MUSC Health - Center for Drug & Alcohol Programs in Charleston, SC

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67 President Street, MSC 861
Charleston SC 29425

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Medical University of South Carolina’s Institute of Psychiatry’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) provides a comprehensive continuum of inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment services to chemically dependent individuals struggling with substance abuse. Through a clinical, evidence-based approach to addiction treatment, CDAP provides individuals with medically assisted detoxification, Buprenorphine medication monitoring and maintenance, and individual and intensive outpatient treatment services. Therapeutic techniques provided include individual and group counseling, family programming, recovery skills education, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-Step services, motivational interviewing, and more.

Areas of Specialization

  • Outpatient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

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The Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) is part of the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Institute of Psychiatry. Located in Charleston, S.C., the center offers a comprehensive suite of services for adults and adolescents. Programs include inpatient detox and treatment, outpatient treatment, buprenorphine maintenance, interventions, and specialized programming for teens.


CDAP’s inpatient program is designed for individuals who require crisis stabilization and/or medical detoxification. Most inpatient participants stay on-site for three to seven days, but CDAP’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is lengthier and more comprehensive. Most clients remain in the IOP for four weeks and attend groups and sessions Monday through Friday. Treatment consists of individual counseling, group therapy, family activities, and education. CDAP’s approach utilizes several treatment modalities, including medication management, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and 12-step facilitation.

Called ASSET, the center’s programming for adolescents has two tracks: prevention and treatment. The prevention track, designed for youth with a minimal substance abuse history, involves one-hour classes four times weekly where clients address addiction, the negative impact of substances on the adolescent brain, and peer refusal skills. The treatment track is for teens with an established substance abuse history. It consists of twice-weekly group meetings for eight weeks, as well as individual or family therapy.


Key members of CDAP’s treatment team include medical doctors and Ph.D. level therapists. Reviewers polled by rated staff’s level of experience and training at CDAP 4.8 out of five stars.


CDAP’s inpatient program is located within a hospital, so incoming clients can expect a somewhat clinical environment. Five alumni and their loved ones surveyed by gave the facility an average 4.2 out of five stars for accommodations while four gave 4.8 stars for meals and 4.3 stars for cleanliness, although one reviewer commented on the lack of exercise options.


Two alumni polled by to date gave CDAP mixed-to-positive ratings, with alum A.F.K. rating the facility three out of five stars in holistic treatment options, four stars in group counseling, and five stars for the level of staff support. Alum S.K. rated the facility three stars in affordability and five stars in family participation. Both alumni left positive comments regarding treatment from staff.


The three loved ones surveyed by to date recommended CDAP with a 4.8-out-of-five-star recommendation. They rated the facility at 4.7 stars for the staff’s level of experience and training and family participation, and four stars for its counseling options. Loved ones’ comments praised the staff and left little criticism.


On Indeed, 267 current and former employees to date rated the Medical University of South Carolina an average four out of five stars, with an average 3.7 rating in company culture and 3.4 stars in management.[1] Comments were mostly positive, focusing on the friendly culture, although a couple reviewers criticized the hospital’s lack of proper training. One employee wrote: “No supervision, no training. A lot of stress that makes it difficult to keep working.”


MUSC participates in some managed care networks and accepts some Medicaid plans.


Published on November 2017

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The faculty includes one who is in recovery. This really helped me.

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It is part of a leading medical hospital and it allows for your treatment to include your family. They really helped my loved one overcome their addition to alcohol and helped them through every step of recovery.

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Lack of exercise programs, but attentive qualified staff

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I had returned after a brief relapse that almost cost me my life. Going back to CDAP made me feel safe and allowed me to clear my head long enough to make a new plan and get things in order before I left. I am about to celebrate 4 years clean and sober in August. I am so thankful they were there for me. I now volunteer there as a peer counselor and I teach yoga to the detox patients on the weekends.

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