Addiction is a persistent problem in this country, with more than one in 20 women living with a substance abuse disorder. The effects of a serious addiction, whether it’s to opioids, stimulants, or alcohol, can be devastating.
LSC’s newest program, Kinard Manor Recovery, was created to help women overcome addiction through an abstinence-based social model addiction recovery program.
Located in Greenwood, S.C., Kinard Manor Recovery held a ribbon-cutting June 20 to celebrate its opening. Dozens of friends and supporters toured the recently refurbished home, which can accommodate 10 women in recovery. The home will provide a sober living environment for women to grow alongside peers experiencing similar challenges with the support of a live-in house manager.
Kinard Manor Recovery is a unique partnership between LSC and the volunteers of Restoration Chapel. Restoration Chapel of the South Carolina Synod will provide spiritual direction, growth, and holistic healing to the women in recovery.
“The idea of 10 women living together with a house manager is what’s called a social model of recovery,” LSC South Carolina Business Developer Rachael Fulmer said. “You keep each other accountable because you are all going through the same experience together.”
According to Fulmer, there are an abundance of recovery homes for men in South Carolina, but not for women. She says Kinard Manor will serve women from all across the state.
Residents are expected to follow house rules, attend daily meetings, secure a sponsor, find employment, and work a recovery program.
House Manager Ashley Meyer will help residents with their physical, social, and emotional needs. Services include mentoring, goal setting, financial planning, assistance in finding employment, and help with transportation.
Meyer has lived in a recovery home like this one and has been sober for two years. She is looking forward to using her experience to assist the women on their road to recovery.
“I learned structure. I got back into working again. Living in the recovery home gave me that push. It was also just knowing that I wasn’t alone and there were other people who understood me,” Meyer said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the women.”