South Carolina Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


Across South Carolina, drug and alcohol addiction is destroying lives, and seeking out professional help is often the necessary first step to overcoming a substance abuse problem. With a range of addiction treatment programs available, you can find the help you need to conquer both the physical and psychological aspects of your addiction to drugs or alcohol. You are not alone in your struggle; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has found that almost six percent of South Carolinians are dependent on alcohol and almost three percent abuse illicit drugs. If you or someone you love is ready to free themselves from addiction, finding out what treatment options are available is an important first step.

Type & Length of Care

Long-Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

Individuals seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction from a long-term treatment program will receive 24-hour-a-day care in a non-hospital residential setting. Usually after going through a detoxification process, patients reside at the facility while they receive treatment for their substance abuse issues in a group-based setting. These facilities focus treatment around the need for recovering addicts to resocialize and find personal accountability so that they can overcome their psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol.

Short-Term Treatment Programs (28 / 30 Day)

Based in similar community-based residential facilities as long-term programs, short-term programs offer 28- or 30-day courses of intensive treatment based on the principles of the 12-step approach. Once inpatient treatment is complete, most short-term facilities help patients find an ongoing outpatient treatment provider in order to lessen the chance of relapse outside the inpatient setting.

Outpatient / Inpatient

Available both for those transitioning from an inpatient program as well as for individuals who cannot attend an inpatient program due to school or work, outpatient treatment programs provide weekly individual and group counseling. Partial hospitalization programs are the most time-intensive form of outpatient treatment, with participants required to attend as much as 20 hours of counseling per week. Intensive outpatient programs generally offer more flexibility and reduced time commitment, with between nine and 12 hours of weekly sessions.

Residential Treatment Services


Many facing substance abuse find themselves physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, and detoxification programs exist that can provide assistance at the beginning of addiction treatment. Because abruptly stopping the use of alcohol or drugs can trigger painful and even fatal side-effects, going through withdrawal without support can be dangerous. Many detoxification programs utilize medically managed withdrawal, in which physicians provide medications that can relieve the most serious symptoms of withdrawal. As detox programs are not designed to address the issues underlying addiction, detoxification is usually only the first step in a comprehensive treatment program.

Sober-living house

Many recovering addicts are not ready to return home after completing an inpatient addiction treatment program for a number of reasons. Whether because they do not have the necessary support system in place or because their home environment presents too many challenges to sobriety, these individuals can find the support they need in a sober-living house. While these facilities do not directly provide addiction treatment, sober-living houses furnish those in recovery with a safe and sober place to stay while receiving outpatient addiction treatment.

Dual diagnosis

As substance abuse is so often accompanied by mental health issues, dual diagnosis programs are available that can treat both problems at the same time. Generally offered through inpatient rehabilitation facilities, such dual diagnosis treatment provides medication and therapy to address mental illness at the same time as counseling for addiction.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs

As in many states across the nation, South Carolina has seen a growing number of overdose deaths caused by heroin and opioid abuse in recent years; indeed, nearly as many South Carolinians die from drug overdoses as from car accidents. According to a study conducted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, residents of South Carolina most frequently seek professional drug treatment for marijuana, followed by methamphetamine and opiates.


Finding a professional addiction treatment provider can help free you or the one you love from the clutches of substance abuse, and treatment can begin immediately. Since so many who face substance abuse have their addictive behaviors reinforced by their home environment and peers, addicts in recovery often achieve better results when they seek treatment from an addiction rehabilitation program away from home. If you live in South Carolina and would like to find out more about your options for drug treatment, please contact us today.