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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
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.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
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 TREATMENT CENTERS – COVINGTON
Part of the Louisiana-based Townsend treatment network, Townsend of Covington provides outpatient treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency, as well as other addictive behavior, including compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling. The Covington facility, located in southeast Louisiana, also offers outpatient medical stabilization (detoxification) services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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. Upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment to help clinicians determine an individualized plan of care. The facility also offers genetic testing, which may help identify the biological factors contributing to addictive behavior.
Townsend Covington operates an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which provides 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), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI).
Townsend may incorporate medication-assisted therapy (MAT) (e.g., Suboxone) for individuals recovering from opioid dependency. Additionally, the facility provides support for individuals with chronic disease and strongly encourages family participation in treatment.
Townsend Treatment Centers employs a team of psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, and case managers, as well as phlebotomists for medical testing, though they do not specify which staff works at which locations.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos on the website depict the Townsend of Covington offices in a brick building complex with ample parking. The only person polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing gave the facility three out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
On Google, a person who reviewed Townsend of Covington at time of writing rated the facility three out of five stars.  Unfortunately, the reviewer did not leave accompanying commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
A loved one polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing awarded three stars for family involvement and four stars for the level of experience and training of the counselors, but only two stars for treatment effectiveness. “This facility was perfectly adequate,” they said, but added: “My loved one is an addict and her time in this facility did not rehabilitate her.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
A review submitted to Rehabs.com from an employee at time of writing questioned the facility’s financial motives. The reviewer praised the quality of some counselors, but admitted: “Some have no interests in saving people from addiction but rather in deceiving desperate people and taking their money.”
Townsend of Covington accepts a range of private insurance plans to cover the cost of treatment, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield. Patients are responsible for co-payments and deductibles, and financing may be available to qualified clients.
Published on November 2017
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