Durham, North Carolina is part of the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham tri-city area, and has a population of almost 230,000. Along with its sister cities, Durham is known for being a technology research haven. Combined with the presence of Duke University, Durham is home to families, young professionals and students alike. Unfortunately, substance abuse can impact anyone in Durham, proven by the thousands of North Carolina residents who need addiction treatment each year. In order to help minimize this number, it’s important that you understand the dangers of drugs and addiction, and how to change your life if you are already suffering from addiction.
Addictions in Durham
The Office of National Drug Control Policy has reported that North Carolina is rapidly becoming a hub for drug trafficking, making marijuana and cocaine more readily available for sale and consumption. Methamphetamine labs are becoming more common as well. It’s the increase in availability that makes these drugs some of the most widely abused substances.
Methamphetamine and cocaine are considered to be dangerous, highly addictive drugs based on the fact that, after the first use you find yourself wanting to replicate the euphoria you experienced. This results in you consuming larger and larger amounts each time in an attempt to do so. The danger comes from the fact that overdose becomes likely when you consume the amounts you crave. Such overdoses can result in brain or other system damage, and even death.
Other dependencies Durham addicts may face include:
- Heroin addiction
- Prescription drug addiction
- Ecstasy and club drugs abuse
Along with understanding the types of drugs available, it’s important to understand what effects addiction can have, not only on your body, but on your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Effects of Addiction on Durham Residents
Addiction is unique in that it doesn’t just impact the addict. The people around you also feel the effects of your dependency. Family members of addicts are likely to suffer from depression, or become addicted to one or more substances. Oftentimes, family members of addicts may notice their loved ones spending more time with new people, or isolating themselves entirely. Addicts may become uncooperative when questioned about their habits, saying there isn’t a problem or even potentially lying about their situation. Additionally, many addicts grow unable to function at work and lose the stability their paycheck provides. This can make it difficult to pay bills, and often addicts and their families find themselves in large amounts of debt.
Treatment Information for Durham Addicts
While financial hardship is not the only reason Durham addicts do not get help, it is one of the major reasons. There are payment options, including free or reduced-cost treatment, available to help make treatment more accessible for everyone. Inpatient care has the potential to be more expensive, but it is also some of the most comprehensive care you can receive. Outpatient care is not inexpensive either, and while you’re given treatment in a different manner, it’s still highly effective. Contact us at (855) 396-3021 to discuss any questions you have and to find a way to get help.