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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

For Those We Serve

Substance Use Services

  • Prevention works.
  • Treatment is effective.
  • People recover.*

On average, in North Carolina more than 700,000 people age 12 or older report being addicted to alcohol, other drugs, or both. Dependence on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is a complex and costly chronic illness. Scientists now know that drug addiction is a brain disorder. Even though treatment works, nearly 90% of people who abuse or depend on alcohol or illicit drugs never seek treatment.

A goal of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services is to prevent misuse of alcohol and other drugs and to see that people with substance use disorders get the treatment they need to live a life in recovery. 

The Division is helping treatment programs become part of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC). ROSC shifts the focus from getting people into treatment to supporting a lifetime process of recovery. This means that treatment is important, but so are having good relationships with family or friends, having a job, having a place to live and being around people in recovery.

The person with the substance use disorder is expected take responsibility for his or her recovery.
The person must change how he or she thinks and behaves. He or she must work with the supporters and professionals in their lives to gain and maintain recovery. Everyone has strengths. The individual must be willing to use those strengths to maintain recovery.

Professionals are expected to look beyond treatment to the needs of the whole person over their lifetime.

Do you or someone close to you need substance use services? Contact the local management entity (LME) in your area.

Examine how foster care programs, family drug courts, mutual support groups, community-based organizations, and other services are helping families walk the road to recovery from substance use problems together. Helping Families Find Recovery (DVD) (Free)

*U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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