While it is possible to quit drinking on one's own, and many have succeeded, it can be tough and even risky if someone has been drinking heavily for a long time. In that case, an alcohol detox program in Louisiana is highly recommended. Because the withdrawal symptoms can be so severe, it can become unsafe to go through it without professional help. The alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from fever and headaches to hallucinations and seizures. In severe cases, a Louisiana medical detox program is the best choice for the comfort and safety of the recovering alcoholic. A professional detox facility provides comfort, safety, and support while the person eliminates alcohol from their system. Medications such as Vivitrol (brand name for Naltrexone) can be used. It is used to help someone stop drinking. Detox is not mandatory but is highly recommended in severe cases. An assessment specialist can help you figure out if you should attend a medical detox or not. The detoxification process should be followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program to address the underlying issues linked to one's alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol treatment should help a person become and stay alcohol-free and help them better handle their family and work life. Numerous alcohol treatments in Louisiana will provide different services to help their patients achieve this, such as educational services, family services, etc. The core treatments are often behavioral therapies and evidence-based therapies to help them handle the issues related to their alcohol use disorder. A good rehabilitation center should also closely monitor the patients to make sure they are not drinking alcohol and are physically and mentally well. Depending on what the person is going through, they might need specific services to ensure their success. You can speak to one of our referral specialists to help you find the Louisiana alcohol rehab center that will suit your needs or those of your loved one.

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Louisiana Inpatient Alcohol Treatments vs. Outpatient Programs

One of the first steps to getting treatment is figuring out whether an outpatient or residential treatment will be best suited for one's recovery. Both types of treatment have their advantages, and they are both available in Louisiana and neighboring states if going out of state is necessary. One advantage of going to residential alcohol rehab is that the person will be away from stress and triggers while undergoing treatment. This can be especially helpful if one's home environment isn't alcohol-free. On the other hand, inpatient programs are usually more expensive than outpatient treatments. Outpatients programs have the advantage of the person still going on with their life while undergoing treatment. However, this means that the person will not benefit from 24-hour care during their recovery. One of our referral specialists can help assess your needs or the needs of your loved one and help you decide which kind of alcohol treatment would be best.

Louisiana Alcohol Laws

This section is for informational purposes only. The laws in Louisiana can change over time. If you have legal questions or concerns, make sure to speak to a legal professional. The legal drinking age in Louisiana is 21 years old. It is illegal for someone under this age to possess or consume alcohol. A violation can carry a fine of $100, up to 6 months of imprisonment, and a 180-day license suspension. However, a minor is allowed to consume alcohol for medical purposes, in a private location where alcohol isn't sold (with or without parental consent) and in a place where alcohol is sold with parental consent.

Louisiana Drunk Driving Laws

The law prohibits people (21 or older) from driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more in Louisiana. If someone is under the age of 21, the BAC limit is 0.02%. It is also illegal for someone to drive a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or more. Here is an overview of the penalties for DUI offenses in Louisiana. There can, however, be mitigating or aggravating factors that can influence the punishments linked to each violation. For example, having a person under 13 years old in the car during the DUI and having a high BAC (over 0.15 or over 0.2) are an aggravating factor that can impact the penalties. If you or someone you know are facing DUI charges, seek the help of a legal professional. When a person younger than 21 years old gets a DUI conviction with a BAC of 0.02% or more (but less than 0.08%), the penalties are a fine between $100 and $250. The second offense can carry a fine of $150 to 500$ and a jail sentence of 10 days to 3 months. However, if they have a BAC of 0.08% or more, the consequences could be the same as those of adults. Here is a picture of the DUI penalties for people over 21. A DUI offense stays on the driver's record for ten years, so each of the following offenses would have to occur within ten years of the previous ones to add up.

DUI Offenses Jail Time Fine License Suspension
1st offense 10 days to 6 months $300 to $1,000 (minimum of $700 with a BAC of 0.2 or more) 90 days (2 years with a BAC of 0.2 or more)
2nd offense 30 days to six months $750 to $1,000 ($1,000 with a BAC of 0.2 or more) 12 months (4 years with a BAC of 0.2 or more)
3rd offense 1 to 5 years $2,000 2 years
4th offense 10 to 30 years $5,000 2 years

Louisiana Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Statistics

Louisiana's alcohol consumption was 2.59 gallons of alcohol per capita in 2020. This number is slightly higher than the US average of 2.52 gallons per capita. A three-year average (2008 to 2010) showed that over 29% of the underage population in Louisiana drank alcohol, with around 14% purchasing the alcohol themselves. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 51.7% of the population consumes alcohol. Around 18% of the population engages in binge drinking. Pointe Coupee Parish and St. James Parish have the highest rate of binge drinking (23%). Of those who drink alcohol in Louisiana, 16.3% percent of them are heavy drinkers. Excessive drinking can lead to devastating consequences. In 2018, there were 216 impaired-driving fatalities in Louisiana, representing 28.1% of all road fatalities. There was a total of 5,650 DUI arrests that year. There was, however, a silver lining: a drop of 28.2% in impaired driving fatalities between 2009 and 2018.

List of Alcohol Detox Programs in Louisiana

Here is a list of detox centers for Alcohol addiction in Louisiana. The list can be incomplete so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.