In the 2018 Greater New Orleans Situational Drug Report, the demand for methamphetamine is on the rise, again.
Methamphetamine trafficking and abuse significantly contribute to both violent and property crime in Greater New Orleans (GNO).
As defined by the United States Census, the New Orleans metropolitan statistical area is made up of seven parishes: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist. This is the largest metropolitan area of Louisiana, with approximately 1.2 million residents.
Is meth overtaking heroin in New Orleans?
Although heroin is considered the most significant drug threat to the Greater New Orleans area (GNO), and more law enforcement resources are spent on heroin than any other drug, methamphetamine is considered to be the greatest drug threat in the Gulf Coast and Louisiana as a whole.
New Orleans continues to be a heroin source city for Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Heroin is responsible for a significant portion of the area’s violent and property crimes. The New Orleans Police Department believes that heroin trafficking and abuse is partially responsible for the city’s high murder rate.
Even though The Louisiana Department of Health successfully passed legislation that added fentanyl analogues to the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance law in August 2017, Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are considered the second greatest drug threat to the New Orleans population.
The increase of methamphetamine transported into the region has increased availability to the local user market. The majority of treatment and prevention participants reported that inpatient admissions for methamphetamine had either increased or remained the same over the last 12 months.
Drug overdose deaths increased significantly in Louisiana by 12.4 percent from 2016 (21.8 per 100,000) to 2017 (24.5 per 100,000). While the majority of drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid, overdose deaths involving opioids are not included for the state because the data reported did not meet inclusion criteria but incidents of combined use of methamphetamines as well as crack cocaine, and prescription drugs are on the rise as well but accurate data is currently not available.
Sheriff’s Offices in New Orleans Parishes report meth-related arrests have almost doubled in recent years.
The meth-related arrests are rising from 106 in 2015 to 200 in 2017. This year is on track to keep up with last year, with 110 meth-related arrests made as of June 29.
Debbie Webber, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New Orleans, said most of the methamphetamine available in southeast Louisiana is smuggled over the Mexican border.
While heroin is the No. 1 drug threat for the New Orleans DEA division -- which spans across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama — meth is the top drug threat in some pockets of the state, because the price is sometimes as low as $30 down from as much as $180 per gram. "The market is flooded with it!" (Meth) said Weber "Dealing with someone coming off a meth high can be tricky because the drug can trigger paranoia in the user." Police use de-escalation techniques like trying to talk suspects down to avoid them resisting arrest or doing something harmful.
Like other drugs, traffickers often mix meth with other substances — including the synthetic opioid fentanyl, Webber said. Fentanyl can be 50 times stronger than heroin, and as little as a few grains of the product can pose a deadly threat.
“You don’t know what they’re putting in it,” Webber said. “Fentanyl is so cheap, and that’s what makes it so much stronger. Any dose of fentanyl mixed in that meth — that’s a lethal dose.”
In the CDC Article "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in LOUISIANA" the statistical data suggests that alcoholism is a community wide problem, while treatment for areas hit by Katrina are still underserved.
This Chart Published by the CDC Shows the Rate of Deaths by Age (per 100,000 population)
National Alcohol Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- Six people die every day from alcohol poisoning,
- About 76 percent of the people who die are men.
- Alcoholism is a factor in 30 percent of alcohol poisoning deaths.
Alcohol poisoning can present as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
- Cardiac arrest
Dangerous drinking can cause other health issues:
- 100,000 people who die every year as a result of drinking and driving, other accidents, falls, fires, suicides, and homicides related to alcohol consumption.
- 24.6 percent of people 18 years or over admitted that they engaged in dangerous drinking in the month prior to being asked the question in 2013.
- Alcoholism is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the United States
- A person who succumbs to excessive alcohol use loses a potential of 30 years of potential life
- 40 percent of all the hospital beds across the country are used to treat health conditions that develop from alcoholism.
The epidemic is such that as many as 17 percent of men in the general population and 8 percent of women will meet the criteria for alcoholism in their lifetime
Formerly: "Alcoholism," now known as "Alcohol Use Disorder," (AUD) is a condition in which a person has a mental obsession or physical need to consume alcohol, even though it has a negative impact on their life.
Alcohol Abuse Disorder refers to a long-term addiction to alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) describes alcohol use disorder as "problem drinking that becomes severe." A person with this condition does not know when or how to stop drinking. They spend a lot of time thinking about alcohol, and they cannot control how much they consume, even if it is causing serious problems at home, work, and financially.
Alcohol abuse can be used to talk about excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol, but not necessarily dependence. Moderate alcohol consumption does not generally cause notable psychological or physical harm. However, if those who enjoy social drinking continually increase their consumption or regularly consume more than a moderate amount, AUD may eventually develop.
Residents of New Orleans, have a non-12 step holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that specializes in overcoming chronic relapse from Methamphetamines and Opiates that's only a short drive away.
Whether you are from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist, the road to drug and alcohol addiction always begins as a misguided attempt to either avoid pain or find contentment, completion, happiness, a way to "fit in," etc. through drugs and alcohol.
Gulf Breeze Recovery's Non-12 Step Holistic drug and alcohol treatment is effective and different.
