According to SAMHSA, over 120 drug rehab centers in Alabama. For example, this includes over 15 detox centers and over 100 outpatient services for addiction. In addition, there are over 20 long-term residential programs. has an extensive directory listing many rehabs in Alabama. Our directory provides all the necessary contact information for each program. Finding suitable rehab is essential.

When you first contact, one of our addiction professionals works with you over the phone to collect information. Based on this information, we can then refer you to substance use treatment that meets your rehabilitation and recovery goals. There are excellent options to consider for detox centers in Alabama and rehabs, and we will help you narrow the search.

TIPS: If you feel you're going to use

  • Find a peer support group. Alabama 12-step meetings, People Engaged in Recovery (P.E.I.R.) or find an Alabama rehab.
  • Avoid risky situations. Methamphetamine remains the greatest drug threat in Alabama.
  • Stay active and distracted. There are 23 state parks and 9 national parks in Alabama.
  • Access free counseling services or contact Alabama 2-1-1.
  • Find an activity—experience Alabama's arts and culture, beaches, civil rights legacy, and history.

TIPS: If you want to help someone

  • Find local help. The Alabama Department of Mental Health offers local resources.
  • Be aware of overdose risks—access overdose prevention resources through Alabama Public Health.
  • Utilize a screening technique such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (AL-SBIRT).
  • Never be afraid to organize a family intervention with a professional.
  • Avoid enabling anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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Alabama Long-Term Drug Rehab

In our professional opinion, residential long-term substance use treatment is the most effective option for treating drug and alcohol addiction. Here are some reasons why you should consider a long-term program:

  • Long-term programs in Alabama offer extensive structure. Maintaining sobriety early on is done with routine, healthy habits, and structure. There is ample opportunity to develop healthy behaviors because of the length of time you spend in a long-term program.
  • Multiple treatment methodologies are utilized within long-term programs. These programs last 30, 60, and 90 days or longer. Within this time, behavioral therapy, holistic treatment, faith-based treatment, or non-traditional approaches are utilized.
  • Long-term programs provide extended care within safe drug and alcohol-free environments. A significant benefit is being in a supportive environment 24/7 and having access to a support network.
  • Long-term residential programs attend to multiple needs, not just your substance use. For example, this may include any associated medical, psychological, social, vocation, or legal problems.
  • Every individual has the opportunity to remain in treatment for an adequate time. Long-term provides extensive care and can last upwards of 90 days or longer. Drug detox in Alabama will usually be mandatory before entering programs.

According to S.A.M.H.S. and N-SSATS:

Roughly 13.7% of SAMHSA-listed rehabs in Alabama are classified as long-term residential programs. The following breakdown provides treatment options within specific demographics and payment availability.

Long-Term Drug Treatment Options for Specific Demographics:

  • 11 residential programs with women-only treatment options.
  • Five centers provide specific services to pregnant and post-partum women.
  • Only one Alabama rehab offers specific help for adolescents.
  • 18  rehab centers are men-only treatment options.
  • Six residential programs provide services to seniors or older adults.
  • Six rehab centers help those within the L.G.B.T.Q.

Payment Options for Long-Term Drug Rehab:

  • Only three rehab centers accept Medicaid.
  • Five treatment centers take private health insurance.
  • 20 rehab programs take cash or self-payment.
  • Nine programs provide a sliding fee scale based on income.

Overall, there are some excellent long-term treatment options in Alabama. and its qualified professionals help narrow the search. Regardless of your financial situation or addiction, there are solutions and options to consider.

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Different Rehab Options in Alabama

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List of rehabs in Alabama

Here is a list of the different drug rehabs in Alabama. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


According to SAMHSA, there are ten different inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in Alabama. These options include inpatient substance use treatment and detox. Generally, inpatient means more medical support. However, it is still a drug rehab program offering detox, therapy, and aftercare.

