Substance Abuse in North Carolina
Over the past two decades, the U.S. has been affected by the opioid crisis, and North Carolina was no exception. In 2019, by the third quarter, more than 5,000 visits to the emergency department received an opioid overdose diagnosis. Though the number of opioid-related deaths has been decreasing recently, they’re still quite scary. Especially considering a lot of them are unintentional: in 2018 alone, there were 1,718 accidental opioid overdose deaths in the state.
As for the cause of death, this spike in the numbers has been linked to the increased use of fentanyl. In North Carolina, about 80% of deaths involving opioids were either caused by fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and/or heroin. As mentioned, the problem is not a recent one – since 2010, overdose incidents increased ten times.
And the problem is not exclusive to opioids, either. Alcohol has afflicted people of all genders, races, and ages (even minors) in North Carolina. A study done in 2017 stated that about 30% of adults reported binge drinking (4+ drinks for women, 5+ for men). As for minors, the study also pointed out that more than a quarter (27%) of high school students admitted to at least experimenting in the same year.
Besides addiction and/or dangerous events caused by substance abuse, there is also the risk of developing mental disorders. Substance abuse can trigger symptoms and the development of psychiatric illnesses in those prone to having one. When that happens, addicts might start suffering from co-occurring disorders – also called a dual diagnosis.
The good news is that there is treatment for all of these conditions in North Carolina, even dual diagnosis. Addiction treatment, mental health support, and relapse prevention are all available at many facilities – including at Crest View Recovery Center.
Rehab Treatment Program
The first step you can take towards recovery is starting rehab for substance abuse treatment. While some people might choose to do it by themselves, recovery can be much safer and go more smoothly with the proper attention of a medical and psychiatric team. Addiction is more than just detoxing and not taking substances – it requires healing and medical attention. Sobriety is only possible if the root of the problem is found, which is done through therapy and treatment.
But we at Crest View Recovery Center understand that a substance abuse treatment program has to be more than medical assessments and therapy sessions. We believe it should be an experience of self-discovery in parallel with getting sober. The programs are comprised of 8-hour clinical care in the day and treatment-centered activities in the evenings.
Besides the basics of substance abuse treatment, we also offer specialized treatment programs, like reality therapy, trauma therapy, health and wellness programs, and even family counseling. Our evidence-based program relies on real-world experience simulations in order to provide skills, strategies, and therapy that will prepare patients for the real world.
12-Step Treatment Program
We at CVRC support the principles of the 12-step group recovery programs. The program was idealized by Alcoholic Anonymous. In the sessions, the main goal is to understand not just yourself, but the reason behind the addiction – the root of the problem, the “why”. As recovering addicts share their experiences, they get insights from others into what they can do and why they did certain things, and vice-versa.
The foundation of the program are the first five steps – of which the first is admitting there is a problem. They require a lot of self-analysis while sharing with a higher power or others. The definition of this higher power doesn’t necessarily have to be God, and is up to the patient. After that, they are ready for the next seven steps, which require a lot of sharing with others, sometimes outside of the support group.
Essentially, the 12 total steps of the program are, according to the AA resources available:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
We at CRVC use these steps during our 12-step program sessions as an addition to all rehab programs. The 12-step treatment program is available in every service setting our center provides.
Inpatient Rehab Program
Also called residential rehab program, the inpatient rehab program provides a 24/7 substance abuse treatment. This service setting requires that the patient stay in the facility all day, every day, until the end of the program. In most cases, this rehab program option is recommended for extreme cases of addiction, especially if the symptoms of withdrawal were too severe.
These withdrawal symptoms are triggered from the beginning of the detoxification process. When going through detox, patients can experience everything from headaches and nausea to even seizures and hallucinations. By starting an inpatient substance abuse treatment, a medical team can apply medication to lessen and control these symptoms safely, without triggering any additional side effects.
The patient would have medical and psychiatric support 24 hours a day, giving them proper attention and care. And while many facilities allow very little contact with family, we understand the important role of family support during treatment. That’s why we promote family activities, allowing families and patients to communicate in a monitored matter throughout the program.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The intensive outpatient program is what we consider the next step once the first level of rehab treatment is done. This can be a tool for you to transition into your daily routine outside the facility. It helps the patient start their experience as an independent person with the right strategies to avoid relapse.
The IOP treatment at CVRC usually lasts between four to six weeks, and the patient only needs to come to our center for treatment sessions. Unlike the usual eight hours, they get at rehab, visits in IOP only last about three hours. For IOP, the patient would only need to come to CVRC three times a week. That way, they can make sure they are on the right track while also putting themselves out there in the world.
