCC is doing that too. Thank You for the work you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This non profit is leading the way in the midlands for abusers attempting recovery and helping families through this struggle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From education to support; this special group has been encouraging, rewarding, and a big part of my own self-care. The world of addiction often sheds a very dark shadow on this disease. Yet each week I find laughter in the tears and hope in the valley. Everyone's journey is different and the pain can be overwhelming. But you don't have to travel it alone. Walking alongside other family members at The Courage Center has been a game changer for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with The Courage Center since nearly the beginning and it has been an honor to watch this ministry bloom from idea to impacting the community in a large way. The Courage Center truly does fill some major gaps in the recovery community as it exists today, and I'm very thankful for this organization and this team!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a son that is a heroin addict, I have been so lost for 4.5 years, I had been to Al-anon and it did not seem to fit my needs I was also in Three Rivers for treatment for depression and anxiety and that is where I learned of The Courage Center.
This truly has been more help to me as a mother than anything I have experienced in the past. It has given me an abundance of tools to help me cope,
Everyone is very friendly and nonjudgmental. I have heard a lot of stories from family where their children are succeeding now.
I have more hope and I owe my hope to the Courage Center.
Debi Brandt

6 Robbin J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The gang over at The Courage Center have offered some incredible information for the community! Teenagers are so different today than they were when we were growing up (didn't our parents say that? Wow...) Today's teenagers can easily make a poor choice with substance use that throws them into a whirlwind of panic and despair. The schools punish them and parents are confused and hurt and don't know what to do! I'm so grateful that The Courage Center is offering informational sessions to help the community and parents learn how to help instead of judge...thank you all for the work that you do! You are truly making the community a nicer one to live in!!