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Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission


Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission Review

Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission (DADC) is a county-funded outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adults in Dorchester County, South Carolina. It is located in a suburban setting, about 18 miles outside of Charleston, offering an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and continuing care. In an effort to serve residents of the county who do not have insurance, a sliding fee scale is available.

Treatment and Staff

Prior to entering treatment, each client at DADC undergoes a thorough assessment to determine what type of treatment needed. Those who require detox, inpatient treatment or dual diagnosis support are provided with referrals to other facilities.

The co-ed IOP focuses on group therapy, meeting four times per week for three-hour intervals. This system allows clients to maintain their daily work, school and family activities, while still receiving a high level of care. The goal is to help people be productive members of the community, while learning to live in sobriety. Individual and family therapy are also included on an as-needed basis. The group addresses coping skills, life skills and developing a relapse prevention plan, as well as education on the physical and emotional impacts of substance abuse. Families are encouraged to engage in the education process.

DADC also offers a gender-specific IOP option for women. This program educates clients on abstinence, lifestyle modification, the dangers of substance abuse, life skills, family planning and coping with trauma.

Outpatient substance abuse is a step down from IOP. This weekly program includes three hours of group and clients can continue to schedule individual and family therapy as needed.

All sessions are facilitated by CADCs and Master’s-level LPCs.


Referrals for affordable childcare and free parenting classes are also available for those in the women-only IOP track. Upon completion of both the IOP tracks, clients have the choice to attend aftercare to help them maintain sobriety. This option includes a weekly two hour support group.

Dorchester County also offers a domestic violence program designed to help both men and women and reduce the occurrence of violence in families in the community. It accepts both voluntary referrals and mandated referrals from police, courts, probation and parole.

In Summary

Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission provides very affordable, basic outpatient substance abuse programs. With a specialized IOP track for women, aftercare and a domestic violence program, this small town county commission goes above and beyond to serve the local community.

Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission Location

500 N. Main St, Ste 4
Summerville, SC 29483

Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission Cost

$160 (Initial assessment), $50 per group (once weekly), $110 per treatment group (four times a week); sliding scale options available. Reach Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission by phone at (843) 871-4790. Find Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission on Facebook 

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