Townsend Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center, Lafayette Philosophy
Townsend, owned and operated by Avenues Recovery Centers, has eight addiction facilities located across South Louisiana. Townsend offers a spectrum of innovative rehabilitation services 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.
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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.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
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ABOUT TOWNSEND OUTPATIENT ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER, LAFAYETTE
Part of the Louisiana-based Townsend treatment network, Townsend Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center, Lafayette provides outpatient treatment programs for adults seeking treatment for chemical dependency, as well as other addictive behaviors including compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling. The Lafayette location also offers outpatient medical detox services. It is one of the 19 (14 percent) outpatient detox facilities in Louisiana.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Townsend Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center’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. Genetic testing may also be used to identify biological factors contributing to addictive behavior and help clinicians determine an individualized plan of care.
The Lafayette location operates an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which offers flexible day and evening sessions to accommodate client schedules. Throughout treatment, clients participate in individual therapy, group therapy, and educational classes on substance abuse. Treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). The center is one of the 62 (45.6 percent) of Louisiana treatment facilities that offer dialectical behavior therapy.
Townsend may incorporate medication-assisted therapy (MAT) using Suboxone for clients recovering from opioid dependency. MAT programs were completed by 3,644 clients in Louisiana in 2017, and are used as a way of reducing the impact of withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone has a similar effect on clients as opioids, but without the addictive properties. That way, clients can wean off of opioids using Suboxone, and then wean off of Suboxone over time. Detox is available on an outpatient basis provided that clients are free of other conditions that require ongoing medical treatment.
Additionally, the facility provides support for individuals with a chronic disease and strongly encourages family participation in treatment.
Townsend of Lafayette employs a team of psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, and case managers, as well as phlebotomists for medical testing.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos on the website depict the Townsend of Lafayette offices in a two-story building. The facility is semi-clinical in nature with a focus on having a more relaxed atmosphere. Clients have access to counseling facilities as well as a medical clinic that coordinates detox and medication management services.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet received feedback from alumni of Townsend of Lafayette, though third-party sites yield mixed commentary.
Townsend of Lafayette’s Facebook page, which the organization can manage, Townsend Treatment Centers has an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars from 50 reviews to date.  Four of seven individuals who left commentary gave negative feedback. Michelle wrote in a representative negative review: “This place is a terrible scam and will just get you addicted to another drug.” Three individuals noted that they loved the facility and recommended treatment there.
On Google, the seven individuals who reviewed Townsend of Lafayette at the time of this writing offered mixed experiences at the center with a cumulative average rating of 3.1 out of five stars. Note, at least one disgruntled reviewer visited both secondary reviews sites. On the positive end, Heather, who awarded the facility the five stars, credited the program with saving her life. Heather wrote: “To me and my family, Townsend was a life saver, a miracle program that spoon fed me my recovery until I could get it on my own!!!” However, two-star reviewer Marc cautioned: “Fraudulent company.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mainly favorable feedback to Townsend of Lafayette, rating family involvement, the level of staff support, and available counseling option the highest, with three out of five stars or higher for these categories.
One reviewer awarded most of the survey metrics three out of five stars, including whether they would recommend the facility, the staff's level of experience and training, cleanliness, and holistic treatment offerings. However, this individual offered only one star for affordability and wrote: “Good program, not the most affordable.” The other reviewer, a spouse of a client, awarded the facility a maximum rating of five stars for treatment effectiveness and commended its involvement in the aftercare process.
Townsend of Lafayette accepts a range of private insurance plans, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, to cover the cost of treatment. Clients are responsible for copayments and deductibles, and financing may be available to qualified clients.
Published on April 2019
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