Treatment Programs in North Carolina
Changing Tides is one of the top treatment centers in North Carolina for addiction treatment of drug and alcohol problems. Our inpatient treatment and outpatient drug rehab in North Carolina provide health and human services and substance abuse treatment with a location conveniently located to all major North Carolina cities.
For years Changing Tides has consistently been regarded as a trusted treatment provider and one of the top drug rehab treatment centers in North Carolina. Our addiction treatment services and treatment programs are a private and convenient solution for those seeking addiction treatment.
Our treatment center is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual while offering the highest quality of care and service.
As one of the premier addiction treatment providers in North Carolina, we offer a full continuum of drug rehab care including partial hospitalization, intensive and general outpatient services, sober living facilities, and therapy. Mental health services are provided with exceptional quality care standards.
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Our rehab center treatment facility serves both North Carolina residents and those living outside North Carolina.
If you’re concerned that you or someone you care about might be abusing drugs, seek advice from an expert at our addiction treatment rehab in North Carolina at 252-715-3905.
What Is Substance Addiction?
When it comes to substance abuse, there is no one size fits all definition. Substance abuse can refer to using illegal drugs, prescription medications in a way not intended by the doctor, or even drinking alcohol excessively. However, when people talk about drug abuse, they are usually referring to using illegal drugs.
Illegal drugs are substances that are prohibited by law from being manufactured, sold, or possessed. They include street drugs such as heroin and cocaine as well as marijuana, which is now legal in some states but still considered illegal by the federal government. People who abuse illegal drugs often do so because they enjoy the feeling of being high. However, what starts out as recreational use can quickly spiral into addiction.
The Rise of Addiction
Drug use touches the lives of millions of people all over the United States and often leads to more severe problems such as addiction. Abuse is characterized by the use of a substance to the extent that it harms the user. If you’ve been prescribed medicine and you’re taking it more frequently or in higher quantities, than advised by your doctor, you’ve been abusing legal drugs.
Cannabis, prescription drugs and so-called party drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy are the most frequently abused across the country. People begin using these substances recreationally, limiting their intake and feeling as if they’re safe. However, some people enjoy the high so much that they seek it out regularly until they can’t control how much they’re using.
Many people still ask the question, “Is drug addiction a disease?” The answer is yes. Both substance use and drug addiction are substance use disorders, which are featured in the diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders (DSM)
This type of drug binds to opioid receptors in the brain, which mimic naturally occurring endorphins. When used, they cause feelings of euphoria, and many are converted to morphine in the liver, meaning the effects are similar to heroin.
Opioids/opiates are highly addictive, and you should only use them as prescribed by a doctor. The growing opioid crisis has lead to a rising rate of opioid overdose deaths.
Benzodiazepines and sleeping pills:
These drugs are frequently prescribed for anxiety but should only be used in the short term. They take effect on the central nervous system, causing an influx of GABA. This neurotransmitter inhibits activity in the central nervous system, inducing feelings of relaxation and sleepiness, and are considered a sedative.
Like alcohol or opiates, they lead to physical and psychological addiction, which can be highly dangerous.
People often use cocaine to lubricate social situations due to the feelings of confidence and exhilaration it can provide users. It causes a rush of dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and reinforcing behaviors.
It also counteracts the effects of alcohol, which means people can drink longer and remain upbeat. Crack cocaine is a chemically altered form of cocaine that is even more addictive as it leads to a more concentrated rush of dopamine.
MDMA significantly increases the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, with the former being the most abundantly available. This causes intense feelings of euphoria, love and well-being, which is starkly contrasted by the way a person feels once the high is over.
Using this drug depletes the brain’s supply of vital neurotransmitters and leads to a “come down.”
Methamphetamine induces the release of copious amounts of dopamine, in far higher quantities than cocaine, crack cocaine or ecstasy. The user is usually high for upwards of 12 hours, and their behavior will be highly erratic during this time.
Due to the extreme depletion of the brain’s supply of dopamine, people who abuse the drug can quickly become addicted.
Heroin, or diamorphine in medical terms, is derived from the seeds of a specific poppy plant. It imitates endorphins in the brain, which are responsible for suppressing pain and inducing feelings of happiness. As the use of heroin continues, your body starts to rely on the substance, believing it to be essential for functioning. This extreme physical dependence means someone who abuses the drug needs more and more to achieve a high.