Addiction Treatment Louisiana

Addiction Treatment Louisiana

Addiction Treatment Louisiana – Drug rehab is sorely needed by the people of Louisiana, with its reputation as a drug-trafficking hub, a significant number of untreated cocaine and methamphetamine addicts, and widespread drug abuse among high school and college students. If you’re ready to make a positive change through drug rehab, call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.

New Orleans is a busy port for all kinds of cargo, including illicit drugs.

Finding drugs to buy in Louisiana is hardly ever a challenge, and New Orleans’ status as one of the country’s busiest ports is a key reason why. Each year, up to 100,000 barges move in and out of the New Orleans port, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — making New Orleans the second-largest U.S. port in terms of exports.

Further adding to the city’s problem, New Orleans connects to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway — 3,000 miles of canals extending along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts. The canals lead westward and provide easy, direct access to both Texas and the Mexican border.

New Orleans is also a major transportation hub for train and automobile traffic. When it comes to the Port of New Orleans, port officials are planning to increase the capacity of the port to accommodate even more cargo. This is good news for legitimate, legal shipping businesses, but it also means that law enforcement will continue to have its hands full trying to keep drugs out of New Orleans. With so many packages coming in, it’s next to impossible to catch every drug shipment.

If drugs have such an easy route into Louisiana, their abuse can be reduced in the state through drug rehab. With substance abuse help, Louisianans are learning, one day at a time, to say no. With no buyers left, drug dealers go out of business.

Cocaine addiction is a problem all over Louisiana, but drug rehab can help.

Cocaine addiction and crack addiction are together considered the “predominant drug threat” in the state by the DEA. Powder cocaine and crack cocaine destroy the addict’s life, and are also associated with violent street crime. According to the National Institute of Justice, nearly half the males who were arrested  in New Orleans in 2003 tested positive for cocaine. As cocaine-fueled crime makes the streets of New Orleans more dangerous, many addicts are fighting for their lives in the city’s hospital emergency rooms. In 2002, cocaine was involved in 1,674 New Orleans emergency room visits, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Cocaine addiction is ravaging many families in rural areas, too. According to SAMSA, cocaine addiction accounted for nearly 27% of all Louisiana drug rehab admissions in 2002 — more than any other illicit drug. Cocaine is an extremely difficult drug to quit, as addicts experience unpleasant cocaine detox symptoms such as fatigue, depression, intense cravings, mood swings and paranoia.

With the help of drug rehab, cocaine users are successfully getting and staying clean. Detox is much easier in a medical detox facility, andin detox across our facilities, clients are given medications that reduce and even eliminate withdrawal symptoms. If you’re struggling with cocaine or any other illicit drug, such as heroin addiction or prescription drug addiction, call American Addiction Centers now at 877-640-1943.

Many Louisiana methamphetamine addicts can benefit from drug rehab.

Meth addiction is so popular in The Bayou State that in some parts, it’s replaced crack addiction as the primary drug threat, according to the DEA. Users are drawn to meth because it is easy to find, relatively cheap and its “high” lasts longer than the effects of some other drugs.

The serious long-term side effects of meth addiction include:

  1. Hallucinations
  2. Paranoia
  3. Delusions of parasites or insects crawling under the skin (this leads the user to obsessively scratch themselves)
  4. Severe tooth decay (a condition known as “meth mouth”)
  5. Full-blown toxic psychosis, stroke, or even death.

Clandestine meth labs are frequently located in isolated rural areas, but meth abuse can be found anywhere in the state. Addicts take meth produced at local meth labs, but many others are using Mexican-produced meth that’s smuggled into Louisiana through drug-trafficking organizations.

Nearly 1,000 Louisiana residents entered drug addiction treatment for methamphetamine or amphetamine abuse in 2007, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sadly, many meth addicts who need drug rehab aren’t receiving it. Meth is a difficult drug to quit cold turkey due to its brutal detox side effects, but with the highly-trained help available through our drug rehabs, you or your loved one can quit for good.

Drug addiction and alcohol abuse are affecting many Louisiana youth.

Adolescence can be a stressful period, and that stress can lead young adults to experiment with drug abuse and alcohol abuse. A troubling number of young adults in Louisiana are falling victim to addiction:

  1. Nearly 80% of students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe have consumed alcohol in the past year, and 64% have drank within the past 30 days, according to the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey. More than a third of students at these schools said they had been binge drinking within the past two weeks.
  2. Roughly a quarter of the college students surveyed have smoked pot within the past year.
  3. Among Louisiana 12th graders, more than a quarter have smoked pot at least once, about 10% have abused prescription drugs at least once, and more than 3% have tried either cocaine or hallucinogens such as LSD.

With teen drug rehab, you or your teenaged child can find sobriety before it’s too late. Alcoholism and drug addiction cause immeasurable pain — and there’s no good reason to endure 30 years of that pain before seeking substance abuse treatment.  Facilities in the American Addiction Centers network include those that specialize in the treatment of teens. To find out about the right treatment center for you, call 877-640-1943.

Additional resources:

NDIC – Cocaine Louisiana Drug Threat Assessment 

Whitehouse.gov – Louisiana drug control updates

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