Although it’s a relatively small suburb of Raleigh, the population of Wake Forest, NC has more than doubled in 10 years. Wake Forest can be thought of as a quiet town and the birthplace (although not the current home) of the well-known Wake Forest University. Despite the small-town atmosphere, even Wake Forest residents are vulnerable to addiction. If left untreated, these addictions can be dangerous to the health and well-being of all residents.
Commonly Diagnosed Dependencies
In North Carolina, alcoholism along with a secondary addiction makes up the highest number of treatment admissions. This is consistent with nationwide admission trends as well. Alcoholism is considered a physical addiction because your body becomes accustomed to the substance, making it difficult for you to stop drinking. Other physically addictive substances are opiates and prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. Prescription drug abuse is also on the rise in the Wake County area.
Drugs that take a more emotional toll on you are also becoming widely abused. Methamphetamine addiction is incredibly dangerous, even for non-chronic users. Continued use can result in psychosis and schizophrenia-like disorders. Marijuana is another popularly abused drug that can become psychologically harmful if your dependency goes untreated.
Often it’s difficult to understand when an unhealthy habit has become something more serious. Family members will often notice that something is amiss but not know how to discuss the possibility of addiction with their loved one.
Recognizing Addiction in Wake Forest Residents
If you think a loved one has an addiction or has the potential to become addicted to any illicit substance, there are a numerous ways to recognize the problem. It’s important to understand that addicts will often deny that there’s a problem. If you notice changes in their behavior, or notice them experiencing unexplainable symptoms of illness, there may be an addictive substance behind these signs.
An intervention can be the best course of action when a loved one suffers from an addiction. Interventions give you the chance to explain to the addict how their behavior is hurting you. These meetings can be emotional for everyone, as addicts often feel like they are being cornered. A successful intervention, however, results in your loved one understanding why they need treatment and agreeing to change their habits.
Treatment Options for Wake Forest Addicts
If you suspect a loved one has an addiction and would like to discuss treatment options, contact our 24-hour, toll-free helpline at (855) 396-3021. We can help you choose the inpatient program, outpatient treatment or community support group that’s right for you. If treatment costs are a concern, we can help you identify your options as well.