Treatment providers are waiting for your call:

(855) 826-4464

Drug Rehabs in Birmingham, AL

After crack downs on prescription opioids in Birmingham, Alabama, rehabs now treat growing numbers of heroin and meth addictions.

Start the road to recovery

(855) 826-4464


Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA


Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA


Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA


Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Showing 4 of 12 Centers

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).

Get Help During COVID-19

With just 30 days at a rehab center, you can get clean and sober, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings.

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


meth-involved deaths

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



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


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:

Get Help for a Substance Use Disorder Today

If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey but need more information about your drug or alcohol rehab options, contact a dedicated treatment provider today.

Get Help Today

Don’t waste another second. Enter your number to receive a call from a compassionate treatment expert.

Make a Call (855) 826-4464

- Or -

Request a Call

Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

Name Location Phone

College Programs


University of Alabama at Birmingham

1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

Counseling and Health Services

Birmingham Southern College

900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254

Counseling Services & Wellness Programs

Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

AA and NA Meetings in Birmingham

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Downtown 521 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
INST 1600 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Downtown 112 14th St N,Birmingham, AL 35203 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
INST 2130 11th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35234 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
INST 1401 F L Shuttlesworth Dr, Birmingham, AL 35234 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
UAB Young Timers Spain Rehab, 1713 6th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Freedom 1016 19th St ,Birmingham, AL 35205 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Hope on Highlands 1910 12th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Sobriety First 961 Center St, Birmingham, AL 35204 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Add or feature your center

Find out how to feature your center now! Click to the right to fill in your information to get a call back from our marketing team.

Submit Your Center