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North Carolina Drug Rehab & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

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The North Carolina Drug Rehab state page provides the reader with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction and NC drug rehab centers. 

It should be noted that these pages are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.

North Carolina Addiction Treatment Statistics

There were 59,738 admissions to North Carolina drug rehabs and North Carolina alcohol rehab programs in 2010 according to the government agency SAMHSA. Of these admissions, almost 70% were men.

North Carolina drug addiction statisticsAlcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Admission Statistics for North Carolina in 2010

Approximately 21% of North Carolina addiction treatment programs offer detox of some kind. Only one quarter of the existing drug and alcohol rehabs in North Carolina offer mental health services along with addiction treatment services.

Many individuals struggling with addiction also have a co-existing mental disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The combination of addiction and a mental health disorder is called a dual diagnosis. For individuals with a dual diagnosis, it is essential to treat both issues simultaneously.

Alcohol Addiction in North Carolina

There were 10,258 people who entered treatment for alcohol as the primary dependence. An additional 9,861 individuals were admitted for alcohol dependence combined with a secondary drug.

Commonly Abused Drugs in North Carolina

Marijuana leads the state’s most abused drug followed by cocaine.

cocaine addiction withdrawal
Admissions for cocaine abuse can be divided into two groups, those that smoke cocaine and those that ingest cocaine by other means (snorting, injecting, etc). In 2010, 5,463 people were admitted to drug treatment for smoking cocaine, and an additional 2,157 individuals entered treatment for ingesting cocaine through other means than smoking.
heroin addiction withdrawal
North Carolina heroin use and availability was low in the past, but it is reportedly increasing. This increase is confined to major central and eastern city centers in the state. 1,727 people were admitted for heroin addiction treatment in 2010.
marijuana addiction withdrawal
Nearly a quarter of those admitted to addiction treatment facilities in North Carolina were admitted for marijuana abuse.12, 745 people were admitted for marijuana addiction in 2010. Marijuana remains a commonly abused drug in North Carolina. Today’s marijuana has a much higher THC content than the marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s, making it a much more potent and dangerous.
cocaine addiction
Other Drugs
In North Carolina, Ecstasy (MDMA) has increased in popularity. Ecstasy is especially popular among high school and college-aged individuals (15-25 years of age). Other popular “club drugs” in North Carolina include GHB, LSD, PCP, and ketamine. A combination of these and other drugs accounted for 9,584 people who went to drug addiction treatment.
North Carolina prescription drug addiction
Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug abuse is widespread through North Carolina and is continuing to increase. The Office of National Control Drug Policy (ONCDP) claims that the widespread prescription drug abuse in North Carolina is due to the ease by which prescription drugs in North Carolina are obtained. 7,097 people received treatment for opiate addiction other than heroin in 2010.
meth addiction withdrawal
Methamphetamine in North Carolina remains readily available. It is primarily available in crystalline form, often called “crystal meth”. Crystal meth in North Carolina is especially abundant in large metropolitan centers of the state, but it is becoming increasingly available in rural areas as well. In addition, there were 846 people admitted in 2010 for amphetamine addiction treatment.

North Carolina Drug and Alcohol Fatalities, Injuries and Drug Court Statistics

As of 2008, there were 38 drug courts in North Carolina. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made 305 arrests for North Carolina drug violations in 2007.

1,125 persons died in North Carolina in 2007 from drug use. The average death from drug use was similar to that of the 2007 national average at 12.7 % per 100,000.

In 2007, almost half of federally sentenced drug offenses in North Carolina involved crack cocaine. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), North Carolina’s crack cocaine distribution networks currently pose an enormous social threat to many communities due to the violence associated with dealing the drug.

The ONDCP and DEA have reported a decreasing amount of local methamphetamine production in North Carolina. However, there were still 153 methamphetamine lab seizures in 2007.

1,125 persons died in North Carolina in 2007 due to drug use. North Carolina’s average death from drug use was similar to that of the national average in 2007 at 12.7 % per 100,000.

North Carolina Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources

North Carolina Drug Rehabs

Horizons Outpatient Services
1816 Lyndhurst Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Carolina Community Mental Health
4020 Capital Boulevard
Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27604
A CDM Assesment and Counseling of Guilford
338 North Elm Street
Suite 326
Greensboro, NC 27401
Freedom House Recovery Center Chapel Hill Outpatient Clinic
118 New Stateside Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


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