Baton Rouge Addiction Treatment

Everything You Need to Know About Addiction Treatment in Baton Rouge

Are you ready to take control of your life… once and for all?

 Red River Treatment Center in Baton Rouge, we’re dedicated to creating an effective and thoughtful treatment plan for every individual who walks through our doors. 

Our expert, empathetic medical team prides itself on using proven treatment methods to aid in the journey to recovery without bias or judgement. Every individual deserves a second chance.

We ultimately strive to help each and every individual take control and begin living a rewarding, sober life.

What is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction, also known as substance abuse, is a person’s inability to control their use (and abuse) of a substance or drug. (1) Drug addiction is a disease or disorder which affects a person’s brain and, ultimately, their behavior.

Drug addiction can ultimately cause huge negative ripples in an individual’s life. This often manifests as worsening symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mood swings… at first.

But very quickly, symptoms of a substance abuse addiction result in a person lashing out at loved ones, underperforming at work, sacrificing their lifestyle, and suffering long-lasting collateral damage to their life.

What’s worse is that America’s drug epidemic has reached an all-time high.

“Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication.”


To be clear, drug addiction and drug dependence aren’t quite the same thing… but drug dependence is a good indicator that addiction may be further down the road.

Considering the difficult-to-bear symptoms that accompany withdrawals, breaking free from dependence isn’t easy for any individual.

Finally, people can become addicted to substances that are illegal or legal. Whether it’s an illicit drug or a commonly available product, an addicted person’s thoughts will focus on obtaining it to the point of obsession.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a person’s continued and uncontrollable consumption of alcohol, in spite of the potentially fatal consequences. Like substance abuse, alcohol abuse is a disease or disorder—it affects a person’s brain, tolerance level, and behavior. And like substance abuse, this disorder takes a heavy toll on the lives of addicted individuals. People suffering from AUD may fall prey to increased injuries (such as workplace and automobile accidents), sudden bouts of violence, and an increased risk of developing a chronic or terminal illness. (2) Like the American drug epidemic, AUD is on the rise. As of September 2021, 1 in 5 Americans reported “heavy drinking” every week.

“Almost 90% of individuals with substance use disorder are not in treatment, and alcohol and drug use typically worsen with isolation.”


AUD, like drug addiction, is categorized into 3 different severities:
  • Mild (individual displays 2-3 symptoms)
  • Moderate (individual displays 4-5 symptoms)
  • Severe (individual displays greater than 6 symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

In the early stages of addiction, the symptoms of substance abuse (and alcohol abuse) can be very subtle. At first, an individual may experience:

  • Frequently dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes
  • Increased injuries due to impairment
  • Inattention to personal hygiene and appearance
  • A slight increase in risky decisions to obtain the substance


But as the addiction take root, the signs and symptoms usually become more apparent. After the early stages of addiction, individuals typically experience:

  • Financial issues due to overspending on the substance
  • Extreme or violent mood swings, despite no prior episodes
  • A loss of quality relationships as they withdraw to hide their addiction
  • Frequent risky or poor decision making due to the influence of and need for the substance


These are the most common—but not the only—symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse. Signs and symptoms vary slightly, depending on the individual and the specific substance. But generally speaking, sudden changes in behavior, physical appearance, or general demeanor can be a strong indicator of a hidden addiction.


Many people struggling with substance or alcohol abuse wish they could stop, but still find themselves hiding their addiction from their loved ones. Our staff understands how torturous addiction is—for the individual and the people around them.

Why Do People Battling With Substance Abuse Need More and More Over Time?

People with substance abuse issues need more and more because the human body automatically adapts when frequently exposed to any substance. This happens not only with illicit substances, but also with everyday foods and medications like caffeine or prescribed drugs.

Essentially, individuals are seeking a high as powerful as the first time they used a substance. But regular use (or overuse) has minimized the body and brain’s reaction—this is called developing a tolerance.

As the brain and body continue to self-regulate, individuals need larger and larger doses to achieve the feelings they desire. At a certain point, this is no longer a purely conscious decision—even when satisfied, an individual slowly loses the ability to say “no” to a craving.

This vicious cycle will continue without intervention. Eventually, the individual’s dosage size will be dangerous or lethal… and lead to an overdose.

Developing a tolerance never means an individual’s brain or body are safe from smaller amounts of a substance—merely that more is needed to achieve the desired high.

Can Drug Addiction or Alcohol Abuse Be Treated?

Yes, drug addiction and alcohol abuse can both be treated. The earlier an individual seeks treatment, the easier recovery will be. For example, a person with mild AUD will have less withdrawals during treatment than a person with severe AUD.

Thankfully, every single year professionals have more proven options and technological advances to work with. Thanks to these modern innovations, more and more people are now recovering from addiction and alcohol abuse than ever before.

Our staff uses scientifically tested and proven treatment methods to customize each person’s unique support system.

Principles of Effective Treatment

In order for substance abuse treatment to be effective and long-lasting, we focus on several key principles. We believe this perspective makes our treatment center more supportive, accessible, and effective.

We know addiction is a multidimensional disease, but it’s also treatable. The complex nature means that no one treatment is suitable for everyone. At the same time, your support system needs to be accessible—we work to get you into effective treatment very soon after you join us.

