Townsend Treatment Centers in New Orleans, LA

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(3.3 of 5)
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3620 Chestnut St.
New Orleans LA 70115

Townsend Treatment Centers Philosophy

Townsend offers a spectrum of innovative rehabilitation services, throughout eight addiction facilities located across South Louisiana, based on the needs of each patient. Patients are treated with encouragement and respect by blending high quality addiction therapy with compassionate counseling in a safe recovery environment. The core philosophy at Townsend is that addiction is a chronic brain disease that can be managed or put in “remission.” Using The Townsend Way their team strives to help both patients and loved ones heal from their addictions and enjoy an improved quality of life. Once the patient’s acute medical condition has stabilized, The Townsend Way offers a unique, effective, and long-term plan to keep his or her addiction in remission.

Townsend treatment offers an intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) phase which varies in length according to the patient’s needs. After completing this IOP phase, Townsend provides former patients with continuing care via enrollment in their optional chronic disease management plan to keep their disease in remission.

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

  • Medical Detoxification
    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Facility Highlights

Personalized Attention

Group and Individual Counseling

Addiction Education

Meet the Staff

Howard Wetsman, MD

Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. Howard Wetsman founded the Townsend outpatient addiction centers of South Louisiana, where he is currently the Chief Medical Officer. At Townsend, Dr. Wetsman has been developing a pharmacogenetic sequencing algorithm to increase scientific accuracy, provide better individualization, and yield better outcomes in the treatment of addiction.
The author of three books, including QAA: Questions and Answers on Addiction, Dr. Wetsman began his career as a naval medical officer. He rose to the role of Medical Director for the Naval Medical Center’s Crisis Intervention Unit in Portsmouth, Virginia, where his exemplary service earned him a Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Wetsman is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He maintains duties as a Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU School of Medicine and lectures frequently on topics related to the Neurobiology of Addiction, including the latest developments in Genetics and Addiction.
You can read his leading edge discussions about addiction treatment and genetic testing at addictiondoctor.org

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ABOUT TOWNSEND – NEW ORLEANS

Part of the Louisiana-based Townsend network, Townsend of New Orleans provides intensive outpatient treatment programs for men and women struggling with chemical dependency or other addictive issues, including sex addiction, overeating, and compulsive gambling. If necessary, the program provides outpatient-based, medical detoxification.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the center’s website, upon admission, clients meet with a clinician for a substance abuse assessment, who then develops an individualized plan of care. To accommodate client schedules, the New Orleans location holds sessions in the day and evening.

Townsend’s treatment approach is designed to address the neurobiological factors of addiction, namely the effect of substances or behaviors on the brain’s reward centers. And to investigate what may make a client more susceptible to addiction, the program offers genetic testing.

During treatment, clients participate in group counseling sessions and educational classes on substance abuse. Family participation throughout treatment is highly recommended, and the program holds a family night each week. If a client is recovering from opioids, Townsend has medication-assisted therapy (i.e. Suboxone and naltrexone) to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The facility also offers ongoing, specialized support for clients with a chronic disease, according to the program’s website.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The center’s website states the staff members at the New Orleans facility include psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, and case managers. To facilitate genetic testing, the facility also employs phlebotomists.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The one alum who left a review at Rehabs.com at the time of this writing had negative things to write about Townsend in New Orleans. A.G. wrote: “Townsend is by far the biggest scam treatment center ever. They teach you nothing about recovery...This is not a good place for someone trying to get sober.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The one loved one who was polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a positive review. They gave the center four out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Townsend in New Orleans.

They wrote: “I think it's a good "In and out" facility. I wouldn't recommend it for long term stay. I wish they were well equipped for long-term. It's a great facility for short term.”

They also rated the center high for the staff’s experience, counseling options, and affordability.

FINANCING

Townsend of New Orleans accepts private insurance to cover the cost of treatment, according to the facility’s website. Patients are responsible for co-payments and deductibles, and financing may be available to qualified clients.

Updated February 2017

Published on March 2017

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Townsend is by far the biggest scam treatment center ever. They teach you nothing about recovery...This is not a good place for someone trying to get sober.

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I think it's a good "In and out" facility. I wouldn't recommend it for long term stay. I wish they were well equipped for long-term. It's a great facility for short term.

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