Oaks Recovery Center

Oaks Recovery Center Greenwood South Carolina

Oaks Recovery Center exclusively follows the Twelve Step program, with no modifications or adaptations. The program is built on extensive experience and proven through many years of use. Although each person’s journey through the steps is different, we believe that the full journey, when completed, is an effective path to recovery. Our staff leverages their experience with addiction and recovery to help our residents, but only within the twelve steps.


Located in the small, serene town of Greenwood, S.C., Oaks Recovery Center offers two of the 19 (16.7 percent) inpatient programs in the state for men and women struggling with alcohol and drug dependency. The Short-Term Intensive Program has a minimum commitment of 28 days, while the facility’s Long-Term Extensive Program requires a minimum stay of four months.

All programming is gender-specific, making this center one of the 58 in the state with specifically-tailored groups for men and one of the only 52 in the state with specifically-tailored groups for women. Regardless, clients are encouraged to stay as long as necessary to acquire and maintain lasting sobriety. On-site detox services are not available.


Oaks Recovery Center is built upon the 12-step model of recovery, emphasizing step work, daily peer groups, and studying the written materials of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The program also includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and holistic offerings such as yoga and meditation.

The two inpatient programs differ not only in length but also in their focus. The short-term program is more intense, emphasizes long-term stabilization and recovery, and practices in small 12-step groups. Treatment includes 12-step workshops, study sessions and open discussions of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and an evening reflection period.

The Long-Term Extensive Program also provides vocational rehabilitation, requiring participants to obtain a job during their commitment at Salvation Oaks. Treatment involves the same as the short-term program in addition to a morning meditative session where clients study spiritual materials. The facility helps with creating résumés, completing job applications, and transporting clients to interviews. Upon completion of either program, Salvation Oaks assists with referrals to community outpatient services and sober living facilities.


Oaks Recovery Center’s small team is made up of recovery specialists and a master’s-level program director, many of whom have recovered from addiction themselves. In the state of South Carolina, 98.2 percent of all substance abuse treatment centers have continuing education requirements for staff. There are no medical staff on the property.


The gender-separate facilities for men and women are both set against a wooded area. Clients share dorm rooms and meet in communal spaces. Recreation options include an onsite gym and a Crossfit program. Laundry services and a small store are available as well.


Of 28 former clients surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date, 21 gave Oaks Recovery Center positive reviews, two gave it mixed reviews, and 10 provided negative reviews, indicating polarized reactions to the quality of treatment. Positive reviewers praised the positive atmosphere and 12-step based treatment. Alum T.A. wrote: “The staff lifted me up and actually gave me a solution. They taught me the tools to live sober. Going through the 12 steps was such a profound experience that now I carry this message of hope wherever I go.”

Many alumni credited the facility with being “life-saving,” and former client R.B. praised the dedicated and supportive staff: “The Staff at OAKS and the others there in recovery ALWAYS no matter what were there for me and others literally 24 hours a day 7 days a week whenever we needed someone to talk to.”

In contrast, mixed and negative reviewers criticized the facility for accommodations stretched over capacity, heavy reliance on Christian messaging, and poor assistance with job searches. Alum A.D. had mixed feelings about the accommodations but respected certain educators, writing, “Money is misspent, food and lodgings are deplorable. There are, however, certain bright spots. Both the former and current Directors of Teaching and Curriculum are amazing men, the only ones holding this ramshackle operation together.”

At the time of this writing on Google, the center has earned a near-perfect average rating of 4.8 out of five stars based on 30 reviews[1] Former clients repeatedly shared stories of trying other treatment centers but finally remaining sober with the help of the “dedicated” staff and the “great” program at Oaks. “Its not a treatment center or rehab. Its a recovery community that WORKS,” A.J. shared in a representative comment. Alum C.T. added, “I was given love, care, direction, and guidance by all the staff and fellow residents.”


Family members and friends reported overwhelmingly positive experiences at Oaks to Best-rehabs.com to date. Nine of the the ten respondents credited the facility with saving their loved ones’ lives. Many parents noted that their children had not been successful at other recovery facilities, but that Oaks provided the “support system” to allow for long-lasting recovery. “They showed him the tools with in himself, to find himself and live a life of Sobriety,” parent A.H. representatively wrote, and another parent, Heidi, added, “Love love love the staff… amazing facility!”


Prices vary per client, but the cost of a one-month residency starts at $1,200. The facility does not accept insurance, but partial financial aid is available to those who qualify. Potential clients may speak with admissions specialists to find the program that best fits their needs.

[1] GoogleReviews

Oaks Recovery Center Reviews

This place is very run down has old blankets over the windows the rooms are crammed three bunk beds in one tiny room. The lunch room looks like a cracker box and the pictures are deceiving on the website. Poorly maintained very disappointed on the appearance of the facility. The but seems like they just want your money. My son was very unhappy with the surroundings. Stay four days trying to get some of the money back but they will not reply to my formal letter. If I don't here back soon will be contacting better business bureau.
Best place to get one off all the drugs including stuff legally prescribed to people that suffer from substance abuse disorder. Lays out the 12 step program and drills it into ones head effectively. Thankful for a staff that has suffered from substance abuse and actually understands what a person is really going thru unlike most places. They don’t allow masking of the disease and will allow medicines that do not alter the mind and body or have addictive chemicals in them. They are far enough away from civilization that generally no one is just going to walk off the property and will take someone bound and determined to not recover to a place of their choice locally while notifying loved ones of a persons decision to leave. Thankful for the sobriety I have today because of this facility. Staff is friendly and will give one the talk they need to pull their heads out of their butts as long as they’re willing to except the fact that they are sick.
This place is a complete joke. This place is absolutely sick. They also refuse to take money from individuals willing to pay (THOUSANDS of dollars) when it's a matter of life or death to get an opiate addict off the streets. Moreover, all this staff does is gossip. They're all in their mid-20's/early 30's and act like teenage girls. I have nothing but negative things to say about this place, and every single director on staff should lose his job. Do NOT send your loved ones to this rehab.
I was one of first two residents It was a great place when they took care of stuff we ate good u never went hungry there was always something to snack on at anytime u never had to wait . They showed us how to love our self and others I have the last few years been able to not only loved my self but someone else to . I want to thank select staff . For showing me the love and teaching me to depend on God . They are the really winners . I Will always be greatful for what you'll have gave me . Now on way to Charleston to start a new the start a better life I will always be here if you need me love u brother thank u .
The Oaks is special. I admit that although I went to the oaks a broken man who was not estatic about being a city kid from NY in the middle of Greenberg SC I left with Hope, Purpose, Sobriety and people I will forever call family. It is by no means passages malibu but what the Oaks is : is a solution to the darkest and lowest point addicts reach. Rather than massages on fridays and a doctor telling you how bad your childhood was which is why you use. The oaks is filled with peers who have been in your shoes who have some sobriety under their belt and are willing to share how it is obtained. It is an opportunity to change your life for the better. A lot like life at the OAKS you get what you put into it. I never went hungry, I had a bed to sleep in an air-conditioned room in the hot southern heat and I always had someone there for me if i needed something. Here you learn the true meaning of accountability. The oaks is truly special and i recommend it to anyone who is looking for a solution in their life. The fellowship and peer-based program is one of a kind and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life. Thank you to the Oaks and once again if your considering changing your life for the better this is the place to do it.