Alabama is a state with many kinds of substance abuse.
The serious need for drug rehab in Alabama (pop. 4,557,808) might surprise some of those who live there. The Yellowhammer State has long prided itself on being a place of wholesome values — a place where one could safely raise a family. Drug abuse, however, affects all types of Alabama residents — rich and poor, black and white, those who go to church and those who don’t.
Alabama drug rehab statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health show just how varied and unfortunately, widespread, substance abuse is in Alabama:
- More than 20,000 Alabama residents were admitted to drug rehab or alcohol rehab in 2006. Alcoholism(either alone or in combination with a secondary drug) was the most common reason cited for treatment admissions, followed by marijuana addiction and cocaine addiction.
- Meth addiction/amphetamine addiction is a serious problem in Alabama — one responsible for 1,768 treatment admissions in 2006. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has in fact called methamphetamine the “number one drug threat” facing law enforcement in Alabama.
- Heroin addiction is not a severe problem in Alabama — accounting for only several dozen admissions in 2006 — but other opiate addiction, particularly in the form of prescription drugs, affects many Alabamans. More than 1,500 Alabama residents needed treatment for opiates that were NOT heroin in 2006.
Addicts who don’t choose Alabama drug rehab could wind up in prison.
The jail cells of all 50 states — Alabama included — are filled with drug addicts and alcoholics who refused treatment and ended up running afoul of the law. These addicts get arrested for a variety of offenses, from impaired driving to drug possession to stealing in order to finance their habit.
In Alabama, some pregnant women who abuse drugs are ending up behind bars after the baby is born. After childbirth, doctors can tell if an infant has illicit drugs in their tiny body’s bloodstream, and in rural areas like Covington County, prosecutors aren’t going easy on these irresponsible mothers.
In Andalusia, 20-year-old Tiffany Hitson could be seen on her front porch crying, barefoot, and handcuffed — only a day after she gave birth in 2006, according to the New York Times. Hilton’s newborn daughter had traces of cocaine and marijuana in its system, and as a result the young mother spent a year behind bars — missing out on those joyous first months of her child’s life.
Don’t let drug addiction rob you or your loved one of their freedom. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237.
All across Alabama, we can find the right drug rehab program for you.
At American Addiction Centers, we believe that getting the treatment you need should be as stress-free as possible, and Alabama drug rehab programs in our network are located in or near all of the state’s 10 largest cities:
- Birmingham (pop. 231,483)
- Montgomery (pop. 200,127)
- Mobile (pop. 191,544)
- Huntsville (pop. 166,313)
- Tuscaloosa (pop. 81,358)
- Hoover (pop. 67,469)
- Dothan (pop. 62,713)
- Decatur (pop. 54,909)
- Auburn (pop. 49,928)
- Gadsden (pop. 37,405)
Prescription drugs can be dangerous, and many Alabama users need drug rehab.
Prescription drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin can aid those suffering from chronic, serious pain, but but many users, even those who began taking the pills under doctor’s orders, become addicted and find themselves unable to stop.
Pill-popping has become such an epidemic in Alabama, which has the nation’s sixth-highest prescription drug consumption rate – that the state began using a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database in 2006. The database collects weekly information on prescriptions that are dispensed by doctors, pharmacists, and dentists.
According to the Birmingham News, the database has made doctors more aware of prescription drug abuse — as even patients who appear on the surface to be using the pills legitimately might in fact be “doctor shopping.” Doctor shopping is a technique used by many pill addicts to obtain large amounts of prescription drugs all at once. A patient visits one doctor after another, pretending with each doctor that this is the only prescription they are receiving.
In some cases, the state database is being used by law-enforcement to go after prescription drug users or doctors who are abusing the system. This database is one more reason to for you or your loved one to quit using pills today — doctor shopping isn’t going to work anymore, and, even if it does, law enforcement will be notified of anyone who is scamming to score more pills.
Marijuana growers are a problem in rural areas of Alabama.
While some marijuana in Alabama is shipped in through Mexican drug-trafficking organizations, a sizable amount is grown right inside the state’s borders. This is often done in rural parts of Alabama where the plants are less likely to be noticed by passersby or police.
But police and other law-enforcement HAVE started going after growers more aggressively, and the Alabama Marijuana Eradication Program seized an astounding 91,614 plants in 2005.
Though some who grow or smoke pot think the drug is harmless, it’s not. Marijuana addiction places strain on the heart, damages reproductive systems, and exposes the user to some of the same cancer-causing compounds found in tobacco.
Whatever the drug that is affecting your family’s life — alcohol, marijuana, pills — the time to stop is now. Recovery has saved countless marriages and professional careers, but you have to take the first step and call us today at 877-417-6237.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find what you need in your state. We also offer many affordable self pay options for addiction treatment in Alabama.