Substance Abuse Treatment in Saint Martin Parish, Louisiana

Last updated: 21 December 2021


St. Martin Parish is part of the Lafayette, Louisiana statistical area, and in 2018 the population was over 53,500 people. The largest city in the parish is Breaux Bridge, yet the parish seat is the city of St. Martinville. When addicts or families begin to search for addiction treatment programs, there are options to consider within the parish and throughout the state. An addiction assessment is a good place to being, and this would help determine the extent of addiction and what programs are available. The first step with rehabilitation is detox, and this is crucial when managing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Detoxification options include inpatient medically supervised detox and withdrawal management and or conventional detox. Typically, the severity of addiction and accompanying withdrawal symptoms determines what method of detox is needed.

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Following detox, the next step with treatment involves attending inpatient or outpatient drug rehab. Residential drug treatment centers are excellent options because more services, such as counseling, therapy, and relapse prevention, are offered. Short-term drug rehab usually lasts three to six weeks, which is brief but intensive. Long-term drug treatment programs provide services for three to six months or more. Lengthier treatment is an excellent option for someone who has a long history of drug abuse and relapse. Aftercare treatment is also recommended, which involves sober living homes, 12-step meetings, and other forms of peer support. An outpatient drug rehab is a common option because the programs are accessible and affordable. However, it does require significant commitment because the person is not living at the facility.


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.