Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Arkansas
Approximately 400,000 residents of Arkansas – 13.13% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 133,000 residents – 4.41% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. Consequently, 12.78% of all deaths in Arkansas between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, which is nearly identical to the national average of 12.71% for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths during the same time period. Among three of the most populous counties in Arkansas, Garland County had the highest rate of deaths due to drugs and alcohol during those years at 16.67%, while Jefferson County had the lowest percentage at 10.6%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Arkansas who are struggling with substance abuse addiction to find the affordable treatment that will put them on the path to recovery. It is also intended to inform the general public about the dangers of substance abuse in Arkansas.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Arkansas, you can use our directory to locate low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabilitation centers qualify as the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
Table of Contents
I. Getting Help
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Arkansas
If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 127 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Arkansas. Of those 127 centers, Promises at Quapaw House, Inc. in Hot Springs received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Promises at Quapaw House, Inc. is located in Hot Springs National Park and received the highest overall score of 7.4 points out of 10 possible points in our rankings for its residential and outpatient rehabilitation services for adults. The center provides a variety of treatment approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation, and relapse prevention, among many others. Promises received the highest possible score for the rehabilitation services it provides, as it both prescribes and administers buprenorphine and uses buprenorphine and naltrexone in its detoxification services. It also achieved a perfect score in the Ancillary Services category because of extensive options, which include housing and transportation assistance, domestic violence services, individual and group therapy, and many more. However, the facility scored low in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics as it is limited to serving adults and patients with co-occurring mental health disorders. Additionally, the center has limited payment assistance programs, but it does offer clients a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
Located in North Little Rock, Arkansas Community Correction 6th Judicial District Drug Court received an overall score of 6.7 points out of 10 points. The center offers outpatient treatment, case management, and both mental health and social services to adults and young adults. Clients on medication for opioids and alcohol use disorder are accepted, but detoxification is not part of its rehabilitation services, resulting in a lower score for this category. Furthermore, the facility’s biggest weakness is that it lacks a variety of programs for unique populations since it focuses on only working with clients from the court system. However, it does offer a wealth of treatment approaches, such as anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy, community reinforcement plus vouchers, and relapse prevention, resulting in a perfect score in that category. Additionally, the Drug Court does not accept payment, which also earned it the highest possible score in the Cost category.
With a score of 6.3 out of 10 points, Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center, Inc. ranked the third highest in our rankings for its outpatient services catering to adults, young adults, and adolescents. Rehabilitation services include detoxification, although it does not use medication for opioid addiction, resulting in a mid-range six points in that category. The center received a near-perfect score for its treatment approaches which, among others, includes cognitive behavioral therapy, the Matrix Model approach, community reinforcement plus vouchers, and relapse prevention. The facility also offers an extensive list of ancillary services such as mental health screenings, individual/marital/group/family counseling, social services assistance, and community outreach, to name just a few. Payment assistance options are limited, but the center offers clients a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. Its biggest weakness is that it lacks a variety of special programs for unique populations, as it is limited to serving adults, adolescents, and patients with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 6
Treatment Approaches: 9.13
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 2.86
Ancillary Services: 9.38
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Arkansas
620 South Laurel Street Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Main Tel: 870-534-4900
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Arkansas
Start by contacting your referral center
In Arkansas, the first step is to contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging, Adult & Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) to obtain resources on substance use treatment in your area. For additional information on services that are available to you and to locate a service provider, visit the DAABHS website.
The purpose of a referral center is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The referral center is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the Arkansas Medicaid information page.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Arkansas recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.
Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.
Arkansas ranks among the bottom 10 states for veterans engaging in binge drinking
According to the CDC, Arkansas ranked among the bottom 10 states in 2017 for veterans who engaged in binge drinking, with a reported 10.6% of veterans in the state taking part in the dangerous behavior that is often linked to PTSD. This percentage is among the lowest for all 50 states; Hawaii reported the greatest percentage of veterans engaging in binge drinking at 21.5%, while Utah was at the bottom of the rankings at 9.1%.
