Substance abuse is a life-limiting and often life-destroying disability

If you are unable to get or keep a job because of substance abuse and are ready to overcome your addictions, regain stability in your life, and realize your potential, we can help.

The caring professionals in our voluntary four-week residential program guide you through the emotional and physical aspects of confronting an addiction and replacing it with a rewarding lifestyle.

Expedited admission is available for job retention service referrals.

Overcoming addictions

Learn to recognize the negative factors that contribute to addictive behavior and the positive attitude and skills to successfully overcome them.

An addictions counselor provides support and guidance at every step from intake to employment.

Group therapy is a safe environment where you can express your feelings, learn from the experiences of others and begin to pave the way toward your recovery. Learn to respect yourself and build healthy relationships with others.

A community atmosphere provides a natural support system. You are treated with respect and are expected to take responsibility for your own behavior as you explore attitudes that lead to addiction and how it affects your body physically and mentally.

This is a structured environment, filled with activities and games for learning, letting off steam and remembering how much fun it is to play.

Guest speakers provide encouragement by sharing their experiences on how they confronted addiction and now lead successful lives.

Family members who want to provide you with support can take advantage of visitation and family therapy or other sessions.

Trained and licensed nurses provide basic medical care for residential consumers. Medical needs are closely monitored, including the administration of essential medications.

In addition, nutritious meals provide the energy needed to participate in all aspects of the residential program.

Preparing for work

Successfully accomplishing tasks is an important stepping stone to recovery, so employment is an integral part of the program.

A specialist works with you to identify strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and interests that will lead to a successful employment outcome.

Job preparedness instruction focuses on specific challenges such as stress management, building self-esteem, conflict resolution and dealing with anger constructively.

You will continue to receive support from your VR counselor and will be encouraged to participate in community support groups as you return to work and a substance-free lifestyle.

You must be a VR consumer, be tested for tuberculosis, and be opioid, stimulant, depressant, and hallucinogen free for at least 10 days or alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana free for three days.

Employment aids in recovery

Troy Conner was determined to make a change in his life.

"I never knew that I could live without drugs," he says. "But I wanted to be clean."

Asking for help led him to be referred to Palmetto Center.

"They saved my life,"he says, emotion in his voice. "They helped me understand what the real problem was, why I wanted to get high, why I didn’t care about myself."

Understanding that substance use disorder is a disease and learning how to manage it helped Conner begin his

recovery, while the structure introduced by the program has been vital in helping him maintain sobriety.

Another crucial aspect of his recovery was finding and maintaining a job.

"Employment is imperative to recovery and staying sober," he says. "Before coming to Palmetto Center, I was unemployable."

Staff helped Conner develop soft skills, explore careers, and find a job which led to his current employment as a confined space cleaner for a company that produces high performance adhesives.

Reflecting on the past two years, he says, "If I hadn’t gone to work and gone to structured living, I wouldn’t have made it." He’s grateful and appreciative of both the services he received at Palmetto Center and the staff that worked with him.