Substance Abuse Treatment in the South
The American South and Gulf Coast region includes states like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Use of illicit drugs, like methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are of substantial concern in the area, as well as misuse of prescription drugs and alcohol.
A multitude of resources and rehab facilities exist throughout the region, so people who are willing and able can get the care they need to overcome addiction.
Types of Addiction Treatment Available in the South
Both public and private treatment programs are available in the Southern United States. Public programs are 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.
The ideal levels of care and length-of-stay for addiction treatment varies based on one’s individual needs. Treatment services include:
To find local mental health or addiction treatment services anywhere in the United States, individuals can use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, which details qualified treatment programs based on care requested and location. The tool is web-based, free, and confidential for anyone seeking treatment information and resources.
You can also use addiction treatment directories that are similar to services like Yelp that provide ratings and details about the services provided. Rehabs.com is one example that provides a wealth of information about addiction treatment providers.
Additionally, to find addiction treatment information in a certain area it is helpful to check with specific state and/or local health departments. Nonprofit agencies and community-based health providers can be solid local resources for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.
You can also find resources through your local county or state health department, local community services, churches and non-profits. Some of the most well-known groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Al-Anon (for families and friends) that operate across the country.
Choosing a Rehab Facility
Patients should carefully consider their options for treatment—ideally with the guidance of an addiction specialist—because addiction treatment can take many forms based on the patient’s individual needs. For example, someone with serious medical or mental conditions (i.e., co-occurring disorders) may benefit from intensive inpatient programs, while outpatient care may be sufficient for others.2
Effective detox and rehab centers employ the use of evidence-based treatment approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) (if necessary).1, 3 Additionally, many rehab facilities, like Oxford Treatment Center in Mississippi, offer supplemental forms of addiction therapy, such as art and music therapy, yoga and mindfulness, and equine activities.
Another thing to consider when choosing a rehab facility are the amenities provided, which can make the stay at a residential facility more comfortable. At Oxford, these amenities include:
- Nutritionally balanced meals.
- A fitness center.
- Outdoor activities, such as fishing, gardening, basketball, and volleyball.
Many patients at Oxford Treatment Center also benefit from specialized treatment programs that support Veterans and first responders and trauma survivors.
How to Get to Oxford Treatment Center
Driving Directions From Memphis, TN to Oxford Treatment Center: Turn right onto Adams Ave, then turn right to merge onto I-40 E. Keep right to merge onto I-40 E toward Nashville. Take exit 1E to merge onto I 240-S toward Jackson, MS and keep left. In 5.5 miles, continue onto I-55 S. In 15 miles, take exit 283B-A to merge onto I-69 S toward MS-304. Keep left to merge onto I-69 N and then after half a mile, keep right to continue to merge onto I-69 N. Continue onto MS-304 E. Continue onto I-269 N. In 15 miles, take exit 12A-B to merge onto I-22 toward Tupelo. Keep right to merge onto I-22 toward Tupelo, Bypass US-78. In 30 miles, take exit 41 toward Potts Camp, MS-349. Turn right onto Bypass St toward Potts Camp, MS-178. Turn R onto Center St. In 12 miles, turn right onto MS-349. Turn right onto MS-30. Turn right onto CR-244. In 3 miles, turn left, turn right and arrive at Oxford Treatment Center. This route takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Driving Directions From Birmingham, AL to Oxford Treatment Center: Take I-65 N and merge onto I-22 W toward Memphis. In 153 miles, take exit 61 onto MS-30 W toward Oxford, West New Albany. Turn left onto MS-30 toward Oxford. In 15 miles, turn right onto CR-244. In 3 miles, turn left then take a slight right turn. Arrive at Oxford Treatment Center. This route takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Driving Directions from New Orleans, LA to Oxford Treatment Center: Take I-10 W toward Baton Rouge. In 24 miles, take exit 210 to merge onto I-55 N toward Hammond. In 160 miles, take exit 46 to merge onto I-55 N toward Grenada, Memphis. In 117 miles, take exit 211 onto MS-7 N toward Coffeeville and keep right. In 36 miles, take the second exit at the roundabout. In 8.4 miles, keep right onto MS-30 toward New Albany, Molly Barr Rd. Turn right onto MS-30 E toward New Albany. In 16 miles, turn left ont0 CR-244. Turn left and then turn right and arrive at Oxford Treatment Center. This route takes approximately 5 hours and 20 minutes.