The Ernest E. Kennedy Center

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The Ernest E. Kennedy Center is located in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. The Ernest E. Kennedy Center is designated by the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services to provide quality alcohol and drug abuse treatment to the residents of Berkeley County South Carolina.

The Ernest E. Kennedy Center Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

What does The Ernest E. Kennedy Center offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Their Intensive Outpatient component is their highest level of care and offers a comprehensive approach that meets conveniently at least 9 hours per week. This type of service is designed for those that may require a more intensive focus to help get on the road to recovery. This practical level of care allows people to remain on their jobs, in school, with their families, and in their communities with minimum disruption.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. Outpatient counseling is customized for each person based on their individual needs and can range from group counseling sessions once or twice per week to one-on-one sessions once every couple of weeks.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

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.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

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).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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.

Individual Therapy

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.

Group Therapy

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.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Motivational Interviewing

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.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

The Ernest E. Kennedy Center Highlights:

For more than four decades, The Ernest E. Kennedy Center has been providing quality, caring services to the citizens of Berkeley County of South Carolina. They offer a wide range of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in two central locations convenient to residents throughout the county.
Through a team of caring and dedicated professionals, The Kennedy Center gives hope to those affected by substance abuse and addiction. Their progressive and proven programs and services stress that adverse effects from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are both preventable and treatable.
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.
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.
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 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.


  • CARF


  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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  • Men and Women Allowed
  • 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.
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