The SCDC operates three ATU Programs, which are described in more detail below. These programs provide the most intensive level of addiction treatment available in the SCDC. ATUs provide alcohol and drug treatment of substance abusing females incarcerated in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Clients are referred by the Parole Board, the Youthful Offender Revocation Board, court ordered, or based on an identified therapeutic need or self-referral. The treatment program provides a safe Therapeutic Community that emphasizes structure, responsibility, creditability, accountability, discipline, consistency and consequence/limit setting. The goal of each member is to remain alcohol and drug free, develop pro/social attitudes/behavior and upgrade education and marketability skills. The overall mission of the ATUs is to support each client’s re-entry into their home environment and in becoming productive members of society.
To be admitted to an ATU program the following minimum criteria must be met:
- Must be SCDC identified as chemically dependent and/or requesting treatment.
- Offenders classified as medically and/or mentally ill must be assessed and cleared by the appropriate professional and may need further stabilization prior to admission.
- No documented history of assaulting behavior 6 months prior to admission.
- Must have, at a minimum, the appropriate remaining sentence length from max out or 1 year from earliest parole eligibility date at time of admission.
- Must be sentenced under the YOA sentencing guidelines to be eligible for YOA ATU.
Adult Male Substance Abuse Programs
The Horizon Addiction Treatment Unit (ATU) is located at Turbeville Correctional Institution in Turbeville, SC. It is a 128-bed residential program designed to provide 6-12 months of structured in-patient treatment that uses the therapeutic community approach.
The Horizon program is dedicated to facilitating change, growth, and self-esteem for each therapeutic community member and returning offenders to society as productive, accountable, law-abiding citizens.
"[The counselors] have taken the eleven words that are the principles of this program, which are Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Brotherly Love, Self-Discipline, Perseverance, and Service. These same women and men that work with us every week not only teach us to apply these principles to our daily lives; they also practice these same principles in their daily calling. They have taken these words and lowered them into the pit of our addictions as lifelines to help pull us out and guide us onto the long hard road to recovery. They have also taken these lifelines and used them to repair the holes that our addictions have torn into our lives." – Horizon ATU Program Graduate
Female Substance Abuse Programs
The Camille Graham Addiction Treatment Unit (ATU) is a 70-bed residential program designed to provide 6-9 months of structured in-patient treatment that uses the therapeutic community approach.
“When I got my sentence, I was lost and broken, and thought my life was over. I knew I needed and wanted a change. When I got accepted to the Addiction Treatment Unit (ATU) that day changed my life forever! Through the ATU program I found recovery and learned how to deal with life on life’s terms without the use of alcohol or drugs. I have been clean and sober for almost 3 years now, and I owe this beautiful journey to the ATU Program. I am living proof the ATU Program works. The program holds such a special place in my heart, and I am forever grateful!” – Camille Graham’s ATU Program Graduate
Male Youthful Offender Substance Abuse Programs
Turbeville Correctional Institutional Youthful Offender (YOA) ATU is a 128-bed residential program designed to provide 6-9 months of structured in-patient treatment that uses the therapeutic community approach.
"I can manage to say that I haven't [had] a drink or smoked in over a year now, hopefully I can continue to do the same when I am released from here. It is easy to say that I have made a change within myself because I am not around [it] on a daily basis. My main focus when I am released is to continue working on my recovery by participating in AA/NA meetings in my community. I plan to make these changes by 'stepping slow and steady' and 'being a member' in everything I do from here on out, by not feeding my 'monsters' and [continuing] my recovery." – Turbeville YOA ATU Graduate