We also believe in safe and proven treatment methods, like behavior counseling and therapy. Your treatment will be regularly assessed to confirm any medications, therapies, and programs are still working for you.

When you come to our center for treatment, we strive to make you feel safe, secure, and accepted. Our staff is empathetic, emotionally open, and committed to helping you explore your feelings throughout your recovery journey.

While your treatment plan will be unique to you, all support systems have one thing in common: helping each person move towards a normal life, one step at a time. It’s incredibly important to spend time healing deep emotional wounds, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

What is Addiction Treatment?

Addiction treatment is a support system that helps an addicted individual recover from uncontrollable drug or alcohol abuse.

Studies have proven that short-term or one-time treatments are highly ineffective—this is why we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive, proven, long-term addiction treatment methods.

At our treatment center, an individual’s treatment can include cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, contingency management, and much more. The most important thing is to work in tandem on the multiple facets of addiction, which is why all treatments are a combination of methods.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the body’s natural process of ridding itself from drugs or alcohol. Due to the highly addictive nature of many illicit substances, it’s often difficult for an individual to manage detox and withdrawals by themselves.

Depending on the substance, the severity of the addiction, and the individual, the withdrawal and detoxification process can vary widely. But usually, symptoms appear within several hours to several days of ceasing use.

Experts agree that trying to do cold-turkey detoxification alone is rarely successful. For some individuals, withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks or even longer.

This is why it’s crucial for you to detox in a safe and secure environment with supervision at our treatment center. When you join us, we’ll work with you to create a manageable detoxification strategy.

What is a Treatment Plan for Substance Abuse?

A treatment plan for substance abuse is like a roadmap of your recovery. It lists out your challenges, goals, and the smaller objectives you’ll accomplish to achieve these goals. Putting together this plan is one of our very first steps in addiction treatment.

Your treatment plan will be compassionate, custom-tailored, and most importantly, realistic. This document creates reasonable and realistic expectations for your recovery, plus helps track your progress.

We focus on 7 key aspects to ensure your treatment plan is effective.

First is your diagnostic summary. Our team reviews your medical history, mental health conditions, and the patterns of your addiction. We use these factors to help determine the most effective rehabilitation services for you.

Second is your list of challenges, or roadblocks. We’ll discuss specific issues your treatment needs to target in order to be successful. Third is the solutions to these challenges—specific goals and what achieving success looks like for you.

Fourth, we’ll break down those big goals into concrete steps you need to take. Studies show these objectives should be SMART: Specific, Measurable,  Attainable, Relevant, and Time-limited. We’ll dive deep into all of this with you while establishing your support system.

Fifth is what’s known as interventions, but it’s not what most people think. Interventions are simply the particular methods our team will use to support your objectives.

For example, one roadblock may be your inability to control substance use. Your goal may be to create healthy stress management habits. One objective would be attending your support group meetings. Our intervention would be monitoring your attendance and making sure you have no barriers preventing attendance.

Sixth is charting and evaluating your progress. Using the combination of roadblock, goal, objective, and intervention, we’re able to take comprehensive notes. We can then evaluate your progress by examining your responses, any changes, plus your own personal experience and thoughts.

Finally, throughout all of this, our staff works with you to plan long-term addiction treatment and care. This includes a game plan for relapse prevention and any other support systems you may need.

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Services

At our Red River Treatment Center facility, we offer the effective addiction treatment Baton Rouge is searching for. We’re committed to seeing our patients through overcoming their addiction.

How? By using proven, customized treatment plans and support systems to meet our patients wherever they’re at on their journey.

We’ve said “enough is enough!” in terms of cold, clinical treatment facilities.

Our team works very hard to make our center welcoming, comforting, and relaxing—whether you’re just coming in for appointments during your outpatient treatment plan, staying with us for a residential support program, or progressing through a hybrid treatment plan.

Our detoxification treatment program is also available, in which you safely detox in our controlled environment with supervision from our compassionate staff.

In our residential addiction treatment program, you’ll learn to create and maintain healthy habits like a restorative wake/sleep routine, attending counseling at a regular cadence, and enjoying healthy hobbies.

If you’re recovering on your own and successfully integrating into your work and social life, our hybrid treatment plans may be a good fit. We offer both intensive outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization so you can keep on living your life while recovering.

Through your entire journey, we’ll work with you to gain perspective and insight on beating your addiction… and to reclaim your life.

Finding Addiction Treatment Baton Rouge: Reclaim Your Life

From the moment you step into our treatment center, we welcome you as a new member of our family. We’ll custom-tailor the perfect support system to treat your addiction using proven, effective, and compassionate solutions.

We share the same goal: enabling you to live the best life you can.

You’re entitled to your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness—without addiction casting a tall shadow over the rest of your days. When you join our family, the first thing we do is focus on finding the ideal treatment method for your unique situation. Next, we’ll work to discover the root cause of your substance abuse and equip you to break the cycle. This allows you to start the journey to true recovery.

Combined with group therapy and counseling sessions, you’ll have the full skillset needed to break free from addiction and stand tall on your own… even once you leave our facility.

You deserve to live life to the fullest, free from the burden of substance abuse. Just call us today to schedule your tour of our treatment center, and take your first step towards freedom.


1. Mayo Clinic, Drug Addiction (Substance Use Disorder),

2. USA Today, Americans Are Using Alcohol To Cope With Pandemic Stress,