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About Anuvia’s Substance Use Treatments
Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center is a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that has provided services to the Charlotte community since 1958. Whether you are seeking substance use treatment services for yourself or a loved one, have questions about your child’s behavior, or need training for yourself or your staff, Anuvia can help you. Our addiction treatment services include prevention, intervention, DWI/court, assessment, detoxification, outpatient treatment, and inpatient treatment.
Substance Use vs Substance Abuse: What’s the Difference?
People commonly use the terms “substance use disorder” and “substance abuse” to refer to the same condition. However, we use “substance use disorder” to remove any stigma or negative bias when discussing the condition and to recognize that treatment is effective. If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder contact Anuvia for help today.
Do I Have A Substance Use Problem?
Alcohol and pot took me to the darkest depths of my life. I nearly died on my last binge. What once had been my idea of “fun” turned on me and grabbed me by the throat. I knew that the part of me that craved alcohol wanted me dead, and I was terrified.
I was a lost man with a broken spirit when I arrived at Anuvia. Today, thanks to its wonderful staff, I am blessed with a better life. I am a grateful recovering addict named Jeff W, and I want to share with you a little bit about my recovery.
I loved cocaine. And I loved alcohol – probably more than anything else in my life. But in the end, after trying to kill myself with them, I realized that I really didn’t want to die for them.
After a month of going to meetings at Anuvia, making friends there, getting a sponsor and calling him, I proceeded to shut up and sit down, pay attention, and I actually learned something.
What Can I Do?
Being proactive as a...
- Make a list of adults you can trust and talk to about alcohol and other drugs.
- Choose your friends wisely; hang with friends who make healthy decisions.
- Join a sports team or take up a hobby that you enjoy.
- Get educated on prevention of substance abuse and become a peer educator. Get involved with Students Preventing and Informing on Drugs and Alcohol (SPIDA).
- Become aware of signs and symptoms associated with alcohol and drug use. If you see a friend who is in need of help refer them to a trusted adult.
- Give back to the community by assisting with a cigarette bud cleanup or many other creative activities.
- Assist your school or community with organizing after school activities for youth.
- Talk to your children on the facts and dangers of drugs and how to make healthy decisions. Your words and actions matter.
- Ask Questions: Who? What? When? Where? And Why? There are many ways to find out what your child is doing just by asking questions. Ask your child to check in with you regularly.
- Get to know your child’s friends and their families. Create a list of their friends’ phone numbers.
- Walk through your neighborhood to find out where kids your child’s age hang out.
- Create a safe zone list, which are places you have checked out that are safe and provide adult supervision.
- Give your child a clear message: Say no to drugs. Establish rules and consequences appropriate for your family.
- Pledge that you will always be available to give your child a ride if none of his or her friends are sober and able to drive.
- Get to know your child’s teacher and counselors. Join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
- Join a coalition that focuses on preventing underage drug and alcohol use.
- Contact Anuvia prevention department to assist with programming for an interested group of parents.
- Serve as a positive adult role model for your students and make yourself available for students to talk with you.
- Know the warning signs that may indicate drug use and abuse and learn about the treatment and prevention resources in your area in case you need to make referrals.
- Host school health fairs that provide drug and prevention education or host anti-drug use campaigns in your school.
- Invite substance abuse professionals to deliver presentations or prevention curriculums to your classes.
- Display anti-drug and alcohol use posters throughout your classroom and incorporate prevention games and activities into your lesson plans.
- Celebrate Substance Abuse Awareness Month (October) and Alcohol Awareness Month (April) by having students sign anti-drug and alcohol use pledges.
- Attend trainings and workshops on substance abuse issues.
- Contact your local behavioral health authority to find treatment or counseling options in your area.
- Attend 12 step meetings or support groups.
- Get involved in recovery month (September) events in your community.
- Join or form a community coalition dedicated to alcohol or drug related issues.
- Host community health fairs that provide drug prevention and education information.
- Host drug-free community events such as mocktail nights (alcohol free cocktail parties), sober bowls (alcohol free event for Super Bowl) or drug-free carnivals.
- Form extracurricular or recreational clubs and activities for youth in your community.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper on an issue related to drug and alcohol use you feel is important.
- Organize community meetings that focus on educating your community about drug issues in your area.