The Historic Horseshoe

Treatment Options

Off-Campus Assessment / Intake

Each treatment facility in our area has their own process for handling new clients. In-general, you can expect that the assessment will last 1-3 hours depending upon your circumstances. There may be initial paperwork to complete. Make sure you take your health insurance cards with you and present this upon arrival. A licensed mental health clinician will complete your assessment, which will require them to ask you a broad range of questions. Once finished they will provide you with feedback regarding their findings and what treatment(s) are best suited for your individual needs. Please make sure to sign a release of information waiver to have the information faxed to the BIT at 803-777-1393.

Six-Week Alcohol/Drug Use Group

The standard six-week group takes a psycho-educational approach to providing information and insight regarding the use of substances. It meets once per week over a six week period. The format is modular and a different topic is presented each week. Topics range from: the impact of substances, South Carolina laws and minimizing risky behaviors. Attendees are expected to actively participate. The general goals of the group are to help students make informed decisions about their substance use, to explore the role of substances in their lives and to focus on risk reduction.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

We occasionally have contact with students who are in need of substance use treatment services that cannot be provided on-campus. They are often in-need of Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP). This is a form of outpatient counseling wherein treatment is received 3 or 4 times per week. There are three such programs in the Columbia area and they provide services during day and evening hours. The lengths of the counseling sessions vary, but are usually two to three hours each. If you have been referred for IOP you may find the following information to be useful:

Local Programs

Lexington/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission (LRADAC)

2711 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 726-9300
Services: Day & evening programs

Palmetto Richland Springs

Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 434-4813

Three Rivers Hospital

2900 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 796-9911
Services: Mostly evening programs
Private for-profit hospital-based

Additional Information

It is recommended that you call ahead before visiting with one of these programs. They will be able to provide more specific information about their hours of operation, fees, health insurance acceptance and answer any questions that you may have.

If you have commercial health insurance (such as Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, etc) you should take your insurance card with you when you go for your first appointment and present it to them.

(*) Please Note: Fees, hours of operation, phone numbers and other information are subject to change. We are providing this data to you in-order to assist with connecting you to one of these programs. Nothing in this document should be considered definitive; please contact each program for specific up-to-date information.