Inpatient Drug Treatment Options for Specific Demographics:

  • Roughly four inpatient programs provide specific help for adult men.
  • Four inpatient centers offer programs specifically for adult women.
  • There are no inpatient services for adolescents only.

Payment Options for Inpatient Drug Rehab:

  • Only one inpatient program in Alabama accepts Medicaid.
  • Four inpatient facilities take private health insurance.
  • No inpatient options offer a sliding-fee scale for payment.

Alabama Substance Use Treatment Breakdown


Per the SAMHSA database directory, there are 20 detox centers in Alabama. Detox is the first step on the road to recovery and is an integral part of the recovery pathway. The drug detox programs in Alabama operate within medical centers, treatment centers, and recovery centers.

Short-Term Inpatient Drug Rehab

Short-term inpatient drug rehab consists of programs that last one month or less. The SAMHSA directory lists 14 short-term residential services in Alabama. 

Long-Term Residential Treatment

Long-term drug rehab in Alabama provides services for three to six months, and in some cases, up to one year. The SAMHSA directory includes a list of 26 programs in Alabama. Treatment includes options for women, men, and faith-based services. There are significant benefits to long-term inpatient programs.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is the most accessible form of rehab in Alabama. Per the SAMHSA directory, there are 94 regular outpatient programs. In addition, there are 45 intensive outpatient services and 16 outpatient detox programs. Outpatient care requires the patient to attend treatment daily while living at home. Maintaining sobriety is the patient's responsibility while the center provides random drug testing.

Cost of Rehab in Alabama

The cost of detoxification, counseling, therapy, and aftercare can all vary in Alabama, depending on the person's insurance coverage or lack thereof. The good thing is that Alabama provides assistance with health insurance which can greatly impact a person's ability to receive treatment.

According to SAMHSA:

  • Over 170 rehabs in Alabama accept Medicaid.
  • Over 170 rehabs in A.L. take private health insurance.
  • Over 200 treatment programs are self-pay.
  • There are 63 programs that offer sliding-scale payment options.

Paying for Treatment with Medicaid in Alabama

Medicaid is a federal program that provides health insurance options to those who cannot afford private health insurance and meet certain criteria. The criteria used are generally the person's income, and those deemed qualified can receive free healthcare under the state's Medicaid program. In most states, Medicare can cover up to 100% of treatment costs; however, not all facilities and services accept Medicare for payment.

Using Private Insurance to pay for Drug Rehab in Alabama

Suppose a person can afford private insurance and has an individual policy or is on a group policy through their employer. In that case, their insurance provider should pay for their drug rehab. It should also be known that while private policies are generally the most expensive option for health insurance, they are accepted at more facilities than Medicaid and can improve one's chances of finding help quickly.

Those who don't meet the criteria to qualify for Medicaid and yet can't afford private health insurance fall into an uninsured gap. They may have a lot of difficulties finding a treatment program they can afford. But thankfully, Alabama has an expanded Medicaid program that allows people who fall into this uninsured gap to access health insurance plans at reduced rates. These are known as exchange programs, and they are available through the state's health insurance marketplace.

Through the Alabama Health Insurance Marketplace, there will be three carriers offering plans in 2022:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Bright Health
  • United Healthcare

Paying for Treatment when Uninsured

When someone needs lifesaving substance use treatment, time is of the essence. Often, if the person is uninsured, there isn't time to find an insurance policy and enroll before treatment is needed. This risk of waiting months or even weeks can be too great, and many private insurance providers will not cover services like rehab for the first several months or a year. This is done to prevent people from buying policies to go to treatment and then drop them.

But thankfully, most rehabs are familiar with this conundrum, and some offer payment options to help patients who are uninsured get treatment. For example, there are 63 programs in the state that offer sliding-scale payment options. This means that the less income a person makes, the more discounted the program cost will be. This cost can even be spilled into monthly payments with some facilities, making it easier to afford. According to SAMHSA, there are 14 drug rehab centers in Huntsville. Services include detox, outpatient treatment, and residential drug rehab programs.

