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Alabama Drug Rehab & Addiction Treatment

AddictonWatch.com is keeping an eye on addiction issues in Alabama and elsewhere. We are here to provide information on addiction and the best treatment options available.

If you need an Alabama Drug Rehab or Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center, we can help you by:

  • Finding Alabama alcohol and drug rehab programs
  • Discussing the treatment possibilities with you
  • Contacting quality drug rehab centers in Alabama

Regardless where you live in Alabama we have a directory of drug rehab facilities.

Need help?  Looking for answers and not finding any? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are several hundred thousand drug addicts or alcoholics in Alabama struggling with the same issues.  Don’t worry we have probably helped a lot of them at some point or another.  Give us a call and let us see what we can do for you at no charge!

Dealing with addiction or someone who has a substance abuse problem is a monumental task to say the least. Most folks who call or email in do not know where to turn or what to do… so we are used to helping people in your situation and can point you in the right direction. The very least we can do is provide you with some information and reassurance. We know what Alabama has to offer in the way of treatment.

Let’s be honest, Alabama is known for football, not addiction treatment facilities.  Alabama is considered a mid-size state with approximately 4.5 million residents. Just over ten percent struggle with some kind of drug or alcohol problem. That’s over 450,000 people!  There are treatment services available but unfortunately options are limited.

Alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine addictions are the biggest problems for treatment centers in Alabama. But like any other state, there are just not enough facilities to handle the masses of substance abusers. For example, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report over 300,000 alcoholics or drug addicts in Alabama need treatment.  That’s a heavy load and may give you cause to consider treatment elsewhere. Our nationwide directory contains 3,000 alcohol and drug rehab programs listed throughout the U.S. Our counselors will help you find drug OR alcohol treatment anywhere in the U.S.

Alabama Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers

Although the necessity of drug rehab or alcohol addiction treatment is lower than the national average Alabama definitely has its share of substance abuse problems. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) states 7% of the Alabama citizens abuse illicit drugs. The national average is 8.02%. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in Alabama and responsible for the majority of treatment admissions. Alcohol is of course a big problem too.

For Alabama the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) lists just 98 treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction. Most treatment centers in Alabama (77) offer outpatient services. A few programs offer both outpatient and inpatient drug rehabilitation services. There are 12 programs that offer short-term (30 days or less) and 19 long-term (30 days or more) substance abuse treatment facilities.

In 2009 the National Survey on Drug Use Health (NSDUH) reported Alabama had 330,000 addicts, mostly alcoholics, who needed but did not receive treatment. Adding this to the number of people who were admitted for treatment paints a realistic picture of the drug rehab and treatment scene in Alabama.  This equates to each facility having the capacity to service over 3,300 addicts a year and that’s just not possible. There are areas in Alabama that have more facilities available however.

Top Alabama Cities for drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment services:

  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery
  • Mobile
  • Huntsville
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Hoover
  • Dothan
  • Decatur
  • Auburn
  • Gadsden

 Alabama Addiction & Substance Abuse Problems

Drug rehab facilities in Alabama face numerous challenges trying to keep up with the overwhelming demand for treatment. The truth is however, less incarceration and more treatment is needed for the substance abusers of Alabama.  The actual number of those in jail or prison for drug related issues is very difficult to tell since most addicts commit other crimes to support their drug habit.  Less than half of the prisoners in Alabama prisons are actually arrested for a drug related crime, yet the majority of prisoners have a drug problem. Some even catch a habit while in prison.

Alcohol Addiction and Treatment in Alabama – Alcohol addiction in Alabama accounted for 20.4% of all substance abuse treatment admissions in 2010 according to ONDCP reports. 4,635 addicts entered treatment for alcoholism that year. Those entering treatment for alcohol and other drug addictions added another 12.1% or 2,746 addicts to the already burdened treatment population.

The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) reports 192,000 underage Alabama youth abuse alcohol each year. Underage drinking costs Alabama taxpayers $1.2 billion in 2007. In addition, that year juvenile alcohol abusers consumed 13.3% of all alcohol sold in Alabama, totaling $ 250 million in sales. This brought $122 million in profits to the alcohol industry.

