Townsend Addiction Treatment Programs

The Townsend Way

The Townsend Way is our guiding principle and our innovative treatment model that shapes our perspective about the disease of addiction and the reason why getting help at a Townsend facility is unlike anywhere else. We can help you feel better fast with compassionate addiction care and affordable services at our programs located throughout the South Louisiana.

Genetic Components of Addiction

At Townsend, we use groundbreaking innovations developed by our Chief Medical Officer, Howard Wetsman, MD. A New Orleans-based Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine expert, Dr. Wetsman pioneered the use of genetic testing and proprietary medical monitoring to collect scientific data to address and stabilize the individual’s addiction and related complications.

At our facility, 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 – which is freedom worth experiencing. Unfortunately, there is no cure for addiction. Townsend seeks the remission of symptoms that stop a person from seeking drugs or engaging in other behaviors to fix symptoms.

Continuum of Care

At seven of our Townsend outpatient care facilities, the experienced staff provides compassionate care for you and your loved ones in our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). At our facility in Scott, LA, we also offer Residential Detox and Treatment at the Townsend Recovery Center.

Our IOP program allows flexibility in treatment scheduling that is not found in inpatient programs. At our facilities we offer day and evening programs that make it possible for the busy professional, parent, and student to address their addictions while maintaining the other important responsibilities in their lives.

Addiction or Substance Abuse

The Townsend Way

The last century of substance abuse rehabilitation rested on the premise that patients struggling with addiction were healthy, normal individuals who made life choices that lead to their chemical dependency. Based on contemporary research, we recognize “substance abuse” doesn’t accurately describe what we now know. Addiction is a disease.  

Looking at this condition as a brain disease, addiction involves a faulty reward system in the brain related to the neurotransmitter dopamine that controls motivation, focus, and enjoyment. Many people with a poor dopamine signal experience an imbalance that may push them to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to feel better.

Unlike other rehab programs, we treat your loved one’s underlying condition using The Townsend Way. Traditional acute care inpatient model of treatment fails to help people suffering from addiction because symptoms are only temporarily suppressed. The underlying primary illness remains untreated which leads to relapse.

What is The Townsend Way?

Our revolutionary approach to addiction treatment is the result of Dr. Howard Wetsman’s dissatisfaction with standard treatments that failed to help many of his addiction patients. As an authority in the field of addiction medicine, Dr. Wetsman pioneered a treatment method that uses genetic testing and proprietary medical monitoring to collect scientific data from patients, which helps in customizing their treatment.

At Townsend, we use these innovations with our patients to address the addiction, stabilize any unpleasant physical symptoms of detox, and treat the individual’s addiction-related complications. Once a patient’s condition is stabilized, our program offers a unique long-term plan for patients to keep their addiction in remission.

Patient Q & A

The Townsend Way isn’t drug rehab. Townsend is an outpatient program that uses genetic testing, disease monitoring, the latest medications, and therapy as a method for treating addiction developed by addiction expert Dr. Howard Wetsman.

Residential Treatment – Townsend Recovery Center

Townsend recognizes that addiction is a neurobiological disease that can be effectively treated and managed. A patient’s level of care will depend on his or her addiction severity but we can help.

If you or your loved one shows the clinical need for more structured addiction care, the Townsend Recovery Center is a full service integrated care facility for patients who require detox services and medical stabilization to address the chronic, biological disease of addiction.

Located in Scott, LA near Lafayette, this Townsend facility is a private residential addiction recovery atmosphere. We treat our patients with encouragement and respect by blending high quality addiction therapy with compassionate counseling in a safe recovery environment.

Our Residential Detox and Residential Treatment Facility Features:

  • Intimate Environment with Individualized Care
  • Medical Stabilization Through Withdrawal (also known as Detox)
  • 24-Hour Nursing Coverage
  • Personalized Attention
  • Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
  • Group and Individual Counseling
  • Weekly Family Program
  • Swimming Pool offering water aerobics and aqua therapy
  • 2:1 Ratio Patient to Staff
  • Travel Assistance Available
  • Most Insurance Accepted

Co-Occurring Disorders

As a part of our customized residential care we treat each patient’s addiction and co-occurring disorders under the supervision of our Medical Director, Dr. Howard Wetsman, MD, a Psychiatrist who originated The Townsend Way of addiction care.

Our Treatment Philosophy

Our philosophy is that addiction is a chronic brain disease that can be managed or put in “remission.” Using The Townsend Way our team can help you or your loved one heal from their addictions and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Length of Treatment

Townsend treatment begins with an intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) phase which varies in length according to the patient’s needs. After completing this IOP phase, Townsend provides our former patients with continuing care may choose to enroll in our optional chronic disease management plan to keep their disease in remission.

Family Involvement

For the Louisiana Family

Weekly Family Night

At Townsend, we interact with people who are touched by addiction every day. We understand how alcohol and drug use impacts relationships, especially among families. Our patients and their loved ones need a strong support network to fight the disease of addiction. We have incorporated a Weekly Family Night as a component of our addiction treatment because family members can play an important role in the recovery of their loved one.

Alumni & Continuing Care Services

Following treatment, Townsend would like to continue to assist you on your recovery journey which is lifelong. It’s an essential part of your sober life to have a strong network of sober friends who are also in recovery. While in rehabilitation, our patients often form strong connections and friendships with others in the program. Staying in touch with Townsend alumni can help increase your chances for long-term recovery.

Alumni Association

Townsend has created local alumni associations that host events throughout the year to assist our alumni and their families with the development and maintenance of this network of friends and supporters. Contact your local Townsend facility location to learn more about upcoming events.

Weekly Continuing Care Group

Townsend welcomes all former patients to participate in our weekly Continuing Care group. For patients who suffer from a chronic medical issue, we will help them develop coping skills to manage their chronic condition following recovery.
Following treatment, we can help patients manage their health with an optional chronic disease management plan.


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