Drug Abuse and Addiction in Mississippi
The Magnolia State is home to nearly three million people who share a common bond of faith and family. From the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the rolling hills of the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi is truly an outdoors-man’s paradise. However, there are also plenty of excellent options for first-class shopping, outstanding dining, and other indoor pursuits in larger cities throughout the state, such as Jackson, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg.
Sadly, there is also a growing problem with drugs and alcohol in this otherwise peaceful state — prescription drug abuse — a problem that’s growing at an alarming rate. It’s so much of a problem that Mississippi was one of the top ten states in the country for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers within the past year. Aside from the growing prescription drug problem, marijuana is the most common drug for which people seek treatment in Mississippi.
The good news is that Mississippi does rank among the 10 states with the lowest past month alcohol use and past month binge alcohol use for all ages. It’s also among the ten lowest for past month illicit drug use and marijuana use, past year cocaine and nonmedical use of pain relievers, and past year marijuana use for ages 18-25.
For those who do need help for addiction in Mississippi, there are plenty of choices available. DrugRehab.org can help you sort through the many options available to you to help you find the most effective solution for your particular addiction and treatment needs.
Mississippi Drug Abuse Statistics
As much as Mississippians hate to admit it, drugs are coming into the state from all directions. From the Gulf of Mexico to the south, the Mississippi river to the West, and countless Interstates and highways throughout the state, drugs keep rolling in. As a result, 345 people, or 11.7 out of every 100,000 people, died from drug use in Mississippi in 2009, according to the Mississippi Drug Control Update. While that’s lower than the national average of 12.8 per 100,000 people, it’s still 345 too many.
The DEA has identified parts of Mississippi as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. The federal government makes additional funds available in these areas in an effort to curtail high drug trafficking activity. Mississippi HIDTA communities include Gulfport and Pascagoula (on the Mississippi Gulf Coast), Jackson, and Oxford.
Mississippi is ranked 31st in the nation for violent crimes, according to a 2006 U.S. Census Bureau Report on Violent Crimes.
Substance Abuse Treatment in Mississippi
Some people really struggle far too long with addiction in Mississippi before seeking the help they need. Catholic based programs are easy to find, however. Despite the misconception people have about these programs, they are not there to judge or condemn, but to offer compassionate care and a supportive environment in which to heal and recover from the mental, physical, and emotional damages addiction has caused in your life. It is a faith-based environment, but one that encourages you to turn to prayer and scriptures for healing rather than relying on medicine and the counsel of men alone.
Mississippi, in addition to providing far too easy access to drugs by nature of its location, is also home to several land and water-based casinos. For people who struggle with addictive natures, this can also lead to two addictions or more. Dual diagnosis drug rehab centers are enormously helpful at times like these. Not only do they offer help dealing with compulsions to gamble, take drugs, overeat, starve yourself, etc., but they also offer real help in identifying situations and circumstances that trigger these desires.
Finding A Drug Rehab Facility in Mississippi
DrugRehab.org is a referral service that has a list of the best facilities for drug rehab treatment in Mississippi. We can connect you with top resources that offer care and treatment specific to your needs. We can help you decide if residential or outpatient services will serve you (and your family situation best), and even help you sort through the financial details of getting treatment too. Call us today, and let us help you start getting the treatment you need to live a life that’s truly drug free. You’ll find our phone number above.
Mississippi Drug and Alcohol Rehabs
- Aberdeen (1)
Bay Saint Louis (3)
De Kalb (1)
Holly Springs (3)
Keesler afb (1)
Olive Branch (1)
Port Gibson (2)
Rolling Fork (2)
Water Valley (2)
West Point (2)