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Choosing a drug rehab program in South Carolina to receive treatment for a drug addiction can be a confusing process. Few people really know what to look for in terms of choosing a drug rehab facility. Recently, the number of individuals in South Carolina that are currently struggling with a drug addiction has increased dramatically, according to the recent statistics in the state. The various drug treatment options that are available in the state of South Carolina can include holistic drug rehabs, inpatient, outpatient, long-term or short stay options. The basic components of these South Carolina drug rehab programs are similar in nature and may include detox, counseling, relapse prevention and some mode of aftercare treatment. A person needs to ask specific questions such as what is included in the costs of the South Carolina drug rehab program; most importantly, they need to inquire about the long term success rate statistics of the treatment center. Professionals in the field of substance abuse most often recommend the longest term residential drug rehab option for the best possible results in the treatment of a drug addiction. An individual that is in a long term residential drug rehab has the added benefit of being away from the daily stressors of life and is able to focus solely on healing from their drug addiction. The financial costs may need to be a factor to be taken into consideration, but cost alone should never completely determine which drug rehab program is chosen. When an individual is able to find the right drug rehab program, the person can begin the process of finally being free from their drug addiction.

By the time an individual that is addicted to drugs has agreed to commit to a drug rehab program, the negative effects of their drug use may already have taken a terrible toll on every single area of their lives. Aside from the physical damage that the drug addiction can cause, the area that is often more heavily damaged is their personal viewpoint of themselves. There is always damage to an addict's self-esteem during the time that they are actively engaged in a drug addiction. The feelings of worthlessness, shame and guilt increase, as the substance abuse continues. This happens because the addict has a sense of knowing deep down inside, that abusing drugs is a destructive act, but they continue to do so in spite of this knowledge. This scenario often creates an internal contradiction between the person's values and their current actions, and causes them to feel much more hopeless about their drug addiction. The nature of a drug addiction is that an individual will put the craving for drugs above everything else in their life. Unless an individual makes the choice to seek drug rehabilitation, they risk the loss of their livelihood and may continue to cause damage to many of their personal relationships. As a person sinks deeper and deeper into drug addiction, the world around them will slowly become more and more meaningless.

Most addicts cannot break completely free of their drug addiction without the professional support of a drug rehab facility. It is difficult for a person to finally confront the fact that they have allowed a mere substance to take over their lives and hold their every thought hostage. At the time an addict admits they have a substance abuse problem, this is the critical time when an individual needs the support of their friends and loved ones to help them to choose the best treatment in order to successfully overcome their drug addiction. Loved ones should hold their hand and guide them in finding just the right drug rehab facility to help them to achieve their goal of sobriety. It is commonly recommended if at all possible, that an individual chooses a drug rehab that is a safe distance from the environment where the individual was active in their drug addiction. This can be a critical factor in helping them to have the best chance at success in the recovery process. When an individual is in close proximity to the familiar drug triggers that they have come to associate with their prior substance abuse, it often weakens their resolve, and increases the chance of a drug relapse.


  • Current law enforcement investigations in South Carolina indicate that the diversions of OxyContin, Vicodin, and pseudoephedrine are increasingly becoming a serious drug threat throughout the state.
  • Ecstasy is readily available in South Carolina and is predominant in some of the cities that are located along the Atlantic Coast, such as Greenville and Columbia.
  • According to data from the most currently available National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH), over a quarter million of the citizens of South Carolina that are over the age of 12 have reported the past month use of an illicit drug.
  • In the state of South Carolina, heroin abuse and availability has mostly been concentrated in South Carolina's inner cities. Current information that has been obtained by law enforcement in South Carolina has indicated that heroin use in on the rise among youth in the state.
  • Methamphetamine abuse is not a major threat in the state of South Carolina, although abuse of the drug has steadily increased in the last two years.
  • The state of South Carolina has been identified as a drug "consumer state" rather than a "source state."
  • A significant portion of the cocaine that is distributed in the state of South Carolina has been smuggled in via the Port of Charleston.
  • Cocaine trafficking in the state of South Carolina has been steadily increasing, particularly in the major metropolitan areas, such as Columbia, Greenville, and Florence.

