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  • Alabama is currently battling the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders alongside every other state in the country. 

    In fact, alcohol addiction and abuse are some of the largest problems facing residents of Birmingham, Gadsden, Huntsville, Montgomery, and other communities throughout Alabama. 

    Cocaine, heroin, other illicit drugs, and prescription drug abuse are also common in the state. Roughly 11,000 people are arrested for drug violations in the state of Alabama every year.

    Fortunately, Alabama is home to a long list of addiction treatment centers offering inpatient and residential services. Many of these drug and alcohol rehab centers are low-cost or accept health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, to help offset the expenses of treatment. 

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Alabama

    The Alabama Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association as well as the Alabama Department of Mental Health are available to help you locate an addiction treatment center near you. 

    These organizations and their addiction specialists can also help you or loved ones navigate the ins and outs of paying for drug addiction treatment. 

    The following are several resources for locating addiction treatment in Alabama:

    • Alabama Department of Mental Health
    • Alabama Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association (AADAA)
    • Ark Behavioral Health and other treatment providers
    • SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator
    • Primary care physician for a referral 

    The top alcohol and drug treatment facilities in Alabama typically share many of the same programs and services. 

    The following are five key elements to look for when choosing a rehab program in Alabama:

    • individualized treatment plans: the center should create a customized treatment plan to suit your specific needs
    • co-occurring disorders: the treatment center should offer dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorders, such as mental health disorders and addiction
    • evidence-based services: Treatment methods should be those that have been tested and proven effective in promoting long-term recovery
    • accreditation: the organization should meet a number of quality standards and possess a seal of approval from an accreditation agency
    • family involvement: family members should be encouraged to play an active role in the recovery process

    The goal of treatment is to achieve long-term addiction recovery without relapse. Inpatient treatment typically lasts between 28 days and six months while outpatient treatment generally varies from 3 months to in excess of a year. 

    Alabama Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    The state of Alabama offers a number of drug and alcohol addiction treatment options to residents. 

    The following are the many healthcare services offered by the Alabama Department of Mental Health:

    • adolescent and adult services
    • services for co-occurring disorders
    • medication-assisted treatment
    • gender-specific women’s services
    • inpatient treatment
    • outpatient treatment
    • and more

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detox In Alabama

    Withdrawing from addictive substances is one of the first steps in the recovery process. However, the withdrawal process can be dangerous if not performed correctly. That’s why it’s essential to undergo your detox at a qualified alcohol and drug treatment center.

    Medical detox, which involves the use of certain medications to aid in the withdrawal process, is an option at most accredited drug rehab centers. You’ll be able to continue into residential or outpatient treatment once the detox process is complete.

    Inpatient Drug Rehab In Alabama

    Inpatient programs are some of the most intense forms of addiction treatment. This is because they involve living on-site at the drug rehab center, where you’ll receive around-the-clock emotional and medical support. 

    These residential treatment programs are designed to treat serious addictions and have a high success rate of doing so.

    Residential programs often include the following:

    • individual therapy
    • group therapy
    • educational programs
    • family-friendly events
    • exercise and creative activities

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment In Alabama

    Outpatient treatment is generally less intense than inpatient treatment; however, more intense forms of outpatient treatment do exist. 

    Those battling serious addiction may be recommended for intensive outpatient programs or partial hospitalization programs as opposed to traditional outpatient services.

    Outpatient treatment does not involve living on-site at the rehab center, so you’ll be expected to have transportation to and from treatments.

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment, commonly referred to as MAT, involves the use of specific medications to aid in the recovery process and prevent relapse. 

    MAT programs are clinically driven and all medications used, including methadone, have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for opioid and alcohol abuse.

    Aftercare Support

    Aftercare is one of the most overlooked parts of the recovery process. However, this continuing care, after the completion of inpatient or outpatient rehab, is often what prevents relapse and keeps you on the path to recovery. Common forms of aftercare include the following:

    • sober living homes
    • 12-step programs
    • community support groups
    • group therapy
    • individual therapy
    • and more

    Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Alabama

    Many recovery programs across Alabama accept insurance policies, including Medicare and Medicaid, to bring down the cost of treatment. 

