Addiction and Treatment Statistics for Arkansas

Thousands of individuals in Arkansas report abusing drugs or alcohol, but only a fraction of those people actually receive treatment for addiction. Fortunately, Arkansas offers several different rehabilitation facilities committed to serving the needs of each individual.

Arkansas Substance Abuse Statistics

Like elsewhere in the country, prescription drugs, opioids, alcohol, and other illicit substances are taking a toll on the people of Arkansas. Here are some troubling statistics:

  • Nearly 7 percent of people aged 12 and over struggled with alcohol dependence or abuse during 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • SAMHSA also reports that only 10.7 percent of people suffering from alcohol addiction received the treatment they needed during 2014.
  • The rate of overdose deaths in Arkansas has been increasing in recent years, climbing to 14 per 100,000 people in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • SAMHSA reports that approximately 9.3 percent of youths in Arkansas are using illicit drugs.

Choosing The Right Rehab Program In Arkansas

Rehab programs are designed to assist people as they work to overcome an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. When looking for a treatment program, people should consider many different factors, including:

  • Accreditation: Accreditation organizations set standards of care and include the Joint Commission, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF), and the state of Arkansas.
  • Evidence-Based Approaches: Evidence-based treatment consists of medications, therapies, or the combination of both, which is based on scientific research and shown to be effective.
  • Length/Location: Program length is usually determined after an individual assessment, and may include short-term or long-term stays, ranging from around 30 days to six months. In some cases, travel may be required to enter a quality program.
  • Aftercare and Alumni Services: Some treatment facilities offer aftercare and alumni services, which are designed to help clients maintain a healthy lifestyle after they leave the treatment program.
  • Payment: Rehab centers may accept insurance, but each insurance plan is different. Check with the insurance provider or rehab center to determine if the plan covers the program. Private pay, scholarships, and crowdsourcing are other payment options.

Arkansas Drug And Alcohol Rehab Services

Addiction treatment programs offer a variety of services to help people overcome their substance use disorders and develop coping skills. Some of the most common services available at treatment centers in Arkansas include:

    • Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs: Detox programs are designed to help people eliminate alcohol or drugs from their system, preparing them for additional treatment. Some programs include medication and medical supervision.
    • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, involves administering medication to help lessen dependence and reduce drug cravings. MAT is combined with behavioral therapy for a whole-person approach.
    • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapy is an evidence-based approach that aims to identify unhealthy behaviors and replace them with healthy ones. Common therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
  • Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis): Many people entering rehab programs also struggle with mental illness. Dual diagnosis programs are designed to treat both disorders at the same time.

Finding Addiction Treatment

Choosing the right rehab facility can seem overwhelming at first. To identify the best option, consider individual treatment goals and preferences. Reaching out for help can determine the best route of care, and in some cases, travel may be required to maximize the chances of success.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Drug Overdose Death Data

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Behavioral Health Barometer Arkansas 2015

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