Calcasieu Methadone Clinics & Treatment Centers in Sulphur, Westlake, Dequincy

Name rehabsAddressPhone
BHG Lake Charles Treatment Center 2829 4th Avenue Suite 200 Lake Charles, LA 70601_________
Lake Charles Subst Abuse Clinic Inc Substance Abuse Clinic Inc711 North Prater Street Lake Charles, LA 70601(337) 433-8281

Calcasieu adheres to strict federal and state regulations regarding methadone clinics, outlined by the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Behavioral Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Typical certification procedures cover aspects such as licensing, regular compliance inspections, personnel qualifications, dispensing protocols, inventory controls, security standards, and patient limits.

Clinics provide medication-assisted treatment using methadone, an opioid agonist medication that reduces cravings and blocks euphoric effects of other opioids. This allows people struggling with opioid addiction to regain stability and function while managing their recovery. Clinics dispense daily methadone doses under medical supervision along with counseling.

Insurance Coverage

Calcasieu has limited grant-funded methadone clinics offering free or affordable treatment based on financial hardship and lack of health insurance. More typical coverage options include:

  • Medicaid: Louisiana Medicaid programs cover treatment costs, counseling, care coordination, and tests for eligible members subject to restrictions.
  • Private Insurance: Some plans may cover portions subjected to deductibles, copays, exclusions based on the plan details. Coverage varies significantly.

Drug Use in Calcasieu

  • Opioid crisis declared public health emergency in Louisiana in 2017
  • Over 1,500 opioid overdose deaths in Louisiana in 2021
  • High rates of methamphetamine and cocaine use and seizures in Calcasieu Parish specifically

Top 5 most commonly cited drugs in addiction treatment admissions in Calcasieu Parish:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription opioids

Addiction Treatment Overview

Inpatient Treatment

  • Patients reside at facility 24/7 for duration of treatment
  • Typical stay 30, 60 or 90 days
  • Structure, counseling, group therapy, medical care

Outpatient Treatment

  • Patients attend structured programming but do not stay overnight
  • Sessions multiple times per week for several hours a day
  • Offered in various formats – individual, group, family, etc.

Treatment Level Unreported

An estimated 38% of treatment admissions in Calcasieu did not specify treatment level

Comparison of Treatment in Calcasieu Parish vs. East Baton Rouge Parish

CategoryCalcasieu ParishEast Baton Rouge Parish
Number of Treatment Facilities3264
Inpatient Beds Available289521
Approx. Monthly Cost of Treatment$10,000$15,000

Methadone Treatment

What is Methadone

Methadone is an opioid agonist medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). As an opioid, it binds to opioid receptors in the brain, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. However, since it is long-acting without significant euphoria, it stabilizes patients and allows them to function normally without the negative effects of shorter-acting opioids. There is often stigma against MAT, but research shows it is clinically effective.

Methadone Distribution

Methadone distribution is heavily regulated with strict federal and state guidelines:

  1. Urine testing: Patients must undergo at least eight urine tests for illicit drugs in the first year of treatment to detect continued use.
  2. Take-home doses: During the first 14 days, take-home methadone is limited to a one-day supply. More take-homes are allowed over time contingent on progress and stability.
  3. Monitoring: Interprofessional teams including counselors, nurses, and doctors closely monitor patient progress.
  4. Prescription monitoring: Clinicians review the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before dosing to coordinate care and avoid negative drug interactions.

Calcasieu Parish follows the Louisiana controlled substance scheduling of methadone as a Schedule II drug indicating accepted medical use but also potential for abuse/dependence.

Methadone Treatment Effectiveness Research

Methadone has been used to treat opioid addiction since 1947 and considerable research supports its effectiveness. Studies show methadone reduces illicit opioid use, HIV transmission, criminal behavior, and mortality while improving social functioning and retention in treatment compared to placebo, detoxification, drug-free rehabilitation and waitlist groups. Specifically, MAT with methadone is associated with 33% fewer opioid-positive urine drug tests and 4.44 higher odds of staying in treatment versus non-medication approaches. Greater treatment retention itself reduces disease transmission risks and is associated with increased employment.

However, methadone also carries risks including potential for misuse/diversion, severe withdrawal if stopped abruptly, QTc prolongation raising cardiac issues, and respiratory depression/overdose when combined with certain drugs like benzodiazepines. Still, studies find methadone and buprenorphine have similar efficacy in reducing illicit opioid use. Overall methadone provides substantial benefits but requires careful patient selection, dosing, monitoring, and risk mitigation to maximize outcomes.

About Calcasieu

Calcasieu Parish is located in the southwest corner of Louisiana bordering Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. The parish seat and largest city is Lake Charles. Calcasieu Parish covers 1,068 square miles including land and water area. Key infrastructure includes Interstate 10 and Highway 90 providing east-west transportation routes, the Port of Lake Charles shipping channel, and Chennault International Airport.

Population Statistics

As of the 2020 Census, the population of Calcasieu Parish is 192,768 residents. Key demographics include:


  • Male: 94,385 (49%)
  • Female: 98,383 (51%)


  • Under 18 years: 22%
  • 18 to 64 years: 61.1%
  • 65 years and over: 16.9%


  • Management, business, science and arts: 31.4%
  • Service: 20.2%
  • Sales and office: 24.6%
  • Natural resources, construction, maintenance: 13.1%
  • Production, transportation, material moving: 10.7%

The parish’s largest ethnic groups are White (73.7%), Black or African American (19.7%), and Hispanic or Latino (6.4%). Key industries include construction, oil/gas, chemical plants, health care, retail, education, and tourism related to gaming/entertainment venues.