Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

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Duke's addiction and substance abuse outpatient program helps adults over the age of 18 recover from and manage addictive disease that occurs independently or as a result of a mental health disorder. Our therapists are specially trained to work with people who struggle with substance abuse. We offer a range of therapy options to help you manage and recover from your addiction, and we work closely with you to ensure you get the safe, effective treatment you need.

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Support and Care for Substance Abuse

Everyone's needs are different when it comes to managing and controlling addiction or substance abuse. We understand how your struggle can strain relationships and make it difficult to function in society. If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome an addiction or substance abuse problem, our licensed therapists and medical experts can help.

Our experts are trained addiction specialists who also conduct research into the causes of addictive behavior and the way the brain functions. We offer a range of options for treating addiction, from medical management to individual and group therapy. You do not have to struggle on your own. Our goal is to provide the support and care you need on an outpatient basis. We help you learn new coping mechanisms to manage your daily life while you recover.

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Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.


Medication Management

If medication is recommended to help control substance abuse cravings and prevent relapse, our psychiatrists will work closely with you to ensure proper use and closely monitor for any side effects. 

Individual, Group, Couples, and Family Therapy

Individual, couple, and group therapy is available, depending on your specific needs. In all cases, our specialists work with you to help you manage and control your addiction and substance abuse disorder. We use motivation approaches that include a range of cognitive behavioral therapies.

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Comprehensive Evaluation

We gather information on your medical history, psychological history, goals, and values, then work closely with you to create a treatment plan that has clear targets for change. We help you understand how your substance abuse developed and how we can work together to effect change.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.

Comprehensive Care and Support

Comprehensive Therapy Options
We offer a full range of therapy options, from individual and group therapy to medical management.

While we do not offer medical detoxification or residential treatment, we can facilitate your referral so you can start your individualized treatment as quickly as possible.

Specialists in Substance Abuse
Our licensed therapists are trained in psychotherapy and specialize in the treatment of addiction and substance abuse disorders. Our psychiatrists undergo advanced training in addiction.

Support and Long Term Follow-Up
If you need care following our outpatient substance abuse program, we can refer you to providers within the Duke Health system who can help prevent relapse.