Top 15 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Apex, NC & Free Treatment Resources

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Apex, NC is a community located in Wake County, about 15 miles southwest of Raleigh, NC. Apex provides easy access to North Carolina attractions, such as the beaches to the east and the mountains to the west. It’s also close to the universities located in the North Carolina Research Triangle. Like other communities in the United States, Apex, NC and surrounding Wake County have seen a steady increase in opioid use and deaths due to fentanyl sharply increased between 2019 and 2020.1 If you are looking for drug or alcohol rehab in Apex, NC, you can choose from services in Apex and in nearby communities such as Cary, NC, or Raleigh, NC. You can find inpatient and outpatient rehab programs in addition to medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone clinics, to help with opioid addiction recovery. Many Wake County rehabs accept private insurance, Medicaid, or military insurance. North Carolina also offers free care for eligible residents at state-run facilities.2

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Drug and Alcohol Use Statistics in Apex, NC

Drug use is a growing problem in the area around Apex, NC. Some facts about drug use in the region include:3,4,5

Levels of Care for Addiction Treatment Settings

There are various types and settings of drug rehab, varying in structure and intensiveness.

Medically Managed Detox

If you are dependent on alcohol or drugs like opioids, quitting can lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient and outpatient detox can help manage your withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of relapsing to substance use.

Inpatient Care

Residential rehab is the most structured and intensive setting, providing a peaceful and serene environment to jumpstart your recovery, away from everyday stressors. You live at the treatment center during treatment and receive a variety of therapies and interventions.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)

A step down from inpatient rehab, you attend several hours of treatment per day and return home during non-treatment hours (typically the evening or nighttime). This is a great option for someone who needs a high level of care but doesn’t want to stay overnight at a residential facility.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

Less intensive than PHP, an IOP involves several hours of therapy per week, often visiting the treatment center between three and five days each week. This is often used as a step-down option from inpatient or PHP, though some people’s first point of contact with substance abuse treatment may be an IOP, especially if their addiction is mild or they want to continue working or attending school while recovering.

Standard Outpatient

The least intensive treatment option, standard outpatient, involves one to two hours of treatment per day for one or two days per week. This option has the least oversight and supervision, which increases the risk of relapse; however, highly motivated people with a strong support system may find this level beneficial.


Support doesn’t end once you complete your drug rehab program—it’s important to receive aftercare, which can provide you with ongoing support and encouragement in the form of 12-step groups, non-12-step groups like SMART Recovery, ongoing therapy, sober living homes, and more.

Financing Drug and Alcohol Rehab in North Carolina

If you are worried that you won’t be able to afford drug and alcohol rehab, check out these strategies for financing addiction treatment.

Private Insurance

If you have private health insurance through work or purchased from the Healthcare Marketplace, you can use it to cover the cost of drug and alcohol rehab, either partially or fully, depending on the treatment program you choose.

North Carolina Medicaid

North Carolina Medicaid is a government program providing health insurance coverage for low-income families and individuals. If you have Medicaid, you can use it to cover substance abuse treatment services, although you’ll want to make sure to find a rehab that accepts this form of payment.


If you have North Carolina Medicare, you can use it to pay for the cost of drug and alcohol treatment services; however, you’ll want to make sure to find a facility that accepts Medicare.

TRICARE in North Carolina

North Carolina is in the East Region for TRICARE and provides coverage for drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehab for military personnel, retirees, and their families.

Sliding Scale Rehabs

If you need financial assistance, you can seek out a sliding scale rehab, which charges a reduced price based on your income.

IHS-Funded Drug Rehabs

The Indian Health Service funds various alcohol and drug treatment centers that provide free care to Indigenous people with substance use disorders.

Traveling to and Within Apex, NC

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If you need to travel to an Apex, NC drug or alcohol rehab for treatment or to visit a loved one, here are some tips to make your trip easier:

  • The closest airport to Apex, NC, is Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is about a 25-minute drive from Apex.
  • You can reach Apex, NC, by car via US Routes 1 and 64. There is an Amtrak station in Raleigh if you want to travel to the area by train.
  • You can find a selection of hotels in Apex and nearby communities. There are national chains as well as smaller B&Bs and inns. You can also find rental accommodations using sites like Air BnB.
  • Apex is home to dozens of restaurants. You can choose from fast food, chain restaurants, and local eateries.
  • There are bus services in Apex and throughout the greater Raleigh area. You can also use a car or ride-share app to get around.
  • Apex and the greater Raleigh-Durham area are home to many entertainment options. You can find live music and theatre venues, as well as museums such as the North Carolina Museum of Art. There are professional sports teams in the area and events at the nearby North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

North Carolina Drug and Alcohol Laws

Below are some important North Carolina laws related to substance misuse:1

North Carolina Recovery Courts: Non-violent offenders can go to court-ordered drug rehab instead of serving jail time.

North Carolina Good Samaritan Overdose Law: Witnesses to overdoses can receive immunity from prosecution when they call 911 to save a person’s life.


  1. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (no date), Medication and Drug Overdose in Wake County.
  2. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (no date), Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.
  3. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (no date), Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan Data Dashboard.
  4. North Carolina Injury Prevention, (November 2022), Wake County Opioid Emergency Visit Fact Sheet.
  5. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (no date), All Intents Wake County Poisoning Deaths by Drug: N.C. Residents, 2011-2020.

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