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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
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.
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.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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 - NEW ORLEANS
One of eight facilities operated by the Louisiana-based Townsend Recovery Centers, Townsend of New Orleans provides intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment for adult men and women struggling with chemical dependency and other addictions, including sex addiction, overeating, and gambling. Where necessary, outpatient-based, medical detoxification is also provided.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, clients meet with a clinician upon admission for a substance abuse assessment to create an individualized plan of care. The New Orleans location holds both day and evening sessions to accommodate various client schedules.
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. The program also offers genetic testing to further investigate what may make a client more susceptible to addiction.
Throughout treatment, clients attend group counseling sessions and educational classes on substance abuse. Family participation is highly recommended, as the program holds a family night each week. Clients recovering from opioids may receive medication-assisted therapy (i.e. Suboxone and naltrexone) to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
The facility also offers ongoing, specialized support for those with a chronic disease, according to the program’s website.
The center’s website states the New Orleans staffs a team of psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, and case managers. The center also employs phlebotomists to facilitate genetic testing.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
A.G., the single alum surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, was quite critical. A.G. called Townsend “by far the biggest scam treatment center ever,” adding: “They teach you nothing about recovery...This is not a good place for someone trying to get sober.”
As an organization, Townsend Recovery Centers has an average rating of 4.0 stars out of five from 28 Facebook users though only two of these shared written feedback. Michelle called it a "terrible scam" while Miranda wrote: "I attend here now and I love it." Two Google reviewers also awarded the center five stars but left no further commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
An anonymous loved one, by contrast, shared much more positive feedback. They gave four out of five stars in indicating how strongly they’d recommend Townsend in New Orleans, as well as four stars for the counseling options available, the staff’s level of training and experience, and the family program.
“I think it's a good "In and out" facility,” they told Rehabs.com. “I wouldn't recommend it for long term stay. I wish they were well equipped for long-term. It's a great facility for short term.”
According to its website, Townsend of New Orleans accepts private insurance to cover the cost of treatment. Patients are responsible for co-payments and deductibles, and financing may be available for those who qualify.
Published on February 2018
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