Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers in North Carolina

In light of the severity of substance abuse in North Carolina and across the nation, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is committed to helping residents who struggle with addiction find a path to sobriety. In order to help these individuals, North Carolina offers several rehabilitation facilities designed to suit the needs of each individual.

North Carolina defines a quality treatment center as a facility that effectively assists clients in overcoming a substance use disorder and maintaining recovery on a long-term basis.

North Carolina Substance Abuse Statistics

Thousands of people across the state of North Carolina struggle with substance abuse. Here are some statistics highlighting the severity of the problem:

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports North Carolina’s rate of illicit drug use is higher than the national average.
  • The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths rose sharply in North Carolina from 2014 to 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • SAMHSA reports 391,000 adults age 21 and over to admit to heavy alcohol.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,956 people in North Carolina died of a drug overdose during 2016.
  • Nearly 90 percent of people using illicit drugs in North Carolina failed to receive treatment from 2010 to 2014, according to SAMHSA.

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Choosing The Right Rehab Program In North Carolina

Inpatient programs allow people to live at a facility for the duration of treatment. These programs offer several advantages, including a structured environment, a more intensive experience, and fewer distractions. When comparing different inpatient programs, consider the following:

  • Accreditation: Rehab programs can earn accreditation from the Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF). Earning accreditation shows a program has met specific standards of quality treatment.
  • Evidence-based Approaches: An evidence-based approach is a treatment based on scientific evidence. Examples include behavioral therapy and medications to treat addiction.
  • Length/Location: The length of treatment programs vary considerably. Many programs range between 30 and 120 days or longer, but will likely depend on an individual assessment. In some cases, traveling out-of-state may provide the best option.
  • Aftercare and Alumni Services: Some rehab programs offer aftercare services, or a continuity of care, to provide support to clients after treatment. Services may include outpatient counseling or peer sponsorship.
  • Payment: Treatment programs often accept insurance and/or self-pay. Contact the insurance company to find out the specifics of the plan and whether substance abuse rehabilitation is covered.

North Carolina Drug And Alcohol Rehab Services

In North Carolina, there are a few state-operated facilities to make treatment more affordable and accessible. Otherwise, various programs offer a variety of services to help people recover from addiction. Some common services and programs include:

  • Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs: Detox programs help clients manage withdrawal and prepare for treatment. Programs provide support, medications (if necessary), and a safe environment.
  • Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT): Medication-assisted treatment uses FDA-approved medications, along with therapy or counseling, to reduce cravings and lessen dependence on alcohol and opioids.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapy helps people identify triggers and develop coping skills to maintain recovery. Examples of behavioral therapies include dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis): Dual diagnosis programs aim to treat both mental health problems and addiction at the same time. To address both conditions, a multidisciplinary approach with multiple professionals is most effective.

Finding Addiction Treatment

With several addiction treatment facilities available, it can be difficult to make the best choice. Every person is unique, so it is important for each individual to consider their own priorities when comparing programs. Keep in mind, travel is sometimes necessary to get the best treatment possible.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Drug Overdose Death Data

National Institute on Drug Abuse - North Carolina Opioid Summary

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Behavioral Health Barometer North Carolina 2015

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