For more information on paying for treatment, you can reach out to one of the treatment specialists at or contact the center directly.'s Evaluation of Alabama Drug Treatment

After reviewing state statistics and options available for Drug rehab and detox in Alabama, discovered the following pros and cons:


  • While the Alabama Department of Health does not operate any substance use disorder program, all state-funded providers offer services on a sliding fee scale based on income, resulting in low or no-cost services to persons with low income.
  • Roughly 56% of SAMHSA-listed substance use treatment providers are private non-profit organizations, which means affordable treatment services.
  • Roughly 60% of substance use treatment centers provide treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can not pay.


  • Detox centers in Alabama are limited with only 20 listed on SAMHSA—roughly 1% are residential non-hospital detox, while 8% are hospital inpatient services. (source N-SSATS)
  • Only 19% of the SAMHSA-listed substance use treatment centers are classified as residential non-hospital programs. However, the majority are long-term residential.
  • According to SAMHSA, there are only 16 transitional housing, halfway houses, or sober living homes.

Overall, there is affordable access to drug rehab in A.L. However, affordable program options come with long-wait times unless programs operate within the private sector. The main benefit is the number of long-term residential programs available.

Alabama Drug Use & Statistics

Like many other states, drug overdose deaths in Alabama skyrocket. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have steadily declined. Yet, overdose deaths related to illicitly manufactured fentanyl increased.

According to the Medical Association of The State of Alabama:

  • Jefferson County alone saw drug overdose deaths increase by 25%.
  • 13% of adults started or increased substance use to cope with stress related to COVID.

According to SAMHSA:

  • 2% of treatment admissions in Alabama involved heroin and other opiates.
  • 2% of treatment admissions involved marijuana.

According to the N.S.D.U.H.:

  • Between 2017 and 2019, 3.2% of the population aged 12 and older had an illicit drug use disorder.
  • 3% of those aged 12 and older had alcohol use disorder.
  • Overall, 7.6% of the population aged 12 and older had some form of a substance use disorder.

What's new in Alabama

26 April 2022

The Latest News on Addiction and Recovery in Alabama

Harm reduction reaches new levels—The Alabama legislature recently passed a bill to make it legal to use and distribute test strips that detect the presence of fentanyl in other drugs. The aim is to prevent overdose deaths.

Overdose deaths connected to fentanyl and other opioids have increased across the state. Currently, it is against the law in Alabama to sell, use or possess drug paraphernalia to analyze or test illegal drugs. While this will likely aid in preventing overdose, it seems more states are pushing more resources to harm reduction policies than treatment and recovery efforts.

However, with that being said…

Nearly 12,000 people sought substance use disorder treatment in Alabama—Within the United States, millions of people require drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Overdose deaths continue to rise. Recent studies in Alabama have shown that close to 12,000 people sought drug and alcohol rehab, which is a decline of 25% from 2011.

In the end, though, it cycles back to more harm reduction.

Some Alabama health departments want more people to carry naloxone—There are increasing risks with drugs cut with deadly fentanyl, and many people are dying. Narcan reverses the effects and provides enough time to save the individual's life. However, only 235.6 per 100K residents in Alabama seek treatment, which is close to 30% lower than the national average.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on May 11, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

Dr. Rohit S. Adi, MD, DABAM

Dr. Rohit S. Adi, MD, DABAM

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on May 11, 2022

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Dr. Rohit S. Adi is certified in addiction medicine, through examination, by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. While in Louisiana, he worked as an emergency-room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, but then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he works to this day. Holding numerous positions throughout his medical career, Dr. Adi has seen the devastating effects caused by drugs and alcohol. Having the ability to do something about the problem, he co-founded a holistic drug rehabilitation center in Louisiana, where he serves as the facility's Medical Director.