There are many pathways for prevention and to recovery. Even when treatment is available, the stigma surrounding Substance Use Disorder (SUD) often prevents people from accessing the treatment they need. When addiction is viewed as a moral failure, that addiction becomes stigmatized. People may not seek treatment if they feel that the stigma becomes a defining part of their identity. Help from your healthcare provider, family, friends, counselor or therapist, support groups, or an organized treatment program can help you overcome your drug addiction and stay drug-free. We are not treatment providers and can’t recommend treatment options, but here are some links to help you, or your loved one, start the recovery journey.
Addiction Prevention Coalition, BirminghamPeople with severe and chronic substance use disorders can, with help, overcome their illness and regain health and social function. It is crucial that people seeking recovery are given options in their decision making and are empowered to make the choices best suited to their health and safety with guidance from family and medical providers.Addictions.com, AlabamaFind Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Alabama. To find an addiction/rehab specialist, call 800-926-9037 or
Click HereAlabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH)Serves more than 200,000 Alabama citizens with substance abuse disorders, mental illnesses, and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to Serve, Empower, Support, and Promote the health and well-being of Alabamians. 24/7 Helpline: 844-307-1760. Find a drug take back location:
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Alabama Family Central
By simplifying online search for support available in our state, Alabama Family Central helps Alabama families grow stronger. With access to vetted resources, programs and services, families can search Alabama Family Central confidently, find answers quickly, and get one step ahead.
Alabama Public Health
Mission is to promote, protect, and improve Alabama’s health. Opioids, Drug Overdose, Naloxone Dispensing and Training, and more.
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Alabama Provider Capacity Project
Awareness – VitAL Alabama. Alabama’s system of care for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment cannot meet the current demand. The Alabama Provider Capacity Project (APCP) recognizes these issues and aims to identify their depth on a county-by-county basis. Use QR code and download the Connect Alabama app to find treatment options.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Access the latest guidelines, data, and resources on opioid use and facts about fentanyl.
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The Central Data Repository (CDR) holds data and distributes results to partner agencies and the public, thus allowing for rapid response to outbreaks of overdoses and other opioid-related events, as well as providing a framework to measure the progress of initiatives in place to address the crisis.
Jefferson County Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program is a collaborative effort between the UAB Department of Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Programs and the Jefferson County Family Court. The purpose of ASAP is to provide substance abuse screening and “triage” for all juveniles placed under the supervision of the Court. Family Court has 3 case managers who work with the juveniles in Birmingham and Bessemer through the UAB TASC Program. The program operates from 8:00 am – 4:45 pm. For more information, contact Coordinator at 205-325-5996.
Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH)
Substance use can involve many drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, opioids, and more. It can start out as experimental use in a social situation, and for some people, it unfortunately develops into a habit and becomes their way of life. Addiction is a chronic disease, where a person may continue to use substances despite the harm it may cause to themselves and others around them. Substance use and addiction can affect your brain and behavior. The Jefferson County Department of Health is committed to educating the public about substance use and addiction. Through this webpage, we hope you learn more about the topic and our mission to reduce overdoses in our community.
JCDH Naloxone Training
The Jefferson County Department of Health is offering free, 1-hour trainings on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to an opioid overdose by using Naloxone, a prescription medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids are substances such as heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain medication. A phone number OR email address is required to complete the online naloxone training. If you are unable to provide a phone number or email, please call (205) 930-1065 for assistance.
NAMI Alabama serves residents across Alabama with free mental health support, online groups, resources and education. Call the Helpline at 800-950-6264 M-F, 9am-9pm CST. In a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling or call Crisis Line at 800-273-8255.
National Alcohol and Drug Hotline
The National Drug Hotline is available 24/7 throughout the year. You can call for yourself or your loved one. Seeking help for yourself or a friend or a family member can make a big difference. 844-289-0879
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Mission is to advance science on drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
Natural High is a drug prevention nonprofit that inspires and empowers youth to
find their natural high and develop the skills and courage to live life well. They provide content and action steps that are easy, fun, and effective. They share materials for free and encourage the community to use us as an ongoing resource with no associated costs.
Partnership to End Addiction
Helpline is free, confidential and safe. Text HELP to 55753.
Recovery Resource Center, Birmingham
The Recovery Resource Center is a collaborative initiative dedicated to simplifying that process by providing a central point of information. The center’s staff and volunteers have the expertise to answer questions, initiate the treatment process, and make referrals as needed. Call 205-458-3377. Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. “Talk, They Hear You” national substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking with their children early about the dangers of alcohol and use of other drugs.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes they feel as though their struggle is being underestimated by their age. But we need to listen to them and let them know help is available. Call or text 988. Calls are confidential. Visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline any time.
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U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Learn about how to safely dispose of unused medicines or expired drugs.
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