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
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Meet the Staff
Howard Wetsman, MD
Chief Medical Officer
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 – METAIRIE
Part of the Louisiana-based Townsend network, Townsend of Metairie, a community located seven miles northwest of New Orleans, provides intensive outpatient treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency and other addictive behaviors, including compulsive sex, overeating, and compulsive gambling. If necessary, the Metairie location also offers medical detoxification on an outpatient basis.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, upon admission, clients meet with a clinician for a substance abuse assessment, who develops an individualized plan of care. Then, clients participate in group counseling sessions and educational classes on substance abuse. To accommodate client schedules, the Metairie 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.
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. According to the program’s website, Townsend also offers ongoing, specialized support for clients with a chronic disease.
Townsend’s website states the facility in Metairie employs psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, case managers, and phlebotomists for medical testing.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The one person who left a Google Review at the time of this writing gave the center five out of five stars, but didn’t leave any commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one loved one who was surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a glowingly positive review. They gave the center five out of five stars overall.
They also gave the center five stars for the staff support, the quality of counseling, and treatment effectiveness. They wrote to Rehabs.com: “The entire person was treated, body, mind, spirit.”
Townsend of Metairie 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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