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  • In South Carolina, drug-related deaths more than doubled from 2008-2017. Addiction treatment facility admissions have also risen substantially in that timeframe.  

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are currently 113 addiction and mental health rehab centers throughout the state

    Many of those treatment facilities are located in South Carolina’s more metropolitan areas, including Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville.

    If you or someone you love suffers from a substance use disorder, you can learn more about your treatment options. 

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In South Carolina

    The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services oversees addiction and mental health treatment. This agency provides assessments and resources that can help you find the right addiction treatment center for your individual needs.

    Other options for finding addiction treatment in South Carolina include:

    • speaking with your primary care provider to get a treatment referral
    • calling South Carolina 2-1-1 to inquire about addiction and substance abuse services
    • using SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator
    • contacting treatment providers directly

    As you evaluate your treatment facility options, look for programs that have:

    • accreditation from national or state agencies that indicates adherence to a high standard of care
    • evidence-based services that have documented proof of their efficacy in addiction treatment
    • treatment for co-occurring disorders that addresses a dual diagnosis of substance addiction and mental health issues
    • individualized treatment plans that are based on your unique needs
    • a full continuum of care, from detox and inpatient treatment to outpatient treatment and aftercare support services

    South Carolina Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services works hard to ensure individuals have access to a variety of drug and alcohol rehab programs. 

    In its network of nationally accredited and state-licensed treatment facilities, patients have access to several levels of care for addiction treatment, including:

    • substance use/mental health assessments 
    • detox programs
    • inpatient treatment 
    • outpatient treatment
    • medication-assisted treatment
    • transitional housing

    When you seek treatment for a substance use disorder, the results of your initial assessment will help determine the levels of care that are best for you or a loved one. 

    Medical Detox Programs

    If you need to detox from drugs or alcohol, it’s critical that you work with a properly trained and qualified team to get through the withdrawal process safely. 

    In a medically supervised detoxification program, you’ll receive 24-hour care and behavioral support to help you prepare for the next phase of your treatment.  

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    Residential drug rehab offers the most intensive level of care for addiction treatment. In inpatient rehab, you must live at the facility for the duration of your recovery program.

    As part of a residential program, you’ll receive 24-hour care, as well as a variety of therapeutic and clinical approaches to help you overcome addiction. 

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    Outpatient treatment varies in type and intensity based on your unique needs. More involved forms of outpatient care include partial hospitalization treatment and intensive outpatient treatment

    Both of these forms of care may be similar to inpatient treatment in services and effectiveness.

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines FDA-approved medications, such as buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone, with behavioral therapy to address opioid or alcohol addiction.  

    The combination of therapy and medication helps to rebalance your brain and body while reducing substance cravings and helping you sustain recovery.  

    Aftercare Support

    After the completion of a dedicated rehab program, you may need to take advantage of continuing care services to support your healing journey. 

    Because addiction recovery is a lifelong process, the best rehab facilities offer aftercare support services, which may include:

    Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In South Carolina

    In South Carolina, you can use your private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare to help cover the cost of your addiction treatment program. 

    Accepted providers and coverage limits vary by facility and insurance policy, so it’s important to verify your coverage before seeking treatment. 

    If You Don’t Have Insurance

    If you don’t have insurance, you can still receive treatment at a South Carolina rehab facility. You can pay for services out of pocket, apply for a treatment scholarship, or receive state-funded services if you demonstrate serious financial need. 

    South Carolina Substance Abuse Facts

    From 2019 to 2020, South Carolina saw a significant increase in drug overdose deaths. Although overdose deaths cannot be correlated to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials speculate this increase is consistent with the overall rise of drug-related deaths across the United States in 2020. 

    Additional substance use facts collected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) include:

    • There was a 59% increase in opioid overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020.
    • In 2020, 1,400 opioid related deaths were recorded, compared to 876 in 2019.
    • There was also a 53% increase in all drug overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020.
    • In 2020, a total of 1,734 drug overdose deaths were recorded, compared to 1,131 in 2019.
    • In 2020, fentanyl was involved in almost 80% of all opioid-related deaths.

    From 2019 to 2020, fentanyl-related overdose deaths increased by over 100%. In 2020, 1,100 fentanyl deaths occured, compared to 537 in 2019.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, we offer multiple levels of care for addiction treatment from detox services and inpatient care to outpatient services and long-term, continuing care. 

    We’re proud to serve South Carolina residents at any of our Massachusets rehab centers, which include:

    To learn more about our rehab facilities and individualized treatment plans, please contact us today.

    South Carolina Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In South Carolina?

    You can access addiction treatment in South Carolina through a variety of avenues, including contacting treatment centers directly, calling South Carolina 2-1-1, and going through your primary care physician. 

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In South Carolina?

    Addiction treatment in South Carolina begins with an individual assessment to determine the most appropriate level of care for each individual. Assessment results determine each person’s individualized treatment plan. 

    Following the assessment, individuals have access to a variety of levels of care for addiction treatment, including

    • detox 
    • inpatient treatment
    • outpatient treatment
    • intensive outpatient treatment
    • aftercare and transitional housing

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In South Carolina?

    Yes, many addiction rehab facilities throughout South Carolina accept private insurance, as well as public insurance like Medicaid and Medicare, to help pay for the cost of treatment. 

    Keep in mind, though, that every insurance policy carries different benefits. To find out whether your insurance covers all or part of your addiction treatment, contact a rehab center directly or speak with your insurance representative. 

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In South Carolina Without Insurance?

    If you don’t have insurance, you may still be able to attend drug rehab in South Carolina. The state receives limited grant funding for certain forms of hospital and ambulatory care, but your treatment options may be limited. 

    Certain treatment facilities also offer low-cost rehab services to those who demonstrate financial need.  

    Are There Walk-in Opioid Clinics In South Carolina?

    Yes, South Carolina has several walk-in treatment clinics throughout the state for people who suffer from opioid addiction. 

    Many of these treatment centers are located in more metropolitan areas, such as Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In South Carolina?

    Yes, there are state-funded rehab programs in South Carolina, though your treatment options may be limited. The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services receives limited funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention. 

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last In South Carolina?

    The length of your drug rehab program will depend on your history of substance use, your treatment progress, your individual needs, and your treatment provider’s recommendation. That said, most rehab programs last for 30 to 90 days

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Center For Mental Health Services Division Of State And Community Systems Development - South Carolina Community Mental Health Block Grant
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Types of Treatment
    Sc211.org - Mental Health Support And Substance Use
    South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services - Treatment Works
    South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health - The Collective Approach To Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
    South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Drug Overdose Deaths | South Carolina 2020

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