Our Drug Rehab Program in North Carolina
Changing Tides is one of the top drug rehab centers in North Carolina. Our intensive and outpatient drug rehab provides health and human services and substance abuse treatment with a location conveniently located in NC.
For years Changing Tides has consistently been regarded as a trusted treatment provider. Our programs are a private and convenient solution for those seeking drug treatment.
Our center is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual while offering the highest quality of care and service.
We offer a full continuum of drug rehab care including day treatment/ partial hospitalization, intensive and general outpatient services, sober living facilities, and therapy. Mental health services are also provided.
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 use disorder, there is no one-size-fits-all all definition. Substance abuse can refer to using illegal drugs, or 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 prescription 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 addiction crisis has led 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 is considered a sedative.
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.
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.
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.
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. If this is the case, then drug rehab is for you.