Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center Philosophy
Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center has been helping people recover from addiction for more than 20 years. Our team of caring professionals share over 250 years of experience in breaking the cycle of this devastating, chronic disease. We believe recovery must occur in three areas: physical, emotional and spiritual. Our program is designed to address all three of these key areas from day one. Our facilities and staff provide an environment that encourages a return to basic living skills, development of non-addictive coping skills, recognition of character defects, development of a non self-centered way of living, and a spiritual approach to life.
Areas of Specialization
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Meet the Staff
Jay Weiss, MD, ASAM, Psychiatrist
Jay Weiss, MD, is a graduate of University of Arkansas College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Psychiatry while serving in the United States Air Force for a total of 30 years. Dr. Weiss is ASAM certified (2005) and is board certified in Geriatrics (1994), Addictions/Substance Abuse (1995), and Psychiatry (1991). He is a member of both the AMA and APA associations. His speaking engagements include the FAA conference on Aviation Psychiatry, USAF on Combat Psychiatry and Celestial Navigation. Dr. Weiss believes that staff interaction on both a professional and personal level makes Palmetto an exceptional place for treatment. He gives lectures throughout the country. He is affiliated with the FAA. He has been at Palmetto 15 years.
Phillip Ables, M.ED., LPC
Phillip is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. A Licensed Professional Counselor (#253) for over 22 years, he has worked with individuals, couples and families; patients suffering chronic illness, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Phillip’s counseling is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy. “I will listen to what you say, but I will believe what you do.” No addict will every get better without taking that first step, and asking for help.
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ABOUT PALMETTO ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER
Surrounded by a lake and set on 70 rural acres in the northeastern corner of Louisiana, Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center offers residential and intensive outpatient treatment to adult men and women struggling with substance abuse issues. Clients with co-occurring mental health disorders are also welcomed, and medically monitored detox services are offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Assessment is carried out by the entire staff and considers the client’s behavior, assumption of responsibility, and emotional and spiritual development. Most clients take about 90 days to complete all phases of treatment. Palmetto also offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which many clients move into following their residential stay.
Treatment follows a 12-step, therapeutic community model, with clients expected to work together in regular groups to problem solve in a drug-free setting, as well as participate in individual counseling, family therapy, daily 12-step meetings, and addiction education classes. Medication management is also provided.
Palmetto offers a specialized treatment track for professionals, including medical workers, attorneys, judges, social workers, and licensed professional counselors. Topics include work addiction, caregiving, caretaking, ethics, career adjustment issues, and self-image.
A family program is offered for loved ones and involves counseling, education, and a two-day family workshop. There is also a relapse track for those who have trouble maintaining recovery, which involves extensive work identifying and exploring triggers.
Boasting a staff-to-client ratio of 1:2, Palmetto’s treatment team includes a medical director, a psychiatrist and two attending physicians, along with registered nurses, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, spiritual counselors, and Ph.D. and master’s level counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 100-bed facility is located on 70 acres surrounded by water. Clients are housed in gender-specific cabins on the scenic, remote campus. Each cabin has a kitchen, a living room, and double bedrooms. The campus also has a fitness room, plus basketball and tennis courts.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni response to Palmetto was mostly positive, though a little mixed. When asked if they would recommend the facility, Rehabs.com survey respondents gave an average rating of 3.85 out of five stars. Of the 21 former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three credited the facility with saving their lives, including M.H., who praised the rehab for its personalized approach and described her experience as a “life-changing event.”
Other pleased alumni commended the thoroughness of the program and its ability to uncover underlying issues. Jan told Rehabs.com: “This treatment facility and the counselors showed me how to dig further, to expose my weakness, fears, behaviors, thoughts, feelings etc. This allowed me to face and process the roots of my addiction.”
Not all alumni felt this way, though. Of the 21 formers patients surveyed, five rated their overall treatment effectiveness just two out of five stars or less. Some former clients took issue with the facility’s very traditional, 12-step treatment method. P.L. described Palmetto as “way behind the times in addiction treatment. Old-school break 'em down and build 'em back up.” Marty agreed, giving the facility just one star for its treatment effectiveness and writing: “I am a practicing physician and I was treated horribly. Awful facility-unprofessional and simply not in tune with modern addiction treatment.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones gave Palmetto mostly positive feedback — of the six individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, five said they would recommend the program to others, with an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars. “People Listen to your Problems and honestly try there best to Help” wrote an anonymous friend of one alum.
They also awarded the facility an average rating of four out of five stars for its family participation. M.J. told Rehabs.com: “We had family weekend. Helped us be a part of the recovery process.”
Yet one loved one, a parent who chose to remain anonymous, gave the facility just one star for its treatment effectiveness, telling Rehabs.com: “I know this is one of the few places professional can go to keep there license. Other than that this place is not for someone who needs help getting clean or regaining their life.”
Fees for residential treatment start at $11,800 for the first month, $10,100 for the second month, and $8,000 for the third month. Costs for outpatient treatment start at $2,400 per month. The facility does accept some private insurance plans.
Updated March 2017
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