ABOUT TOWNSEND OUTPATIENT ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER – HOUMA
Located 57 miles southwest of New Orleans, Townsend of Houma, Louisiana provides outpatient treatment to individuals struggling with substance use disorder. This facility also provides treatment for other addictive behavior, including compulsive sex, overeating, and gambling. In 2017, 39.7 percent of facilities in Louisiana offered treatment for gambling use disorder. Operated by the Louisiana-based Townsend network, the Houma center serves all of Terrebone and Lafourche Parishes.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Townsend’s website, the center’s treatment approach is designed to address the underlying neurobiological factors of addiction, namely the effect that addictive behaviors have on the brain’s reward centers. Treatment modalities include motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), the latter of which is offered by 45.6 percent of Louisiana treatment facilities.
Upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment — and for some, genetic testing — to help clinicians determine an individualized plan of care.
The Houma location offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which is a treatment level available in just about half (50.7 percent) of outpatient facilities in Louisiana. Both day and evening sessions are offered, and the program includes individual counseling, group therapy, and addiction education.
Townsend also may incorporate medication-assisted therapy (MAT) (e.g., Suboxone) for individuals battling opioid dependency. Townsend of Houma encourages family participation in treatment and holds a weekly family night.
Townsend of Houma employs a team of psychiatrists, case managers, substance abuse counselors, and phlebotomists for medical testing.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date had opposing opinions of Townsend of Houma. Dave reported having a positive experience in the program and wrote: "It was a huge and beneficial learning experience. What I learned will be a huge part of my life from here forward."
T.P., on the other hand, noted that they would not recommend the program to others, and gave it just two out of five stars for its counseling options. Their main complaint was that the program was disorganized and did a poor job with follow-up. "All over the place no real rhym or reason and after three weeks was useless to hear same information.Seemed to be more worried about money the. The patients," they wrote.
The facility fared well on Google, where it earned two five-star ratings from former clients. "The staff are angels here at Townsend, they truly give you the tools you need to be ok and for my fellow addicts you know how important that is," A.A.C. wrote in a representative review.
According to the website, Townsend of Houma accepts a range of private insurance plans, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, to cover the cost of treatment, as well as self-payment. Clients are responsible for co-payments and deductibles, and financing may be available to qualified individuals.
As of January 28, 2019, all Townsend facilities are no longer owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC). They are now a part of Avenues Recovery Centers.
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