Besides individual substance abuse treatment, IOP also includes different types of therapies. Group therapy and family therapy are especially important, considering the social context of the patient. The former allows for new bonds and insights in a group setting; the latter keep families and patients informed about healthy dynamics and aspects of a family relationship.
Once the IOP phase is done, we at CVRC give patients access to the alumni program. This is a way to keep former and current patients in touch, aiding, and advising each other. Having contact with people that understand what they are going through is crucial to keep them from relapsing. By helping others, a former addict might learn more about themselves while also having a feeling of purpose.
Holistic Addiction Treatment
Holistic treatments are an additional way to address substance abuse and promote recovery. Each holistic activity has a specific purpose, but they’re all meant to help the mind, body, and spirit align and find balance.
Although therapy is meant to help the mind as well, holistic activities have that role in substance abuse treatment in a different way. They can also help patients improve their self-image, disposition, energy, and many aspects that can make the process easier and lighter. Taking into consideration a patient’s quality of life and general health is just as important as the other aspects of their health.
Additionally, holistic treatment can give patients a way to resist cravings. These holistic activities can aid in relapse prevention, as well. Some of the activities available here at CVRC are yoga classes, acupuncture sessions, meditation, spiritual guidance, fitness therapy, and wilderness therapy. They can be a way to reconnect with the self and their own surroundings.
Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Another great option for substance abuse treatment, outpatient programs are also available at CVRC. This service setting allows patients to recover at home while partaking in activities that will help them get sober and avoid relapse. It is also a natural transition for patients that have completed the first stage of rehab. Like IOP, outpatient treatment is a way to transition smoothly into reality outside of the treatment center.
For some, taking time off work or school to get proper treatment might not be an option, and outpatient treatment can be a great choice for them. Outpatient treatment is usually recommended for moderate to mild cases of addiction when withdrawal symptoms are easily manageable.
Outpatient treatment at CVRC is highly recommended in order to avoid relapse. Our outpatient substance abuse treatment is comprised of 12-step meetings, psychotherapy, holistic treatment, group therapy, and family therapy. Family therapy can be crucial for outpatient treatment since patients will need reliable, strong support to resist triggers and opportunities for relapse in an outpatient setting.
Men’s Drug Rehab Program
Men and women experience addiction differently, not just symptom-wise, but when it comes to triggers and reasons as well. According to studies, men’s bodies become dependent faster than women’s do. Consequently, the way each gender responds to treatment is also different, and that is why treatment can be more effective in a gender-specific setting.
In society, the expectations towards men can make treatment much harder – having to the “tough” and unsentimental, having to handle everything on their own, etc. That is why a gender-specific substance abuse treatment environment can make them feel safe and comfortable to open up more. This, in turn, can improve therapy sessions as men share their difficulties and feelings more openly with each other.
Women’s Drug Rehab Program
Addiction and substance abuse is often triggered by traumatic experiences, both for men and women. However, more often than not, women might feel uncomfortable or misunderstood when sharing their traumas in the presence of other men. Especially when a lot of them might be linked to abuses that happen to women more often or almost exclusively.
Along with addiction and triggering issues, relapse is also experienced differently by women and men. Multiple studies have concluded that women relapse more often and more intensely than men do. This is due to a number of factors, which usually come up after treatment.
Men’s Alcohol Rehab Program
When it comes to alcohol, many studies have shown that men are more prone to alcoholism than women are as well. Men tend to be expected to “hold their liquor” better than women, and are often pushed into drinking very early by their peers. When there is a family history or a predisposition to alcoholism, in addition to exposure at an early age, this expectation can be life-defining.
All of that also affects how group therapy might go when there are only people of the same gender present. Other men will more easily relate to an experience that is shared by a member of the session. And in return, the person sharing their stories will feel more understood and accepted.
Women’s Alcohol Rehab Program
As opposed to how men are encouraged to drink, women’s relationship with alcohol is more complicated. They are usually judged for drinking, even when not excessively. And what’s worse, women are often taken advantage of in bars, at times even being drugged. Alcohol is also a factor for judgment in the case of abuse for women, too. Considering all of this, it’s clear why women’s needs during treatment and healing from alcoholism are very different than men’s.
As peer support is very much helpful for women, female patients have a lot to gain from gender-specific substance abuse treatment. Sharing becomes easier once women feel heard, understood, and supported – which, at times, can only be achieved through fellow women.
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Whatever your necessities for recovery might be, you deserve to get the help you need to get clean. If any of the programs caught your attention, or if you’d like to have more information, contact us today. Our team will answer any questions you might have about what we can do for you.