Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Acadiana Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Critics Weigh In on Access to Medicinal Marijuana in Louisiana

The year 2016 brought about some noteworthy changes to the legislation related to medical marijuana in the state of Louisiana. While the state has had laws dating back to the 1970s permitting the use of medical marijuana, they were basically unusable until recently. After hearing lobbying from concerned citizens, especially parents who support the use of the drug to help mitigate the effects of seizure in children, the state voted to allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes. And while it will still be over two years until access to the substance is officially granted, advocates are pleased that Louisianans will be able to obtain this substance through qualified medical professionals. The new laws allow doctors to recommend as opposed to prescribing the drug, which could compromise their DEA licensing under federal law.

The city of New Orleans has also adopted some new regulations related to marijuana use for recreational purposes. Here, the use of marijuana has been decriminalized, and while police can still write tickets for use of the substance, penalties now consist of lesser fines and no jail time for small amounts of the substance.

The Critics Weigh In

Critics of this latest wave of updates to marijuana legislation in Louisiana fear that any efforts to decriminalize or legalize it for medical use are merely backdoor attempts to fully legalize the drug for recreational consumption. In a state where drug abuse is a mounting problem, these individuals are seeking to bar any rulings that could allow greater ease of access to cannabis.

But proponents of legalization cite comparisons between the ways that marijuana affects the brain and body with other substances of abuse. While one can certainly develop a dependence on marijuana, the resulting addiction is a more behavioral than chemical as is the case with drugs such as nicotine or oxycodone, both of which are legal.

Despite what the legal status of the substance is, it should be noted that marijuana, like any mood-altering substance, has the potential to be abused. Just like more societally accepted drugs such as alcohol, marijuana carries the potential for addiction. And a marijuana dependence can negatively impact many areas of an individual’s life including important relationships, the ability to perform at school and work, and physical and emotional health.

So while marijuana has shown to be a medically helpful substance for many painful conditions, its use for recreational purposes continues to be embedded with controversy. As more medical personnel are given the option of recommending this substance, they will have the responsibility of educating their patients about the potential for habit-forming outcomes. Additionally, as more localities decriminalize marijuana, allowing for legal recreational use of the substance, initiatives will be needed to educate the public on safe use practices, and on warning signs of addictive behaviors.