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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
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.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
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.
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 – BATON ROUGE
Townsend of Baton Rouge provides outpatient-based treatment programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse or other addictive behaviors, such as compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling. One of nine facilities of the Louisiana-based Townsend network, the Baton Rouge location 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. Before beginning treatment, clients take a substance abuse assessment to assist clinicians in forming an individualized plan of care.
The Baton Rouge facility operates an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which offers flexible day and evening sessions. Clients participate in individual therapy, group therapy sessions, and educational classes on substance abuse. Treatment modalities include motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) (e.g., Suboxone) may be recommended for individuals recovering from opioid dependency. Unique to Townsend’s model of treatment, the program offers genetic testing, which may help indicate specific biological factors contributing to addictive behavior.
Family participation in treatment is highly recommended, and family night is held weekly. If applicable, Townsend of Baton Rouge also offers ongoing chronic disease management and support.
The center’s website states that under the direction of a clinical director, Townsend of Baton Rouge employs a team of psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, case managers, and phlebotomists for medical testing.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos on the Townsend website of the Baton Rouge outpatient facility depict bright, airy meeting rooms with comfortable seating.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The alum polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing offered mixed feedback about the experience at Townsend of Baton Rouge. This anonymous former client made harshly critical comments about the doctor who rendered care. However, they also wrote: “I can't say enough about how I much I loved my counselors and overall the whole staff. Stay away from the doctor, she is a train wreck.”
On Google, Townsend of Baton Rouge received an average of 3.5 out of five stars based on four reviews to date. Feedback was uneven – two reviews were one and three stars and the other two reviews were perfect five stars. Mike, the one star reviewer, complained about lack of caring and attention and over concern with money: “Self, money hungry people that do not care about the patient.” Three-star reviewer Michael echoed that sentiment: “They treat you with little respect” and added: “However, the upper management and doctors are good the counselors and teachers could use replacement. You get what you get. But not what they charge for.” The five-star reviewers did not leave any comments.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive feedback for Townsend of Baton Rouge. They awarded four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and accommodations/amenities. They also offered both four and five stars for a number of other metrics, including counseling options, staff experience and training, family participation, visitor policy, cleanliness, affordability, and the likelihood of recommending the facility to others. This loved one wrote: “Really caring about the people that are treating.” Although they mentioned the food was not great,they noted: “The staff is very professional. It's always clean.”
According to the center’s website, Townsend of Baton Rouge has contracts with many insurance and managed care providers, 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 January 2018
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