Drug Rehabs in Springfield, MO

Springfield is currently dealing with high rates of opioid misuse and alcoholism. Fortunately, the people of Springfield are making progress in the fight against substance abuse, and there are options for recovery support in Springfield and throughout Missouri.

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    The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic in Springfield, Missouri

    Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. Springfield has a population of about 160,000 people, many of whom are living with the harsh realities of addiction to prescription opioids and other drugs. From 2001 to 2016, the rate of deaths caused by drugs in Missouri rose by 243%, and most people in Missouri who lose their lives to drugs suffer a fatal overdose on opioids. Opioid addiction usually begins with addiction to prescription painkillers and often escalates into addiction to heroin. In 2015, doctors and pharmacists in Missouri issued 5.2 million painkiller prescriptions while the ratio of opioids prescribed per capita in Greene County was 70% more than the national average. Consequently, an overdose on at least one opioid, whether legally prescribed or illicitly manufactured, killed 672 Missourians in 2015, 914 in 2016, and at least 900 in 2017. In Springfield and Greene County, 205 people died from an opioid overdose over the course of 2013 to 2017.

    A greater portion of fatal overdoses in Missouri involve non-heroin opioids such as fentanyl than involve heroin. However, heroin is still a major problem for Springfield. In recent years, police in Springfield have been arresting heroin traffickers and confiscating increasingly large supplies of heroin throughout the city. In 2016, Springfield police confiscated more than 4,000 grams of heroin, and in 2018, federal prosecutors indicted over nine Springfield residents for conspiring to distribute heroin. The trafficking of heroin into Springfield from larger cities in Missouri and from other states has increased because the city is located along Interstate 44.

    Meth Production and Trafficking in Springfield

    Methamphetamine is another illegal and dangerous drug which is wreaking havoc in Springfield. Missouri was once widely considered to be the center of meth production in the United States. In the past few years, the prevalence of meth labs in Missouri has decreased. While police closed 96 meth labs in Greene County in 2012, the police discovered only two meth labs in Greene County in 2017. However, meth trafficking into Greene County has risen even as meth production has declined. Traffickers are importing meth from other states and from Mexico into Springfield and Greene County. For example, Springfield police arrested a dozen people in 2018 who were trafficking meth from Arizona, Texas and California.

    The Fight against Substance Abuse in Springfield

    The City of Springfield has taken several important steps to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction. While Springfield police continue to arrest drug traffickers, police and paramedics in Springfield are carrying the medication naloxone (also known as Narcan) to help the victims of the drug abuse. Narcan reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and can save lives. Paramedics in Springfield use Narcan approximately 40 times in an average month. Springfield and Greene County are joining lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and they are creating task forces to study the problem of substance abuse in their communities and recommend solutions. Community organizations and law enforcement in Springfield have also organized medication take-back days when residents can responsibly and anonymously discard addictive drugs. There is also a drug treatment court in Greene County which has helped many residents overcome addiction and begin to live on the right side of the law.

    Get Help Today

    Addiction is difficult to conquer once it has begun, but recovery is possible. There are recovery centers and support groups available to anyone in Springfield who wants to take the first step to living life without drugs. Contact a dedicated treatment provider today if you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse.

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      Government Programs

      Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

      NameLocationPhone
      Southwest Missouri AreaPO Box 3902
      Springfield, MO 65801
      855-866-7392
      Down Home Ozark Mountain Area402 W Mount Vernon -156
      Nixa, MO 65714
      800-668-1517

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      Counseling Services

      Drury University

      For feeling better about themselves and other people, college student prefer to go to Counseling Services office. The counselors are educated to help people with personal development, focus of self and environment, and developing the abilities college students need to deal with troubled circumstances.

      900 North Benton Avenue
      Springfield, MO 65802, USA

      Alcohol and Other Drug Services

      Missouri State University-Springfield

      Missouri State University provides private alcohol and drug related exams and services at the Counseling Center to college students who are presently enrolled. The Counseling Center offers a wide array of alcohol and other drug services to currently enrolled students. These services vary from information and referral services to tests, counseling, and educational programs. Evaluations require one session and may require a consecutive follow-up consultation with a clinician specializing in case of substance abuse counseling. The evaluation will contain an interview and uniform evaluation gear. Students will also be seen for short substance abuse counseling or recommended somewhere else, as suitable.

      901 South National
      Springfield, Missouri 65897

      Center for Addictions

      Cox College

      All Center for Addictions offers patients to speak with a licensed psychologist so that they benefit from a psychological assessment. This assessment can help both you and our counsellors to understand your emotions and how does it affect your addictions. The assessment results are processed with your counselor, partnering with the primary treatment program and also discussed with the psychologist which helps in your faster recovery.

      1423 N. Jefferson Ave
      Springfield, MO 65802

      Counseling Center

      Central Bible College

      The Evangel University Counseling Center offers free counseling services to all enrolled, undergraduate students who have paid the applicable fee. We provide confidential counseling on matters such as relationship difficulties, depression, family situations, stress management, addictions, anger issues, eating and nutritional issues, anxiety and sleep disorders. The Counseling Center is located in the Wellness Center and is staffed by licensed and certified Christian counselors.

      1111 N. Glenstone
      Springfield, MO 65802

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