Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Mississippi
Approximately 350,000 Mississippians – 11.68% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 108,000 – 3.62% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. As a consequence, 5.04% of all deaths in Mississippi between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol; however, this percentage is far below the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Among the three most populous cities in Mississippi, Gulfport had the highest rate of drug- and alcohol-related deaths during that time period at 6.55%, while Jackson had the lowest rate at 3.56%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Mississippi who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction to find 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 Mississippi.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Mississippi, 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.
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Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Mississippi
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 74 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Mississippi. Of those 74 centers, Communicare Marshall County Office in Holly Springs received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Communicare Marshall County Office, located in Holly Springs, received an overall score of 8.3 points out of 10 possible points, earning the top spot in our rankings. The center provides outpatient substance abuse services to residents of northern Mississippi, including accepting patients on opioid medication. It received a perfect score in three of five categories, including Rehabilitation Services Provided, Treatment Approaches, and Cost. The center offers a wealth of treatment approaches, such as rational emotive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, community reinforcement plus vouchers, 12-step facilitation and Matrix Model approaches, and many more. Its wide variety of payment options include Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, federal funding for substance abuse treatment, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment, as well as a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. The center scored lowest in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics, as it is limited to serving adolescents in terms of unique populations.
With a score of 7.9 points out of 10 points, Communicare Tate County Office in Senatobia is the second-highest center in our rankings. The center received a perfect score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided for the outpatient substance abuse services it provides to residents of northern Mississippi, including accepting patients on opioid medication. One of the center’s biggest strengths is in the category of Cost, receiving the highest possible score due to its multiple options for payment, accepting Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, federal funding for substance abuse treatment, private health insurance, and self-payment. It also offers payment assistance in the form of a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. The center’s biggest weakness is its limited programs for special populations as – in addition to adults – it caters only to adolescents and transitional age young adults.
Located in Water Valley, Communicare Yalobusha County Office received an overall score of 7.5 out of 10 points and provides substance abuse treatment on an outpatient basis – including accepting patients on opioid medication – for residents of northern Mississippi, earning it a perfect score for its rehabilitation services. The facility also received a perfect score in the category of Ancillary Services for the multitude of complementary services that it offers to clients, such as mental health assessments, community outreach, individual/group/marital/family counseling, HIV/AIDS education and support, and more. Finally, the center’s variety of payment options also earned it the highest possible score in the category of Cost, as it accepts Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, federal funding for substance abuse treatment, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. The center received zero points for its lack of special programs aimed at unique populations. However, it does offer services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 10
Treatment Approaches: 6
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 0
Ancillary Services: 10
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Mississippi
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Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Mississippi
Start by contacting your referral center
In Mississippi, the first step is to contact the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to find information on substance abuse services across the state, which are a combination of Mississippi’s regional Community Mental Health Centers, state-operated treatment centers, and non-profit community programs. To learn about the types of substance abuse services in your region, visit the DMH website, including this Addictive Services Resource Directory.
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, contact the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Mississippi 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.
Mississippi ranks among the bottom 10 states for veterans engaging in binge drinking
According to the CDC, Mississippi ranked among the bottom 10 states in 2017 for veterans who engaged in binge drinking, with a reported 10.2% 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 Mississippi 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, including access to a Crisis Hotline, via the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board.
Treatment is available for veterans in Mississippi who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 20 substance abuse treatment facilities in Mississippi – representing 22.5% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents
Adolescents in Mississippi use marijuana and alcohol at rates lower than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2017-2018
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2017-2018
Between 2017 and 2018, 5% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Mississippi reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, below the national average of 6.6%. In terms of alcohol use, 8.7% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Mississippi had taken part in the behavior in the past month, less than the national average of 9.4%. Additionally, 2.8% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Mississippi in 2017 were aged 12-17. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) funds 15 Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) across the state. Each resource center works with youth and adults in a particular region to treat and prevent substance abuse and addiction, and each center offers unique resources for families in the region. To find the CMHC near you, explore the DMH Addictive Services Resource Directory. You can also learn about health services for adolescents on the DMH website, including information and resources regarding youth tobacco use in Mississippi.
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 Mississippi:
Mississippi Department of Mental Health: The DMH website has a section dedicated to assisting residents with mental health concerns and special sections devoted to mental health programs for children and youth and veterans.
Open Up Mississippi: This website offers mental health resources for youth and focuses on breaking free of the stigma of mental health disorder diagnoses.
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 challenge 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 Mississippi
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.
Area 37 District 22 Answering Serivce
Cleveland 24 Hour Answering Service
Delta Area NA
Delta Area (Clarkdale, Greenwood, Indianola)
DeSoto Co. Mississippi Hotline
Gulf Coast Area NA
Gulf Coast Area
I-59 Area NA
I-59 Area (Hattiesburg)
Mid Mississippi Intergroup Central Office
(601) 982-0081;(888) 771-1633
Mid-Mississippi Area NA
Mid-Mississippi Area (Jackson)
North Central Mississippi 24-Hr Hotline
Northeast Mississippi Area NA
Northeast Mississippi Area (Corinth, Tupelo)
South Mississippi Intergroup
Tupelo Central Office
Vicksburg Answering Service
Sober Living Homes
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 Mississippi between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Mississippi population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Mississippi compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over 400,000 Mississippians suffer from mental illness every 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 Mississippi adults had a serious mental illness
of Mississippi adults had a major depressive episode
From 2017-2018, 5.4% of Mississippi adults aged 18 and over were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.6% nationally. Among Mississippi residents, 7.8% of adults suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national rate of 7.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Mississippi.
Mental Health Issues in Mississippi by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Mississippi are similar to 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, Mississippi witnessed a 17.8% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Mississippi ranked 31st in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Mississippi and the United States, 2017
Mississippi has a significantly 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 119.6 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 92.9 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a slightly lower decrease of 22.32%.
Mississippi and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Mississippi is less than a third of 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 Mississippi residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Mississippi had approximately 1,352 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 5 of every 10,000 Mississippi residents and less than a third of the national average. This number reveals a 39.26% decrease since 2014 when 2,226 homeless persons lived in Mississippi.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Mississippi by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the three most populous cities.
The drug- and alcohol-induced death rate in Jackson is lower than the state average
of Jackson deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Mississippi deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Jackson, located in Hinds County, had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 3.56% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage was more than a full percentage point lower than the state average of 5.04% during the same time period. Jackson had the lowest death rate among the three most populous cities in Mississippi.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Hinds County, 2008-2017
Gulfport’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is higher than the state average
of Gulfport deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Mississippi deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Gulfport is located in Harrison County, which had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 6.55% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage was over a full percentage point higher than the state average of 5.04% during the same time period. Among the three most populous cities in Mississippi, Gulfport had the highest death rate.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Harrison County, 2008-2017
Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Southaven align with the average rate for Mississippi
of Southaven deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Mississippi deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
DeSoto County, in which Southaven is located, experienced 653 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 5.11% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time period. This percentage aligned with the state average of 5.04% over the same time frame. Of the three most populous cities in the state, Southaven ranked in the middle for these types of deaths.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in DeSoto County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Mississippi 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.