A Guide to Drug & Alcohol Rehab: Montgomery, AL

The capital city of Alabama and the second largest city in the state, Montgomery is a bustling southern urban mecca. The Jackson Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA): Fiscal Year 2016 reports that the poverty level in Montgomery County of 22 percent is higher than the state average of 18.9 percent, and the high school graduation rate of 79 percent is lower than the state rate of 89 percent. These social indicators can often influence mental health status and rates of drug and alcohol abuse. For example, the CHNA indicates that the binge drinking rate for Montgomery MMSA of 14 percent was higher than the state rate of 12.3 percent.

Montgomery, Alabama Drug Abuse Statistics & Factors

Montgomery, Alabama Drug Abuse Statistics & Factors

High stress, low education, and poor mental health often increase the chances of people engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse, which can then lead to violence and crime. The Alabama Drug Task Force (ADTF) publishes that three-quarters of inmates entering the system through the Alabama Department of Corrections have an underlying drug problem, for example. Around three-quarters of the inmates were serving time for violent offenses as well.

Montgomery, Alabama Substance Abuse Trends

Montgomery, Alabama Substance Abuse Trends

The Alabama Epidemiological Profile: Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs Usage and Abuse 2016 places Montgomery County within Region 3, with 19 other Alabama counties, in the state for classification purposes. Residents in Region 3 reportedly had some of the lowest rates of alcohol abuse and dependency in the state while, combined with Region 2, adult residents had the highest percentage of abuse and dependency of illicit drugs in the past year. Residents in Region 3 reported the highest rates of needing but not receiving treatment for their past-year illicit drug use as well at 2.4 percent. Tying with Regions 2 and 4, youth between the ages of 12 and 12 in Region 3 had some of the highest rates in the state for nonmedical use of pain relievers.

Resources for Substance Abuse Treatment in Alabama & Montgomery

Resources for Substance Abuse Treatment in Alabama & Montgomery

In Alabama, mental health and drug and alcohol abuse and addiction treatment services are managed and overseen by the Single State Authority, the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Public treatment services are provided in state-run facilities and contracted out to local community-based providers. ADMH distributes federal funding provided by the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) for prevention, treatment, and substance abuse recovery support services in Alabama. The Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services within the ADMH ensures comprehensive and integrated treatment for mental illness, substance abuse, and co-occurring substance misuse and mental health disorders.

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