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Modified: 23rd Jul 2019

Alabama Addiction Treatment Information

While the drug and alcohol use levels in Alabama are generally lower than the national average, there are still hundreds of thousands of people in need of treatment solutions for their substance abuse issues. If you are searching for a rehabilitation facility, we can help.

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We assist people in Alabama with locating successful recovery services. This includes detoxification centers, inpatient rehabs, outpatient programs and recovery support systems. This also includes resources for those suffering from co-occuring conditions (substance abuse and a mental illness). 

Addiction is considered a disease and finding the help necessary is imperative to a successful life long recovery. In many cases, the first step toward helping a loved one in need is making a call to learn more about your options.  

Substance Use in Alabama: Statistics and Information

An indication of the need for future treatment services in Alabama is the number of youth abusing illicit drugs today as well as their attitudes toward substance abuse. 

  • About 35,000 young people reported using illicit drugs within the past month
  • Nearly 67% of teens perceived no great risk from smoking marijuana once per month
  • Around 60% perceived no great risk from having five or more alcoholic drinks once or twice per week

Many of the youth in Alabama have reported that they felt that there was no real risk or problems involved with regular and frequent substance use. This is not only saddening but it’s also a cause for alarm. After all, if individuals see no risk with using drugs or alcohol in an unhealthy and abusive way, it’s likely that addiction problems will develop fairly quickly.

Young people are not the only individuals in Alabama who are using alcohol and drugs excessively. Many adults, both younger and older, have reported substance use problems in their lives.

  • Over 200,000 people reported heavy alcohol use within the past month or were dependent on alcohol within the past year. 
  • About 90,000 residents who were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the past year.

Substance abuse is more common than many people think. But, unfortunately, many of the people who suffer from addiction have limited access to or little desire to get the help they need in order to overcome substance dependence and addiction. Only a small percentage of Alabama’s population of substance dependent individuals actually wind up getting formal rehabilitation help.

The types of addictions that people suffer from in Alabama vary. Some individuals struggle with alcoholism while others deal with addictions which involve drugs.

  • 64% are getting treatment for a drug problem
  • 9% are getting treatment for alcohol use 
  • The remaining 27% are getting treatment for both drug and alcohol use 

The total number of people in treatment daily has increased from less than 14,000 just five years earlier to about 17,000.

Inpatient Treatment in Alabama

A very small percentage of those receiving treatment are getting inpatient help or even intensive outpatient. Most of them are on some other form of outpatient services, including opioid replacement programs such as taking methadone (over 8,000 people) or buprenorphine (nearly 700 people). Both of these numbers have increased significantly in recent years.

Fortunately for those with health insurance, recent law changes have made drug and alcohol treatment programs more accessible. So, if you live in Alabama and you have insurance coverage, we can assist you with a complimentary benefits check and assist you in locating facilities that should work with your policy.

Simply contact us today for more information on the variety of services we offer, and get yourself or your loved one on the path to long-term recovery today.

Additional Recovery Resources for Alabama

The Alabama Department of Mental Health

Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

100 North Union Street

Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1410

334-242-3454

//www.mh.alabama.gov

The integration of mental health and substance abuse treatment is at the forefront of a national trend toward a more holistic approach to wellness.

Also known as a dual-diagnosis, individuals suffering from mental illness may not even recognize that they are suffering as their substance abuse has been used to mask those feelings.

For people who have co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders, access to effective treatment can make all the difference between a true recovery and a prolonged struggle. Individuals who are only treated for one condition are at risk for a greater chance of relapse. 

In a strategic move to more effectively meet those needs, ADMH has merged the Division of Mental Illness Services and the Division of Substance Abuse Services into one division.

AA Meetings in Alabama

Alabama AA meetings here

Treatment Center Directory for Alabama

Find facilities here

Getting Help For a Loved One

What if he/she won’t go to treatment? Regardless of what you may have been told, you don’t have to wait for an addict to “hit rock bottom” before they become willing to receive help.

There are effective intervention practices that can be successfully applied to achieve that result now. We routinely assist families in Alabama with drug and alcohol interventions with a history of positive outcomes.

So, if you know someone who is struggling with substance abuse (or you are suffering from an addiction problem), please contact us today to learn how we can help!

Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.