Addiction rates on the rise in Louisiana

As much as other places are intensifying their efforts to end drug addiction, other places seem to be struggling on how to end it, or at least to manage the situation. It is very saddening to know that the problem is getting worse each day, having more affected people and the number of those who choose to use or sell it to others keep on increasing.

In Louisiana for example, their addiction rate is on the rise and this is in spite of being in the middle of a hurricane situation. Although there can be several reasons for this rise, this news means another problem for them to solve as soon as possible. In situations like this where more people are getting addicted to drugs, it is important that rehab centers are available to help them.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Louisiana is still in the midst of hurricane season. While there is not too much activity at the moment, experts warn this can be a stressful time for those suffering from addiction.

Louisiana resident Chris McMahon is almost 18 years sober, suffering from alcoholism and painkiller addiction.

According to McMahon, the treatment has changed even in the last 10 years.

“It is now viewed as a brain disease. It’s not a moral failing. It’s not something that is wrong with you and you just don’t have enough willpower,” McMahon said.

The Center for Disease Control ranks Louisiana as the 19th state with the highest opioid overdose rate in 2015.

According to the CDC, drug overdoses in Louisiana increased 14 percent from 2015 to 2016. 561 deaths across the state involved opioids.

Experts say addiction spikes during times of high stress – such as hurricane season or holidays.

“Remember your recovery and sobriety has to come first. Even if your loved ones are drinking around the Christmas tree you have to put yourself and your recovery first,” McMahon said.

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