Addiction Treatment Options in Cheneyville, LA


The purpose of an assessment is to gather the detailed information needed for a treatment plan that meets his/her individual needs. It's also a process for defining the nature of a particular problem, determining a diagnosis, and developing specific treatment recommendations for addressing the problem or diagnosis. This helps match a potential client with appropriate treatment services by providing careful diagnosis, appropriate case management, and successful treatment.

Detoxification (Detox):

Detoxification (detox) refers to the period of withdrawal during which the body returns to homeostasis, or balance. At ERC, we do have established protocols to aid a person suffering from withdrawals. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual symptoms experienced during detox are addressed and minimized, and positive support for a successful rehabilitation begin while in detoxification. The nursing staff is present 24/7 and in position to make any adjustments necessary in a prompt and efficient manner.

We offer many different types of detox to fit your substance abuse:

  • Alcohol
  • Opiate (Any form of pain killers along with heroin, cocaine, suboxone, and methadone)
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Combined substance abuse (Alcohol mixed with opiate abuse etc)
  • Co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health issues)

The nursing staff is here for you around the clock to make sure your needs are met during your difficult time. The nursing staff is always in contact with the physician here to make sure that any adjustments you may need are completed promptly and safely.

Inpatient Residential Treatment

A level of care that provides treatment, education, counseling, specialized groups, and programs designed to overcome substance abuse and dependency. Inpatient residential treatment can help achieve a substance free life, prevent or reduce the frequency of relapse, and maximize an individual's quality of life. Inpatient treatment programs can provide a safe environment to learn the effects of prolonged substance abuse through education, counseling, and groups that stress reducing risky behavior, building healthy relationships with friends that are drug/alcohol-free, and changing unhealthy lifestyle patterns. Inpatient treatment teaches individuals how to avoid triggers that may lead back to drinking or drug use, how to handle cravings, how to develop plans for handling stressful situations, and how to find appropriate recreational activities


Screening is a process for evaluating the possible presence of a particular problem. A screening is used to determine whether someone needs an assessment.

Residential / Inpatient Treatment:

During the residential treatment phase, the client will attend group throughout the week and receive a minimum of 15 hours of therapy each week. Clients are encouraged to participate in the recovery programs, individual treatment and community programs, and are required to provide documentation of such participation. During this period of time, clients will receive nursing assessments, psychosocial assessments, the development of their personal history, access to a psychiatrist, if needed, group and individual therapy, chemical dependency education, a family program, nutritional education, aftercare planning, relapse prevention planning, and access to exercise.

Clients Receive:

  • Assessments including nursing, psychosocial, history and physical and self-assessment
  • Access to psychiatrist as needed
  • Group and Individual therapy
  • Chemical Dependency education
  • Nutritional education
  • Aftercare planning
  • Relapse prevention planning

Intensive Outpatient Treatment:

In our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) clients participate in a group therapy session with a counselor three nights a week. This nightly program is particularly convenient to those clients who wish to continue working while still receiving treatment. The client will meet with the counselor and develop an individualized treatment plan. While in IOP, clients will also attend AA/NA meetings in the community. If a client is in IOP following inpatient treatment, the client’s adherence to their aftercare plan is monitored and changes are made as needed. Clients are encouraged and assisted with integration into the recovery community.

Clients receive:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare planning
  • Assistance with integrating into recovery community
  • Weekly aftercare group

Family Program:

Addiction does not just have a damaging effect upon the addict. It also severely damages other members of the addict's family. The objective of a Family Therapy Program is to mutually heal the chemically dependent person as well as the members of the family. The program educates the family on the causes and the effects of addiction. It also provides the family members with coping mechanisms in dealing with their addict and with suggestion in how they can lead a better, contented life themselves.

Drug Court:

At ERC we work hand-in-hand with numerous drug court programs . Drug courts promote recovery through a coordinated response to those who are dependent on alcohol or other drugs. Among members of this team are judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, counselors, medical staff, and evaluators. All work collaboratively to help the those in recovery, find balance in his life and lead a productive, drug-free, and crime free life.