Marijuana Addiction and Treatment in Alabama – Marijuana is the biggest drug abuse issue in Alabama, for treatment centers anyway. Approximately 1,586,000 million Alabama citizens reported that using marijuana occasionally (once a month) was a “great risk”. There are34, 000 people who try marijuana for the first time each year.  6,945 addicts entered a drug rehab for marijuana addiction treatment in 2010 (NSDUH). For those that say marijuana realize over 30% of Alabama addicts who entered treatment program in Alabama were trying to get help with their addiction to marijuana addiction. (SAMHSA)

Meth Addiction and Treatment in Alabama – Methamphetamine is Alabama’s biggest drug threat according to law enforcement and there is good reason. The methamphetamine previously produced in smaller labs throughout Alabama has been substituted by a purer form of meth known as “ice.” Mexican drug trafficking organizations bring methamphetamine in from Mexico and Texas and distribution points in Atlanta, Georgia. Across the country meth lab incidents increased 76% from 2007 to 2009. Meth lab seizures in Alabama have surpassed this overall trend, rising 290% from 2007 to 2009 (ONDCP). Alabama treatment centers experienced a significant increase for meth addiction in 2010 (2017) as a result. Meth Addiction accounted for 8.9% of all treatment admissions that year.

Cocaine Addiction and Treatment in Alabama – Law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama report cocaine as a major drug threat and that cocaine is widely available all over the state. Cocaine is second only to marijuana for number of treatment admissions in 2010. Approximately 10% of Alabama 12th graders surveyed in 2009 reported abusing cocaine at least once during their lifetime. Cocaine is glamorized to the younger generation, which shows in the percent of young adults abusing cocaine in Alabama. Mexican, Caribbean and regional drug trafficking organizations have far-reaching distribution networks throughout the state.

Cocaine is brought into Alabama mainly from the Houston, Texas or Atlanta, Georgia areas. Wholesale distributors transport powder cocaine into Alabama and the majority is then converted locally into crack cocaine. In the later 1980’s crack cocaine was introduced and since has exploded in the drug culture scene. Crack Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs in the United States, with many abusers getting addicted after the first use. Cocaine accounts for 13% (2,950)of overall treatment admissions.

Heroin Addiction and Treatment in Alabama – Although the heroin problem is rather small in Alabama, treatment centers for heroin addiction are needed. There were 209 heroin addicts who needed treatment which accounted for 1% of overall drug rehab admissions that year. With a rising prescription painkiller problem heroin addiction is expected to rise since heroin is easier to obtain.

Prescription Drugs and Treatment in Alabama –Treatment admissions for prescription drugs has risen right along with other areas of the country. Prescription drugs accounted for 2,737 addicts or 12% of overall treatment admissions (SAMHSA). According to the NSDUH 2009 report 198,000 people abused prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in Alabama that year.

Alabama Drug Rehab is not always easy to find, easy to gain admission to nor are they always that effective. Our counselors will help identify the treatment centers in Alabama with the highest success rates and guide you through the process of getting your addiction recovery started immediately.

Types of Alabama Treatment 

Although there are not enough drug and alcohol rehabs in Alabama there are treatment centers available. There are many approaches to treatment in Alabama that include outpatient, short-term drug detox, alcohol detoxification, short-term drug rehab or long term residential treatment and each offering the typical treatment modalities.

There are rehabs in Alabama that offers a more specialized approach to treatment. Deciding the best treatment option takes experience and knowledge about addiction and the various treatment methods used to treat it. Contact us today for assistance.

Our drug rehab counselors are waiting. Call us today for help with:

  • Drug Detox Clinics in Alabama
  • Alabama Drug Rehab Centers
  • Drug Treatment Programs in Alabama
  • Meth Addiction Treatment in Alabama
  • Addiction & Alcoholism in Alabama
  • In-Drug Rehab Programs in Alabama
  • Alabama Marijuana Treatment Centers
  • Heroin Treatment in Alabama
  • Treatment for prescription drugs

SOURCES:

National Survey on Drug Use and Health for Alabama

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration for Alabama

Alabama report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

 

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