Woodlake Addiction Recovery

3015 Highway 956, Ethel, Louisiana, 70730

OVERALL REVIEWS

3

Avg. score from 20 reviews

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About Woodlake Addiction Recovery

Philisophy

"Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center is based on the Traditions and Principles of the 12-step programs and the founding Oxford Group. The Four Absolutes –Honesty, Unselfishness, Love, and Purity and the guiding keys of the Beatitudes were the basics of the Oxford Group from which AA and other 12-steps programs originated. Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center parallels the founding Oxford absolutes, the keys or attitudes to happiness, and the guiding principles of the 12 Step Programs into the four phases of their treatment.

Specialization

Holistic approach

Treatment involves a holistic approach addressing the interrelated components of the personality which includes the spiritual, the mental, the emotional, the social, the physical, and the volitional or the will power of the person.

Family Counseling

Families are invited to attend a Family Weekend to receive education regarding the disease of addiction for family members and participation in family group sessions. Woodlakes Family Education model focuses on the disease concept, spirituality, the loss of personalities, defenses, neurological chemistry of addiction, the principles of the 12 step programs, and includes specific task to assist with redefining self and recovery. The Family Education group work is designed to allow the family members to explore their pain in the midst of the addiction, openly and honestly discuss resentments, determine proper amends and realistic expectations, and devise specific means to continue the recovery process while improving the relationship and enhanced communication.

Facility Highlights
  • 12-step programs
  • Spiritual Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
Meet the Staff
THOMAS ESTIS, PHD, NCC, LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMFT-BAS, LAC, ICADC

THOMAS ESTIS, PHD, NCC, LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMFT-BAS, LAC, ICADC

DIRECTOR

Thomas Estis, Ph.D. holds an Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work from Jackson State University and a Master of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana – Monroe; Dr. Estis’ credentials include national and state licensure: NCC, LPC, LPC-S , LMFT-BAS, LAC, and ICADC; Witnessing families in crisis for years prior to the addicted person entering treatment or recovery, Dr. Estis’ dissertation focused on a qualitative study that researched the crisis necessary for the addicted person(s) to embrace treatment and ultimately recovery. Dr. Estis’ experiences span more than two decades of individual, group, and family counseling, speaking engagements including state and national level and a COA background. Dominant therapeutic approaches include Gestalt and Existential Therapy which affords a holistic and spiritual roadmap for correlating the spiritual awakening stressed in the Twelve (12) Steps Recovery Programs.

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LOUIS CATALDIE, MD-ABAM

LOUIS CATALDIE, MD-ABAM

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Louis Cataldie, MD, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addictive Medicine. He has been in the field of addictionology for thirty years. He has served as coroner of East Baton Rouge Parish, Medical Examiner for the State of Louisiana, Medical Director of the Office of Addictive Disorder for Louisiana, and Medical Director for the State of Louisiana Emergency Medical Services. Doctor Cataldie was also a consultant to the White House on Adolescent Inhalant Abuse during the Reagan years. He serves as Medical Director for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

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ABOUT WOODLAKE ADDICTION RECOVERY

Woodlake Addiction Recovery operates two residential addiction treatment facilities in Louisiana: Woodlake Ethel, 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, and Woodlake West in Abbeville. The centers emphasize 12-step processes and holistic recovery. Individuals who have received a dual diagnosis of chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders are accommodated, and programming that caters to legal and health professionals is provided. Medically supervised detoxification and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) are also offered.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Assessment and the admissions process for treatment at Woodlake Addiction Recovery begins with a phone consultation. Treatment follows a four-phase, faith-based residential rehab program that includes the 12-Steps. The center holds that addiction is both a neurological disease and a manifestation of underlying psychological and spiritual trauma.

The building blocks of treatment are individual and group therapy, 12-step meetings, education about addiction, training in sober living skills, and physical activity. There are also dedicated services for those who have experienced trauma and professionals. Only 91 (66.9 percent) of treatment facilities in Louisiana offer trauma-based counseling. The final stage of residential treatment focuses on building a recovery network and preparing for discharge and aftercare.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery offers a 6-8 week program, making it one of Louisiana’s 30 (22.1 percent) long-term treatment facilities. It also offers one of the state’s 13 (9.6 percent) residential detox programs.

