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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

For Those We Serve

Substance Abuse Services

Substance Abuse and Women

  • Prevention works.
  • Treatment is effective.
  • People recover.*women and drugs

There are differences in the ways substance abuse affects men and women. Women may have:

  • Different causes,
  • Different symptoms,
  • Different barriers to treatment,
  • Different responses to medication and
  • Different consequences.

This means that treatment for women needs to be different from treatment for men. And treatment also needs to account for pregnant women and women with children. In North Carolina, these women are a priority. For more information....

The Division sponsors several programs throughout the state just for women.

For Pregnant Women and Women with Children

  • Information by telephone:  Call 1-800- 688-4232 or 1-800-FOR-BABY M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm, for screening, information and possible referral to treatment. There are 21 specialized programs throughout the state. Both mothers and their children can get services. For more information, go to:
  • Treatment in public Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers (ADATC) The three Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers across the state give priority to pregnant and post-partum women. Walter B. Jones ADATC in Greenville has a statewide program for pregnant substance abusing adult women and post-partum women with infants up to 12 months old. Pregnant women receive prenatal care. Infants receive well-baby check-ups through a local medical center. If a patient has an OB-GYN in the Pitt County area, she may continue to receive services from them. 
  • Help with possible exposure to something harmful for unborn babies Call the Pregnancy Exposure Riskline, 1-800-532-6302, if a pregnant woman may have been exposed to something harmful to her unborn baby. They will help work out ways to reduce damage from alcohol, other drugs, medications, chemicals and other substances.

Work First Cash Assistance/Child Protective Services (DSS)
The Division and the Division of Social Services are working together to help women receiving cash assistance learn to support themselves financially without abusing alcohol or other drugs. There are 8 of these comprehensive residential substance abuse programs.

Sober Housing
Oxford Houses are self-supporting homes for people in recovery from alcoholism and/or other substance use disorder. They are run by the people living there and follow 12-step guidelines. Find locations and information on vacancies go to:

*U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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