North Carolina Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

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So many people and their families in North Carolina are affected by substance abuse and addictions. We know that watching someone treasured struggle with addiction is devastating for any mother or father, partner or close friend.

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Currently, there are over 373 different centers in our facility directory within the state of North Carolina for people needing help with drug and alcohol addiction, please select your city below.

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The Impact of Addiction in North Carolina

North Carolina Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

The state’s 480 km of beaches are a trap for sun worshipers and adrenaline junkies. Biltmore House is the largest home in the United States, reminiscent of the French ch‰teau. The oldest town in the state is Bath, but here you are more likely to find signs of BlackBeard than Jane Austen. North Carolina is popular for its world-class ice climbing, especially on Whitesides Mountain.

Like many other states in the country, North Carolina also suffers from substance abuse. The Tar Heel state ranks 29th in the nation for overall substance abuse. Despite not ranking high, drugs pose a major problem for the state. There are a wide variety of drugs abused in North Carolina–and many of these are illicit.

Obviously there are a lot of things to love about North Carolina, but that does not mean it is drug and alcohol free.

One of the most commonly abused drugs is opioids. These include both illicit opioids and prescription opioids. Prescription opioids are readily available throughout the state due to the high rates of medical workers prescribing them. The number of prescriptions has increased tenfold since the 1980s when pain-management protocols in North Carolina officially changed.

Drug overdoses are the most common type of death in North Carolina. These deaths are usually opioid-related. Due to the high opioid overdose and opioid abuse rates, the state implemented the ‘Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention’ (STOP) Act in 2017. This act aims to decrease the amount of unused, misused, and diverted opioids in North Carolina. However, the medical use of opioids is still supported. For the medical use of opioids, the act implemented different rules for prescribers to follow. These rules include the number of opioids that can be prescribed to patients as well as forcing prescribers to electronically prescribe the drugs in an attempt to lower the chances of opioid fraud.

Another important act implemented in North Carolina is the ‘Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Enforcement’ (HOPE) Act in 2018. The HOPE act’s primary goal is to provide law enforcement throughout the state with the necessary tools and information to break up local drug rings. The act also ensured that fentanyl was recognized as an illicit drug–thereby including fentanyl trafficking in the state’s trafficking laws.

Worst Drugs in North Carolina

  1. Marijuana is the most widely abused drug in North Carolina. While marijuana cultivation is illegal in the state, many residents still grow marijuana. The drug is also imported from Mexico.
  2. Cocaine-related deaths in North Carolina have tripled since 2013. It is one of the most prevalent drugs in the state. Residents of all ages abuse the drug. More than 7% of people between the ages of 18 and 35 years old reportedly tried the drug at least once in their lifetime.
  3. Alcohol abuse is prevalent among minors in North Carolina. Over 15% of all teenagers in the state admit they started drinking alcohol before turning 13 years old. Every year, more than 30% of females between the ages of 10 and 14 start drinking alcohol.
  4. Prescription drug abuse is a common problem in North Carolina. A big part of the problem is the number of prescriptions written out. Per 100 people, prescribers write out more than 70 prescriptions. This has led to prescription drug-related deaths in the state reaching all-time highs every single year. Since 2008, prescription drug-related deaths have remained above 600 deaths each year.
  5. Since 2010, heroin-related deaths in North Carolina have increased by almost 900%. Heroin use and abuse are prevalent among high school students in the state. Most heroin abusers in North Carolina first start out using prescription drugs, which are far more expensive.

Impactful Addiction Stats

  1. North Carolina’s drug overdose rate is slightly below average when compared to the rest of the United States.
  2. Every year, law enforcement agents arrest approximately 20,000 residents in North Carolina for marijuana-related charges.
  3. In North Carolina, a little less than 8,000 people are admitted into rehabilitation programs for cocaine addiction.
  4. Every year, more than 2,000 people in North Carolina die from opioid-related causes. Many of these deaths are related to the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.
  5. Almost 400,000 adults ages 21 and over in North Carolina are addicted to alcohol.
  6. In the ten years between 2006 and 2016, drug overdose rates increased by 67%.
  7. Between 2009 and 2012, more than 65% of all drug overdose deaths in North Carolina were prescription drug-related.
  8. In 2010 alone, more than 5,000 people in North Carolina were admitted to rehabilitation centers for smoking cocaine. This number does not include those that ingested cocaine in any other way than smoking.
  9. Out of the 100 counties in North Carolina, more than 40% are considered high risk for substance abuse.
  10. Adolescent marijuana abuse in North Carolina is lower than average, with just 5.2% of adolescents abusing marijuana compared to the national average of 7.9%.

Quick Tips on Finding A Center

The first rehabilitation goal is to find a clear path to meet your specific needs. Given the number of treatment facilities in North Carolina,Êthis may be daunting. To make things easier, pleaseÊspend time reading our directory, what center works withÊwhich insurance, biographies of staff, available treatment programÊdetails, or make it easier and speak with our experts.Ê Your North Carolina should be accredited and approved irrespective of the treatmentÊyou need, and the program personnel should include a trained and licensed toxicology physician and therapist.

Health Insurance Providers Covering Drug Addiction Treatment
  • Humana
  • Cigna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

State Specific Hotlines & Resources

  • QuitlineNC. A hotline that offers support programs to help people stop smoking and help with other addictions: 1-800-784-8669.
  • NAMI NC Helpline. Hotline offering information, referrals, and support to those struggling with substance abuse/addiction: 1-800-451-9682.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A 24/7/365 hotline trying to reduce the impact of substance abuse/addiction: 1-800-662-HELP.
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