Program Overview

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Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease of the brain – not a moral defect.

Townsend uses a unique way of approaching treatment for addiction involving drugs or alcohol. We view addiction as a chronic disease of the brain. Getting addiction help at a Townsend outpatient or residential treatment center is unlike programs anywhere else. We treat addiction as a medical condition using The Townsend Way. This approach is the guiding principle and innovative medical treatment model that shapes our perspective about treating addiction as a brain disease. We can help you or your loved one feel better fast with professional addiction care and affordable services at one of our nine (9) treatment locations located throughout South Louisiana.

Genetic Components

Pioneering Treatment
At our inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, we use groundbreaking innovations developed by 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. Dr. Wetsman has served as chief medical officer for Townsend and now is the medical consultant.

Personalized Medical Care
At Townsend Treatment Centers, once your acute medical condition has stabilized, our medical approach offers treatment customized to your individual needs. With a 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.

Townsend Programs

IOP & Medical Stabilization
All Townsend programs are facilitated by experienced, appropriately licensed and certified addiction staff. At our seven Outpatient facilities throughout Louisiana, we offer Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) including Medical Stabilization, more commonly known as Detox.

Outpatient Facilities
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Houma, Lousiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Metairie, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Residential Facilities
The Townsend Recovery Center is a comprehensive residential program located in New Orleans, LA. Our residential program provides medical supervision for medical stabilization during detox, co-occurring disorders symptom management, or other medical issues.

– Townsend Recovery Center – New Orleans, Louisiana

Former Assumptions on Addiction

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.

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 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?