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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 Rehabilitation 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 Rehab Facilities can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab Facility 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 Rehab 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 Rehab Program 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 Rehab 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 Rehab Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Treatment Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehab 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 Rehab 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 Programs 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 Rehab Centers 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 Center 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 Center 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:
  • Keystone Acquisitions LLC cert to oper
    Keystone Acquisitions LLC cert to oper is a Drug Treatment Center 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
  • OBrien House
    OBrien House is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 1231 Laurel Street Baton Rouge, LA. 70802.
    OBrien House can be contacted by calling 225-344-6345.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, DUI Clients
  • Community Enrichment Program
    Community Enrichment Program is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 842 Margaret Place Shreveport, LA. 71101.
    Community Enrichment Program can be contacted by calling 318-675-0406.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Willis Knighton South Hospital
    Willis Knighton South Hospital is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 2510 Bert Kouns Street Shreveport, LA. 71118.
    Willis Knighton South Hospital can be contacted by calling 318-212-5200.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • NLHSD Natchioches
    NLHSD Natchioches is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 210 Medical Drive Natchitoches, LA. 71457.
    NLHSD Natchioches can be contacted by calling 318-357-3122.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Washington Street Hope Center Inc
    Washington Street Hope Center Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 118 South Washington Street Marksville, LA. 71351.
    Washington Street Hope Center Inc can be contacted by calling 318-253-8705.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males
  • Slidell Youth Serv Bureau of
    Slidell Youth Serv Bureau of is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 150 Cleveland Avenue Slidell, LA. 70458.
    Slidell Youth Serv Bureau of can be contacted by calling 985-643-5746.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Court Appointed Services
  • Behavioral Services of LA LLC
    Behavioral Services of LA LLC is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 555 St. Tammany Street Baton Rouge, LA. 70806.
    Behavioral Services of LA LLC can be contacted by calling 225-929-9738.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • Family Service of Greater New Orleans
    Family Service of Greater New Orleans is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 2515 Canal Street New Orleans, LA. 70119.
    Family Service of Greater New Orleans can be contacted by calling 504-822-0800.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 501 Keyser Avenue Natchitoches, LA. 71457.
    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center can be contacted by calling 318-214-4380.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • St. James Behavioral Health Hospital
    St. James Behavioral Health Hospital is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 3136 South St. Landry Drive Gonzales, LA. 70737.
    St. James Behavioral Health Hospital can be contacted by calling 225-647-7524.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Ocean Behavioral Hospital of
    Ocean Behavioral Hospital of is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 4250 5th Avenue Lake Charles, LA. 70607.
    Ocean Behavioral Hospital of can be contacted by calling 337-474-7581.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Family Care Inc
    Family Care Inc is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 3520 General Degaulle Drive New Orleans, LA. 70114.
    Family Care Inc can be contacted by calling 504-363-7449.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Beacon Behavioral Hospital Inc
    Beacon Behavioral Hospital Inc is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 2471 Louisiana Avenue Lutcher, LA. 70071.
    Beacon Behavioral Hospital Inc can be contacted by calling 225-258-6103.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Acadiana Addiction Center
    Acadiana Addiction Center is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 156 Choctaw Road Sunset, LA. 70584.
    Acadiana Addiction Center can be contacted by calling 337-233-1111.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Sober Living Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Optima Specialty Hospital LLC
    Optima Specialty Hospital LLC is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1131 Rue De Belier Street Lafayette, LA. 70506.
    Optima Specialty Hospital LLC can be contacted by calling 337-991-0571.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Louisiana Methodist Childrens Home
    Louisiana Methodist Childrens Home is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 3501 Patrick Street Lake Charles, LA. 70605.
    Louisiana Methodist Childrens Home can be contacted by calling 337-263-7119.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Hardtner Medical Center
    Hardtner Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 1102 North Pine Road Olla, LA. 71465.
    Hardtner Medical Center can be contacted by calling 318-495-3131.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Glove Inc
    Glove Inc is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 802 North Dupre Street Ville Platte, LA. 70586.
    Glove Inc can be contacted by calling 337-363-4758.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Residential Beds for Teens, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services
  • Community Care Hospital
    Community Care Hospital is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1421 General Taylor Street New Orleans, LA. 70115.
    Community Care Hospital can be contacted by calling 504-899-2500.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking