Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Alabama

Finding rehab in Alabama can be hard. Read on to learn more about types of detox and rehab in Alabama and how to find a suitable program.

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Overdose deaths for 2018 numbered 775 in Alabama and the mortality rate was 16.6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] To help reverse this trend, American Addiction Centers continues to focus on its mission to help people find treatment regardless of whether or not it is at one of our facilities.

This page is a comprehensive resource of information about addiction treatment in Alabama. We detail the different types of rehab in Alabama, how to pay for private rehab, how to find state-funded resources, and where to look for accreditation information.

Types of Rehab in Alabama

There are three different types of treatment for those seeking help with substance abuse: detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care.

  • Medical detoxification services, commonly known simply as detox, is the process during which the body rids itself of substances. Many prefer to undergo detox in a medical setting due to the potential of physical withdrawal symptoms.
  • Inpatient and residential. Often considered the mainstay of addiction treatment, inpatient treatment will see a patient living at a facility and receiving around the clock addiction treatment and care. Inpatient treatment tends to last a few weeks, while residential treatment can last up to a year.
  • Outpatient treatment. Normally considered a follow-up to a more intensive inpatient track, outpatient treatment allows one to live at home and participate in daily life while still receiving critical addiction care.

The table below showcases the number of rehab facilities in Alabama that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 105 79.55%
Regular 86 65.15%
Intensive 50 37.88%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 7 5.30%
Detoxification 14 10.61%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 35 26.52%
Residential (non-hospital) 29 21.97%
Short Term 14 10.61%
Long Term 19 14.39%
Detoxification 3 2.27%
Hospital Inpatient 6 4.55%
Treatment 2 1.52%
Detoxification 6 4.55%
Total 132 100.00%

The majority of care facilities in Alabama (80 percent) are outpatient. Among outpatient facilities, the majority are regular (65 percent), followed by intensive (38 percent) and methadone/buprenorphine (27 percent). Residential facilities outside of a hospital represent 22 percent of facilities; 14 percent are long-term, while 11 percent are short-term, which gives people almost equal options about where is best for them to stay.

The Cost of Rehab in Alabama

Paying for drug and alcohol treatment can be intimidating if you have never done it before. Especially if you’re trying to pay for treatment without insurance.

How much treatment costs in Alabama depends on several factors: the type of treatment, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, detox or rehab, the type of facility, the amenities, and more. Costs also depend on the type of treatment centers you choose, either state-funded or privately funded.

Private & State-Funded Rehab in Alabama

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 80 60.61%
Private for Profit 38 28.79%
Local, county, or community government 6 4.55%
State government 2 1.52%
Federal Government 6 4.55%
Tribal Government 0 0.00%
Total 132 100.00%

As you can see, More than half (61 percent) of the number of treatment centers in Alabama are private non-profit while just a third (29 percent) are private for-profit, which means people with lower incomes have more opportunities to seek affordable treatment as well.

Ways to Pay for Rehab in Alabama

There are many ways that one can cover some or all of the cost of addiction treatment in Alabama, including:

  • Private insurance.
  • Public insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, VA insurance, TRICARE, etc.).
  • Private pay.
  • Loans.
  • Grants and scholarships.

While 89 of the total 132 treatment facilities in Alabama accept private insurance, 120 also accept cash or self-payment. Eighty-two accept Medicaid, but only 38 accept Medicare.

The table below breaks down the typical payment methods used and how many facilities in Alabama accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 120 90.91%
Private Health Insurance 89 67.42%
Medicare 38 28.79%
Medicaid 82 62.12%
State-financed Health insurance 44 33.33%
Federal military insurance 52 39.39%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 4 3.03%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 6 4.55%
Other payments 1 0.76%
Sliding fee scale 83 62.88%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 77 58.33%
Total 132 100.00%

Treatment is possible in Alabama for those with the least resources. Cash represents the majority (91 percent) of payment options in Alabama followed by private health insurance (67 percent) and Medicaid (62 percent). For clients who struggle with their finances, more than half of the facilities (63 percent) accept patients on a sliding fee scale, but only 3 percent provide treatment at no charge or for minimal payment.

Finding Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Alabama

Once you’ve decided to commit to treatment in Alabama, you’ll need to go about finding a nearby rehab center. One of the best ways would be to reach out to your doctor or a trusted medical professional. They may be able to help determine your medical needs and may even be able to refer you to a rehab facility in Alabama. You may also consider using the SAMHSA treatment locator in order to find Alabama rehabs near you.

Additionally, you may consider reaching out to an addiction helpline. Most addiction helplines run 24/7 and offer advice and resources to those struggling with addiction. American Addiction Centers (AAC) operates its own addiction helpline that can answer questions you may have about rehab and may even be able to help you find a rehab in Alabama. Feel free to reach out to us today at or text us to begin your journey to recovery.