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In South Carolina and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in South Carolina believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten South Carolina families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in South Carolina who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabs to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in South Carolina must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across South Carolina, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehabilitation Facilities for illegal street drugs available in South Carolina. The differences between the Drug Treatment Facilities can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehabilitation Facility is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Treatment Facility option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right South Carolina Drug Rehab Program for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Treatment Program in South Carolina will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehab Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehab Program without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehabilitation Center in South Carolina, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehab Program should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Treatment Centers for illegal street drugs in South Carolina:

  • South Carolina Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehabilitation Facilities or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • South Carolina Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Rehabilitation Programs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • South Carolina Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehabilitation Program for illegal street drugs in South Carolina. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • South Carolina Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • South Carolina Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • South Carolina Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Treatment Program while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • South Carolina Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in South Carolina:
  • Colleton Commission on
    Colleton Commission on is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 1439 Thunderbolt Drive Walterboro, SC. 29488.
    Colleton Commission on can be contacted by calling 843-538-4343.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Residential Beds for Teens, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services
  • Clarendon Cty Commission on Alc Trt
    Clarendon Cty Commission on Alc Trt is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 14 North Church Street Manning, SC. 29102.
    Clarendon Cty Commission on Alc Trt can be contacted by calling 803-435-2121.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Holmesview Center
    Holmesview Center is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 3799 Old Easley Bridge Road Greenville, SC. 29611.
    Holmesview Center can be contacted by calling 864-239-6323.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • McLeod Medical Center/Darlington
    McLeod Medical Center/Darlington is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 701 Cashua Ferry Road Darlington, SC. 29532.
    McLeod Medical Center/Darlington can be contacted by calling 843-777-4200.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Trident Medical Center
    Trident Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 9330 Medical Plaza Drive Charleston, SC. 29406.
    Trident Medical Center can be contacted by calling 843-797-7000.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • Kershaw County Mental Health Clinic
    Kershaw County Mental Health Clinic is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 2611 Liberty Hill Road Camden, SC. 29020.
    Kershaw County Mental Health Clinic can be contacted by calling 803-432-5323.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Lake City Mental Health Clinic
    Lake City Mental Health Clinic is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 675 North Matthews Road Lake City, SC. 29560.
    Lake City Mental Health Clinic can be contacted by calling 843-394-7600.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Coastal Recovery Center
    Coastal Recovery Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 1304 Azalea Court Myrtle Beach, SC. 29577.
    Coastal Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 843-449-6261.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Females, Males
  • Palmetto Center
    Palmetto Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1709 Stokes Road Florence, SC. 29501.
    Palmetto Center can be contacted by calling 843-662-9378.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Females, Males
  • Counseling Services of Lancaster
    Counseling Services of Lancaster is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 114 South Main Street Lancaster, SC. 29720.
    Counseling Services of Lancaster can be contacted by calling 803-285-6911.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • McLeod Behavioral Health Services
    McLeod Behavioral Health Services is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 701 Cashua Ferry Road Darlington, SC. 29532.
    McLeod Behavioral Health Services can be contacted by calling 843-777-4200.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Rebound Behavioral Health
    Rebound Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 134 East Rebound Road Lancaster, SC. 29720.
    Rebound Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 803-313-3700.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health
    Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 225 Midland Parkway Summerville, SC. 29485.
    Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 843-851-5015.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • Anderson/Oconee
    Anderson/Oconee is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 691 South Oak Street Seneca, SC. 29678.
    Anderson/Oconee can be contacted by calling 864-882-7563.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, DUI Clients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Cherokee Mental Health Center
    Cherokee Mental Health Center is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 125 East Robinson Street Gaffney, SC. 29340.
    Cherokee Mental Health Center can be contacted by calling 864-487-2710.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Forrester Center for
    Forrester Center for is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 187 West Broad Street Spartanburg, SC. 29304.
    Forrester Center for can be contacted by calling 864-582-7588.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, AIDS/HIV Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Santee/Wateree Mental Health Center
    Santee/Wateree Mental Health Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 215 North Magnolia Street Sumter, SC. 29151.
    Santee/Wateree Mental Health Center can be contacted by calling 803-775-9364.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Gate Way Counseling Center
    Gate Way Counseling Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 219 Human Services Road Clinton, SC. 29325.
    Gate Way Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 864-833-6500.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Females, DUI Clients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Crossroads Treatment Center of Seneca
    Crossroads Treatment Center of Seneca is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 209 Oconee Square Drive Seneca, SC. 29678.
    Crossroads Treatment Center of Seneca can be contacted by calling 864-888-2337.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Orangeburg County Mental Health
    Orangeburg County Mental Health is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1375 Gilway Extension Holly Hill, SC. 29059.
    Orangeburg County Mental Health can be contacted by calling 803-496-3410 x125.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired