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With a distinguished history dating back to 1906, McLeod Health is a locally owned non-profit based in Florence, South Carolina with additional facilities in Dillon, Darlington, Loris, Seacoast and Cheraw. McLeod Health’s services are expansive—the facility has 650 physicians on staff and 1,600 nurses in total, providing services to 15 counties in the state. While its overall program of care runs the gamut for a major healthcare provider, the facility’s behavioral health wing has no specific outpatient services for substance abuse. Still, its Darlington location offers short term dual diagnosis support, inpatient care for those with co-occurring disorders and substance abuse issues.

Accommodations and Food

Located just 20 minutes from the main facility in Florence, McLeod Health’s behavioral health residential program is housed in a small hospital facility in Darlington. The program accommodates no more than 23 at time. Those in need can receive a medical detox which typically lasts five to seven days, though it may last as long as 10 days when necessary. Each resident receives a private room with a twin bed, basic furnishings and their own bathroom. Clients receive three hot meals a day which are catered-in from the main facility in Florence. Given that the residential program is so short, recreational activities are kept to a minimum—though clients can enjoy free time in the facility’s common areas.

Treatment and Staff

As mentioned, those in need of medical detox can begin their stay at McLeod Health with a two- to three-day detox supervised by a 24/7 nursing staff. Those who are physically able can begin attending group and individual therapy for the rest of their stay. A chief asset of the McLeod Health program is its depth of medical staff since clients can expect around-the-clock nursing care and daily individual visits with one of two on-staff psychiatrists who provide medication management.

Though the residential program is not solely dedicated to substance abuse, there are group and individual sessions offered which address general addiction topics including stress management and relapse prevention, led by LADCs. There is also an introduction to the 12 steps provided with clients given information about local meetings in the community. Residents who are assigned an individual case manager can get help with their transition after the program concludes and can get assistance in finding employment, housing or an outpatient program to continue recovery.

Because McLeod has no outpatient services for substance abuse or mental health, there is also no aftercare provided after clients’ initial stay. Still, those in need of an outpatient program are usually referred to local facilities. McLeod Health has plans to add services in the future, though there is no set timeline for such developments. 


In addition to substance abuse care, McLeod Health’s Darlington facility is worth noting for its sizable mental health services, with clients receiving diagnoses and treatment for a variety of issues including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-partum depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis.

In Summary

The programs at McLeod Health come with the benefit of a full medical detox and a high level of individualized care with medical help during their stay, enjoying the privacy of private rooms and a small client list during their time in treatment. Still, the program is short term with no outpatient services for those who complete treatment. That said, clients at McLeod Health can still expect that they will be assisted in finding the facilities that can best aid their next step of recovery.

McLeod Health Location

701 Cashua Ferry Rd
Darlington, SC 29532

McLeod Health Cost

Sliding scale (30 days). Reach McLeod Health by phone at (843) 777-4200 or on their website. Find McLeod Health on FacebookTwitter and YouTube

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