“My husband Gene was an addict. Not only was it tearing our family apart, but it also was causing him health issues. The addiction took over and he turned into someone that I didn’t know. I didn’t think anything was going to change him, but I was wrong.

In October 2009, Gene decided to go to the Recovery Works residential recovery program. It was one of the best decisions he has ever made. This program made his true colors come back out and brought out the husband I once knew. He has held down a job since May of 2010 and he also has stayed sober. He supports his family and he is faithful to us and to God. I have seen an extreme change in his attitude.

I encourage anyone that has an addiction to take a chance and make a change in your family’s life. The program will teach the addict how to become a better person. I would like to say thank you to Mr. Thomas. Without this program, I don’t think my husband would be here now!! If you know someone who needs this help, please encourage them to give this program a try. It is worth it!!”

Shyanna S.

“As we are all aware, there is a crisis facing the nation as we attempt to deal with the drug problems, whether illegal or prescription, affecting a significant part of our population.

I became aware of a program called Recovery Works located in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. It is a six-to twelve-month residential facility for men seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Recovery Works is a non-profit corporation run by Flint and Marilyn Thomas.

I’ve spoken at length to Mr. Thomas about this program and feel that he understands addiction and what it takes to recover. I recommend this program to any man seeking help for his alcohol and/or drug problem. This program works.”

Sheriff Gregory T. Coursey
Burke County Sheriff’s Office
Waynesboro, Georgia
706 554-2133

“During the darkness of addiction, when hope was beginning to seem unreachable and freedom from addiction seemed unattainable, our church found an opening at Recovery Works at the Ponderosa for my son.

Never before did he (or our family) understand “tough love” as was demonstrated at that peaceful establishment in Ridge Spring, SC.

My son’s wife and I were continually reassured with what we endearingly termed “Flint-isms”, Mr. Flint’s short but impressively wise and reassuring words of wisdom – we knew deep in our hearts that the problem had finally met the solution.

God pours out His Amazing Grace abundantly through “Mr. Flint” and “Miss Marilyn” as the residents first deal with their addiction problem and then their “living” problem, all with a huge amount of structure and discipline.

My son went to Recovery Works a desperate addict and came home a man, a husband, a father, a son, a man free from shame and guilt, and a man thrilled with the joys of living. Our family will agree that the RECOVERY WORKS program worked for my son and we are grateful to Flint and Marilyn for allowing God to work through them.

For those who are bound in addiction, there is a place in Ridge Spring, SC which teaches the tools for freedom from it! There IS hope!”

Marilyn H.
Hilton Head, SC

I am writing to thank you and your staff for the excellent work that you are doing at Recovery Works Ponderosa. I have been a practicing lawyer and continuing legal education administrator for almost twenty-nine years and, in both capacities, I have had occasion to research, observe, and evaluate the effectiveness of numerous alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs in South Carolina, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. I can attest that Recovery Works Ponderosa is uniquely respected and admired for the extraordinary effectiveness of your residential program for men. A growing number of knowledgeable professionals – in the midlands of South Carolina and beyond – have learned that we can refer clients to you with confidence that, if they stick with your program, you will help them turn their lives around. You not only talk the talk, but walk the walk, and you insist that participants in your program do the same.

The therapeutic environment at Recovery Works Ponderosa nurtures faith, hope, and love through the twelve-step principles and its focus on spirituality/morality. You also help your residents build the healthy habits and self-discipline necessary to overcome crippling addictions and to succeed in the real world by holding your residents strictly accountable for their actions, by requiring them to perform real work to contribute to the community and to “earn their own keep,” and by showing them that behaving honestly and responsibly earns them the calmness, confidence, respect, and trust that can fuel a permanent commitment to maintaining a sober, law-abiding, successful lifestyle.

I know other lawyers, as well as judges, law enforcement officers, addiction and mental health counselors, teachers, members of the clergy, business managers, and family members of alcoholics and drug addicts, who – like me – have seen, first-hand, the positive impact that your program has had on individuals whose lives were going down the drain before they came to Recovery Works Ponderosa. You, your staff, and the recovering residents in your program have literally been life-savers for people who were lucky enough to be referred to Recovery Works Ponderosa.

Since my early years as a Richland County, SC Assistant Public Defender and private-practice criminal defense lawyer in Darlington County, SC, through today, in my current job as a Staff Attorney with the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, I have watched many, many people walk out of courtrooms and into local, state, and federal prisons. I was astounded to learn a few years ago, that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction were implicated in the crimes and incarceration of 80% of the men and women behind bars in the United States. If that percentage has remained steady, it means that 1.8 million of the 2.3 million offenders who were in state and federal prisons and local jails in 2009 either violated drug or alcohol laws, were high at the time they committed their crimes, stole property to buy drugs, or had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction – or shared some combination of these characteristics. Right now, in South Carolina, alone, there are over 23,000 inmates in the S.C. Dept. of Corrections; so, 18,400 of them are there, to some extent, because of drugs and alcohol.

Thanks largely to alcohol and drug abuse, the rate of incarceration for American adults, as of 2009, was 743 per 100,000 adults. The only other major industrialized nation that even comes close is Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. The others have much lower rates. England’s rate is 151; Germany’s is 88; and Japan’s is 63. In SC, approximately 500 of 100,000 of our fellow state citizens are in prison! In so many cases, I have seen people who committed crimes, which may have taken only 15-20 minutes of actual time to accomplish, but which have had the consequence of keeping those people in prison for years, even decades, ruining their lives and, in many instances, the lives of their family members and friends.

I hope that you and the good folks at Recovery Works Ponderosa will continue the wonderful work that you have pursued so successfully, so far. I appreciate and support your efforts to help alcohol/drug abusers rehabilitate themselves and avoid the nightmarish consequences of unemployment, homelessness, crime, incarceration, family dissolution, and death, which so often follow addiction. Thank you so much!

Brent B.
Lexington, SC