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Addiction in the South

Drug & Alcohol Abuse in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee

Addiction Info in The South

The American South and Gulf Coast region includes states like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Several counties in these states, along with some contained in Florida and Texas, are covered by the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (GC HIDTA). The six states in the GC HIDTA commonly rank high for crime, violence, low levels of education, and poverty, all of which can contribute to drug abuse, mental health concerns, and addiction. The close proximity to the southern border also opens up the region to easy access for drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) that can then move large quantities of drugs through the area and impact local crime rates.

Emergency Services

There are a variety of options for getting help during a crisis involving drugs or alcohol. From emergency first responders to crisis hotlines, Southerners have many options for getting help in their state.

Another option for those suffering from opioid addiction is naloxone (Narcan). Having Narcan on hand can help prevent death from opioid overdose. We recommend that everyone takes the time to learn about how to find and use naloxone. If you, a family member, or someone you live with takes opioids as a prescription or abuses them recreationally, please consider accessing naloxone to keep with you in case of emergency.

Learn more about Narcan use and availability in Mississippi.

Alcohol & Drug Timeline

The southern states have a long, and often times controversial history, with drug and alcohol. Many advocates today see generational impacts of longstanding drug and alcohol laws as disproportionally impacting minorities and lower income populations. Each of these states may be home to southern hospitality but for the residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee the work of getting recognition and support for the disease of addition has just begun.

Local FAQs

Rehab in the South

Drug abuse and addiction treatment in the United States is typically managed at the local level. This means that each state and each county may have various options for care. Treatment programs are regulated by federal, state, and local agencies, depending on where a person lives.

Both public and private treatment programs are available. Public programs are open to all residents of an area, and care is generally prioritized to those with the greatest financial and medical need. Private programs may be more readily accessible and have added amenities and treatment options.

Substance Abuse Help

There are numerous ways to find help when you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, but understanding these options can often be difficult and overwhelming. Many people have questions about how to get sober, costs associated with rehab, and ongoing support. We are here to help with those questions.