I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab

If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 107 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of South Carolina. Of those 107 centers, Coastal Recovery Center in Myrtle Beach received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.

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For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. Coastal Recovery Center

Coastal Recovery Center in Myrtle Beach earned an overall score of 7.8 points out of 10 possible points and provides regular and intensive outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services to adults. The center offers medication-assisted treatment and detoxification services but does not use medication for opioid addiction. Its highest score was in the category of Treatment Approaches due to its offering of an abundance of modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-related counseling, anger management, brief intervention, relapse prevention, and several more. A shortage of special programs for unique populations earned the center its lowest score in that category; however, it does provide specialized assistance for individuals who have experienced trauma. The center scored relatively high in the category of Cost; it accepts Medicare, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment as payment options, in addition to offering a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 8
  • Treatment Approaches: 10
  • Cost: 8
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 3
  • Ancillary Services: 8

2. Solutions Recovery Center

Located in Greenville, Solutions Recovery Center in Greenville received an overall score of 7.3 points out of 10 points in our rankings for its regular and intensive outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services. However, the center scored lowest in this category of Rehabilitation Services Provided for its lack of medication-assisted treatment. It received maximum points in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics as a result of its specialized assistance for veterans, clients referred from the judicial system, members of the LGBTQ community, and transitional age young adults, among several others. Additionally, the center’s wealth of ancillary services intended to complement and promote clients’ long-term recovery, including self-help groups and peer-support services, housing and transportation assistance, health screenings, acupuncture, individual counseling, and many more, earned it maximum points in that category as well. It also scored relatively high in the category of Cost due to its acceptance of state-financed health insurance, private health insurance, and self-payment, as well as payment assistance and a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 4
  • Treatment Approaches: 8
  • Cost: 8
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 10
  • Ancillary Services: 10

3. Phoenix Center Detoxification Program

With an overall score of 5.6 out of 10 points, Phoenix Center Detoxification Program in Greenville provides residential medication-assisted detoxification services for adults. The center scored highest in the category of Cost based on its acceptance of a multitude of payment options, including Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to payment assistance and a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. Conversely, it received its lowest score in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics; however, this is due to its primary focus on detoxification services. After detoxification is complete, the center then assists its clients with their transition into other forms of rehabilitation services within specific treatment centers that may offer those specialized programs.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 4
  • Treatment Approaches: 7
  • Cost: 10
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 0
  • Ancillary Services: 6

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in South Carolina

Start by contacting your referral center

In South Carolina, the first step is to contact the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) county authority in your region. These authorities are located in each of the state’s 46 counties and are serviced by the DAODAS. To find the contact information for the county authority in your region, visit the DAODAS website.

The purpose of a county authority is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the South Carolina DHHS Medicaid information page.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of South Carolina recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.

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    What to Expect in Rehab

    Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.

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    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process.

    II. Substance Abuse and Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans

    Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.

    1 in 3

    veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD

    1 in 4

    veterans with PTSD also has a SUD

    According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.

    However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:

    Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.

    Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.

    Find Treatment: Veterans in South Carolina can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. They can also seek assistance via the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

    Treatment is available for veterans in South Carolina who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 10 substance abuse treatment facilities in South Carolina – representing 9.3% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.

    For more information, read our guide on Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans.

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents

    Adolescents in South Carolina use marijuana and alcohol at rates lower than the national average

    5.4%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017

    8.1%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017

    Between 2014 and 2017, 5.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 in South Carolina reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, below the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 8.1% of adolescents aged 12-17 in South Carolina had taken part in the behavior in the past month, again lower than the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, an alarming 12.1% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in South Carolina in 2017 were aged 12-17. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) provides substance abuse prevention information, detailed statistics, and publications for youth and their families on its website.

    Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

    Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.

    Mental Health Resources & Treatment

    If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.

    Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:

    Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.

    Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.

    Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.

    Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in South Carolina:

    South Carolina Department of Mental Health: The DMH website is dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns and has a section with more information about mental health programs for adolescents.

    South Carolina National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): The South Carolina branch of NAMI provides information on mental health resources across the state, and the organization offers specific sections for families of adolescents and families of veterans.

    Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenges posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

    III. Finding Aftercare in South Carolina

    Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.

    12-Step Addiction Meetings in South Carolina

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.

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    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    Central Carolina Area NACentral Carolina Area (Greater Columbia)NA(803) 254-6262N/A
    GAP Area NAGAP Area (Anderson)NA(800) 992-5305N/A
    Grand Strand IntergroupMyrtle BeachAA(843) 445-7119N/A
    Greater Columbia Area NAGreater Columbia Area (Bamberg, Columbia, Orangeburg)NA(803) 254-6262N/A
    Greater Columbia IntergroupColumbiaAA(803) 254-5301N/A
    Greater Pee Dee Area NAGreater Pee Dee Area (Darlington, Florence, Hartsville, Kingstree)NAN/AN/A
    Greenville IntergroupGreenvilleAA(864) 233-6454;(864) 233-6446N/A
    Keep it Simple Area NAKeep it Simple Area (Chester, Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill, York)NA(866) 463-5771N/A
    Lowcountry IntergroupBlufftonAA(888) 534-0192N/A
    North Central Carolina Area NANorth Central Carolina Area (Boiling Springs, Duncan, Gaffney, Greer, Inman, Spartanburg)NA(800) 465-4954N/A
    Port City Area NAPort City Area (Greater Metro Charleston)NA(843) 852-3001N/A
    South Coastal Area NASouth Coastal Area (Greater Southern Charleston, Hilton Head Island)NA(843) 852-3001N/A
    Sun City Area NASun City Area (Myrtle Beach, Georgetown)NA(866) 515-8962;(843) 449-6262N/A
    Tri-County IntergroupNorth CharlestonAA(843) 723-9633;(843) 554-2998N/A
    Upper South Carolina Area NAUpper South Carolina Area (Greater Greenville)NA(864) 282-0109N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.

    Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.

    Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.

    IV. Substance Abuse in South Carolina

    Overview

    The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of South Carolina between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the South Carolina population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.

    Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in South Carolina, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+Total Ages% of South Carolina Population% of National Population
    Alcohol6,000220,000226,0004.45%0.07%
    Cocaine1,00080,00081,0001.59%0.02%
    Heroin08,0008,0000.16%<0.01%
    Marijuana39,000423,000462,0009.09%0.14%
    Methamphetamine1,00024,00025,0000.49%0.01%
    Prescription Opioid2,00029,00031,0000.61%0.01%

    Source: 2016-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health State-Specific Tables, Table 81

    * ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.

    * ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.

    14.13%

    of South Carolina deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.71%

    of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in South Carolina between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in South Carolina compared to the national average.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in South Carolina, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths5563,79563,852
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths98,8088,817
    Total Deaths6,830507,393514,239
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.94%14.31%14.13%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    The following table details the number of admissions to state-funded treatment programs in South Carolina in 2017, based on the primary substance for which the individual was seeking treatment.

    Admissions to State-Funded Treatment Programs in South Carolina by Primary Substance, 2017
    Total Treatment Admissions% of All Treatment Admissions in South Carolina% of All Treatment Admissions in the U.S.
    All Substances20,223100%1.08%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug)8,95944.3%0.48%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines)1,3706.8%0.07%
    Cocaine (Including Smoked and Other Usage)1,1155.5%0.06%
    Hallucinogens110.1%<0.01%
    Heroin7773.8%0.04%
    Inhalants100%<0.01%
    Marijuana5,30026.2%0.28%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Opioids)1,1685.8%0.06%
    Other Stimulants00%0%
    Other/Unknown Substances1,2326.1%0.07%
    PCP00%0%
    Sedatives190.1%<0.01%
    Tranquilizers2621.3%0.01%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues

    When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of South Carolina, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.

    Over 700,000 South Carolinians suffer from mental illness every year

    As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.

     

    4.8%

    of South Carolina adults had a serious mental illness

    7%

    of South Carolina adults had a major depressive episode

    From 2017-2018, 4.8% of South Carolina adults aged 18 and over were afflicted with a serious mental illness, close to the national rate of 4.6%. Among South Carolina residents, 7% of adults suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to 7.1% nationally.

    The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in South Carolina.

    Mental Health Issues in South Carolina by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17% of South Carolina PopulationAges: 18+% of South Carolina Population
    Major Depressive Episode46,0000.9%257,0005.05%
    Any Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data704,00013.85%
    Serious Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data166,0003.27%
    Serious Thoughts of SuicideNo DataNo Data156,0003.07%

    Suicide rates in South Carolina are higher than the national average

    The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.

    Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, South Carolina witnessed a 38.3% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, South Carolina ranked 25th in the country (tied with Indiana) for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.

    Suicides and Suicide Rates in South Carolina and the United States, 2017
    Suicides in South CarolinaSuicide Rate Per 100,00Suicides in the U.S.Suicide Rate Per 100,000
    Ages 10-1410No Data5172.5
    Ages 15-249814.96,25214.5
    Ages 25-442792215,28317.8
    Ages 45-6430723.316,54319.6
    Ages 65-748515.94,62015.6
    Ages 75+5817.53,94818.6
    All Ages83816.747,16314.5

    South Carolina has a significantly higher opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate

    Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.

    103

    opioid prescriptions per 100 South Carolina residents, 2017

    58.7

    opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017

    After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in South Carolina was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 103 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 79.3 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a slightly smaller decrease of 23.01%.

    South Carolina and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017

    The rate of homelessness in South Carolina is slightly under half the national average

    A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.

    The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.

    8

    of every 10,000 South Carolina residents were homeless, 2018

    17

    of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018

    By comparison, South Carolina had approximately 3,933 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 8 of every 10,000 South Carolina residents and just slightly under half the national average. This number reveals a 22.23% decrease since 2014 when 5,057 homeless persons lived in South Carolina.

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in South Carolina by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the five most populous cities.

    Columbia

    Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are lower in Columbia than the rate across South Carolina

    12.81%

    of Columbia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    14.13%

    of South Carolina deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Between 2008 and 2017, there were 4,169 deaths induced by drugs and alcohol in Richland County, in which Columbia is located. This number represented 12.81% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was lower than the state average of 14.13% during the same time period. Of the five most populous South Carolina cities, Columbia’s death rate fell squarely in the middle.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Richland County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths33,5343,537
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0632632
    Total Deaths56131,97032,533
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.53%13.03%12.81%

    Charleston-North Charleston-Mount Pleasant

    The rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in Charleston-North Charleston-Mount Pleasant is slightly higher than the state average

    15.09%

    of Charleston-Mount Pleasant deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    14.13%

    of South Carolina deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Charleston, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant are located in neighboring Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, respectively, and, combined, these counties had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 15.09% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage is slightly higher than the state average of 14.13% in the same time frame. Among the five most populous cities in South Carolina, Charleston-North Charleston-Mount Pleasant had the second-highest death rate.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties, 2008-2017

    Drug-Induced Deaths47,8987,902

    0-1718+All Ages
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths01,3541,354
    Total Deaths86560,48961,358
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.46%15.3%15.09%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Rock Hill

    Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Rock Hill are much lower than the average rate across South Carolina

    12.5%

    of Rock Hill deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    14.13%

    of South Carolina deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    York County, in which Rock Hill is located, experienced 2,676 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 12.5% of the total number of deaths in the county and coming in at nearly two percentage points lower than the average of 14.13% across the state during the same time period. Of the five most populous cities in the state, Rock Hill ranked fourth for these types of deaths.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in York County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths22,2052,207
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths1468469
    Total Deaths31421,09621,411
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.96%12.67%12.5%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Greenville

    Greenville’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths far exceeds the state average

    16.27%

    of Greenville deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    14.13%

    of South Carolina deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Between 2008 and 2017, there were 7,674 deaths induced by drugs and alcohol in Greenville County, in which Greenville is located. This number represented 16.27% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was significantly higher than the state average of 14.13% in the same time frame. Among the five most populous cities in South Carolina, Greenville’s death rate ranks the highest at almost four percentage points higher than the lowest-ranked city of Sumter.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Greenville County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths86,7876,795
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths2877879
    Total Deaths62046,55647,178
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.61%16.46%16.27%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Sumter

    Sumter has a drug and alcohol death rate significantly below the state average

    12.34%

    of Sumter deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    14.13%

    of Sumter deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Sumter County, in which the city of Sumter is located, reported 1,469 drug- and alcohol-induced deaths between 2008 and 2017, equating to 12.34% of the total number of deaths in the county. This percentage fell nearly two full percentage points below the rate across South Carolina of 14.13% during the same time period. Furthermore, of the five most populous cities in South Carolina, Sumter had the lowest rate of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Sumter County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths01,3261,326
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0143143
    Total Deaths17511,73311,908
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0%12.52%12.34%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    VI. Take Action

    Substance abuse treatment is available in South Carolina for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your county authority. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.