Townsend Treatment Centers in Baton Rouge, LA

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(4 of 5)
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7434 Picardy Avenue, Suite A & B
Baton Rouge LA 70808

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

  • Aftercare Support
    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.

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

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 Editorial Review

Review by Contributors


Townsend of Baton Rouge provides outpatient-based treatment programs for individuals struggling with substance use disorders or other addictive behaviors, such as compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling. One of eight facilities of the Louisiana-based Townsend network, the Baton Rouge location also offers outpatient, medical detoxification services.


According to Townsend’s website, the center’s approach to treatment is designed to address the underlying causes of addiction, namely the effect that substances have on the reward centers of the brain. The Baton Rouge location offers both day and evening sessions.

Before beginning treatment, clients take a substance abuse assessment to assist clinicians in forming an individualized plan of care.

Clients participate in group therapy sessions, as well as attend educational classes on substance abuse. Medication-assisted therapy (i.e. Suboxone and naltrexone) may be recommended for individuals recovering from opioid dependency. Unique to Townsend’s model of treatment, the program also offers genetic testing, which may help indicate specific biological factors contributing to addictive behavior.

Family participation in treatment is highly recommended, and family night is held weekly. If applicable, Townsend of Baton Rouge also offers ongoing chronic disease management and support.


The center’s website states that under the direction of a clinical director, Townsend of Baton Rouge employs a team of psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, case managers, and phlebotomists for medical testing.


Alumni had mixed experiences at Townsend in Baton Rouge. The one alum that was polled by at the time of this writing provided an average review for the center. The anonymous alum wrote poorly about their doctor. However, they also wrote: “I can't say enough about how I much I loved my counselors and overall the whole staff. Stay away from the doctor, she is a train wreck.”

The three people who left Google Reviews for Townsend in Baton Rouge had also mixed experiences at the center.[1]

Two people gave the center five out of five stars. Yet, Michael gave the center three stars and wrote: “They treat you with little respect. Aside from the doctors and medical help the counselors need a lesson on how to treat the paying clients.”


The one anonymous loved one who was polled by at the time of this writing provided a positive review of Townsend in Baton Rouge.

They wrote: “Really caring about the people that are treating.” They mentioned that the food was not great, but admitted: “The staff is very professional. It's always clean.”

They gave the center top marks for the visitor policy, cleanliness, and affordability. However, they did rate the center’s holistic offerings the worst with two out of five stars.


According to the center’s website, Townsend of Baton Rouge accepts a range of private insurance plans to cover the cost of treatment. 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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I loved the group meeting/counciling. I disliked my doctor almost from day one. She rushed through appointments. She would ask questions and while I was talking to she would be typing on the computer, slower than what how fast I was talking. I believe she was actually messaging the midline woman. So she would try to repeat what she thought she heard from me and 75% of the time she would get it wrong and insist that she was right. I am nearly 30 years old, I do not need to be treated like a child. Through the program I would consider myself a A+ plus student, no relapses and no missed meetings. My insurance actually cut the program short because I was doing to we'll. I can't say enough about how I much I loved my counselors and overall the whole staff. Stay away from the doctor, she is a train wreck. I made freinds with some of my group members, who have different doctors, and they don't get hassled nearly as much as I did. I couldn'the have a conversation with the repulsive woman, stay away from her.

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Really caring about the people that are treating. Food was not the best. The staff is very professional. It's always clean.

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