In South Carolina, 1 in 5 people are currently struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD). That’s 1 in 5 of your neighbors, friends, colleagues, or family members. Getting help for alcohol and other drug use disorders has become more common over the years, but we still have a long way to go. There is sometimes a lot of fear and hesitation surrounding getting help. Many think addiction is something you need to “tough out,” or that it makes you “weak.” Others believe treatment always means leaving your job or your family – like a sleepaway camp. At Axis I Center of Barnwell, we look forward to showing you just how accessible treatment can be.


Outpatient treatment is a method for treating alcohol or substance use disorders. The first step is creating a treatment plan with your counselor where you’ll learn what works best for you. With an outpatient treatment program, you’re still being monitored and attending regular therapy. You’re not, however, sleeping at the treatment center. Because of this, you’re able to continue working, living with your family, and taking care of your other obligations. This makes outpatient treatment a convenient and effective option.

At Axis I Center of Barnwell, we have several treatment options available. During treatment planning with your counselor, you’ll learn about what works best for you. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is 3 day-a-week program for 3 hours each day. We also provide outpatient support groups and peer support.

At Axis I Center of Barnwell, there are several treatment options available. During treatment planning with your counselor, you’ll learn about what works best for you. Intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) is 3 days a week for 3 hours each day. There are also outpatient support groups and peer support.


Axis I Center of Barnwell is an outpatient facility. This means that all of our treatment options are outpatient – you’ll never have to stay for weeks or months at a time. Here are a few of the programs and services we’re proud to offer:

Intensive Outpatient Program (New Beginnings)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a wonderful option for people in need of rigorous care. If residential treatment isn’t an option but you need the extra care, an IOP can give you phenomenal results. Our New Beginnings program meets Monday-Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In New Beginnings, you’ll meet with a group of your peers who share your struggles. Your certified addiction counselor will talk with you about what causes addiction, how to create healthy habits, and how to move past your traumas. You’ll confide in your peers, share in each other’s victories, and challenge negative thought patterns. You’ll also be able to participate in Life Skills classes, which are designed to identify your needs and teach you skills to assist in getting back on your feet and feeling empowered.

A support system is vital to your recovery. The encouragement and compassion you receive in an IOP will be invaluable. You’ll also learn about yourself, the way you think, and how to move into a healthier life.

During your assessment, you and your counselor will decide if other elements should be added to your IOP. Some people choose to receive additional support such as medication-assisted treatment, individual therapy, family therapy, and more. Regardless of what you need, we’re here to help you turn your life around.


For some, withdrawals and cravings can get in the way of recovery. If you need help in this regard, we offer medication-assisted treatment. This is a program where you can receive prescription medication while being monitored weekly.

MAT works to:

  • Improve birth outcomes in pregnant women
  • Decrease opioid use and overdose deaths
  • Increase someone’s ability to stay in treatment
  • Improve well-being through management of withdrawal symptoms


If you need a detox or residential treatment program, we can provide you with referrals for places we trust. We can also refer you to other agencies as needed for food, clothing, transportation, and support groups (like Celebrate Recovery or AA/NA.)


Your length of time in treatment will depend on your needs. Everyone’s a little different. During your assessment, we’ll go over all of your options. An intensive outpatient program typically lasts 6-12 weeks, but with all of our programs, we recommend aftercare. Most of the groups we offer are ongoing, which means you can continue attending as long as you need. Once you’ve transitioned out of your current program, our staff will follow up with you within 30 days to check on your progress. We’re committed to supporting you throughout your journey. We’ll always provide the best resources available.

We consider someone ready to leave treatment when they meet the following criteria:

  1. You’ve regularly attended the recommended treatment services
  2. You’ve provided regular urine screens that are free of drugs or alcohol
  3. You’ve completed 75%-100% of your Individualized Plan of Care (IPOC) goals


Below are some reasons why individuals will enter outpatient programming instead of a detox or other levels of care.

  • Lower Acuity. Some people need professional help, but their substance use disorder has not advanced to the degree that they need detox or residential. This level of care is also for people who have already completed higher levels of care and are “stepping down” into outpatient.
  • Costs. Outpatient treatment is generally less expensive than residential treatment. This is because you don’t need food and lodging.
  • Flexibility. Outpatient treatment allows you to continue work and family obligations. It’s not as big of a “life change” as a residential treatment program
  • Family. With outpatient treatment, you don’t need to worry about visiting hours. Family support is important to your recovery. You’ll be able to lean on that support system while you’re in outpatient since you’re at home.
  • Support Systems. The people you meet in outpatient treatment are often the ones you’ll turn to in the future. Participating in a local outpatient treatment program means you’re building a sustainable support system.

Outpatient treatment is a convenient and effective option for many people. Your treatment services will be determined by assessment diagnosis and depend on your circumstances, your health, and your obligations.

Outpatient treatment has challenges that residential treatment might not. For example, it requires a little more self-motivation. It’s your responsibility to make it to all of your appointments and complete your treatment plan in its entirety. It isn’t always easy and it might feel overwhelming at first, but our caring team here at Axis I will help you every step of the way. As you continue in your treatment, you’ll find that it gets easier. The connections you make and the things you’ll learn are natural motivators. You’ll also notice positive changes in your life as you engage in treatment.