How to find rehab in Louisiana
Finding detox in Louisiana can be difficult. Here's everything you need to know about LA rehab options and how to find local treatment as soon as possible.
Takeaways from this article:
Types of rehab in Louisiana
How to pay for detox in Louisiana
State-funded-rehab in Louisiana
States across the country are significantly affected by the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, Louisiana is no exception. Louisiana’s drug overdose mortality rate of 25.4 per 100,000 people. This rate translates to about 1,140 people that died due to a drug overdose in 2018.  The substance abuse mortality rate in Louisiana is larger than the national rate, which is 20.7 per 100,000 in 2018.
To reduce this alarming trend, the American Addiction Centers is here to help you find affordable treatment and support to overcome substance abuse addiction.
The information presented on this page will help the residents of Louisiana find affordable treatment for substance abuse. This page will help you locate local resources, learn what and why accredited facilities and specialists are essential to the therapy options for private or state rehabilitation and the different types of rehab options available in Louisiana.
Withdrawal Treatment Options in Louisiana
Successful substance abuse treatment involves detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care. Detoxification rids the body of the addictive drug and is often the most stressful and painful part of therapy. It’s risky because several physiological effects occur when the body withdraws from an addictive substance.  Detoxification is necessary to stabilize the patient for long-term treatment. Patients receive a medically supervised detox. Medical detox helps relieve the physical and mental stress of the withdrawal process.
Once detox is completed, the patient moves onto inpatient or outpatient care. Additional support and counseling in outpatient and inpatient care is part of the long-term treatment plan. This step is necessary for the success of the patient. After detox, support and counseling address the psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with substance addiction. 
The table below lists provides the number of treatment facilities in Louisiana that offer each level of care:
|Type of Care, by number and percent|
|Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization||25||17.24%|
|Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment||33||22.76%|
Paying for Withdrawal Treatment in Louisiana
Once you have an idea of the type of care you’re looking for, the next step is determining what type of facility matches your financial situation best.
The most common method of paying for treatment is through private or state insurance plans. Unfortunately, many people in the U.S. and Lousianna are uninsured or lack the financial security to pay for treatment. Those without health insurance feel that quality treatment is beyond reach. Substance abuse treatment is expensive.
The cost, coupled with the lack of insurance, is the main reason why many Louisianans choose not to get proper treatment. On average, the cost for substance abuse outpatient treatment ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 for 90 days. Inpatient care is more expensive and averages from $5,000 to $20,000 for 30 days. 
In an effort to combat the insurance gap of many of its citizens, Louisiana has adopted several vital pieces of legislation directed at addressing the opioid problems. That state legislature created the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse. This commission studies and makes recommendations that tackle addiction in Louisiana by using the best practices and evidence-based strategies for prevention, treatment, and enforcement. .
Louisiana also expanded its Medicaid insurance program in 2016 when Governor John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order after he took office . In combination with the Affordable Care Act, that expansion allowed more people to qualify for health insurance. 
In most cases, regardless of your insurance status, you can access treatment through either private or state-funded withdrawal treatment centers.
State Funded vs. Private Rehab in Louisiana
Due to the diversity and flexibility of treatment options and amenities offered by private facilities, they are the best option for those with private insurance. These facilities also provide a lower staff-to-patient ratio . Additionally, many private insurances cover most of the cost of addiction treatment.
However, patients without health insurance can receive treatment in a state-funded facility. Although state-funded facilities do not have as many amenities, patients still receive accredited care for detox, inpatient or outpatient treatment, and supportive services.  Many state-funded programs are low-cost and even free in some instances. For those without insurance or financial security, these facilities are a viable option for addiction treatment.
The major disadvantage for a State-funded facility is that it is reliant on government funding. Funding is from federal and state grants or Medicaid reimbursement. Due to funding limitations, space is often limited, and severe cases are admitted first. Additionally, to receive treatment, you must apply and qualify for treatment in a state-funded facility.
Below lists the number of Louisiana facilities by private non-profit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.
|Facility Operation, by number and percent|
|Private for Profit||64||44.14%|
|Local, county, or community government||12||8.28%|
Does Your Insurance Cover Withdrawal Treatment?
American Addiction Centers accept many types of insurance. We are committed to helping anyone overcome their substance addiction, no matter their insurance or financial status. Fill out this form, or call our confidential helpline to check your insurance options. You can reach us at 1-888-935-1318 or use the form below to check your coverage.
There are 145 private and state-funded treatment facilities in Louisiana. Of the 145 facilities, 103 accept private insurance, and many clinics offer alternative payment options. At least 44 of the 145 accept state-financed health insurance, and 47 accept federal military insurance plans.
The uninsured rate in Louisiana is 8 percent—that is equal to the national insurance average.  Those without health insurance may find limited substance abuse treatment options. However, many treatment facilities are willing to work with your financial situation to find an affordable option.
The table below lists the typical payment methods used and how many Louisiana facilities accept each payment type.
|Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent|
|Cash or self-payment||125||86.21%|
|Private Health Insurance||103||71.03%|
|State-financed Health insurance||44||30.34%|
|Federal military insurance||47||32.41%|
|No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients)||6||4.14%|
|IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds||5||3.45%|
|Sliding fee scale||60||41.38%|
|Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay||69||47.59%|
A Little over 82 percent of Louisiana treatment facilities accept private insurance, 28.3 percent accept Medicare, and 61.4 percent accept Medicaid payments. For clients with lower income, 41.4 percent of the facilities use a sliding fee scale based on income, and almost 47.6 percent provide treatment at no charge or a minimal amount.
Withdrawal Treatment Center Accreditations in Louisiana
Most people choose a treatment facility based on insurance acceptance. Although that is important, it should not be the only selection method. Facilities also need to be evaluated on their accreditation. An accredited facility ensures that its practitioners use research-based practices that meet nationally recognized standards in addiction medicine.
Fortunately, there are nationally recognized guidelines to ensure that the behavioral health workforce’s quality care is uniform. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment of 2018 (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act standardizes addiction medicine delivery, expands access to high-quality, evidence-based care, and administer the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive treatment.
If you are searching for an accredited facility and professional, The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) can help you find them. Also, the Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (Joint Commission), the governing body that provides accreditation to service providers, is another source to research and find accredited facilities.
Below is a table to find the typical accreditation types or licenses that will help you understand the number of accredited facilities and how common they are.
|Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent|
|Any listed agency/organization||133||91.72%|
|State substance abuse agency||102||70.34%|
|State mental health department||50||34.48%|
|State department of health||109||75.17%|
|Hospital licensing authority||28||19.31%|
|The Joint Commission||24||16.55%|
|Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)||65||44.83%|
|National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)||2||1.38%|
|Council on Accreditation (COA)||6||4.14%|
|Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)||1||0.69%|
|Other national organization or federal, state or local agency||3||2.07%|
The State of Louisiana has several reputable accredited providers. Nearly 92 percent of all facilities have some kind of accreditation, and 70.3 percent are accredited state substance abuse agencies. With that said, you can rest assured that there are many options available for those insured or uninsured seeking help. If you still have questions, that’s okay. We can help. Call our confidential helpline and speak to one of our team members. Call us at 1-888-935-1318.
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