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Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Alabama

State treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources-an annual one-day census in N-SSATS and annual addiction treatment admissions from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). In the 2010 N-SSATS survey, Alabama showed a total of 18,185 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (16,858 or 92.7%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 659 were under the age of 18.

Through out the years for which TEDS data has been available, Alabama has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems for treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from 46 percent of all admissions in 1992, to 9% in 2010. Patients suffering from solely from drug abuse accounted for 57% of admissions in 2010.

Alabama Addiction Treatment Admissions

Alabama Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Alabama in 2010. The data shows that marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Alabama, followed by cocaine, other opiates, including prescription painkillers, and methamphetamine.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of facilities providing substance abuse treatment. It is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS is designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Support for Community-Based Prevention in Alabama

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, the Drug Free Communities (DFC) organizations mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use by creating local data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. ONDCP works to foster the growth of new coalitions and support existing coalitions through the DFC grants. In FY 2011, the following Alabama coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Covington County Children's Policy Council Coalition
Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory Coalition (SAPAC)
Morgan County Substance Abuse Network (MCSAN)
Hoover Coalition Promoting a Safe and Healthy Community
Montgomery Unified Prevention Systems (MUPS)
Shelby County Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Communities

Information compiled above is courtesy of: cdc.gov, oas.samhsa.gov, ondcp.gov, datafiles.samhsa.gov, dasis.samhsa.gov