Addiction & the Brain The Townsend Way is the guiding principle and innovative treatment model that shapes our perspective about treating addiction as a brain disease. Getting help at a Townsend Treatment Center is unlike anywhere else. We can help you or your loved one feel better fast with professional addiction care and affordable services at our treatment locations located throughout 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 that addresses and stabilizes you or your loved one’s addiction and related complications.
Personalized Medical Approach
At Townsend Treatment Centers, once your acute medical condition has stabilized, our medical approach offers treatment customized to your individual needs. With a personalized medical focus on the uniqueness of all of our patients, Townsend devises unique, effective, and long-term plans to keep their 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 facilities throughout Louisiana, we offer Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) along with Medical Stabilization services for patients requiring outpatient care. Our programs are facilitated by experienced addiction staff and provide structure for persons who don’t have the clinical need for residential treatment.
One size addiction treatment doesn’t fit all. We tailor treatment for your specific rehabilitation needs.
The last century of substance abuse rehabilitation rested on the premise that patients struggling with addiction were healthy, normal individuals who had made life choices that lead to their chemical dependency. Based on contemporary research, we recognize that “substance abuse” doesn’t accurately describe what we now know. Addiction is a brain 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 you or your loved one’s underlying condition by using The Townsend Way. The traditional acute care inpatient models of treatment fail 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.
Stabilizing the Patient
At Townsend Treatment Centers, we use these innovations with our patients to address the addiction, stabilize any unpleasant physical symptoms of detox, and treat their addiction-related complications. Once a patient’s condition is stabilized, our program offers a unique long-term plan to keep the addiction in remission.
The Townsend Way isn’t drug rehab. Townsend Treatment Centers provide outpatient programs that use 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 has the clinical need for more structured addiction treatment, The Townsend Recovery Center is a full-service integrated care program for patients who require detox services and medical stabilization to address the brain disease of addiction.
Located in Scott, LA (near Lafayette), Townsend Recovery Center 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 Treatment features:
Intimate Environment with Individualized Care
Medical Stabilization Through Withdrawal (also known as Detox)
24-Hour Nursing Coverage
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
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 Centers programming features an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) phase which varies in length according to the patient’s needs. After completing this phase, many Townsend patients choose to enroll in our optional chronic disease management plan that provides former patients with continuing care to keep their disease in remission.
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.
For the Louisiana Family
Weekly Family Night
At Townsend, we interact every day with people who are touched by addiction. We understand how alcohol and drug use impacts important relationships, such as among family members. Because 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 treatment because family members can play an important role in their loved one’s recovery.
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.
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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