Prevention services are designed to help South Carolinians of all ages avoid the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Services strive to prevent young people from experimenting with these substances, as well as to prevent the development of problems among specific high-risk groups and the public at large. Prevention services are based upon principles of sound research and evidence-based practices. Services are designed to identify and reduce factors that place an individual or a community at risk of experiencing problems, while at the same time, strengthening other identifiable factors that can help protect individuals and communities from developing such problems.
Intervention services work to identify at an early stage those individuals who are at risk of experiencing problems caused by their use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Following their identification through the school system, the criminal justice system, the workplace or other social systems, individuals are referred to specific intervention programs for educational and treatment services as appropriate.
Treatment services provided by DAODAS and the county authorities are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual in an attempt to stop the disabling effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse or dependence, and to prevent their recurrence and further disability. Specific services, as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, include a range of outpatient treatment services, intensive outpatient treatment, halfway houses, social model detoxification, freestanding medical detoxification, residential treatment, inpatient treatment and day treatment. As the administrator of all state funds for Medicaid-reimbursable alcohol and other drug abuse inpatient and outpatient treatment services, the department works closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to ensure the delivery of appropriate care for this population through both public and private treatment facilities. As such, the department provides prior authorization for all alcohol and other drug abuse rehabilitative services for the state’s Medicaid-eligible population.
ADSAP provides assessment, education, intervention and treatment services as mandated by Section 56-6-2990 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina. As amended in 1982, state law requires all individuals who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), or boating under the influence (BUI), or Automatic License Revocation (ALR), or Zero Tolerance to successfully complete ADSAP before they can be eligible for relicensing.
The Women’s Treatment Group focuses on problems relating specifically to women. Services consist of assessment and counseling for this women affected directly or indirectly by alcohol and other drug use. Weekly group sessions cover women’s issues including codependency, sexual or physical abuse, and parenting skills. Pregnant women are given priority admission to counseling services.
This agency provides on-site and laboratory tested urine screens for various substances.
Weekly groups are held in the evening for men. Men are self-referred and/or referred by community agencies.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) focuses on individuals who need more support than traditional outpatient therapy but do not need, or cannot take part in inpatient treatment. IOP provides treatment, a continuum of care and appropriate referrals to other community resources. IOP meets 9 hours each week over three days.
Prevention provides services that reduce the risk of developing alcohol, tobacco, or other drug problems or enhance the factors that protect individuals from developing these problems. Programs focus on strengthening the individual who may develop these problems, reducing the availability of the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, or modify the environment in which these problems occur. The primary focus of these programs is on persons, policies, and norms, and influencing behavior in the community.
Youth Services provides confidential counseling for adolescents experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs. Designed to prevent and/or reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs as well as other high-risk behavior, the program works with youths and their families to provide a better understanding of personal responsibility, family relationships, decision-making skills, healthy self-concept and accurate information on alcohol and other drug abuse.
Relapse Prevention Program is an integral part of the treatment program. Chemically dependent persons continue to need support after the formal therapeutic process is completed. This group focuses on enhancing skills needed to maintain abstinence. Group meets weekly.
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