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  • Opioids are particularly problematic in North Carolina. The state recorded 1,783 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018 alone. In 2019, estimates suggest almost 5 residents of North Carolina died from an opioid overdose each day.

    If you or a loved one struggle with alcohol or drug addiction, know that you’re not alone and help is available. There are many substance abuse treatment options for residents of North Carolina who are ready to get their lives back. 

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In North Carolina

    In North Carolina, the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services governs addiction programs. 

    If you’re beginning the process of finding treatment for substance use disorder, you can learn more about resources available to you by:

    When you begin the process of learning more about your treatment options, it can be hard to decide which treatment facility is the best fit for you. Consider these factors as you narrow down your choices: 

    • individualized treatment plans: address the unique circumstances that led to your substance use disorder with a treatment plan that’s developed just for you
    • evidence-based services: participate in therapies that are proven effective for the treatment of substance use disorder, such as cognitive behavioral therapy
    • family involvement: if your family is a part of your support system, include them in your care plan while you go through inpatient or outpatient treatment 
    • co-occurring disorders: if you suffer from a mental health issue in addition to substance use disorder, receive psychiatric care for both conditions (dual diagnosis)
    • continuum of care: work with the same care providers and move through one level of care to the next for a well-rounded treatment experience

    North Carolina Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    There are many levels of care in drug and alcohol rehab programs throughout North Carolina, including detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and aftercare. Which level of care is the best starting point for your particular situation will depend on an assessment of your needs. 

    Georgia Medical Drug & Alcohol Detox

    When you go through a short-term medically supervised detox program, a treatment team will be with you around the clock to help you through the process. Staff may offer medication to help ease your withdrawal symptoms, as well as supervise and monitor your vitals. 

    Learn more about North Carolina Drug and Alcohol Detox

    Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers In Georgia

    During inpatient treatment, you’ll live at the rehab facility and have access to various treatment services and around-the-clock care. For many people who are struggling with addiction, residential treatment provides a respite from the triggers they encounter in everyday life. 

    Receiving 24-hour care at a treatment facility can allow you to fully focus on your recovery, without worrying about other stressors. These recovery centers offer group therapy, behavioral therapy, wellness activities, and other treatment services.

    Learn more about North Carolina Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    For many people, it’s not possible to check in to inpatient treatment. Luckily, outpatient treatment can also be an effective option. 

    The most intense level of outpatient treatment is known as a partial hospitalization program or PHP, and the next step down is an intensive outpatient program or IOP. Your treatment team can work with you to help you decide which level of care makes the most sense for you. 

    Learn more about North Carolina Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

    Opioid & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy with medication(s) like naltrexone, Suboxone, methadone, disulfiram, and/or buprenorphine to address the chemical and physical changes created by opioid or alcohol addictions. 

    Learn more about Treatment For Opioid-Related Addictions

    Aftercare Support

    When you finish your formal treatment, it doesn’t mean that you’re done with the recovery process. Your comprehensive aftercare plan may include 12-step meetings, family therapy, sober-living arrangements, and other health services that promote long-term recovery.

    Learn more about 12-Step Programs In North Carolina

    Using Health Insurance For Addiction Treatment In North Carolina

    If you have private health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, part or all of the cost of your substance use disorder treatment may be covered by your plan. To learn more about your coverage, speak with an insurance representative about covered treatment options. 

    You can also reach out to a treatment facility directly to learn whether they take your insurance and what you can expect as far as out-of-pocket costs. 

    Learn more about Insurance Coverage For Treatment In North Carolina

    If You Don’t Have Health Insurance

    If you don’t currently have health insurance, or if you have insurance but substance use disorder treatment is not covered, North Carolina offers state-funded rehab options to give you the help that you need. 

    North Carolina Substance Abuse Facts

    North Carolina officials estimate that, in 2020, more than eight residents died from a drug overdose each day. Drugs that were involved in overdose deaths include opioids, like heroin and synthetic opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants like cocaine and meth.

    Other facts collected from North Carolina’s Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan include:

    • Over a twenty year period (2000 to 2020), more than 28,000 state residents died from a drug-related overdose.
    • In 2020, 3,118 residents died from drug overdose, and over 90% of these deaths were unintentional. 
    • Over 93% of drug-related deaths involved illicit opioids.
    • There were almost 15,000 opioid-related emergency department visits in 2020.

    In North Carolina, officials estimate that more people die from opioid-related overdoses than car accidents. As a result, there are extensive substance abuse resources throughout the state, yet many still hesitate to seek professional treatment.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, we know how hard it can be to reach out for help, and we’re here for you. We’re proud to offer North Carolina residents treatment at our Massachusetts locations, including: 

    North Carolina Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In North Carolina? 

    In North Carolina, you can reach out to a treatment provider directly, or reach out to your local North Carolina management entity to learn more about treatment.

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In North Carolina? 

    While addiction treatment looks different from person to person, most find that a combination of detox, inpatient or outpatient care, and a comprehensive aftercare program creates a solid chance for long-lasting recovery.

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In North Carolina? 

    If you have health insurance, your addiction treatment in North Carolina may be fully or partially covered. Reach out to your insurance provider to learn more about the details of your coverage.

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In North Carolina Without Insurance? 

    Yes, North Carolina offers state-funded options for people who do not have health insurance coverage.

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In North Carolina? 

    Yes, walk-in opioid clinics are an option for people struggling with addiction to opioids in North Carolina. Clinics are likely available in major cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In North Carolina? 

    Yes, North Carolina offers state-funded rehab options for state residents.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    National Institute on Drug Abuse - North Carolina: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms
    NC.gov - Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
    North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - LME/MCO Directory
    North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services - Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard
    North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan Data Dashboard | NCDHHS

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