Each week many Laurens County residents make the trek to Greenville for meetings at FAVOR (Faces and Voices of Recovery), a non-profit organization which assist families as they try and help family members suffering from the disease of addiction and mental illness. Now, thanks to the Laurens County Health Care Foundation, staff from FAVOR will begin implementing the same family counsel programs in Laurens County each week.
Rich Jones, the executive director of FAVOR, recently spoke to the LCHC Foundation steering committee. He stressed the fact that addiction affects the whole family and often the best chance for an addicted person to get better is for his or her family to get better.
The weekly group meeting provides both the information and guidance that family members need to deal with the immediate crisis of addiction, but also the on-going support they need to make the necessary and often painful choices that family recovery requires. Group members reach out in empathy to newcomers, who are facing the fresh, private grief of addiction and accompany them on their healing journey to recovery.
The first meeting in Laurens County will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6:30-8:00pm at Lakeside Country Club. Meetings will be held every Thursday night and are free to the public.