Baton Rouge Drug Rehab Center

While in many metropolitan areas, it’s the street drugs that make the most headlines, in Baton Rouge this would overlook the primary cause of addiction and the need for drug rehabilitation. In this city, the primary cause is alcohol.

When you combine the number of people who go to rehab in Louisiana for alcohol addiction with those struggling with alcohol and a secondary drug, you learn that more than 8,000 people in Louisiana needed rehab for these reasons in 2009. The next closest cause is marijuana with 6,300 admissions to treatment, followed by cocaine/crack cocaine at 5,300. In this state, there is far more crack cocaine sending people to drug treatment than powdered coke.

After that, prescription opiates sent about 3,200 people to rehab in 2009. And in a nutshell, these figures provide a quick look at the major drug situations in Baton Rouge and the state.


Location Always Plays a Role in Drug Supplies

When a metropolitan area sits right on major transportation channels of any kind, that city is likely to be subjected to major shipments of illicit drugs. In the case of Baton Rouge, the city sits right on Interstate 10 and near Interstate 55. There are also many large seaports nearby and the area is well supplied with airports. Baton Rouge is itself a port town, in fact, its shipping port is the ninth largest in the US. This is convenient for drug shippers as containers are frequently used to move South American drug shipments, as are boats.


Gang Activity Also Contributes to Drug Distribution

The major drug traffickers into the Southeastern United States are the various Mexican drug cartels. These groups take the cocaine, heroin and marijuana that are manufactured in South America and add their own heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine to the shipments. They then get these drugs through Northern Mexico and across the border into the US. On the US side, the large shipments are often stashed in safe houses in cities in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, until they can be broken up into smaller packages and shipped on. Wherever there is a major metropolitan area with good transportation, that city, like Baton Rouge, will probably be used as a staging point for repackaging and reshipping.

Once the cartels set aside drugs for distribution into a particular city, they don’t retail the drugs themselves. For several years now, Mexican drug cartels have been utilizing gangs of various types to take the drugs out on the streets. They use Hispanic gangs, African American gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs and prison gangs. In the Baton Rouge area, there have been concerns about increasing numbers of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang, an international gang with cells known to exist across the US. One news article noted ten other independent gangs residing in Baton Rouge.




Drugs Don’t Only Come from Mexico

As if the drugs coming into the area weren’t enough, some people manufacture more and add it to the mix.

Baton Rouge is known for high levels of conversion of cocaine to crack cocaine using hotel rooms or crack houses for the job. Because so many people evacuated out of Louisiana to Houston when Hurricane Katrina hit, some people returned with better cocaine connections and so set up shop to start converting the drug once they moved back into Louisiana.

There are also a high number of methamphetamine labs being found on Baton Rouge and other counties around Louisiana. The number of meth labs detected dropped several years ago when state laws made it harder to get the precursor chemicals needed, but then began to climb again when a new method of manufacture meant that smaller amounts of restricted chemicals were needed. In 2009, nearly 300 meth labs were found and dismantled across the region. 

But it doesn’t always take Mexican drug cartels or local manufacturers for people to become addicted. An increasing number of people in this area are becoming addicted to prescription drugs, particularly opoids, painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Lortab and Percocet. These drugs are leaders in causing drug deaths in this region.

Seeking Drug Rehab in Baton Rouge

If you are looking for addiction treatment for a loved one in Baton Rouge, you do not have a lot of choices. In the city of 800,000, there are only 25 drug rehabs. Some of these are outpatient facilities where people just come for counseling and meetings and some are clinics where medications like methadone or buprenorphine are handed out. These two drugs are given to those who have been addicted to heroin, morphine, or other opiate/opioid drug. They prevent withdrawal symptoms from kicking in but they are hardly living a clean and sober life as they themselves are opioid drugs.


Those seeking an effective drug rehab with an excellent success rate would be very wise to talk to the intake counselors at Narconon Arrowhead. The drug rehab program at Narconon Arrowhead is a long-term residential program that never employs any drugs in recovery. The tools used to bring about recovery include nutritional supplements like B vitamins and vitamin C to help a body heal and detoxify, calcium and magnesium to calm muscle spasms and minimize aches, communication skills training to enable one to begin to deal with life’s challenges directly, a sauna program that flushes out old drug residues and life skills training in a moral code, personal integrity, decision-making and much more.

It is a comprehensive approach that addresses all the major reasons a person stays trapped in addiction: guilt, cravings and depression. Without relieving these factors, it is difficult for a recovering person to stay clean and sober.

The Narconon program helps seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they return home. If lasting sobriety is what you seek, contact Narconon Arrowhead today for a confidential, compassionate interview. Call 800-468-6933 today.