We offer comprehensive alcohol and other drug abuse services for community residents of all ages. Our programs offer a wide variety of services designed to meet the needs of each unique individual.
Programs & Treatment Services
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented approach to helping clients change their behaviors. CBT’s goal is to identify thinking patterns that may contribute to behaviors causing problems in a client’s life. Once identified clients can replace thinking patterns with more positive thoughts and choose to change behaviors to support lifestyle changes and psychosocial health. This recognition is a quick process and is used in a wide variety of issues. RBT is one of the structured CBT interventions utilized in treatment at EEKC.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for affecting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve their ambivalence. Clients often enter the treatment process due to outside agencies requesting completion of a treatment program due to problems identified by the outside agency. It is normal for clients who enter treatment due to a referral from someone else, to have ambivalence about making changes related to behaviors. MI honors clients walking through the door having choices related to behavioral change and engaging in the treatment process. Each client ultimately knows the choices that are best for him/her and his/her family. Counselors utilize MI to explore desire, ability, reason and need to make behavioral changes and honor client’s individualized goals for meeting his/her needs.
BIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, and EXPERIENTIAL(BPSSEM)
Biological, Psychological, Social, Spiritual, and Experiential (BPSSEM) approach to treatment is based on addiction science helping all staff and clients understand addiction as a brain disease (effecting biological and brain functioning) within the context of the culture one lives in. Honoring the science behind this model, treatment interventions are designed to provide education about the brain and the impact of substance use on the brain, family dynamics, nutrition, exercise, impact of projected cultural and internalized shame, how life experiences can shape one’s future, and the importance of incorporating spiritual acts (as identified by the client) into the treatment process. Additionally, treatment interventions informed by the BPSSEM support healing and healthy brain functioning to either prevent or help an individual initiate recovery from moderate to severe substance use disorders. Treatment interventions formed by the BPSSEM include (however are not limited to) craving management techniques, mindfulness practices, art therapy, recreational therapy and Modified Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy (MIGP).
MODIFIED INTERPERSONAL GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY
Modified Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy (MIGP) is a form of group therapy that allows you, as a group member, to discuss your goals in a non-judgmental and safe setting. The approach also includes being in the here and now, owning your choices, taking growth producing risks such as what you choose to disclose in the group, and to experience awe inspiring moments during the group process. The group facilitator is responsible for creating a safe environment to support and honor disclosure of emotions and experiences in a group of other people who have emotions and experiences of their own to share. This process provides the opportunity to create meaningful relationships to support each other in the present moment. The group is driven by each group member’s presence and self-disclosure.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG SAFETY ACTION PROGRAM (ADSAP)
Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) is the South Carolina state program for people convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), boating under the influence (BUI), and implied consent. This program focuses on drug and alcohol education or a therapeutic perspective depending on the individual’s substance use history including problems associated with substance use.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PLANS (EAP)
Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) are programs employers provide their employees as part of their benefits package. These programs vary from company to company and may include mandated counseling depending on company policies and procedures. Companies sometimes provide free counseling for employees experiencing major life changes or simply as a benefit.
Drug Court is a highly structured program provided through the criminal justice system for individuals who incurred drug related legal charges that were non-violent. The program is a way to receive counseling to help individuals address symptoms of substance use disorders in a non-punitive based model. These individuals reduce substance use, reduce future criminal offenses, help to reduce the state expense in prisons, reduce prison populations, restore families, and provide for positive future outcomes. If you are interested in the Drug Court program, please contact your legal representative.
Drug Screening is an offered service at the Kennedy Center. Clients who are engaged in the treatment process or an individual who needs a drug screen as a non-client such as pre-employment testing, etc. The Kennedy Center can provide drug screens on site that provide immediate results or sent to a lab for more extensive testing and evaluation.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY (IT)
Individual Therapy (IT) is offered to clients who would benefit from one on one interactions between client and counselor, as well as for group therapy members who need extra time with a counselor. IT sessions can be beneficial for clients who feel more comfortable disclosing personal information related to sensitive topics that may be difficult to discuss in a group setting. IT sessions involve a variety of treatment interventions based on the needs of the client.
