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Drug addiction is a complex issue that needs to be tackled at all levels. It will literally affect all aspects of a user's life including their family, school, work and the community as a whole.
Information and Statistics on Drug Abuse in North Carolina
More than 700,000 residents in North Carolina ages 12 and older struggle with substance abuse and/or addiction problems. Alcohol and tobacco addiction are cited as the most abused substances throughout the state, although the use of other illicit substances is also a major problem.
The primarily cited drug in treatment admissions in North Carolina is Marijuana. Other abused drugs in the state include amphetamines (meth and crystal meth), anabolic steroids, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, and prescription drugs.
Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in North Carolina. Many residents are under the misconception that prescription drugs are not dangerous because they are prescribed by doctors and obtained at a pharmacy. This is very far from the truth. Even when used correctly under a doctor's supervision, addiction can take hold. The primary type of prescription drug abused in North Carolina is painkillers. According to data obtained by the North Carolina Division of Public health, there are over 1000 deaths a year in the state as a result of prescription drug overdose. North Carolina has the 30th highest mortality rate in the US per capita during 2013. Prevention measures have been taken to curb this escalating trend, including a student video competition sponsored by Attorney General Cooper to help educate North Carolina teens on the dangers of prescription drugs.
Due to the complexity of drug abuse and its consequences, drug addiction treatment and care typically involves many components. Some of the components focus directly on the individual's drug use, while other aspects may focus on restoring productive functioning in their family and community.
Financial constraints have been cited as a major hurdle for many residents looking to enroll in treatment. However, state and government agencies have a number of financing options, including income based programs and centers that allow Medicare payment. Another alternative with a great deal of success are the 90 day drug and alcohol treatment programs that has over 40 different centers in North Carolina. These centers provide all the amenities necessary to reside at the drug rehab center during recovery, ensuring that the client's rehabilitation process is distraction free.
A large section of drug treatment centers in North Carolina are funded by the local, state and federal government and their treatment approaches vary from program to program.
Long-term residential treatment - Here care is provided 24 hours a day usually in a non hospital setting. Treatment provided is highly structured and may involve confrontational methods and activities aimed at individual self examination. Employment training may also be provided and other support services. A good example of rehabs in this category is the 90 day drug and alcohol treatment center mentioned above.
Short-term residential treatment or 28 days treatment - Short-term residential treatment centers focus on providing short, but intensive treatment based on a modified 12-step approach. Most of the short-term residential centers in North Carolina use a 3 to 6 week hospital based inpatient program. After the program is completed, many of these rehab centers recommend outpatient therapy through self help groups like AA or NA. This helps prevent the risk of relapse. There are over 30 such centers in North Carolina. Some of the short-term centers include the Neil Dobbins center in Asheville, Hope Valley Inc, Dobson and Harvest House in Dunn. A complete list of the centers can be obtained at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human cervices website.
Out-patient treatment programs - Outpatient treatment programs are generally focused on offering drug education and mostly involve group counseling. There are however some centers offering intensive day treatment. Such centers tend to have similar treatment methods as the residential programs. There are approximately 114 outpatient treatment programs in North Carolina. Most of these specialize in combating alcohol and narcotics abuse.
Individualized drug counseling - Here, the services of an addiction counselor are used with the specific aim of attaining short-term behavioral goals. Referrals for supplement medical, employment, and psychiatric services may also be applied as part of the treatment program. The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board is responsible for credentialing addiction counselors and is a helpful resource in your search for addiction treatment.