We work where others have failed. With explosive growth comes social problems, including drug and alcohol addiction, along with stress caused by rapid change.Unfortunately, these are common factors of everyday life that we can't ignore. Gulf Breeze Recovery works because we deliver a program that gets to the underlying core of why an individual needed to seek a solution from stress. discontentment, unhappiness, insecurity, feelings of loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, feelings of wanting to "fit in," the desire to seek pleasure, etc. through drugs or alcohol. The program is powerful because going to the "core" of the problem creates a "shift" in people's perspective from the "white knuckling" experience and concentration of the "not doingness" of drugs and alcohol to the "doingness" of living a peaceful, content, serene life where drugs or alcohol just doesn't make sense anymore. This process takes time and creates a more lasting and sustainable solution.
At Gulf Breeze Recovery we routinely ask our guests for their unbiased experience with our unique and cutting edge program of personal rediscovery. Often they allow us to share in the altruistic hope that their personal experience will help someone else.
The good news, Gulf Breeze Recovery has an alternative program that not only stops the addiction, but offers an alternative to addictive thinking that's happier than before.
So many people from Louisiana feel a connection to the beaches on the Florida Panhandle. There is a feeling of hope when they find out that Gulf Breeze Recovery is right on the water in this beautiful region of Florida. Many people from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist and other communities in Louisiana who are seeking relief from alcohol and drug addiction have attended traditional addiction treatment programs numerous times without success. Others have tried attending 12-step meetings on multiple occasions with either temporary or no relief. Like many communities across the United States, people from New Orleans, Louisiana watch in desperation while their family members go, like a revolving door, in and out of drug treatment centers without success. There is hope.
In most cases those who have attended multiple centers or have multiple attempts at the same center have only been exposed to one program - that's right, only one - which is the traditional 12-step method. Just because that particular mode of treatment has not worked for you or someone you know, doesn’t mean that the program is “bad” or that the person unsuccessfully attending the program doesn’t sincerely want to get better. It may be as simple as the person and the 12 step method may not be a good fit.
One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Many people have searched for, found and attended Gulf Breeze Recovery because they were searching for something different and effective. What people found in our alcohol and drug treatment center was an effective holistic non-12 step program with a proven track record. Instead of focusing on a disease and what is “wrong” with people, Gulf Breeze Recovery’s program focuses on health, wellness, resiliency and the part of a person that naturally strives to be both physically and mentally healthy.
We call our holistic non-12 step program THRIVE because our processes enable those who attend our program to find and insightfully discover the true underlying cause, no matter how subtle, which slowly started the process that led to addiction and alcoholism. This finding provides the opportunity for people to realize what led them to innocently seek relief through drugs and alcohol. The THRIVE® process also helps people to rediscover who they really are.
People from New Orleans and all around the United States have not only found relief but have also found a happier way to live. The results for many have been so profound that people from all over the area recommend Gulf Breeze Recovery to those they know who are suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Gulf Breeze Recovery's location makes it the perfect destination for people from New Orleans and other communities in Louisiana who feel a connection to the warm Gulf Waters.
On many of our unscripted testimonials you can watch on our website are many residents of Louisiana and New Orleans who know about the Pensacola Beach, Florida area. These individuals find Gulf Breeze Recovery to be the home away from home they need to begin a life-changing program. Learning to let go of old concepts about oneself is often enhanced by our location's natural amenities
Gulf Breeze Recovery Specializes in Overcoming Chronic Relapse from Methamphetamine, Opioids, and Alcohol.
If you’re ready for your next treatment center to be your last treatment center its time to stop looking and give us a call: (855) 400-6190. Our Program is a Holistic, non-12 step alternative to every other program of recovery available today and we call it THRIVE: Total Health Recovery.
Gulf Breeze Recovery's THRIVE® program is unlike any other and offers a proven "niche" for those who have struggled with major addictions to alcohol, heroin, prescription pills, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other substances resulting in chronic relapse. Unlike other programs, 12-step or holistic, where there is a progression of checklist items to get through, Gulf Breeze Recovery takes holistic to the next level with its treatment stages and the principles of total health recovery, creating a higher level of understanding concerning the true underlying cause of a person’s addiction.
An insightful understanding of these recovery principles helps those suffering from addiction to “see” and focus on what they want rather than focusing on what they don’t want and what they should avoid. Imagine, instead of leaving an alcohol and drug treatment center with a “toolkit” of ways to barely get by and “white knuckle” life without drugs or alcohol, you leave with a discovery of the true underlying cause that created the addiction, the rediscovery of who you really are and an entirely new view of life and how to enjoy it.
Gulf Breeze Recovery should be the first place you look to for recovery, especially if you have been unsuccessful in maintaining sobriety after other rehabs. Many have not only found lasting recovery, but also a new and better way to live.
Gulf Breeze Recovery guarantees a non-12 step holistic drug rehab program that goes beyond addiction and promotes a new outlook on life.
Gulf Breeze Recovery is Accredited:
As a unique and effective non-12 step method for addiction and alcohol treatment, Gulf Breeze Recovery has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
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THRIVE® Total Health Recovery is Effective:
We know recovery and a subsequent happy life is available to anyone suffering with addiction. After extensive research, we know that the beauty of our facility, its location on the water, the extensive one-on-one therapy, our highly-trained therapists and number of therapy hours people receive, along with our tailored program has been proven to work and gives people the best chance at lasting recovery.
About Gulf Breeze Recovery:
Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.