Substance Abuse in Louisiana

Despite being geographically and demographically different from states like California and Florida, Louisiana nonetheless is ranked amongst the worst in the nation for drug abuse--along with a slew of other notorious problems. It has one of the highest murder rates in the nation and high levels of poverty and unemployment.

Amongst the rural population of Louisiana, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse is prevalent. Over 50% of those admitted for addiction treatment in the state cite alcohol as a substance they are addicted to. Like much of the South, people looking to get high in relatively rural areas tend to rely on substances that can be legally or easily procured. While illicit narcotics may be harder to come by, prescription painkillers and alcohol can be got just about anywhere, and it is in these non-urban settings that addiction is most dangerous. Rather than being concentrated in centralized, impoverished areas, alcoholism and prescription drug addiction exist in communities nationwide and are rarely properly identified. Often, even when they are recognized, there is little that is done to solve the issue because addiction treatment resources are few and far between rural settings. It may be a several hour drive just to reach the nearest Twelve Step Program. Isolation is often very detrimental when achieving sobriety and this case is no exception.

If the non-urban situation is dire, then the problems in New Orleans are a catastrophe. New Orleans is right in between two of the largest drug trafficking hubs in the nation, Houston and South Florida. It also has one of the most chronically impoverished urban communities in any Southern state. High crime rates combined with ineffective social services and public infrastructure has left many in the grip of addiction and hopelessness. Crack cocaine and heroin abuse is worse here than in most of the country, and street drug use/crimes are a common occurrence.

Unfortunately inadequate services for addiction treatment are just one of New Orleans' many shortcomings, including the unavailability of affordable housing, lagging infrastructure updates, and a dearth of employment opportunities. Treatment programs that are available to the greater public are mostly used to refer drug offenders into treatment, leaving thousands without necessary access to resources on addiction treatment. Intensive addiction treatment is often necessary to save lives in the case of chronic addictions and at this time, Louisiana is struggling to learn that many people cannot be left to fight addiction on their own or to trust law enforcement to take care of the problem. Louisiana cities with high drug abuse trends: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Metairie, Lake Charles, Slidell, Monroe, Houma, and Denham Springs.

Louisiana counties with statistically high substance abuse: Jefferson, East Baton Rouge, Orleans, Caddo, Saint Tammany, Lafayette, Calcasieu, Ouachita, Rapides, Livingston, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne.

Addiction Treatment Programs in Louisiana

A Center for Addiction Recovery offers the following addiction treatment services for Louisiana residents:

  • Intervention
  • Detox
  • Drug Addiction Treatment
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment
  • Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
  • 12 Step Program
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Cutting Addiction Treatment
  • Gambling Addiction Treatment
  • Sex Addiction Treatment

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