If you or someone that you care about in South Carolina and is struggling with a drug addiction, get help today and contact a South Carolina drug rehab facility.

South Carolina Drug Information and Drug Trafficking

Drug information from South Carolina notes that this state is a drug "consumer state" rather than a "source state." However, there has been increasing evidence of organizational activity extending to major distribution hubs, such as New York City (cocaine and heroin), southern Florida (cocaine and Ecstasy (MDMA), southern Texas/Mexico (marijuana, methamphetamine, and diverted/illicit drugs), and southern California (methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine). Investigations are becoming more complex and cross numerous statewide and nationwide jurisdictions.

Additionally, Mexican-based drug traffickers have taken advantage of the increase in Latino immigration to the state by hiding within Hispanic enclaves. Based on the last census, Hispanics are the fastest growing racial group in South Carolina. Recent investigations have targeted Hispanic, Cuban, Haitian, and Jamaican traffickers.

An examination of investigations conducted by the Charleston RO reveals that a significant portion of the cocaine and marijuana, distributed by coastal South Carolina distribution organizations, had originated from smuggling into the Port of Charleston. It is a well-known fact that traffickers will utilize 20-foot and 40-foot shipping containers to transport contraband either by secreting within the structure of the container itself or commingling with legitimate commercial cargo.

Conservatively, for every container, loaded with illegal drugs discovered at the Port of Charleston, it is estimated that at least nine other containers with illegal drugs have slipped through without detection. The Port of Charleston is the second largest containerized seaport on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and handles over 1.5 million containers per year.

Currently there are three terminals; however, a fourth may be opened in the near future. Despite this intimidating volume of containers, the Department of Homeland Security ' Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has only a reported 10 inspectors to service the inspection requirements of Charleston's three port facilities and they must rely on Confidential Source information and container profiling to maximize their chances of success.

These CBP Inspectors are only able to actually inspect less than 1 percent of all the containers destined to, or passing through, Charleston. Recent investigations have shown that there are numerous "cells" of traffickers working at the port with or as longshoremen to bring cocaine, marijuana, and heroin into the United States from overseas (Panama, Colombia, etc.).

Cocaine drug trafficking in South Carolina has been detected at stable to moderately increased levels in the major metropolitan areas including Columbia, Greenville, and Florence. An increase in trafficking along the coast has been noted in recent years, particularly in the tourist areas of Myrtle Beach and Charleston.

Sources of supply are located in South Florida, New York, Georgia, and California, with the most common method of importation being by motor vehicle. Other less common methods of transport of drugs into the state include courier services, commercial airline, bus, and train travel. At the retail level, trafficking groups appear to be moderately sized and loosely organized. Cocaine is often transported into the state in powder form and converted into crack cocaine by local distributors.

During 2003 and 2004, DEA offices statewide placed significant attention on the development of cases targeting high level trafficking groups. Title III investigations during 2003, resulted in the dismantling of a large cocaine trafficking organization operating in Columbia, SC. A total of 17 arrests were made in connection with the investigation.

South Carolina drug information shows that heroin is available in multi-gram quantities throughout South Carolina and is routinely packaged in "bindles" for distribution. The most common source location for heroin distributed in South Carolina is New York City. Heroin suppliers use a variety of methods, including mail service and public transportation to transport heroin into South Carolina.

Although the heroin user population has historically been a limited and stable group generally located in the inner cities, recent information indicates an increasing pattern of heroin use by a younger population in "experimental" or "party" situations.

While methamphetamine is available across South Carolina, investigations indicate that there is a growing abuse of the drug. Methamphetamine distributed in the state is normally obtained from sources of supply in California, and in some cases, from northern Georgia (Atlanta). The number of clandestine laboratory seizures in South Carolina continues to increase.

South Carolina drug information notes that Ecstasy (MDMA) is readily available in several cities in South Carolina, predominantly in the areas of Greenville and Columbia, and those cities along the Atlantic coast. During the past year, there has been a significant increase in Ecstasy distribution throughout the state, with traffickers based out of Columbia distributing a significant portion of the Ecstasy sold.

Recent data indicates that Atlanta, Georgia, has become a significant hub for MDMA distribution in South Carolina. Law enforcement agencies are attempting to infiltrate organizations distributing Ecstasy, but are hampered by the cost of Ecstasy currently available on the street. There have been increasing incidents of LSD distribution and abuse, as well as incidents of Rohypnol and Ketamine appearing in nightclubs in those communities along the Atlantic coast and upstate.

Marijuana, the most prevalent illegal drug of abuse in South Carolina, primarily comes from Mexico. Traffickers use vehicles, tractor-trailers, commercial air, buses, trains, and commercial express parcel services to import marijuana from Mexico through California. Members of the South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) routinely eradicate small patches of outdoor marijuana. In 2002, SLED discovered and destroyed 27,013 plants in South Carolina. In 2003, a total of 15,038 plants were destroyed.

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  • South Carolina Facts
  • In South Carolina, 85% of the substance abuse treatment being received was from outpatient care (National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)).
  • Approximately 327,000 of the citizens in South Carolina that are over the age of 11 have reported using marijuana within the past year.
  • 7.2% of the high school seniors in South Carolina have reported using inhalants at least once.
  • In South Carolina, there will be around 26,325 people arrested this year for drug related charges.
  • South Carolina, Statistics
  • The population of South Carolina is 4,011,615 with 1,948,759 Males and 2,062,856 Females.

    The population of South Carolina, breaks down into the following age groups:

    Under Age 5: 264,656
    Age 5-9: 285,215
    Age 10-14: 290,446
    Age 15-19: 295,347
    Age 20-24: 281,699
    Age 25-34: 560,789
    Age 35-44: 625,063
    Age 45-54: 550,265
    Age 55-59: 206,738
    Age 60-64: 166,125
    Age 65-74: 270,021
    Age 75-84: 164,987
    Over 85: 50,264

    The Median age in South Carolina, is 36.7

    South Carolina Summary
    South Carolina Area - 29674.29 Sq. Miles
    Land - 29409.28 Sq. Miles
    Water - 265.02 Sq. Miles

    The population Density in South Carolina is 136.41 People per Sq. Mile
    Elevation of South Carolina - 389 Feet
    Timezone - Eastern (GMT -5)

    South Carolina School Enrollment Breakdown
    Age 3 and Over enrolled in South Carolina schools - 1,052,983
    South Carolina children enrolled in Nursery or Preschool - 68,709
    Children in South Carolina enrolled in Kindergarten - 62,864
    South Carolina children enrolled in Elementary School - 474,247
    South Carolina Highschool Enrollment - 230,339
    South Carolina College Enrollment - 216,824

    South Carolina Economy and Employment
    Employment Breakdown:
    16 years and over - 3,113,648
    Total Males in Work Force in South Carolina - 1,038,487
    Total Females in Work Force in South Carolina - 935,567

    Occupation Breakdown in South Carolina:
    Management and Professional Occupation related jobs in South Carolina - 530,086
    Service related jobs in South Carolina - 268,636
    Sales and Office Related jobs in South Carolina - 459,681
    Forestry, Farming and Fishing related jobs in South Carolina - 10,679
    Construction and Maintenance related jobs in South Carolina - 209,041
    Production and Transportation related jobs in South Carolina - 346,449

    South Carolina Houselhold Income Breakdown:
    Household Income-
    Less than $10,000 - 181,722
    $10,000.00 - $14,999 - 106,668
    $15,000 - $24,999 - 220,054
    $25,000 - $34,999 - 213,485
    $35,000 - $49,999 - 269,531
    $50,000 - $74,999 - 288,714
    $75,000 - $99,999 - 129,515
    $100,000 - $149,999 - 81,624
    $150,000 - $199,999 - 19,873
    $200,000 or more - 22,964
    Average Household Income in South Carolina - $33,928.38
    Average Household Size in South Carolina - 2.54

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