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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.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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.
It has brought my family and me closer, allowing us to do things together without our attention being centered on my using.
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 – LAKE CHARLES
Located in Lake Charles, La., Townsend provides intensive outpatient treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency. Operated by the Townsend network, the facility also treats sex addiction, compulsive gambling, and overeating. If required, the facility can provide medical detoxification on an outpatient basis.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse to help clinicians determine an individualized plan of care.
Townsend’s core program components include group counseling sessions and educational presentations on substance abuse, either during the day or at night. 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.
Townsend has medication-assisted therapy (i.e. Suboxone and naltrexone) for individuals recovering from opioid dependency. In addition, according to the program’s website, Townsend of Lake Charles offers specialized support for clients with a chronic disease. The facility also strongly recommends family involvement throughout treatment, and family nights are held weekly.
Townsend’s website states the staff at Lake Charles includes qualified psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, case managers, and phlebotomists for medical testing.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one loved one who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a generally positive opinion of the program. They gave the center four out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Townsend at Lake Charles.
They also gave the center four stars for family participation and the staff’s experience. Yet, they wrote: “Success, no much comfort. Liked.”
Townsend of Lake Charles accepts a range of private insurance plans 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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