All across the world, rates of substance abuse continue to be a source of concern however the United States has been at the forefront of the world with the worst addiction rates being reported. Many states continue to report astronomical numbers, see large spikes in drug deaths, and follow an upward trend for the number of residents that abuse drugs or alcohol. The state of South Carolina is simply among the rest of the country that struggles greatly with the drug crisis.

List of Treatment Centers in Charleston County, South Carolina

Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Charleston County, South Carolina. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

Charleston County, South Carolina is one of the counties within the state that continues to contribute to the overall drug death and drug addiction rates. Each year the state of South Carolina is neck and neck with the national average for drug-related deaths, reporting a 34 percent increase in the last three years, according to America's Health Rankings. With the ongoing drug crisis, there is a higher need for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and other support groups to help drug addicts end their addiction.

TIPS: If you feel you're going to use

  • Find a peer support group: South Carolina 12-step meetings and aftercare programs from the directory.
  • Stay active and distracted—become a member at the local community center, join a gym, or take long or short walks.
  • Utilize free or open behavioral health counseling or contact SC 2-1-1.
  • Find an extroverted activity—experience the historic districts, beaches, Plantation Gardens, Hilton Head Island, or the state parks.
  • Avoid risky situations that lead to relapse. Be aware of commonly used drugs and triggers.

TIPS: If you want to help someone

  • Refer them to local resources through or the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
  • Be aware of overdose risks—resources available through the South Carolina Overdose Prevention Project.
  • Assessment and screening are vital tools. These resources are available at state and local levels.
  • Consider hiring a professional interventionist and plan a family intervention.
  • Avoid enabling anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol as it worsens the situation.

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The understanding and knowledge of drug or alcohol dependency is something important to know and understand as that it makes understanding the process of ending the addiction much easier to understand. Drug users face many problems and while many of those are self-created, the problems exist nonetheless. Problems with family, friends, relationships, employment, self-esteem, finances and so much more are some of the issues the drug users face both before, during, and after their drug addiction. These problems can act as triggers or even as excuses as to why the drug user continues to abuse drugs or relapses on the drugs after getting clean and sober. When addressing addiction with the goal of ending the drug abuse, it is important to know that these problems must also be addressed to give the individual the best chance at long-term sobriety.

Looking for a drug treatment program for yourself or a loved one is inevitably going to be a difficult process. The emotion that surrounds the addiction alone and the fear of losing a loved one already makes this process difficult enough. Finding treatment programs are sorting through the various types of treatment, program styles, modalities, it can add another stress that should not exist during this time. When you look at each program, most can be broken up based on the level of care that they offer or the type of program it is. These four groups of drug treatment include inpatient programs, both short-term and long-term residential, as well as an outpatient treatment and medical detoxification programs. As mentioned before, the main difference between these four categories of treatment is simply the level of care offered, not the approach taken or style of treatment. There are hundreds, if not more, of drug treatment programs that offer different types of counseling or different approaches to drug treatment but they should still fall into one of the four groups of treatment.

Inpatient drug treatment programs are the highest level of care offered in the field of addiction recovery. These programs allow patients a live-in facility, free of drugs, and other triggers from their environment, that would make the process of recovery more challenging. Instead, they are met with a safe and secure environment, that is drug-free and filled with professionals that understand addiction and recovery and act as a support group to the clients. This type of treatment is the most intense form of treatment offering patients treatment lasting from one month at a short-term program or three months to one year in length at a long-term program. Inpatient treatment programs help their patients from the initial drug withdrawal to the handling of the mental or emotional challenges of addiction.

Following the successful completion of an inpatient treatment program can be followed up with an outpatient drug treatment program. Outpatient programs offer patients care once or twice a week usually lasting about an hour each time. Clients receive a drug screen upon arrival each week to track the sobriety. This allows patients to be held accountable and gives them additional care as they are transitioning back into their new life as a drug-free, contributing member of society. Though outpatient treatment is usually utilized after completion of an inpatient program, that is not a requirement and many people seek out the care of an outpatient program as their sole form of drug treatment. While this can be successful for some, others need a much more intense approach or higher level of care in order to fully end their addiction.

The last type of treatment that is offered is the medical detoxification programs. This type of treatment specifically handles the drug or alcohol withdrawal process. This can be a dangerous or even life-threatening process, therefore, making this type of treatment extremely beneficial for drug addicts. These programs only help to handle the physical side of the addiction and not the mental or emotional sides, making it a high recommendation that patients seek additional care or treatment at an inpatient treatment program to ensure the entire addiction is handled and the individual has the best shot at remaining sober for good. On average clients spend one to two weeks in a medical detoxification program depending on the severity of the drug withdrawal as well as a multitude of other factors.

It is important that regardless of what type of treatment you decide to choose, that the addiction is ended safely and sooner rather than later. It is no secret that substance abuse can be deadly, as we see reports of this every day. If you or someone you love has a drug or alcohol dependency, it is very important to end the addiction now, with the help of a drug and alcohol treatment program. These programs do vary in style, length, and location, giving you options to chose from to make sure the right program is chosen. Call us today and learn more about what programs are available to you. Leave the drugs and alcohol in the past and learn to be drug-free for good!

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on June 24, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.