Woodlake also offers an intensive outpatient relapse prevention program. The IOP is offered as entry-level or step-down care. A year of aftercare is provided after completion of the six- to eight-week program. Random drug screenings are required, and some clients are referred through an employee assistance program.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment staff features a board-certified addictionologist, a doctorate-level social worker, master's level counselors, psychiatrists, and nurses. Various certifications and experience listed in staff bios include grief counseling, eye movement desensitization, and reprocessing (EMDR), domestic violence counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), transgenerational therapy, and Gestalt. To date, the five individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com praised the staff's aptitude.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.6/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The Woodlake Addiction Recovery has a beautiful campus with tree-lined trails and light-filled indoor spaces. Clients have access to a fishing pond, a putting green, and an indoor workout room. Exercise is a priority, which is included in a 16-hour full day's schedule posted online.

Clients can also expect a strictly structured setting with a dress-code, assigned chores, and limited interaction between men and women. Tobacco use is allowed on campus. To date, the five individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com felt the facilities were well-kept.

Cleanliness: 4.2/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni feedback for Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center was mixed. Of the 13 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, six were critical and seven mostly favorable. The most common concern expressed, including from former clients who shared positive experiences, was the cost of treatment. Other repeated criticisms centered on food and strict regulations with consequences. A few alumni indicated that staff were condescending.

By contrast, positive reviewers repeatedly praised the physical facility and the staff. One alum highlighted the staff's investment in clients beyond graduation, characterizing them as both caring and experienced. Another individual described the grounds as “clean and serene.” On the other hand, Carla reported that the facility was not as "luxurious" as represented in marketing materials, though awarded perfect five-star ratings for the facility's lead counselors, effectiveness of group counseling, and ability to resolve conflict.

On Google, Woodlake Addiction Recovery has an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars from 48 reviews to date, with mixed experiences.[1] Alum A.S. wrote, “This only made my life harder,” while Vince disagreed, writing, "Everyone was very helpful and I loved the education. God sent me to woodlake recovery center for sure."

On Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page, it has a much better rating. At the time of this writing, Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center had a rating of 4.9 out of five stars from 50 reviews to date.[2] Alumni wrote how treatment “gave me my second change” and described staff as "helpful, “awesome and caring.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

At the time of writing, the seven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mixed reviews. While four loved ones provided positive feedback about the staff for their kind treatment and two characterized the program as life-saving, others noted that the care was “subpar” and the staff was “very easily manipulated.”

Loved one Robert awarded five-star ratings for the facility's family involvement, level of staff support, and its family program. "It's expensive, average insurance will leave a balance typically. Otherwise, the setting, staff and program were wonderful!" Robert wrote.

FINANCING

Woodlake Addiction Recovery accepts insurance from more than a dozen insurance providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and United at the time of this writing. The center also assists clients in working with independent financing companies. Fees are due in 30-day increments, beginning with a full month upon admission. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com offered mixed-to-critical opinions concerning cost.

Affordability: 2.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/woodlakecenter3015/reviews

