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State Rehab Information - Louisiana

suffering teenInhalants Abuse
There are so many different side effects associated with all types of drug abuse. From drinking alcohol to inhaling household chemicals...from the sublime to the extreme.  Teens and pre-teens in greater numbers are testing the drug invested waters with inebriation, stealing their parent's prescription medications or by inhaling dangerous chemicals. Inhaling in any way shape or form is inhalant abuse. It needs to stop immediately.
Once you have decided to seek help either for yourself or for a loved one or colleague, educating yourself on the treatment options should be your first step. The following information is an overview of alcohol and drug (including inhalants) treatment rehab options.

Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) posted a news article as recently as May, 2008 out of Covington, Louisiana:
From St. Tammany News

The St. Tammany News reported last week that an 18-year-old driver was abusing computer duster before causing a wreck involving three cars and eight people. Adrian Adels was driving on Highway 190 in Louisiana at 7:00 PM and misjudged the distance to the exit, hitting two other cars.
According to Covington Police Lieutenant Jack West, his vehicle "went through the curb dividing the highway, sending 1- and 2-foot chucks of concrete flying into the two other vehicles. He finally came to a stop on a steel culvert that hooked the undercarriage of his car."
The eight people involved were treated in nearby hospitals. One of the cars held a mother, father, and their small child. Fortunately, everyone was released with only minor to moderate injuries.
People on the highway who witnessed the accident "reported Adels was traveling at a high rate of speed and was driving erratically."
The passengers in Adels' car said that they had been abusing the computer duster while Adels was driving. Lt. West found two cans in the car along with two plastic bags.
Charges against Adels are pending and include driving while intoxicated as well as negligent injury. Lt. West did not know why Adels had not been charged yet.
Faithful readers of the blog will notice both the frequency of driving while abusing inhalants as well as the inhalant of choice - computer dusters, almost 100% of the time.
Why is this? Why are people huffing dust remover while driving but ignoring other inhalants? It could be that for every person that is found abusing inhalants and driving, there are fifty who are 'dusting' at home or with friends and not getting caught.  (source)
Bar chart showing survey respondents for the years 1996 through 2000 reporting use of inhalants, broken down by grade.Source: National Drug Intelligence Center





Man in handcuffs under arrestDamage to Society
In the State of Louisiana, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse goes 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 chutes. 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. Parents in particular looking to help their children can succumb themselves to desperate measures and with multiple failed attempts to get their kids the proper help can become apathetic themselves.

Treatment Center Changes Needed
Just in the state of Louisiana, there are many different types of drug rehab and treatment facilities. In the United States, there are thousands of drug rehab and treatment centers. Of course the common goal of all addiction treatment programs is to help end addiction for the individual. In Louisiana and across the United States, a variety of techniques and methods are being used. Some of the well known treatment methods in Louisiana include the twelve step method, relapse prevention, one-on-one counseling, drug rehabilitation, behavioral modification, cognitive therapy, support groups, sober living, therapeutic communities, AA , NA, inpatient, and outpatient drug rehab programs. There are many types of treatment centers available in Louisiana, so making a decision can be difficult. Unfortunately, many uninformed people in Louisiana go from rehab to rehab looking for the one that is right for them.
In Louisiana, there are many attempts being made to meet the needs of alcoholics, but statistics show success rates to be dismally low. What is needed and wanted is a drug and alcohol treatment which not only handles physical addiction, but finds the underlying reasons why a person turns to drugs and alcohol in order to free the person forever. What Louisiana addicts, alcoholics and their family, friends and loved ones need is a real and effective drug rehab treatment center. One where they are not on a time schedule or use other drugs to get the addict off the original drugs or alcohol. The addict needs a reliable proven program where when they are done, their drug addiction is a thing of the past and they are now able to live full productive lives free of the stronghold of drugs or alcohol.

Narconon Riverbend produces graduates who are DRUG FREE and ALCOHOL FREE AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.
Narconon Riverbend RetreatNarconon Riverbend has a success rate in excess of 70%, as compared to 15-20% for more traditional treatments. Narconon Riverbend is a long-term treatment facility.
The Narconon program steps are entirely drug-free; that is, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab treatment program does not use drugs or medications to solve the problems caused by drugs and/or alcohol, but does use nutrition and nutritional supplements as an important component of its delivery. Thus the program is neither a psychiatric nor medical, but a social education model of rehabilitation.

A Narconon Program Graduate is someone:
Who has completed the Narconon drug rehab program; Who knows he is, in fact, capable of living a drug-free life thereafter; Who has improved his or her ability to learn and thus can accept new ideas on how to change life for the better; Who has personally absorbed the fundamentals of ethics and morality well enough that he or she can be productive and contributive to society and will have no further troubles with the justice system; Who knows how to solve the problems of life in a rational manner to the best of his ability, without the use of mind-altering drugs and alcohol.



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