Program Overview

Townsend Difference

Residential Care

Sometimes, a patient’s needs exceed the treatment offered at an outpatient facility. 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 and the need for medical monitoring, stabilization, and supervision. With our residential program, we can help.

If you or your loved one has the clinical need for more structured addiction treatment, The Townsend is a full-service integrated care program for clients who require detox services and medical stabilization to address their brain disease of addiction.

Located in New Orleans, LA, Townsend is a private residential drug and alcohol 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.

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

Townsend approaches treatment for addiction involving drugs or alcohol in a unique way. We view addiction as a chronic disease of the brain. Getting addiction help at Townsend outpatient or residential treatment center is unlike programs anywhere else.

We treat addiction as a disease affecting the person as a whole. This approach is the guiding principle and innovative treatment model that shapes our perspective about treating addiction as a brain disease.

We can help you or your loved one heal with professional drug and alcohol addiction care and affordable services at one of our treatment locations throughout South Louisiana.

Levels of Care
Therapy Types

Personalized Residential Care

At Townsend Treatment Centers, once your acute medical condition has stabilized (through detox), our approach offers treatment customized to your individual needs. With a focus on the unique struggle of each one of our patients, Townsend devises effective long-term plans to keep their addiction in remission – which is freedom worth experiencing.

IOP & Medical Stabilization

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

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.

Treatment Philosophy

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

Treatment Length

Length of program stay at an Townsend Treatment Center varies according to that patient’s addiction severity. The presence of a co-occurring mental health disorder and any health condition or other factors that may complicate rehabilitation contribute as well. Townsend offers Neuro-Cognitive testing (measures focus and impulsive nature), DAS (Disease Assessment Scale), long-term programs (30-90 days), individualized care, and fitness instruction. We facilitate participation in 12-Step support groups, as well as outside AA/NA groups.

Townsend programming features a full course of Residential treatment and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) level of care. It 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 Townsend patients with continuing care to keep their disease in remission.

Co-Occurring Disorders

The incidence of a co-morbid or co-occurring mental health disorder with addiction is very common. This causes a common debate: Did the mental health issue (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, etc.) drive the addiction behaviors as self-soothing behaviors OR did the addiction involving alcohol or drugs cause behavioral health problems? Whatever your opinion on this, the integrated simultaneous treatment of both the addiction and the behavioral health disorder is essential.

Our Dual Diagnosis curriculum, Embracing Change: Recovery for Life is a workbook series that patients complete while they are in treatment. We developed this engaging series of writing and self-reflection exercises on a number of learning styles that appeals to most people. The exercises in the book explore cognitive awareness and how the patient can reduce negative thoughts and stressful impulses by focusing on mindfulness and learning how to use alternative behaviors.

Family Involvement

Weekly Family Night

At Townsend, we interact daily 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 incorporated a Weekly Family Night as a component of treatment. Family members play an important role in their loved one’s recovery.

Peer Support

Following treatment, Townsend would like to continue to assist you on your recovery journey which is lifelong. It is 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 Groups

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.

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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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 treating our clients with a holistic approach. 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.

Residential Features:

- Intimate Setting with Individualized Care

- Group & Individual Counseling

- 24-Hour Nursing Coverage

- Personalized Attention

- Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

- Medical Stabilization Through Withdrawal
(also known as Detox)

- Weekly Family Program

- 2:1 Ratio Patient to Staff

- Travel Assistance Available

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