Louisiana Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opiate drug abuse has increased all across the United States, but in Louisiana there are some unique problems when it comes to opiates. According to a 2009 survey, prescription opiates like oxycontin and percocet are seeing an increase in abuse throughout the state. One part of this comes from legitimate prescriptions that lead to addiction, but the cycle of abuse is fed by pain management clinics in every major city in Louisiana that practically hand out painkillers. In the same vein, online merchants that sell opiates without so much as a prescription have a major effect on Louisiana and the opiate abuse that goes on within the state.

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  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many individuals who switched from abusing prescription opioids to heroin stated they did so because the latter drug is cheaper and easier to get.
  • Once a person starts addiction treatment for opioid abuse, it is very important they do not quit early. Keeping patients in treatment for the full length of time is an extremely important part of rehab, and caregivers understand the necessity of a patient completing their full treatment program.
  • Though behavioral therapy and medication are the main, evidence-based practices associated with addiction treatment, meditation and yoga can be extremely helpful during recovery to allow patients to practice mindfulness.
  • Sober living houses are often a beneficial option for one’s aftercare once a professional treatment program ends (Journal of Psychoactive Drugs).
  • If a person in opioid addiction recovery relapses, this does not mean their recovery has failed. Instead, it only means they may need more treatment or help going forward.


  • The rate of past year opioid abuse or dependence in Louisiana in 2015 was between 9.4 and 10.3 per 1,000 persons, according to the S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the drug overdose death rate in the state increased from 2014 to 2015 by 12.4 percent, a statistically significant number.
  • The state’s overdose death rate in 2010 was higher than the national average at 13.2 per 100,000 population and 12.4 100,000 population, respectively (CDC).
  • In addition, opioids were sold in Louisiana at nearly the same rate as they were sold nationally in 2010, with both sold at approximately 8 kilograms per 10,000 population.
  • Unfortunately, even with the large amount of drug abuse (and especially opioid abuse) in the state, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found treatment admissions declined between 2010 and 2013 from 3,041 to 1,907.


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