Bottom 10 States by Percentage of Veterans Who Binge Drink, 2017
Veterans in Arkansas can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System website.
Treatment is available for veterans in Arkansas who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 17 substance abuse treatment facilities in Arkansas – representing 14.4% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Arkansas use marijuana and alcohol at rates lower than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017
Between 2014 and 2017, 6% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Arkansas reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, slightly below the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 9.5% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Arkansas had taken part in the behavior in the past month, again slightly less than the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 8% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Arkansas in 2017 were aged 12-17. To address the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging, Adult & Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) funds 13 Prevention Resource Centers across the state. Each resource center is unique and works with youth and adults in a particular region to prevent substance abuse. To find the Prevention Resource Center near you, take a look at the DAABHS listing. You can also learn about substance abuse treatment programs and services on the Arkansas Department of Human Services website.
Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.
Mental Health Resources & Treatment
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.
Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.
Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.
Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Arkansas:
Arkansas Department of Human Services: The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services website has informative sections on how to locate mental health services and also provides a listing of mental health agencies and providers.
National Alliance of Mental Health: NAMI has dedicated sections for unique groups such as veterans and youth, and the NAMI Arkansas site offers local resources as well as support options.
Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenges posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Arkansas
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.
Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you
The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.
Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.
Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Arkansas between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Arkansas population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Arkansas, 2016-2017
* ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.
* ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.
of Arkansas deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Arkansas between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Arkansas compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Arkansas, 2008-2017
When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Arkansas, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Almost half a million Arkansans suffer from mental illness each year
As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.
of Arkansas adults had a serious mental illness
of Arkansas adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 6% of Arkansas adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Arkansas adolescents, 13.3% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Arkansas.
Mental Health Issues in Arkansas by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Arkansas are much higher than the national average
The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.
Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Arkansas witnessed a 36.8% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Arkansas ranked 9th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Arkansas and the United States, 2017
Arkansas has an alarmingly higher opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate
Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.
opioid prescriptions per 100 Arkansas residents, 2017
opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017
After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Arkansas was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that period, from 120.9 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 105.4 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a significantly smaller decrease of 12.82%.
Arkansas and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Arkansas is slightly over half the national average
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.
The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.
of every 10,000 Arkansas residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Arkansas had approximately 2,712 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 9 of every 10,000 Arkansas residents and just slightly over half the national average. This number reveals a 7.63% decrease since 2014 when 2,936 homeless persons lived in Arkansas.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Arkansas by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in three counties with varied populations in the state. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each county are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Pulaski County, in which the most populous city in Arkansas – Little Rock – is located, are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Pulaski County
The drug and alcohol-related death rate in Pulaski County aligns with the state average
of Pulaski County deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Arkansas deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The number of deaths due to drugs and alcohol for Pulaski County was 5,111 between 2008 and 2017. This death toll represented 12.69% of the total number of deaths among all ages during that same period in the county and was almost identical to the state average of 12.78% in the same time frame. Compared to Garland County and Jefferson County, Pulaski County fell in the middle for these types of deaths.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Pulaski County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Garland County – in which the resort city of Hot Springs is located – and neighboring Yell and Perry Counties are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Garland County-Perry County-Yell County
Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Garland County are far higher than the average rate across Arkansas
of Garland County deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Arkansas deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Garland County experienced 2,704 deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 16.67% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time period. This death rate is nearly four percentage points higher than the average of 12.78% across all of Arkansas during that same time frame. Garland County reported the highest percentage of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in comparison to Pulaski County and Jefferson County.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Garland County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Jefferson County – in which the city of Pine Bluff is located – and neighboring Arkansas County are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Jefferson County-Arkansas County
The death rate resulting from drugs and alcohol in Jefferson County is lower than in Arkansas
of Jefferson County deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Arkansas deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Jefferson County reported 998 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, which equates to 10.6% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time frame. This death rate was over two percentage points lower than the state rate of 12.78% over the same period. Furthermore, compared to Pulaski County and Garland County, Jefferson County had the lowest rate of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Jefferson County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Arkansas for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.