Substance use disorder has a way of sneaking up on you. One minute, you think you have it under control, the next minute, it’s taking control of your life. This story repeats many times and is more common than you think. According to the CDC, 11% of people in the United States struggle with substance use. The South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) informs us that over 1,700 people lost their lives to opioid overdose in 2019. These were tragic deaths that could have been prevented with the help of substance use disorder treatment.
For some, seeking help is an afterthought. Treatment doesn’t feel like an option. It’s too expensive, too big of a time commitment, or inaccessible. Our job is to offer quality substance use disorder treatment that will give our patients the tools to recover.
Substance use disorder isn’t something to cause shame. Substance use can change how your brain is wired, often within days of first use. People often need help getting the brain back to a place of joy and independence. When you decide to lead a healthier life, the last thing you need is to feel judged or embarrassed. The choice to get healthy is strong, and that’s how you should be treated. That’s how we treat all of our clients. We see your struggle and understand how complex and cunning substance use disorder can be.
Despite popular opinion, addiction isn’t inevitable. You’re not destined for addiction from the day you’re born. It needs other factors to thrive, like mental illness, loneliness, rejection, financial distress, and more. Often, healing isn’t possible until those factors find a resolution. So when we talk about healing from a substance use disorder, we’re not just talking about getting you or your loved one away from toxic substances. We’re talking about going deeper and addressing the root issues as well.
This is why treatment for substance use disorder is effective. It isn’t just about getting you through the withdrawals. It’s about setting yourself up to work through the triggers that caused you to use drugs in the first place. Substance use treatment is effective. South Carolina currently has 378,000 people in recovery as proof that recovery is possible.
As effective as substance use treatment is, it has its limits. Some things need to be in place for it to work. Treatment like this has many years of history. Here at Axis I, we know what has worked in the past and what hasn’t. For treatment to work, it needs to follow these principles:
All treatment centers vary as far as the medications they prescribe. At Axis I Center of Barnwell, we prescribe two medications in treatment (if needed). We utilize Suboxone for opioid use disorder and Vivitrol for alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Suboxone works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as other opiates. Suboxone also decreases cravings for opioid use. Suboxone comes in the form of an oral film or tablet. A doctor will determine the appropriate dosage and frequency of Suboxone use. Vivitrol works at preventing relapse and overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. Vivitrol is a once-monthly injection.
Taking a substance recreationally is very different than taking prescribed medication. When you take the medication in treatment, you’re not substituting one drug for another. Instead, you’re using the medication prescribed to get healthy and focus on your recovery.
In addition to medication and therapy, what else will I do during treatment?
We have multiple treatment options available, including medication-assisted treatment, individual treatment, group treatment, intensive outpatient program, and more. During your assessment, we’ll discuss what works best for you and your future. If you need a referral to residential treatment or detox, we can also provide that for you.
Can I afford substance use treatment?
If you can’t afford treatment, we will not turn you away. We want to serve all of the residents of Barnwell County that are struggling with substance use disorder. We offer several payment options, including Medicaid, payment plans, scholarships, and more. We also accept most insurance. If you can’t afford treatment, we have a scholarship application that can be completed.
How can I access treatment services (or how can I admit a loved one)?
For any questions about admission or a consultation, please call us at (803) 541-1245. We’re excited that you’re here, and we can’t wait to begin this journey with you.