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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
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.
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 TREATMENT CENTERS – LAFAYETTE
Part of the Louisiana-based Townsend treatment network, Townsend of Lafayette provides outpatient treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency, as well as other addictive behaviors including compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling. The Lafayette location also offers outpatient medical stabilization (detoxification) services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Townsend’s website, the 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 – and for some, genetic testing – 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), 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 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 an attractive two-story building with ample parking.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Townsend of Lafayette’s Facebook page, which the organization can manage, provided differing impressions of the facility, but were generally positive.  Of the 29 reviews posted to date, 22 were perfect five- and high four-stars for an average rating of 3.9 stars. Seven reviews were only one star, such as from Michelle, who issued the warning: “This place is a terrible scam and will just get you addicted to another drug.” In the only other piece of written commentary, however, five-star reviewer Miranda claimed that she has been clean and sober ever since her treatment prior to 2014.
On Google, the six individuals who reviewed Townsend of Lafayette at the time of this writing offered mixed experiences at the center with a cumulative average rating of 3.3 out of five star. Note, at least one disgruntled reviewer visited both secondary reviews sites. On the positive end, Heather, who awarded the facility the top five stars, credited the program with saving her life. She 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!!!” She also praised the staff: “Townsend has awesome counselors and taught me the ins and outs of my disease to where I understood it and helped me until I could get my life back and my disease under control.” 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, rating family involvement, the level of staff support, and available counseling option the highest. 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 perfect five stars for treatment effectiveness and commended its involvement in the aftercare process.
According to its website, Townsend of Lafayette accepts a range of private insurance plans, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, to cover the cost of treatment. Patients are responsible for co-payments and deductibles, and financing may be available to qualified clients.
Published on November 2017
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