Substance Abuse

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Youth Substance Use Disorder Information for North Carolina Families

Adolescent substance abuse and dependence are enormous problems, but there is hope. Studies have shown that treatment using methods proven to be effective and that include the youth’s family give greater chances of recovery from the disease. This page provides youth substance use disorder information for NC families.

What to Do First

  • Your first step is to contact the Local Management Entity (LME) in your region. The LME provides a “help line” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with substance abuse and mental health issues. When you call you can:
    • Receive substance use disorder/mental health information,
    • Be referred to an appropriate treatment provider, or
    • Get immediate assistance in an emergency situation.
  • The treatment provider will perform a comprehensive assessment. An assessment helps the professional identify the problems (and strengths) of the youth and to develop a course of action called the treatment plan.
  • Please be aware that keeping a youth at home while they receive treatment is generally recommended before residential options are considered.
  • You can also contact your local Systems of Care Coordinator in NC. The Systems of Care Coordinator will also explain the process of the screening/assessment of the youth and any recommendations for treatment or other actions to help your youth and family.
  • If you still have concerns, please call:
    • Advocacy and Customer Service Section: 919-715-3197,
    • NC DHHS CARE-LINE (help finding the programs and people to help you):   1-800-662-7030 (English/Spanish), or
    • Information & Referral Search: 211
    • SOC-Coordinators-8-7-13

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Substance Use Disorder Information







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