Should I be concerned about prescription drugs when the “real problem” is the illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine?
Why do some people become addicted, while others don’t?
Does marijuana use lead to the use of other drugs?
I think prescription drugs might help me feel better.  Is it OK to use them once in a while?
Can alcoholism and drug addiction be treated?
Are alcoholism and drug addiction genetically inherited?
Marijuana is just a plant…is it really that dangerous?
Can a person be too young to become addicted to alcohol and drugs?
Is drinking and driving the only alcohol-related risk for college students?
How do I know if I or someone close to me is addicted to alcohol or drugs?
Can you get addicted even though you only do it once in a while?
Is there anything you can do to help get alcohol out of your system faster?
How does alcohol leave the body?
What is a “standard drink” of alcohol?
Why is age of first use of alcohol so critically important?
What drugs are the most commonly abused?

If you suspect your kid or teen is using drugs, take action.

Ask your child directly. Let your child know you want him or her to be honest with you.  If you need help, contact your child’s school counselor, pediatrician or family physician.  You can call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1-800-788-2800 for drug abuse prevention information and a listing of the treatment centers closest to you. You may also visit

For more parenting information, you may visit call the Helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE

Getting Help

Substance Abuse Resources in North Carolina

Find the best options for treatment, detox, rehab and more. Speak to an admissions representative today. 100% confidential. No pressure to commit. 866.567.0593

Alexander Youth Network

1201 S. Post Rd
Shelby, NC

Phoenix Counseling Center

917 1st Street
Shelby NC, 28153

Preferred Choice Healthcare

1243-4 E Dixon Blvd
Shelby, NC

Sunpath, LLC

415 W Main Ave
Gastonia, NC

Turning Point Behavioral Healthcare Group

1542 Union Rd Suite B
Gastonia, NC

Students Options Begin With Intervention and Recovery (SOBIR Program)

Prevention and Early Intervention Program
Cleveland County Health Department
315 E Grover Street
Shelby, NC

Need additional help connecting to services, finding a provider, or locating community resources? Contact:

Partners Behavioral Health Management
1-888-235-HOPE (4673)

This website was developed, in part, under grant number 1H79SP020340-01 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be construed as such.Copyright 2015 Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | All Rights Reserved | The Awen Group