Arkansas Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts

Introduction to Arkansas Rehab Centers

Substance abuse problems can throw lives completely out of balance, with fallout that can include lost jobs and relationships, legal problems or even death. Here in the state of Arkansas, around 400 people die every year from opiate overdoses. Arkansas is among the top ten states for methamphetamine arrests.

Professional treatment can help. Going through a drug treatment program that fits the needs of the person being cared for can help them identify abuse triggers, find new coping mechanisms and rebuild a healthy and happy life.

Recovery Center Type & Length of Care

Drug treatment facilities offer a number of programs tailored to the patient and their needs. These can include any of the following:

Long Term Addiction Treatment Programs (90-Day)

A long term residential program can help people go through all stages of treatment in a safe and supporting setting.

Short Term Addiction Treatment Programs (28/30-Day)

Short term treatment programs allow individuals to seek treatment at a lower cost and with less disruption to their lives. This can be a good option for many people who feel that a short period of personalized care will suit their needs better than a longer stay at residential rehabilitation facilities.

Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab Centers

In inpatient programs, you will live at the facility for the duration of your treatment. There is typically a period of time at the beginning of treatment dedicated to detoxification. During the first part of your stay, you will most likely be restricted from having visitors, talking on the phone or using social media. These treatment centers are typically more intensive. Time at the facility removes all temptations and distractions that can get in the way of recovery. The most successful drug & alcohol rehab programs are believed to be inpatient drug centers as they provide the most intensive, and socially-removed treatment.

With outpatient treatment, you visit each day or each week for counseling sessions, receive medical advice, and attend classes / group therapy, among other parts of your treatment. The advantages of outpatient programs tend to include lower cost, less disruption and the ability to continue working or caring for your family. Intensive outpatient is more of a hybrid model, also known as a partial hospitalization program (PHP), which typically runs 3-5 days each week, and 4-6 hours each day.

Residential Treatment Services

Residential treatment usually comes in stages, each designed to help the individual move toward lasting sobriety, and to permanently cure their substance use disorder.


Detox is a medically-supervised phase during which the individual’s body metabolizes and removes drugs and alcohol. This phase may include physical withdrawal. The patient is kept comfortable. When appropriate, medications may be used to ease withdrawal symptoms during the detox phase.

Sober-living house

A sober living house can be a short or long term solution for someone struggling with substance abuse and dependency. Sober-living facilities use a combination of supervision and continued treatment to help those with drug dependency and abuse issues to reintegrate into society. While not as regulated as an inpatient/outpatient substance abuse treatment program, sober living homes are a step above living in an ordinary, unstructured living environment, and decrease recidivism rates according to two studies, suggesting their effectiveness as an aftercare option. They often require attendance at a 12-step program as well.

Dual diagnosis

Drug or alcohol dependency and abuse rarely occur alone, which is why they are often considering co-occurring disorders. In many cases, mental health issues lead individuals to self medicate with recreational drugs. By addressing mental health, the facility can work to resolve the underlying issues that contribute to substance abuse problems. Behavioral health is not limited to dual diagnosis treatment, but it does have a stronger component.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs

Stimulants that include methamphetamine are among the most commonly reported drugs that people seek treatment for in Arkansas. In this state, as in others, a prescription drug abuse epidemic (prescription opioids) has been gaining speed. Individuals who abuse opiates may choose street drugs like heroin or abuse prescription drugs that include hydrocodone and oxycodone.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ) reported on estimates for numerous measures of mental health / substance use using the 2009 and 2010 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs), and it shows that 337,000 people used or abused an illicit drug or alcohol in the past year, 30,000 of which were teen/children ages 12-18. According to, the United States national average of drug abuse is 9% (in the last month), while Arkansas falls just below average at 8%.

Locations with treatment facilities may include Little Rock, North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Texarkana, and Fayetteville.


If you or someone you love struggles with substance abuse, drug addiction, or alcohol addiction, finding the right treatment process with an individualized treatment plan can help. Choosing the right drug rehab center for you is vital; often, one that is far from home can be a better choice because it removes the influence of local individuals and surroundings.

Payment options may include self-pay, private insurance, business or company insurance, military insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and sometimes are priced on a sliding scale, depending on needs.

The sooner you or your loved one starts treatment, the sooner you can regain health and open yourself to all of the opportunities sobriety can provide.