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Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

888-925-9448

JourneyPure – Tennessee

Murfreesboro, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-398-7522

Recovery Unplugged – Nashville

Nashville, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-463-0080

Discovery Place for Men

Burns, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-516-0491

Mirror Lake Recovery Center

Burns, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

855-379-8324

Southeast Addiction Center – Nashville

Nashville, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

1-855-404-9855

Crestwyn Behavioral Health

Memphis, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

844-496-4473

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

Drug Abuse Trends in Birmingham, Alabama

In central northern Alabama, Birmingham is the state’s most populous city with 210,710 residents. In 2017, the industrial Birmingham-Hoover metro area was home to over 1.1 million Alabamans. The city is also part of a megaregion of southern cities along highways I-85/I-20, nicknamed the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion – including the Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham metro areas.

In 2010, a majority of drug and alcohol rehabs in the area reported a majority of patients were admitted for marijuana abuse. Yet, despite the state’s 24 dry counties, the most common substance of abuse in the region is alcohol. Research shows that alcohol is involved in an alarming number of violent crimes, and Birmingham has one of the highest violent crime rates (427.4 violent crimes per 100,000 residents) in the country. Almost half of all adults report past month consumption and alcohol-related arrests outnumber drug-related arrests nearly 2-to-1.

However, starting in 2012, a growing number of crimes, emergency department visits, and overdoses have involved opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

It’s a crime issue, a public health issue. It’s a plague on society in general. It’s so extremely frustrating to see so many people overdose and so many people die, yet others are willing to experiment with a substance that will in all likelihood, at the very least, destroy lives and, in many cases, kill them.

- “Hoover

Heroin Addiction in Birmingham

Similar to other Appalachian cities, prescription opioid abuse has had a substantial impact on the city. With the onset of the national opioid epidemic, Alabama had the highest rate of prescription narcotics use in the US in 2010. That same year, 585 people died as a result of drug abuse. By 2015, 859 people alone were admitted for primary heroin addictions in the state.

Due to the crackdown on prescription painkillers, large numbers of Birmingham-area residents turned to heroin. Heroin’s effect on the body results in a complex physiological and psychological addiction that is incredibly hard to overcome. As such, of 248 overdose deaths in Birmingham’s Jefferson County in 2016, 205 involved heroin or fentanyl (or both). The following year, though heroin and fentanyl deaths fell by one or two deaths, cocaine and methamphetamine-related deaths jumped (by 7% and 60%, respectively).

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Rising Stimulant Abuse in Birmingham

Authorities believe the rising rates of stimulant abuse can be attributed to poly-drug use and the growing availability of purer forms of meth and coke. Additionally, these stimulants are being “cut” with cheap, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, contributing to overdose deaths with multiple drugs present in the body at the time of death.

Substance Abuse Statistics for Birmingham

22

meth-involved deaths

In 2016, 22 overdose deaths involved meth; the year before, only 5 deaths involved meth in the county.

116.3

percent

Between 2015 and 2016, there was a 116.3% increase in fentanyl-related deaths in Jefferson County.

481

new HIV cases

In Alabama, 481 new cases of HIV were attributed to injection drug use.

Substance Abuse Treatment in Birmingham

For the many residents of Birmingham suffering from an opioid (or heroin) addiction, successfully completing treatment can be extremely challenging. Doctors have likened the complexity of treating opioid addiction to treating a traumatic brain injury. Furthermore, securing transportation to and from support group meetings and doctors’ appointments can be difficult for those without the financial means or family support.

The Alabama Department of Mental Health maintains a record of rehab centers that accept Medicaid and are funded by the CURES block grant. These treatment centers offer a range of addiction treatment services, including:

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Government Programs

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Name Location Phone
The ALABAMA NORTH WEST FLORIDA REGIONAL SERVICE COMMITTEE OF NARCOTICS 209 20TH STREET NORTH
BOX 170, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
866-985-0008

College Programs

ATOD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Team (ATOD Team) serves students with substance-related concerns. Services are individualized, in light of students’ needs. Students may ask for meeting wit...

1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

Counseling and Health Services

Birmingham Southern College

The goal of the Counseling and Health Services is to help you learn find balance between the demands around you and to help you stay healthy you can experience academic success. We understand th...

900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254

Counseling Services & Wellness Programs

Samford University

Genuineness, empathy, and respect are some of the skills of our counsellor. As we believe that, counseling is a relationship between someone seeking help and a trained professional. It is design...

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

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