The Shipman Center and Outpatient Treatment

Kids who are exposed to addiction during their formative years are 4 times more likely to become addicted themselves.  When this happens, everybody loses. 

Addicted children tend to miss a lot of school and typically fail to graduate.  As they get older, they are often left to fend for themselves without proper education, healthcare or support.  Soon, the community must step in with extensive resources for multiple social services, or incarceration.

The Family Effect helps to support key programs at The Phoenix Center of Greenville aimed at saving adolescents from the darkness of addiction.

The Charlie E. Shipman Center (The Shipman Center)

On March 1st a celebration was held at White Horse Academy to recognize long serving commission member Charlie Shipman. Charlie served our community through the Commission for almost 15 years and was an integral part of obtaining the land donation that White Horse Academy was built on, implementing the master plan which led to expansion of services at Serenity Village and relocation of Detox to Industrial Drive, and countless hours spent helping individuals access care for a substance use disorder. White Horse Academy has been renamed in his honor and will now be known as The Charles E. Shipman Center (The Shipman Center).  We are so thankful for the work of Charlie and others like him.

The Shipman Center hosts outpatient treatment programs for boys and girls age up to age 17.  It is only the second facility of its kind in South Carolina, and the program will not turn away any family based on an inability to pay for services. 

The teens at The Shipman Center have experienced significant problems with addiction, and outpatient counseling has not halted the behavior.  Often, they come to us with little else in their lives besides drugs or alcohol.  They are nearing the end of the road, before their lives have really even begun. 

These young men and women need holistic environment of education and healing, and full engagement by their families.  They also need the support of their community.

A World-Class Clinical Program

The Shipman Center's clinical program is part of an ongoing collaboration with renowned professionals such as Jeffrey M. Georgi (M.Div., M.A.H., LCAS, LPC, CGP) of Duke University Medical Center, and Dr. Aaron White with Duke University Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health.  A wide range of counseling and treatment activities is focused on engaging the boys in their own recovery and bringing about positive changes in their lives.  In addition to individual and group counseling, treatment experiences include:

  • Education sessions with a certified teacher from Greenville County Schools
  • High and low ropes challenge courses
  • Organic gardening
  • Music and recreational therapies
  • Life skills and anger management
  • Family therapy

Certified Addiction Counselors with special training in adolescent care, Registered Nurses and a Licensed Child Psychiatrist all work to help our young men and women progress through their treatment plan, towards recovery and a healthy life. 

After each adolescent reaches their treatment goals and graduates from the program, a highly trained Case Manager helps to connect him/her and their family with community supports that help to ensure a healthy life back at home.

We invite you to get involved

Would you like to take a quick, no-obligation tour of The Shipman Center?

Our teens need you as a mentor, sports or music partner, and more.  We invite you to learn about volunteer opportunities at The Shipman Center.

Treatment for The Phoenix Center's Adult Outpatient Children

The Shipman Center also provides therapeutic treatment to children of other community families that have been identified as Photograph by Polly Gaillardhigh-risk.   In these cases, the parent(s) are typically being treated in an outpatient program at The Phoenix Center of Greenville, while The Shipman Center works to help the young child through the specific developmental problems common among children who live with addiction. Many older children struggling with addiction don’t need residential treatment, and can be helped effectively in an outpatient setting. 

Outpatient care allows our teens to stay at home with their families, and continue attending their own school.

Among our outpatient teenagers, 80% are less likely to be using alcohol 30 days after treatment, and 97% are less likely to be using drugs.  Attendance improves at school, friendships are regained, and futures are brighter…for the teenager, and for the community.


 The statistic on the likelihood of childhood addiction is drawn from a report by the Prevention Research Institute, 2004.