Hospitality and hope: Charleston restaurateurs help those struggling with substance abuse

Behind the smiles of those who work in the food and beverage industry is pain as many struggle with alcohol and substance abuse.

The long hours, constant flow of alcohol and high stress levels create a risky environment that makes the road to sobriety tough to navigate, according to Mickey Bakst, the general manager of The Charleston Grill, and Steve Palmer, a managing partner of The Indigo Road Restaurant Group.

The two men are incredibly successful in the industry and sober. They’re using that platform to help others struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.

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Lauren Vaughan