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Atrium Health has many treatment options and programs for those dealing with drug addiction or alcoholism. Our inpatient treatment programs are for patients with more serious Substance Use problems who require intensive care 24 hours a day. We take voluntary and involuntary admissions.

Both inpatient and outpatient programs are based on 12-step recovery and focus on your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Inpatient Treatment Options

  • Medical detoxification: Our inpatient detox units are available at Atrium Health Mercy, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center, and Atrium Health Kings Mountain.

Our inpatient substance use disorder treatment programs are available in Charlotte and Kings Mountain, NC.

Getting Help for Substance Use Disorders — Outside the Hospital

Atrium Health has lots of treatment options for you outside the hospital, if you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. These outpatient programs allow you to gain the tools for a successful recovery while continuing your daily routine.

Both inpatient and outpatient programs are based on 12-step recovery and focus on your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Outpatient Treatment Options

  • Medication Assisted Treatment: This program is for patients addicted to opiate prescription medications, such as narcotic pain pills, as well as those addicted to illegal opiates, such as heroin. MAT is for patients that experience withdrawal symptoms when not using opioids and that continue to use opioids despite negative consequences.  Medication assisted treatment may help reduce the craving for opioids.  This level of treatment includes supervision from our medical director and  counseling and support.
  • Intensive outpatient program: Outpatient programs provide patients with more freedom which allows them to maintain a regular commitment to family, work, and educational responsibilities. This non-residential treatment can occur at least three times per week at the patient’s choice of day or evening. It may serve as a “step-down” from a more intensive level of care or can serve as the patient’s main treatment.
  • Outpatient Counseling: Therapy and counseling can help you identify the root cause of your drug use, repair relationships and learn healthier coping skills. Our outpatient therapy is provided by therapists who specialize in both mental health related issues and addictions. They will evaluate and treat each patient on a one to one basis.
  • Substance Use Assessments: Are you concerned that you, a family member, co-worker, or friend may have issues with alcohol or drugs? We offer an individualized and comprehensive assessment of a person’ history and current us of alcohol or other drugs.  Clinicians will make a recommendation for the level of care that best meets the patient’s needs. 

Outpatient services are available at:

  • Atrium Health Addiction Services - Charlotte
  • Atrium Health Addiction Services - Ballantyne

After Care for Substance Use Disorders

One of the most important factors in in making sure you or your loved one can conquer substance use disorder (drug addiction or alcoholism) is finding the right treatment and getting the best follow-up care. This is called after care.

Atrium Health's goal in after care – the time after a patient leaves a treatment program – is to teach patients and their families how to cope with life without the use of substances. While you are in treatment, you learn how to manage symptoms of the disease, build a relapse prevention plan and find community support.

Our aftercare treatment for substance use disorders includes:

  • Education, including fact sheets and contact information for assistance
  • Access to group meetings, where you get support from others on the same journey
  • Programming for the family in recovery, because substance use disorder is a family issue