The Ernest E. Kennedy Center is a substance abuse and addictions treatment facility with locations in Moncks Corner and Goose Creek, South Carolina—both suburbs of Charleston. EEKC has been in operation for over fifteen years and offers a six-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse for adult men and women as well as an adolescent IOP. EEKC uses evidence based methods and the 12-step philosophy for a holistic approach to treatment, treating the mind, body and spirit.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at EEKC is structured around the multi-phase CENAPS Developmental Model of Recovery (DMR). The DMR’s six stages are Transition, Stabilization, Early Recovery, Middle Recovery, Late Recovery and Maintenance. Transition is characterized by resistance and denial, Stabilization by recognition of one’s addiction and Early Recovery is the learning of new coping skills to forge a life without substance abuse. Services at EEKC focus exclusively on these first three stages.
The IOP consists of eighteen sessions of group therapy. Clients generally attend three groups a week and complete the program in six weeks. Groups are held on weeknights and include both addiction education topics and processing techniques using CBT skills. The IOP is intimate, usually with a staff-to-client ratio in groups of no more than one-to-12. All groups are led by addiction counselors who are LPCs who also see clients for individual therapy, usually once a week.
While enrolled in the IOP, clients are encouraged to attend outside 12-step meetings. The EEKC does not have a formal aftercare program, but following the initial 6 weeks of treatment, many clients choose to attend group therapy once a week for several weeks.
Adolescent clients may choose between two programs: a basic outpatient track and an IOP. The basic adolescent outpatient program requires young people to attend group sessions once or twice per week as well as one-on-one sessions once every couple of weeks. The IOP track is more comprehensive, meeting a minimum of nine hours per week of individual and group sessions. While more intensive, the IOP still allows young people to maintain work, school, family and community commitments with little disruption.
In addition to the IOP, EEKC offers intervention and prevention services, DUI services and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in which employees can seek help without compromising or risking their job.
The Ernest E. Kennedy Center’s IOP provides clients with a thorough and supportive introduction to the early stages of recovery. By following treatment plans based on the CENAPS Developmental Model of Recovery, clients can be confident that the foundation they’ve built in the IOP will make their next stages of recovery more effective and rewarding.
Ernest E. Kennedy Center Locations
Moncks Corner Office
306 Airport Dr
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Goose Creek Office
96 Wisteria Rd
Goose Creek, SC 29445
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