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In Louisiana and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Louisiana believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Louisiana families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Louisiana who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Treatment Facilities to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Louisiana must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Louisiana, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehabilitation Centers for illegal street drugs available in Louisiana. The differences between the Drug Rehabs can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehabilitation Program is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Treatment Facility option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Louisiana Drug Treatment Center for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Rehabilitation Center in Louisiana will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehabilitation Program. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehabilitation Program without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Treatment Facility that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehabilitation Facility in Louisiana, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehabilitation Center should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Treatment Centers for illegal street drugs in Louisiana:

  • Louisiana Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehabilitation Facilities or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Louisiana Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Treatment Programs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Louisiana Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehabilitation Facility for illegal street drugs in Louisiana. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Louisiana Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Louisiana Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Louisiana Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Treatment Program while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Louisiana Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Louisiana:
  • Cenla Chemical Dependency Council
    Cenla Chemical Dependency Council is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at Central Louisiana State Hospital Pineville, LA. 71360.
    Cenla Chemical Dependency Council can be contacted by calling 318-441-5900.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • VCPHCS V LLC/BHG New Orleans
    VCPHCS V LLC/BHG New Orleans is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1141 Whitney Avenue Gretna, LA. 70056.
    VCPHCS V LLC/BHG New Orleans can be contacted by calling 504-347-1120.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Ctr
    Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Ctr is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 8080 Margaret Ann Avenue Baton Rouge, LA. 70809.
    Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Ctr can be contacted by calling 225-765-6005.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Victory Addiction Recovery Center
    Victory Addiction Recovery Center is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 111 Liberty Avenue Lafayette, LA. 70508.
    Victory Addiction Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 337-456-9111.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Keystone Acquisitions LLC cert to oper
    Keystone Acquisitions LLC cert to oper is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 808 Pitt Road Scott, LA. 70583.
    Keystone Acquisitions LLC cert to oper can be contacted by calling 337-443-4825.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Sober Living Services, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Females, Males
  • Total Sentencing Alternatives Prog LLC
    Total Sentencing Alternatives Prog LLC is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 2714 Canal Street New Orleans, LA. 70119.
    Total Sentencing Alternatives Prog LLC can be contacted by calling 504-570-6120.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services
  • Terrebonne Behavioral Health Center
    Terrebonne Behavioral Health Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 5599 Highway 311 Houma, LA. 70360.
    Terrebonne Behavioral Health Center can be contacted by calling 985-857-3615.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • NAMI New Orleans
    NAMI New Orleans is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1538 Louisiana Avenue New Orleans, LA. 70115.
    NAMI New Orleans can be contacted by calling 504-896-2345.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab - Day Treatment Services
  • Caring Choices of Jonesville
    Caring Choices of Jonesville is a Drug Rehab that is located at 308 Nasis Street Jonesville, LA. 71343.
    Caring Choices of Jonesville can be contacted by calling 318-339-6203.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Family Plus Counseling/Louisiana
    Family Plus Counseling/Louisiana is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 3101 Armand Street Monroe, LA. 71202.
    Family Plus Counseling/Louisiana can be contacted by calling 318-323-2030.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana
    Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 3231 Chitimacha Trail Charenton, LA. 70523.
    Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana can be contacted by calling 337-923-7000.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services
  • Choices of Louisiana Inc
    Choices of Louisiana Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 128 Woodland Drive La Place, LA. 70068.
    Choices of Louisiana Inc can be contacted by calling 985-651-3777.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers
  • Rehab of SW LA LLC
    Rehab of SW LA LLC is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 751 Bayou Pines East Lake Charles, LA. 70601.
    Rehab of SW LA LLC can be contacted by calling 337-433-3292.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Center for Behavioral Health
    Center for Behavioral Health is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 1303 Line Avenue Shreveport, LA. 71101.
    Center for Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 318-425-3400.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking
  • St. Charles Community Health Center
    St. Charles Community Health Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 853 Milling Avenue Luling, LA. 70070.
    St. Charles Community Health Center can be contacted by calling 985-331-0046.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services
  • Savoy Medical Center
    Savoy Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 1610 7th Street Mamou, LA. 70554.
    Savoy Medical Center can be contacted by calling 337-468-0110.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Teche Regional Medical Center
    Teche Regional Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 1125 Marguerite Street Morgan City, LA. 70380.
    Teche Regional Medical Center can be contacted by calling 985-380-4515.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Pecan Haven Adolescent Add Center
    Pecan Haven Adolescent Add Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 2321 Highway 80 East Monroe, LA. 71203.
    Pecan Haven Adolescent Add Center can be contacted by calling 318-600-3333.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Inpatient Hospital Services, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Residential Beds for Teens, Court Appointed Services
  • Methodist Childrens Home of
    Methodist Childrens Home of is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 23515 Highway 190 Mandeville, LA. 70448.
    Methodist Childrens Home of can be contacted by calling 985-626-6649.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Spanish Speaking
  • STC Addiction Wellness Center
    STC Addiction Wellness Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 235 Cora Drive Baton Rouge, LA. 70815.
    STC Addiction Wellness Center can be contacted by calling 225-490-0999.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Males