Group & Individual Therapy:

One of the most difficult aspects of the disease of addiction is self-delusion. Chemically addicted persons are unable to see themselves or their life circumstances realistically.  Addicts/alcoholics are often in a world of their own. Denial is a psychological mechanism that prevents the chemically dependent person from feeling or seeing the reality of addiction. Denial can lead to lies, excuses, deceptions and pretensions to mask, cover up, and to protect their addiction. This behavior becomes a way of life and often addicts/alcoholics are unable to perceive reality because it has become so painful.

In group treatment, our goal is to help our patients to recognize and discard their defense systems. This will enable the patient to acquire a more accurate self-image. Seeing oneself through the eyes of their peers presents the patient with an image of himself/herself that is not attainable through an introspective process.

Recovery is almost entirely the patient’s responsibility. Recognition of the problem is essential for recovery. We are often unable to truly see ourselves.  In group treatment, patients are able to see themselves through the reflection of their peers. Building trust is essential and is a process that takes time.  It develops when one’s words match their behavior. In group patients are taught to share his/her feelings and thoughts. Defenses are often broken down by the truth delivered in a loving and caring way.  Most chemical dependent persons are badly out of touch with their feelings and are hard wired to avoid pain.

In group, one often discovers that they are not alone. One of the major ploys/attacks of the disease is to isolate the chemically dependent person. One cannot withstand the burden of addiction alone. Groups assist addicts to identify with each other through shared experiences.  As trust increases, we start to share our fears, needs, hope, love, sadness, failures, dreams, etc. This is a new level of connecting to reality and identifying with our true self.

One of the major goals of group treatment is to develop intimacy; addicts/alcoholics know no intimacy while in addiction. Intimacy is a need. Without it we not only fail to thrive, but we start dying. In group, patients are given the opportunity to let others in. The term intimacy means in to me see. We are starting on a journey called living; we begin to feel empathy and join the human race.

When in active addiction, we are blind and at best self-deluded. Group is a vehicle that brings us back to the living and moves us into the process of recovery.

Topics discussed in group treatment may include:

  • Grief and Loss Issues
  • Shame 
  • Anger
  • Behavior
  • Defenses and Denial
  • Faulty or Negative Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategies for Dealing with Mental Obsessions
  • Fear
  • Application of Spiritual Principles
  • Commitment
  • Acceptance
  • Dealing with discouragement Developing Coping Skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Needs verses wants
  • Self-Esteem
  • Co-Occuring Diagnosis
  • Trauma
  • Treatment Planning

Individual therapy helps chemically dependent individuals explore and develop effective coping mechanisms to deal with the problems associated with their alcohol and drug use.  It offers an opportunity to explore how negative thought processes can fuel addictive behavior to assist the individual in identifying ways to begin to change these patterns. Individual therapy also allows further exploration of other barriers to recovery.

Chemical Dependency Education:

Chemical Dependency is a compulsive or chronic need for, or an addiction to, alcohol and/or drugs. It is progressive and if left untreated, the symptoms of the disease worsen. Individuals do not necessarily become addicted to a certain drink or pill, however, they can become addicted to the feeling it produces and will seek out similar drugs or alcohol to get the same feeling.

Relapse Prevention:

At times, some addicts become complacent and place their recovery on the “back burner”. When this occurs, the person in recovery is at risk for relapse. It is extremely important for the recovering addict to learn the signs and symptoms of relapse and to develop a plan of action to prevent relapse from occurring. At ERC we assist our patients in learning and recognizing the signs and symptoms of relapse. We teach not only the “tools” of recovery, but the “tools” of relapse prevention as well.


Community Based 12-Step Meetings (AA/NA):

12 Step meetings are safe places characterized by understanding, tolerance, acceptance, and social support, where one can honestly discuss problems associated with staying sober or living their life in sobriety. Two important components of 12 Step programs are sponsors and meetings, both providing individual and group support. A community based 12-step meeting is considered an informal group and is intended to occur in community settings with others, not alone. There are many types of 12-Step meetings: speaker-discussions, speaker meetings, book-study meetings, Step-study meetings, meetings exclusively for men, for women, and in foreign languages. Also, recovery oriented social support can be located online providing chat rooms, online meetings, and support groups.

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