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In Alabama and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Alabama believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Alabama families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Alabama who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabilitation Facilities to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Alabama must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Alabama, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehabilitation Centers for illegal street drugs available in Alabama. The differences between the Drug Rehab Programs can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab Program is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Rehab Facility option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Alabama Drug Rehabilitation Facility for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Treatment Center in Alabama will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehab Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Treatment Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Treatment Program that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Treatment Facility in Alabama, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Treatment Center should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehabilitation Programs for illegal street drugs in Alabama:

  • Alabama Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehabilitation Programs or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Alabama Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Rehabs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Alabama Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehabilitation Center for illegal street drugs in Alabama. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Alabama Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Alabama Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Alabama Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Treatment Center while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Alabama Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Alabama:
  • Bridge Inc
    Bridge Inc is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 3401 Newman Road Mobile, AL. 36695.
    Bridge Inc can be contacted by calling 251-633-0475.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Birmingham Metro Treatment Center
    Birmingham Metro Treatment Center is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 151 Industrial Drive Birmingham, AL. 35211.
    Birmingham Metro Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 205-941-1799.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • A Nu Direction
    A Nu Direction is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 500 Hospital Drive Wetumpka, AL. 36092.
    A Nu Direction can be contacted by calling 877-647-7552.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services
  • Gulf Coast Treatment Center
    Gulf Coast Treatment Center is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 12271 Interchange Road Grand Bay, AL. 36541.
    Gulf Coast Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 251-865-0123.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Chilton County Treatment Center
    Chilton County Treatment Center is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 2100 Holiday Inn Drive Clanton, AL. 35046.
    Chilton County Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 205-755-4300.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Southeast Alabama Medical Center
    Southeast Alabama Medical Center is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 1108 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL. 36301.
    Southeast Alabama Medical Center can be contacted by calling 334-793-8111 x8977.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Tri County Treatment Center
    Tri County Treatment Center is a Drug Rehab that is located at 5605 Clifford Circle Birmingham, AL. 35210.
    Tri County Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 205-836-3345.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Gadsden Treatment Center
    Gadsden Treatment Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1117 Gardner Street Gadsden, AL. 35901.
    Gadsden Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 256-549-0807.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males
  • Beacon Childrens Hospital
    Beacon Childrens Hospital is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 150 Hospital Drive Luverne, AL. 36049.
    Beacon Childrens Hospital can be contacted by calling 334-335-5040.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Regional Medical Center/Jacksonville
    Regional Medical Center/Jacksonville is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 1701 Pelham Road South Jacksonville, AL. 36265.
    Regional Medical Center/Jacksonville can be contacted by calling 256-435-4970.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Glenwood Inc
    Glenwood Inc is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 150 Glenwood Lane Birmingham, AL. 35242.
    Glenwood Inc can be contacted by calling 205-969-2880.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Montgomery Area MH Authority
    Montgomery Area MH Authority is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 112 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, AL. 36109.
    Montgomery Area MH Authority can be contacted by calling 334-279-7830.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Princeton Baptist Medical Center
    Princeton Baptist Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 701 Princeton Avenue SW Birmingham, AL. 35211.
    Princeton Baptist Medical Center can be contacted by calling 205-783-3650.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Pathfinder Inc
    Pathfinder Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 3104 Ivy Avenue SW Huntsville, AL. 35805.
    Pathfinder Inc can be contacted by calling 256-534-7644.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males
  • West Alabama Mental Health Center
    West Alabama Mental Health Center is a Drug Rehab that is located at 1121 North Washington Street Livingston, AL. 35470.
    West Alabama Mental Health Center can be contacted by calling 205-652-6731.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Cherokee/Etowah/DeKalb MH Center
    Cherokee/Etowah/DeKalb MH Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 425 5th Avenue NW Attalla, AL. 35954.
    Cherokee/Etowah/DeKalb MH Center can be contacted by calling 256-492-7800.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Bryce Hospital
    Bryce Hospital is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1651 Ruby Tyler Parkway Tuscaloosa, AL. 35404.
    Bryce Hospital can be contacted by calling 205-507-8000.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • RMC Jacksonville
    RMC Jacksonville is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 1701 Pelham Road South Jacksonville, AL. 36265.
    RMC Jacksonville can be contacted by calling 256-782-4330.
    Treatment Services: Health Services, Drug Detox, Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Shoals Senior Care
    Shoals Senior Care is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 201 Avalon Avenue Muscle Shoals, AL. 35661.
    Shoals Senior Care can be contacted by calling 256-386-1667.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • St. Clair County CMHC
    St. Clair County CMHC is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 625 15th Street North Pell City, AL. 35125.
    St. Clair County CMHC can be contacted by calling 205-338-7525.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment