$2 Million Worth of Drugs Seized in LA Drug Bust

A huge amount of drugs was taken off the streets in Alexandria, Louisiana, at the end of last month – almost $2 million worth of narcotics, according to the US Department of Defense. With an aviation assist from the Louisiana National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force and Aviation Operation, Louisiana State Police and local authorities were able to apprehend an individual responsible for allegedly possessing about 70 pounds of drugs, including about $1.5 million worth of crystal meth, about $100,000 worth of cocaine, heroin valued at about $120,000, and promethazine syrup worth about $3,000. Additionally, authorities also confiscated more than $67,000 in cash.

The investigation started about a month prior to the arrest and seizure. Authorities say that it is ongoing and will likely result in more arrests.

Dry Spell

In the course of active addiction, there is a constant flow of high highs and low lows. When someone who is physically and psychologically dependent on a substance and used to getting it from a specific source is suddenly unable to access their drug of choice, it can be a time of high stress. Without regular use, withdrawal symptoms may kick in – an extreme physiological and psychological response to being without the drug of choice that can be deeply devastating.

In this state, a person may be more likely to do things that they would not do if addiction were not a factor, including harming family members emotionally or physically and/or committing criminal acts in order to get more of their drug of choice. It can be devastating not only to the individual and their families but also to innocent bystanders.

Families in Trouble

Though the focus is often on the individual struggling with the addiction disorder, the fact is that the disorder negatively impacts a huge circle of people around that individual. Families can be hit hard by addiction. It is just as important for them to reach out for help, so they can begin their own journey to recovery and also avoid enabling behaviors that may inadvertently prolong the amount of time their loved one spends in active addiction. This means that it is appropriate for a loved one to seek treatment even if the person struggling with addiction is not actively seeking treatment.

The sooner that family members learn about the nature of addiction and what behaviors are enabling, the more likely it is that they will be able to help their loved one begin the treatment process.

Understanding the Course of Active Addiction

Addiction is a complex and chronic disease that affects millions of people around the world. It's characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior, even when the consequences of using drugs are negative. Addiction can have severe physical, emotional, and social consequences that can last a lifetime. In this article, we will explore the course of active addiction, from the initial use of drugs to the development of addiction and the stages of recovery.

The Initial Use

The first stage of addiction is the initial use of drugs. This stage is when a person first experiments with drugs, whether it's marijuana, alcohol, or prescription drugs. The reasons for initial drug use can vary, but some common reasons include peer pressure, curiosity, and stress relief. During this stage, the person may experience a rush of euphoria or pleasure, which can lead to further drug use.

The Experimentation Stage

The experimentation stage is when a person begins to use drugs on a regular basis. At this stage, the person may begin to experience some negative consequences of drug use, such as poor academic or work performance, relationship problems, and health issues. However, the person may believe that they can control their drug use and that they can stop at any time.

The Risky Use Stage

The risky use stage is when a person begins to use drugs despite the negative consequences. At this stage, the person may experience financial problems, legal issues, and physical and mental health problems. The person may also begin to isolate themselves from family and friends and prioritize drug use over other important aspects of their life.

The Dependence Stage

The dependence stage is when a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on drugs. At this stage, the person may experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using drugs, such as nausea, vomiting, and seizures. The person may also experience intense drug cravings and may spend most of their time and money on obtaining drugs.

The Addiction Stage

The addiction stage is the final stage of active addiction. At this stage, the person has lost control over their drug use and is unable to stop using drugs despite the negative consequences. The person may experience a decline in physical and mental health, and their relationships may suffer. The addiction stage can have severe consequences, such as overdose, which can be fatal.

The Stages of Recovery

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process that involves several stages. The first stage is detoxification, which involves removing drugs from the person's system. The second stage is rehabilitation, which involves addressing the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction. The third stage is maintenance, which involves ongoing support to prevent relapse.

Treatment Options for Addiction

There are various types of treatment options available for addiction. The most effective treatment plan is one that is tailored to the individual's specific needs and circumstances. Some of the common types of addiction treatment options include:

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy aims to identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with drug use. This type of therapy can help individuals develop coping skills, improve communication skills, and manage stress.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT involves the use of medication, such as methadone or buprenorphine, along with behavioral therapy to treat addiction. Medications can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and reduce drug cravings.

Support Groups

Support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), provide a safe space for individuals to share their experiences and receive support from others who are also recovering from addiction.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs involve living at a facility where individuals receive 24-hour care and support. These programs typically offer a combination of behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and support groups.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment allows individuals to receive addiction treatment while still maintaining their daily responsibilities, such as work or school. Outpatient programs may involve individual counseling sessions, group therapy sessions, or a combination of both.

It's important to note that recovery from addiction is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It may take several attempts at different types of treatment before finding the right approach that works best for the individual.

Is Your Loved One Ready to Take the First Step or the Next Step?

There is no cure for addiction, a disorder that alters the function of both the brain and the body in deeply impactful ways. This means that though entry into treatment is certainly effective and can allow for remission for years, if not a lifetime, it is not a guarantee that relapse will not occur.

Addiction actually changes the shape and function of neurons in the brain, altering how the brain communicates with the body and manages impulse control. Not only does this make it difficult to manage drug and alcohol use, but it can also mean a lesser ability to moderate any behavior that triggers the “pleasure pathway” in the brain and creates a “high.” This means that certain behaviors, such as gambling, shopping, sex, and more, are often just as problematic as drug and alcohol use. Issues with any of these behaviors can make it more difficult to function healthfully in life and maintain emotional stability and balance.

If your loved one has relapsed to any addictive behavior and is struggling to find stability in recovery, you can help. By maintaining boundaries and separating the reality of the situation from what you would like it to be, you can help your loved one to accurately assess what is going on and connect with treatment that can help if necessary.

Whether it is a dry spell caused by a huge drug bust that triggers this epiphany moment or your own personal realization that things have to change, you can play an integral part in helping your family member connect with comprehensive treatment that can help them heal.


The course of active addiction can be devastating, both for the person struggling with addiction and their loved ones. It's important to understand the stages of addiction and the stages of recovery to provide effective support and treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, seek professional help as soon as possible. There are many resources available to help you or your loved one on the path to recovery.


Since joining the Townsend content team, Shlomo has become a thought leader in the addiction field. He is a Seinfeld junkie, a recovering Twitter fanatic, and a sports expert. He enjoys milk shakes and beautiful views from rooftops.