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Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The Time to Get Help is Now

We understand that your decision to enter treatment was not an easy one. However, we believe it is one of the most important decisions you can make, as you begin to face the illness of chemical dependency and/or psychiatric illness that brought you here. The ASAP staff will support you in this initial step in the process of recovery.

Chemical dependency and psychiatric illness are treatable. No matter how hopeless you may feel right now, treatment can help. It will not be easy and will take hard work and difficult decisions on your part. However, it can be done. Following the principles you will learn, you will soon find yourself living one day at a time, enjoying life again and re-establishing important relationships.

In the recovery phase of treatment, you will learn about your disease and begin the psychological and spiritual healing process. Throughout your ASAP stay, our staff will be working with you preparing for discharge and follow-up treatment. Treatment is just the beginning. You will leave with detailed discharge plans, which are essential to your continued recovery. Staff will continue to support your new life and encourage your growth in recovery.

We welcome you to UNC ASAP and applaud your decision to put the pain of addiction in the past. Once again, there is hope for your future, one day at a time.

Understanding Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency is the abuse of drugs or alcohol that’s developed from repetitive use and causes a steady increase in the body’s tolerance. Drug and alcohol addictions can strain personal relationships and cause difficulties to focus on work, school and everyday life. The UNC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program is here to help you regain control of your life.

Our Treatments and Services

We understand that every patient comes with a unique history and personal situation. Our therapists are prepared to address the individual needs of patients by matching specific treatment settings and services accordingly. During the recovery phase of treatment, you will learn about your condition and begin the psychological and spiritual healing process. Throughout your stay, our staff will work with you to help you to establish healthy lifestyle habits, understand withdrawal symptoms, teach effective coping tools and prepare you for discharge and follow-up treatment.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment

  • An individual, comprehensive assessment/evaluation
  • Outpatient therapy groups
  • Individualized treatment and treatment goals
  • Psychopharmacological management available
  • Education, process, and multifamily groups
  • Emphasized and encouraged family involvement
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Adolescent Treatment and psychiatry consultation available
  • Trauma-informed treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Satir Family Systems Therapy

DWI/DMW Counseling

  • DWI Substance Abuse Assessment
  • Court Ordered Substance Abuse Evaluations
  • Short-Term Counseling (20 Hours)
  • Longer-Term Structured Treatment (40 Hours)
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (90 Hours)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Services

The UNC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program provides outpatient services to adolescents ages 13-21. Each process begins with an assessment recognizing the holistic needs of the patient and the family by providing a safe and comfortable environment optimized for healing.

ASAP’s Adolescent treatment utilizes a variety of different treatment methods to support patients and their families in the recovery process. ASAP has found success with applying evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We offer therapy for individuals and families.

Group Therapy Programs

Patients are able to select a therapist that best fits their clinical needs when beginning individual therapy. Each one of our therapy groups is facilitated by a therapist who is trained in the specific evidence-based treatment models. A treatment plan is negotiated with the patient that will accommodate work, school, and/or family responsibilities. Our goal is to help the patient identify and achieve balance not to overwhelm the patient.

The following groups are available:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups
  • Stages of Change/Harm Reduction Group
  • Men’s Seeking Safety Group
  • Women's Seeking Safety Group
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Recovery Skills Group
  • Multi Family Group

Referral and Admission Process

Referrals are accepted Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and appointments for the individual assessments will be made at that time. The prospective patient will need to meet the following criteria:

  • The individual is willing to participate in an abstinence-based program or harm reduction therapy.
  • The individual has acknowledged a disturbance of behavioral, social, psychological, family, legal, or educational functioning due to the use of substances.
  • Alcohol or drug use may be known or suspected.

Call Today

To make an appointment for yourself, or to refer a patient to the UNC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Program, please call 984-974-6320.

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