A Guide to Drug & Alcohol Rehab: Jackson, MS

The largest urban center in Mississippi and the state capital, Jackson is a bustling city in the heart of Hinds County. Overall, Mississippi is one of the most rural states in the United States, and urban areas are broken up into regions. For instance, the city of Jackson falls into the Jackson Metropolitan Service Area (MSA), which includes Hinds, Simpson, Copiah, Madison, and Rankin counties.

In the state of Mississippi, approximately 6.3 percent of residents ages 12 and older have a substance use disorder, while hundreds of people die each year from drug overdoses involving opioids, meth, and other illicit substances.

Drug Addiction in Jackson, MS
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Jackson, MS Drug Abuse and Addiction Factors

There are several factors that put places like Jackson, MS at risk for high rates of poor mental and physical health, including addiction. Rural populations like those in Mississippi often suffer from a factors such as a shortage of healthcare professionals, low income, unemployment, lack of health insurance coverage, and a low level of education completed, the Mississippi Department of Health (DOH) publishes.

For example, the high school graduation rate in Hinds County is 93.1 percent, which while higher than both the state (88.9%) and national rate (85.3%), several residents of Hinds County still receive public assistance income and are receiving Medicaid insurance. Approximately 12% of the Hinds County population are currently without any medical insurance, and nearly 25 percent of residents fall below the 50 percent federal poverty level (FPL).

Household Income and Drug Addiction

The average household income in Mississippi is $46,179 as of 2021. Mississippi actually ranks as the state with the lowest medium household income in the country, sitting far behind the District of Columbia and Maryland, both of which have average household incomes ranging between $91,000 and $93,000.

Low income and poverty have been identified as risk factors for experiencing a substance use disorder at some point in one's life. As of 2019, roughly 6.3 percent of the population of Mississippi had a substance use disorder. The Behavioral Health Barometer: Mississippi, 2019 publishes that 42.9 percent of Mississippians have a mental illness. Additionally, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) 2018 reports that 29 percent of Mississippi residents currently smoke cigarettes while 4,761 residents lose their lives every year to tobacco use.

With poor physical health, combined with factors such as those listed above, the likelihood of experiencing additional negative health outcomes like substance misuse and addiction are increased. Fortunately, there are several treatment options for residents in Hinds County.

How to Get to Oxford Treatment Center

Driving Directions from Jackson, MS to Oxford Treatment Center: Turn left onto E Pascagoula St and merge onto I-55 N. Keep left to merge onto I-55 N toward Grenada, Memphis. In 116 miles, take exit 211 onto MS-7 N toward Coffeeville and keep right. In 36 miles, take the second exit in the roundabout onto MS-7 N. 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 onto CR-244. In 3 miles, turn left and keep left. Turn right and arrive at Oxford Treatment Center at 297 County Rd 244, Etta, MS 38627. This route takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Opioids in Jackson, Mississippi
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Jackson, Mississippi Opioid Epidemic & Prescription Drug Abuse

Between 2019 and 2020, opioid drug overdoses skyrocketed 49 percent in Mississippi. In 2020 alone, 586 people died of an opioid-related drug overdose.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety classifies prescription drugs as the state’s number one drug threat. Mississippi ranks fifth in the United States for most opioid prescriptions dispensed per capita, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Mississippi Department of Health (DOH) reports that roughly 7.2 percent of all prescription drugs written between 2012 and 2017 were for opioids. In the summer of 2017, Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi introduced the Governor’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force, which made more than 40 recommendations on how to address the opioid diversion, misuse, overdose, and addiction problems.

Recommendations from the Task Force included:

  • Calls to improve Mississippi’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which keeps track of the dispensing of controlled substances through an electronic database.
  • Naloxone (Narcan) to be made available to law enforcement and first responders as a method to overturn opioid overdoses.
  • A standing order in Mississippi to make naloxone (Narcan) available through local pharmacies.
  • The Emergency Response and Overdose Prevention Act in Mississippi, which allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone in good faith through a standing order from a physician.
  • Youth Opioid Use

    From 2019 to 2020, fatal drug overdoses in Mississippi residents ages 35 and younger nearly doubled, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. The USDA states that drug overdose deaths increased the most for Mississippians between the ages of 15 and 24 in 2020, too. Approximately 6.6% of individuals between the ages of 12 and 17 in Mississippi misuse illicit drugs including opioids each year.
Services & Community Resources in Jackson, MS
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Jackson, Mississippi Rehabilitation Services & Community Resources

The state of Mississippi has a regional-based system of care for behavioral health services provided by Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), state-operated facilities, and community-based providers. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) manages drug and alcohol prevention, use, and addiction treatment services through the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services.

Public services include:

  • Emergency and crisis services.
  • Preventative services.
  • Outreach and aftercare services.
  • Vocational counseling.
  • Employee assistance programs.
  • Individual and group therapy.
  • Withdrawal management services.
  • Primary residential treatment services.
  • Transitional residential services.
Also, a short-term intensive outpatient drug and/or alcohol rehab in Jackson may be offered to eligible residents with existing obligations or responsibilities that may preclude them from inpatient treatment programs. Specialized services also exist for adolescents, women, and the elderly, and priority for state-based services is given to pregnant women.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration publishes that 20 percent of Mississippi adults were served for co-occurring substance use disorder and a mental illness between 2017 and 2018. The state is broken up into regions or service areas for treatment and healthcare needs. As part of Region 9, Jackson and Hinds County residents are served by Hinds Behavioral Health Services (HBHS). Another resource to find state-regulated care is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, which allows individuals to search for providers by type of treatment desired and zip code.

The Mississippi DMH publishes a directory for primary residential services for facilities certified to offer care for adult males in the state. The Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Resource Directory also provides information on local treatment providers that are certified by the Mississippi DMH to offer treatment services and programs.

Addiction Treatment in Jackson, MS
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Addiction Treatment in Jackson, MS

Don’t let the devastating side effects of addiction go on for another day. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and are ready to start the substance abuse rehab process at a drug rehab in Jackson, call us today at . Oxford Treatment Center, American Addiction Centers’ inpatient drug and alcohol rehab in Mississippi, provides several levels of addiction treatment, including inpatient and outpatient drug rehab in Jackson, MS. Call us right now to be connected to a rehab admissions navigator who can answer any questions you have, including those about rehab insurance coverage, paying for treatment, and much more.

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