Staff Leadership

The Phoenix Center is a non-profit agency. Legislated as the authority on substance abuse in Greenville County by South Carolina Act 301, the Phoenix Center is the county's largest provider of substance abuse services.

At the Phoenix Center, confidential and effective client care is always our first priority. With over 35 years of experience, we have been caring for the citizens of Greenville County through quality prevention, intervention, and treatment services.

With a dedicated staff and innovative programs, the Phoenix Center takes a proactive approach to preventing and treating substance use disorders. Because we believe that substance use disorders are both preventable and treatable, we offer an extensive range of services to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.


Adam Brickner, MPA
Executive Director

Adam Brickner is the Executive Director of The Phoenix Center, the designated substance abuse authority for Greenville County, South Carolina and a service of the Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He is also Executive Director for The Family Effect.

Adam has been working in the field of addiction treatment for more than 25 years. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the first Director of the Mayor’s Office on Drug Strategy in Denver, Colorado. He was then hired as President and CEO of Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, which is the designated substance abuse authority for Baltimore, Maryland.

In 2008, Adam and his family moved to Greenville and he became Executive Director of The Phoenix Center, which provides treatment services to over 5,000 people each year. He is charged with implementing Greenville County’s plan for addiction prevention and treatment, and with ensuring that services provided are effective, efficient and results-based.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he was a three-time All-American rugby player. He earned a degree in Sociology, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Clemson University. He is the past President of South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Services Association, and a current member of the Greenville Rotary Club. Adam recently received recognition as a South Carolina Palmetto Patriot by the Lieutenant Governor’s office. He is married to a talented artist and has a beautiful daughter.  


Becky Lee Maddox, MPA
Deputy Director

Becky has been working in the substance abuse field since 1991. She started as an adolescent and DUI counselor, and eventually moved into leadership positions in administration. Becky has been with The Phoenix Center since 2003 and earned her Masters in Public Administration from Clemson University. 

Her passion for her work is driven by the loss of several family members to alcohol and other drug related deaths. She is married, with two young children and three dogs.