Townsend Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center, Lake Charles in Lake Charles, LA

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635-A Petro Point Drive
Lake Charles LA 70607

Townsend Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center, Lake Charles 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.

Areas of Specialization

  • 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.

  • Individualized Treatment
    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.

Facility Highlights

Medical Director is a Psychiatrist

Weekly Family Program

Chronic Disease Management 360 Guide

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Located in Lake Charles, La., Townsend Lake Charles provides intensive outpatient treatment programs to adults struggling with chemical dependency. This location treats sex addiction, compulsive gambling, and overeating. If required, the facility can provide medical detoxification on an outpatient basis.

Part of the Townsend Treatment Center network, Townsend Lake Charles is one of eight sister facilities located throughout the state of Louisiana.


According to the Townsend's website, upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment to help clinicians determine an individualized plan of care.

Programming typically includes 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. The one loved one polled by at the time of this writing provided four out of five stars for the staff's level of training and experience.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s former clients. However, the 28 people who left reviews on Townsend Treatment Centers's Facebook page, which the facility can manage, provided an average of four out of five stars. It's important to note this page is for all eight locations, not just Lake Charles. [1] The two individuals who left commentary provided conflicting opinions. One alum called it a "scam," while the other alum wrote that they loved the center.


The one loved one surveyed by 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 its treatment of co-occurring disorders.


Townsend of Lake Charles' website indicates it 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.


As of January 28, 2019, all Townsend facilities are no longer owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC). They are now a part of Avenues Recovery Centers.


Published on January 2018

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