Family Counseling is recommended for all clients. Everyone is part of a family and has been impacted by family members substance use in some way. Family members are often the source of support for individuals entering treatment. Family members often lack the understanding of substance use disorders, which often leads to unintentional shaming for the client. Including family members in treatment can assist with them learning about addiction as a brain disease, effective communication, as well as how to be supportive. Family counseling also provides family members an opportunity to discuss specific family issues that are creating difficulty in the family unit. Even though family sessions are recommended for all clients, there are circumstances, which may prevent family members from attending sessions. Clients will discuss with their primary counselor who they identify as family and their willingness to include family members in the treatment process. Family sessions are offered using a variety of treatment approaches.
HIV SCREENING & INFO
HIV screening and information is available at the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center offers clients quick HIV testing services. Results are provided within 20 minutes. HIV tests are confidential, free of charge, and are available without an appointment. Additionally, the Kennedy Center is participating as a direct link to care for PrEP treatment.
- PrEP is a new HIV prevention method. A patient that is HIV negative takes the anti-HIV medications daily to help prevent HIV future infection. PrEP can reduce the risk of becoming HIV-infected when taken daily. The only drug currently approved for use as PrEP by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is Truvada, a medication commonly used to treat HIV positive individuals
Probate Court – The Kennedy Center assists families and individuals with completing the necessary court documents needed to compel a family member to appear in court involuntarily, with the intent of having him/her assessed for substance use treatment. A designated staff person from EEKC will assist in the assessment and recommendation process, and will help to determine whether treatment is necessary. The designated staff person will also assist the family and individual engage in treatment services as well as monitor the treatment progress. The staff person will also update the court on the treatment progress and client participation.
THE BRIDGE PROGRAM
The Bridge program is an adolescent program that provides services to Charleston and Berkeley Counties. Clients in this program are referred through the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Counselors providing services through the Bridge program provide mobile services such as meeting with the client and family members at home, school and in other community settings. In addition to individual and family therapy, clients can receive group therapy to address issues with substance use. In addition to individual and family counseling the program provides life skills, educational assistance, and employment services.
Clinical supervision is provided in an individual and group setting to support clinical development and ensure effective treatment delivered within ethical guidelines. Clinical supervision supports the implementation of the identified evidence based treatments and promising practices supported by DAODAS and committed to by E. E. Kennedy Center. Learn more about our evidence based and promising practices on our website.
The Kennedy Center (EEKC) operates under strict confidentiality rules. Clients can expect their personal information to remain confidential. The Kennedy Center adheres to HIPPA regulations as well as 42 CFR Part 2. The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records (CFR Title 42: Part 2) regulation specifies restrictions concerning the disclosure and use of patient records that include information on substance use diagnoses or services. Confidentiality has limits. Kennedy Center staff are mandated reporters by SC law. The Kennedy Center must report disclosed or observed incidents related to safety and welfare of all individuals. These incidents include, child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, child emotional abuse, child neglect, plans for harming self or others intentionally, and abuse and/or neglect of elderly individuals.
Generally, the first thing to expect is to receive a comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment to help determine what types of services may best be suited to your individual needs. If we cannot meet your immediate needs we will gladly work with you in referring you to other more appropriate services.
Once an assessment is completed you will be scheduled a treatment planning appointment with your primary counselor. The purpose of this session is to work with you in identifying and setting appropriate goals to work towards while you are in services.
Based on the outcome of these two sessions, you will be all set to begin your assigned services of individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, etc.
Your primary counselor will work closely with you throughout your stay to monitor and adjust things as may be needed to best suit your individual needs. It is vitally important that you communicate with your counselor(s) openly and honestly so that they may assist you to the best of their ability.
Towards the end of your services you should meet individually with your primary counselor to develop a formal Transition Plan. This is simply a written plan to help you continue the positive changes you have made while you were in services with us.
MONCKS CORNER OFFICE
306 Airport Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Fax: (843) 719-3025
GOOSE CREEK OFFICE
96 Wisteria Road
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Fax: (843) 797-8638