Service offered

  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Outpatient Treatment Services
  • Offender-based Intervention (OBI)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT: SAP)
  • Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)
  • Primary Prevention programs

Description of services

Traditional Outpatient Program:

Outpatient treatment is recognized as an effective and efficient level of care for clients to learn the skills to make positive behavioral changes to lower the impact that alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs have in their lives. These groups usually meet one to two times a week and range from 2 to 3 hours in length. Clients are assigned to groups that initially appear to be the best match with their strength, abilities, needs and preferences.  Clients are also matched to groups according to their stage of change and their full ASAM placement criteria. As treatment continues movement between groups may be indicated.

Department of Transportation (DOT:SAP)

This agency has specially trained staff who are certified as Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) and are recognized by the Department of Transportation to provide assessments and services to people in DOT defined safety sensitive positions and have violated the DOT alcohol and drug policies. This is a specialized service and fees are to be paid in full prior to discharge from the program.

Offender Based Intervention (OBI)

This program is designed for clients referred to services by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS). All clients are assessed and placed in ASAM appropriate services.  Communication and coordination with SCDPPPS occur throughout services.

Please note: Participation in these programs may not be voluntary and an unsuccessful discharge from these services may result in legal consequences for the client.

Primary Prevention Services

GCC provides a wide array of Prevention Services for the citizens of Laurens County.  The mission of prevention is to help individuals and groups reduce the risk of developing alcohol, tobacco and other drug related problems and to strengthen factors that protect from these problems. Examples include:

  • Speakers for topics related to alcohol and other drugs
  • Participation in Health Fairs and community events
  • Participation in community coalitions and task forces
  • Evidenced based educational curriculum

Please ask to speak with GCC Prevention staff members of you want to learn more.

Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)

The South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) is a statewide education and treatment program for:

  • individuals who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)
  • individuals who are referred by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for boating under the influence (BUI)
  • individuals whose licenses are suspended through the state’s Administrative License Revocation (ALR) procedure. Drivers fall in this category if they are charged under the provisions known as “zero tolerance” (which targets drivers under age 21) or “.15″ (which is in addition to a charge of DUI for drivers of any age who operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of .15 percent or greater). An individual also is subject to ALR if he refuses to take a blood, breath or urine test for the presence of alcohol or other drugs.

South Carolina law requires a person whose driver’s license has been suspended as the result of a DUI conviction, ALR or Zero Tolerance Suspension to successfully complete an ADSAP before they can apply to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) for reinstatement of their driver’s license. The SCDPS will not consider reinstatement until it receives notification of successful completion of the program.

ADSAP services are certified by the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and are available in each of the state’s 46 county alcohol and drug abuse authorities.

All clients will complete a DRI-II screening to begin process of deciding on appropriate services. Services range from 16 hours of educational curriculum to a full array of treatment services. Length of stay depends on ASAM criteria of the client but is limited to less than one year under state law.

All ADSAP clients will receive a complete summary of all applicable charges, services, completion criteria, and appeals process at assessment.

What to expect


Each client that requests services or is referred to GateWay Counseling Center (GCC) will receive a screening. This screening will identify your needs for services and this agency’s ability to provide those services.

This screening can be done in person or over the phone.

If it is determined that you do not meet criteria to receive services at GateWay Counseling Center we will provide you with community resources and contact numbers to help you receive the services you seek.


GCC believes that the best way to maximize the effectiveness of your services here is for you to have active role in your treatment. We seek to conduct a thorough assessment that identifies your strengths and resources as well as your needs and current stressors.

The assessment will last about 2 hours and will be the basis for your services here. The assessment counselor will interview you and any other person that you allow us to interview. When permitted by you we will also get information from your referral source.

Once the assessment is completed a list of your current problems will be created and that list will serve as the beginning of your Individualized Plan of Care (IPOC).

GCC utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Placement Criteria to determine which services best suit your situation.

Please note: Your assessment counselor may or may not be the person providing treatment services to you.  That person will be called your Primary Counselor.


Gambling Assessment (SOGS)

All clients are required to complete a brief screening to identify the possibility of gambling problems in their life. If gambling services are indicated or requested we have certified gambling addiction counselors on staff to assist you.


Individualized Plan of Care (IPOC)

GateWay Counseling Center practices  person-centered care. Your IPOC will be based on your needs, strengths, abilities, and preferences. The plan will be understandable to you and will be written in measurable and achievable goals.

The IPOC will also list the type and frequency of services to be provided to you and the person to provide those services. Completion of the goals on the IPOC will be instrumental to the completion of services at GCC.