Substance Use Disorders and Addiction impact all socio-economic groups, all races, and for many of us, our own families. Substance use also costs employers in absenteeism, lost productivity, lower morale of coworkers, and increased workers compensation costs. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports substance use costs employers $81 Billion dollars per year and that 70% of all people that use drugs in our society are employed. The Phoenix Center accepts employer referrals to treatment services and consults with Human Resource Managers on substance use treatment options and drug testing plans to effectively treat an employee’s substance use disorder and assist them in returning safely to work. For consultation or to discuss drug testing at The Phoenix Center, or employee/supervisor substance use education or treatment options, you may contact Mike McLain:  (864) 467-3769 or via email:

    The story below is just one example (there are many more) that describes how treatment can support those we employ professionally, or the loved ones we care about personally, seek and obtain long-term recovery.

    Duchess came to Serenity Place tired and defeated from the consequences of a decade-long addiction. “My life was a struggle on a daily basis. I felt hopeless and was turning tricks to get my next high.”  Her main motivation to change her life was her young son and teenage daughter. She chose to come to Serenity Place because she was able to bring her son, CJ with her while she was in treatment. Not only was she able to heal from her addiction her son could too. “Serenity Place helped breathe life into CJ. He started to talk at Serenity Place and he wasn’t before we got there. The staff taught him how to ride a bike and helped potty train CJ.” Her son was educationally behind his peers when they first came to Serenity Place but today he’s not only on track with his peers — he’s reading at a grade level higher.

    Duchess  graduated from Serenity Place in 2018 and continued her recovery journey in the step down program known as LOTUS. Duchess’ most recent accomplishment is receiving her GED- something she believes never would have happened had she not been in recovery. Today, she works full-time as the Medication Technician at one of The Phoenix Center’s programs, Serenity Village. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to work with these ladies and their children.” Duchess says, “My life isn’t glamorous but it’s simple and that’s what I love most about it. The simplicity of it all.”

    Duchess Video:  Use link below to learn more about Duchess and her powerful recovery story

    The Phoenix Center is grateful for the support from our community and from The Family Effect.

    The Phoenix Center serves an average of 5,000 citizens per year in various treatment services and over 10,000 yearly through prevention, education, health fairs, and professional trainings. Service offerings include residential detox, residential for women/children, outpatient substance use and mental health for children/adolescents, and adult outpatient and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for adults. Professional CEU trainings are available, as well as experiential/team building learning activities at our Ropes Course, and Professional Leadership Training based on the work of James Kouzes and Barry Posner “The Leadership Challenge” focusing on the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

    To find out how to engage with the Family Effect through volunteerism, funding treatment scholarships, special projects, fundraising, grants, or even rocking the babies and sharing story time with the young children at Serenity Place, go to:   or email Aileen Gallagher at    The Family Effect supports the services of The Phoenix Center to insure that anyone needing treatment for substance misuse or substance use disorders receives it, regardless of income or insurance status.

    To connect with us for opportunities or referrals to any of our services and programs:

    The Phoenix Center

    The Family Effect  

    Gibson Training Center

    Employer Consultation / Drug Testing / Employer Referrals / SAP/DOT Services

    Michael McLain

    Director Local Provider Relations

    The Phoenix Center