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    3.1/5
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    3.3/5
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    2.6/5
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  • Frances Marie
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    The workers don’t smile. They make it seem like a concentration camp and everyone is in it. Not welcoming at all. I get tough love. But I also believe in a happy God that would want the recovery to feel like you are loved. My son had to go a week without the things he ordered because they lost his order. I am surprised he went on to live a sober life. He must have been really ready. Because this place would make a sober person wanna drink. It’s a shame because they take your money. And you expect a good experience. I guess my husband I should have shopped around more. We came all the way from north Louisiana because we read the reviews in the site. I pray they read This and learn to add love to their roster. Frances
  • Recovered User
    All the staff from Doctors all the way to the Health Techs are just wonderful. They treat everyone with kindness, respect and with no judgment. I graduated from the facility with all the tools and motivation to continue my recovery in my own community.
  • anonymous
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    Our son was there for 30 day. We found the care was subpar. Staff is very easily manipulated. Too many former patients running the place. The facilities are filthy ! Bird poop all over the windows in the dining area. Bed Bugs, dirty cabins. The food is marginal at best. Also, there was a box in the woods where people could drop off cell phones for patients. The management needs a serious turnover. It used to be an excellent treatment facility. Not sure what has happened. Did not know how bad it was until he went to another facility with excellent staff, clean facilities and professional counselors and employees.
  • Faith
    Woodlake saved me at a time when I wasn’t sure I wanted that. I came in after 18 years in Recovery and a 4 year relapse. I was the oldest woman there and the other women embraced me and loved me when I couldn’t do it myself. Thank god for the gorgeous grounds, my counselor. BTW- still clean,
  • Anonymous
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    I believe they did a wonderful job. brother has completely changed and is still doing great to this day. They focus on eah person differently and really care about them.
  • JTC
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    I have been here. I hated this place. You get everyday almost to tattle if you talked to a woman or one talk to you. I feel like the maturity of the place all over was non existing. And you get punished for dumb things yes you make a mistake. Correct me and let me move on this was my first recovery place. The food was horrible. I felt like I was in another body and not mine having to please staff and watch people get caught even for looking or talking to a girl . I do not recommend this place and I left ama cause I quit on my own. There is a time in your life were you just say why anymore my friends all have grown up have kids and I wasted 3-5 years chasing drugs and it gets to be enough. You literally have to start going people\'s trust and show the person you are not steal or hustle for anything. Be a genuine person that wants better. Hope this helps
  • Anonymous
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    Clean and serene grounds. Costly.
  • Anonymous
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    Solid treatment and good staff.
  • Lauren
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    My son went here for 27 days....it saved his life!! The staff was always nice and eager to help. He\'s now in traansitional living and doing really well! He has a whole different outlook on life now. I\'m so glad we chose woodlake!!
  • xxxx
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    Woodlake is all about money. Not recovery. The cook didn\'t know even know how to cook cabbage.
  • Glen
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    Three specific doctors and staff are WONDERFUL. They are the best in the business and if sobriety is your goal, I recommend Woodlake with A+ ratings in every possible category. The facility and grounds are second to none. The staff is caring and experienced, and treat you with love, respect, honesty from your first day right on thru to graduation AND beyond.
  • K
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    If you are in need of detox, DO NOT GO HERE!!!! The techs are great! but that\'s about it!!!! If you love them, bring them somewhere else!!!!
  • Robert
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    Daughter embraced the 12 Step Program, and is sponsoring others. It's expensive, average insurance will leave a balance typically. Otherwise, the setting, staff and program were wonderful!
  • Anonymous
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    The facility had very nice employees and treated my relative very well. The price was a little steep. It was a very nice experience and I recommend it for anyone who is trying to overcome addiction.
  • Jc
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    My comment would be: They try to care but they don't actually care. ... Guys can\'t look at girls and vice versa. I have quit alcohol and drugs on my own. It is all will power. If you're not ready, don\'t fake it for family. Say you aren\'t ready. But Woodlake was my worst experience. If they said you talked to a girl, on Monday you have to say yes, I talked to a girl. They take your visitation phone and anything else that might make you feel human. I left against medical advice. ... And I\'m upset about how they act like they are perfect and us addicts are screw ups. I hated this place. I learned on my own how much I love my life and I stopped. Don\'t add drama to your life and make excuses. Say it\'s for you, and you love your life. I love all who change their lives. But since, I've been safe. I just wanted to say my experience there. You will hate it. Sorry for being blunt. Love all.
  • rc
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    My experience at Woodlake was not a good one. You were treated almost like an inmate. You could not walk the grounds by yourself without some staff member telling you you were in trouble. Many of the staff were extremely condescending... The staff allowed certain individuals to spiral out of control and in one instance almost caused a huge brawl among the patients. All this disrupted my and other's recovery and for $10,000 we should have received better treatment, better control over the patients, and a compassionate, helpful environment.
  • Carla
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    Not nearly as luxurious as photos/website. Overall good counselors.
  • Jeffery
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    Very good treatment center.
  • Cyndi
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    Constant contact with counselors and family and family counseling with patient.
  • JA
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    I would not recommend this place for treatment. You would be better served attending AA or NA on your own. Understaffed, unorganized and closed-minded are the terms I would use to describe this place. Also, there are no one-on-one sessions on a regular basis to help the patient identify the and work through the problems that lead to the addiction in the first place.