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In the U.S. opioid epidemic, Alabama has the highest rate of prescription narcotic use in the nation, and some of the highest opioid prescribing rates. The state has weathered its fair share of damages because of this. In 2015 alone, there were 762 deaths due to overdoses—many involving prescription drugs.
Alabama—Progressive Treatment to Fight an Epidemic
Policymakers in Alabama have been working to face this growing problem, using prevention strategies to save lives. The state has implemented a prescription drug monitoring program to keep track of opioids. Alabama also has prescription drug take-back days, during which people can dispose of unused or unneeded medications at designated locations in order to avoid them being abused or sold on the street.
The state is progressing into a deeper understanding of substance abuse and what makes treatment effective. If you or a loved one is looking for a rehab in Alabama, be sure to explore your options before committing to a facility. Call our hotline anytime and we can help find the right option for you: 1-866-317-7050.
- In Alabama, almost 350,000 people are dependent upon or abusing drugs and/or alcohol each year.
- Only between 5% to 10% of those people who need treatment in the state receive it.
- About 1 in every 4 treatment admissions in 2015 reported marijuana as their primary substance of abuse.
- Behind marijuana, alcohol was the next most popular substance of abuse, followed by opiates other than heroin, and then amphetamines.
- Nearly 1/3 of those treatment admissions were between the ages of 26 and 35.
Substance Abuse Recovery in Alabama
The right Alabama rehab can help you on the path to freedom from alcohol, drugs, or both. There are nearly 150 different treatment facilities to choose from statewide, and making a decision may seem like a daunting task. First, you’ll need to understand more of which services each facility offers.
For those seeking to maintain their work or family lives while in treatment, you’ll want to explore outpatient care options. Treatment services are offered during scheduled daytime hours, and can be flexible with some schedules. But, better treatment outcomes are seen in people who attend an inpatient (also known as residential) facility. Inpatient offers round-the-clock care with treatment professionals and a safe place to begin healing.
Treating addiction comes along with treating its underlying conditions. For people dealing with mental illness alongside substance abuse, there are dual diagnosis rehabs. Alabama’s Department of Mental Health (ADMH) has been extremely proactive about aligning resources for mental health and substance abuse recovery, to ensure adequate care is given.
Be sure to also ask about each rehab’s acceptable forms of payment. More than half of the rehabs in Alabama will accept Medicaid, or will offer treatment at no charge for qualifying clients who can’t pay. The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) has an application for Medicaid eligibility available on their website.
You can expect some standard services at most Alabama rehabs:
- Substance abuse screenings and educational counseling sessions
- Urine screenings for drugs and/or alcohol
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Work with 12-step programs
- Relapse-prevention training and anger management
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Organizations Battling Addiction in Alabama
- The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) has a Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, which seeks to increase access to effective treatment and help those in need sustain recovery. The Division is continuously monitoring programs and providers to be sure that quality standards are met.
- The ADMH has a directory of substance abuse programs throughout the state of Alabama. The directory notes which services each facility offers and provides contact information.
- The Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (AADAA) is a non-profit organization that certifies substance abuse counselors, prevention specialists, and clinical supervisors, in an effort to ensure quality treatment services throughout the state.
- The Addiction Prevention Coalition (APC) is focused on substance abuse prevention in Alabama. The group works to improve public awareness of addiction, connects individuals to recovery resources, and fosters community collaborations.
- Friends of Recovery is Alabama’s local chapter of Faces and Voices of Recovery. The group consists of people in recovery, their family members, and their friends who want to eliminate stigmas surrounding addiction and barriers to treatment.