Townsend Treatment Centers in Houma, LA

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(3.5 of 5)
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1340 W. Tunnel Blvd #212
Houma LA 70360

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

  • 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.

  • Intensive Outpatient
    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.

Facility Highlights

Medical Director is a Psychiatrist

Weekly Family Program

Chronic Disease Management

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


Located 57 miles southwest of New Orleans, Townsend of Houma, La., provides intensive outpatient treatment programs, outpatient treatment, and medication-assisted detoxification go adults struggling with chemical dependency. Operated by the Louisiana-based Townsend network, this center also treats compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling.


According to the center’s website, Townsend’s treatment approach is designed to address the underlying neurobiological factors of addiction, namely the effect that addictive behaviors have on the brain’s reward centers. Upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment — and for some, genetic testing — to help clinicians determine an individualized plan of care.

To accommodate client schedules, the Houma location offers both day and evening outpatient sessions. Throughout treatment, clients participate in group therapy and attend educational classes on substance abuse. Townsend may also incorporate medication-assisted therapy (i.e. Suboxone and naltrexone) for individuals recovering from opioid dependency.

According to the facility’s website, the program is designed for busy professionals, parents, and students. Townsend of Houma also provides support for individuals with a chronic disease and strongly encourages family participation in treatment. The center also provides weekly family night, cognitive therapy, and individual therapy.


The center’s website states Townsend of Houma employs a team of psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, case managers, and phlebotomists for medical testing.


The one employee polled by at the time of this writing suggested that the program had issues with organization and program implementation. The staff member only gave the center one out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Townsend in Houma.

However, they did give the center three stars in a number of categories including the visitor policy and the staff’s experience.

“All over the place no real rhym or reason and after three weeks was useless to hear same information,” they wrote.


According to the center’s website, Townsend of Houma accepts a range of private insurance plans to cover the cost of treatment, as well as self-payment. Clients are responsible for co-payments and deductibles, and financing may be available to qualified individuals.

Updated February 2017

Published on March 2017

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Connecting with others was a strength. All over the place no real rhym or reason and after three weeks was useless to hear same information.Seemed to be more worried about money the. The patients. Never heard from anyone after completing the program.

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