Lafayette, Louisiana Drug Abuse Rehab
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Lafayette, Louisiana, has a population of 110,257 with an average household size of 2.43 and is located in Lafayette County on the Vermilion River. The city was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 and was later renamed for General Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with the American Army during the American Revolutionary War.
Up until the 1940s the economy was mostly based on agriculture until petroleum and natural gas moved in. Tourist are attracted to the surrounding Cajun and Creole cultures which offer some of the best cuisine and the highest number of restaurants per capita of any U.S. city.
The city has a multitude of historic landmarks and attractions, amazing plantations, museums, art galleries, restaurants, annual festivals. It also has an ongoing drug problem.
In the city of Lafayette, there is an increased need for effective drug and alcohol rehab and addiction treatment centers as drug and alcohol use continues to escalate. Drug use erodes the quality of life not only for the user, but for their families and communities. Marriages and families are torn apart by mistrust, betrayal, fear and anger. Careers are ruined; companies lose millions of dollars in lost production time; cities and suburbs become degraded by the increased crime and violence that goes with drug trafficking and drug addiction. To do nothing for the addict, should not be an option. Something can be done. Help is available.
Lafayette, Louisiana Drug Information
The DEA (The US Drug Enforcement Administration) reports that marijuana continues to be the most commonly abused drug in Louisiana and reports indicate that it is the gateway drug for teens and young adults to experiment with other illicit drugs. High-grade marijuana is available due to modern indoor cultivation techniques. Locally grown marijuana is usually intended for local consumption; however, the cheaper Mexico-produced product has made local production less profitable.
Cocaine—primarily crack—is the predominant drug threat in Louisiana. The threat is derived from the high rate of addiction and violence associated with the drug. Cocaine is widely available and frequently distributed across the state. Cocaine abuse is reported in the metropolitan cities and rural areas. The abuse and distribution of cocaine is associated with many incidents involving violent crimes. Most of the powdered cocaine transported into Louisiana is converted into crack cocaine.
Heroin is considered a low drug threat in most of Louisiana, except in New Orleans, primarily due to availability and cost. Heroin abuse in Louisiana, especially New Orleans, is historically cyclical.
Methamphetamine continues to be a major drug threat in Louisiana. Law enforcement reports indicate that, in some areas, methamphetamine is replacing crack cocaine as the primary drug threat due to its availability, low cost and long lasting effects. Methamphetamine production and distribution generates violent crimes and hazardous conditions.
Though most drugs are either declining or holding steady in their abuse or distribution, “club drug” abuse and distribution among teenagers and young adults is on the rise in Louisiana. Police and treatment counselors throughout the state report an increase in the availability and abuse of MDMA (ecstasy), Ketamine, Rohypnol, LSD, and GHB. GHB and MDMA are the drugs of choice and the users are young Caucasians at all economic levels.
The abuse of pharmaceutical drugs continues to rise at an alarming rate. Law enforcement officials report OxyContin, hydrocodone and Xanax abuse continues to be a viable threat. Pharmaceutical drugs are diverted as a means of distribution into the illicit market. Abusers and distributors acquire pharmaceutical drugs via prescription forgeries and/or “doctor shopping” in the diversion process. Some of the diverted pharmaceutical drugs are brought into Louisiana from Mexico and southwestern border cities usually by Caucasian local independent distributors. Many abusers utilize the Internet to obtain prescription drugs from sources throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. Methadone overdoses have risen significantly in the past few years. Pain management clinics have opened in every major city in the state and pose an enormous threat to the communities. However, after a major seizure in late 2005, the threat in the New Orleans area has reduced. The pain management clinics that are illegally prescribing narcotics to addicts are considered a “pill mill.” Louisiana has instituted new laws for opening pain management clinics in an effort to curtail the threat in the communities.
Contact us today for more information about Lafayette, Louisiana, drug abuse rehab.
The number of workable drug abuse solutions in Lafayette, Louisiana, are unfortunately very limited, as most programs aren’t long-term residential and aren’t results-based. This is why so many people in Lafayette looking for a successful drug rehab program are turning to the Riverbend Retreat for answers.
In the state of Louisiana, and specifically in the city of Lafayette, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse go way past the the damage done to the addicts themselves. In terms of time lost on the job, to the health system inundated by illness and overdoses, to communities harmed by the crime rate caused by addicts looking to steal anything in order to get their next fix, to families living a nightmare as they watch helplessly as their loved one goes further down the chute. The rollercoaster of emotions, concern and anger seems like a never ending ride the abuser puts his friends and family through. Failures in the past with drug rehab centers further numb the addict to any hope of a future without drugs. It truly can appear hopeless.
What should be the goal of a drug rehab center? Clean and sober for 30 days? While that might be a good short term goal, many treatment centers and 12-step programs still leave the drug addict fighting a continuing battle with addiction. Once an addict, always an addict; or it’s a mental disorder they can do nothing about. When choosing a drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one from Lafayette, Louisiana, it is important to become educated on the different types of drug rehab and what the end results are.