    State-funded providers within the state of Alabama offer their addiction treatment services on a sliding scale of fees that is based on your income. 

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently awarded the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) two grants. These grants are being used to enhance medication-assisted treatment services, the availability of treatment, and more. 

    The following tips can help you understand more about your insurance coverage and if it will help with your addiction treatment fees:

    • contact your insurance provider by calling the number on your insurance card
    • contact your desired treatment provider
    • learn about in-network providers, deductibles, co-pays, and more
    • contact the SAMHSA or Alabama Department of Mental Health hotlines for substance abuse

    If You Don’t Have Insurance

    You will want to take advantage of state-funded rehab facilities if you do not have health insurance. These nonprofit centers can offer lowered rates based on your income, even if you currently have no income at all. 

    Fifty-nine of the 67 counties in Alabama offer some type of addiction treatment. The Alabama Department of Mental Health can help you locate a state-funded treatment program near you. 

    Alabama Substance Abuse Facts

    Residents of Alabama face issues with alcohol, marijuana, opioids, and illicit drugs like meth, crack/cocaine, and heroin.

    Some facts and statistics related to substance abuse in Alabama include:

    • Binge drinking is most prevalent among 18-34 year olds.
    • Over 25% of drivers killed in fatal car crashes have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit (.08).
    • Officials believe that violent crime, including rape and aggratved assault, is a frequent consequence of excesive alcohol use.
    • Methamphetamine was considered the greatest drug threat facing the state the last few years.
    • The majority of addiction treatment patients attend rehab in Alabama for cocaine and alcohol.

    Also, in 2018, opioids accounted for nearly half of the total drug overdose deaths. The state recorded 775 drug overdose deaths that year, and opioids were involved in 381.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    Ark Behavioral Health operates several treatment centers in Massachusetts, which are available to recovering individuals around the country. We offer varying levels of care, from detox services to aftercare, and our treatment methods are always individualized and evidence-based. 

    The following are our addiction treatment centers:

    Visit Ark Behavioral Health to learn more about our treatment centers. 

    Alabama Addiction Treatment FAQs

    How Do I Access Treatment In Alabama?

    Addiction treatment centers in Alabama can be accessed by reaching out to the Alabama Department of Health or SAMHSA addiction and substance abuse hotlines. You may also contact Ark Behavioral Health directly to learn more about our treatment options and facilities.

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Alabama?

    Addiction treatment in the state of Alabama can take many forms. Residents have access to detox centers, inpatient treatment centers, outpatient services, and more. 

    Addiction treatment generally involves the use of medical support and behavioral therapies to heal the mind and body from the harmful effects of the disease.

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Alabama Without Insurance?

    Yes, Alabama offers a number of state-funded rehabilitation centers and programs. These programs are offered on a sliding-fee scale based on income and are also available to those who currently have no income.

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Alabama?

    Officials in the state of Alabama are serious about combating opioid addiction. A number of walk-in opioid clinics are available to residents. Contact the Alabama Department of Mental Health to learn more. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Alabama?

    Yes, the state of Alabama offers a number of state-funded addiction treatment centers. These centers operate based on a sliding fee scale determined by your income. Services may be offered free of charge to those without income. 

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last In Alabama?

    Inpatient treatment for addiction and substance abuse disorders typically lasts between 28 days and six months. Outpatient treatment is generally longer, as you do not live on-site at the rehab facility. This treatment may take place for 3 months to a year or even longer if needed.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association - About Us
    Alabama Department of Mental Health - Substance Abuse Treatment Services
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Alabama: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Medication-Assisted Treatment
    Alabama Department of Mental Health: Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services - Alabama Epidemiological Profile: Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs Usage and Abuse 2018

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