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River Oaks Hospital

1525 River Oaks Road West, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70123
We are dedicated to providing a safe, non-revictimizing, healthy environment to allow individuals to heal. Each individual is treated with respect and compassion in an intensive, state-of-the-art program that effectively combines psychotherapy and pharmacology within a therapeutic community.

Facility Highlights

  • Separate Eating Disorder Treatment Center
  • Music and Dance Therapy
  • Treats Co-existing Disorders


  • Trauma and compulsive behaviors treatment

    The New Orleans Institute specialized services for the treatment of trauma and compulsive behaviors.
  • Child and Adolescent Treatment Program

    Services for children and adolescents at River Oaks Hospital are specifically designed to meet the mental health care needs of patients ages 8 through 17.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Marion McGavran, LCSW
    Marion McGavran, LCSWProgram Director
    Marion McGavran, LCSW, obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University. She began working at River Oaks Hospital in 2003 and assumed the position of Program Director on the Eating Disorders Unit in January of 2006.
  • George C. Daul, Jr., MD
    George C. Daul, Jr., MDMedical Director
    George C. Daul, Jr., MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and an eating disorders specialist. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He worked with Susan Willard for 22 years, up until she retired in 2009. Their collective expertise has served to assist thousands of eating disordered patients from across the country in their recovery. Dr. Daul is experienced and skilled in the inpatient management of eating disorders and is an expert in the psycho-pharmacological aspects of treatment.

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River Oaks Hospital, located just to the west of New Orleans in the Harahan community, is a 126-bed psychiatric facility that provides inpatient and outpatient-based treatment for adults and adolescents struggling with substance use disorders, mental illness, and co-occurring conditions.

Trauma-based disorders are a priority, an area of specialization offered by fewer than 25 percent of Louisiana’s 157 substance abuse treatment facilities, and the hospital is one of 10.2 percent of facilities in Louisiana to provide a specialized treatment track for current U.S. military members. The facility also provides medically-managed detox services.


Addiction treatment at River Oaks Hospital, according to the facility’s website, is based in 12-step principles, and patients can expect to participate in individual, group, and family therapy. Along with psychotherapeutic modalities, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and motivational enhancement therapy (MET), the hospital’s programming also incorporates art, music, movement, and other expressive therapies.

The hospital's intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP) use the same practices as inpatient. In addition, the River Oaks Hospital Eating Disorders Treatment Center, touted on the facility’s website, provides a continuum of care, including dual diagnosis treatment, and offers a specialized track for men. In addition, the hospital offers Recovery Renewal, the facility's 28-day inpatient program for military members.


River Oaks Hospital employs a team of psychiatrists, addictionologists, registered nurses, social workers, certified substance abuse counselors, and what the facility's website reports is the largest staff of activity and expressive therapists in the area. Local universities also supply master’s-level interns.


River Oaks residents stay in five pavilions, each with game and lounge areas, a gym or designated workout area, and semi-private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Website photos depict a comfortable yet clinical environment.


Of the 12 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, nine were solidly positive, one mixed, and two negative. Reviewers tended to describe the treatment setting as encouraging or comfortable, and the staff as committed, understanding, and available. However, two alumni did issue caveats for some staff members, whom they characterized as unprofessional. The cost of treatment was another area two otherwise satisfied reviewers identified as a weakness. Detailed polling data was collected by Rehabs.com from between four and six alumni.

Staff experience/training: 4.5/5
Affordability: 3.8/5

Alumni also largely agreed on the amount of holistic treatments, characterizing both as somewhat limited in scope, despite the facility’s emphasis on expressive therapy. Dual diagnosis treatment received especially high ratings.

Counseling options: 3/5
Holistic offerings: 2.4/5

Food fared better than the facility’s policies regarding outside communication, and all six alumni polled agreed that River Oaks was well-maintained.

Connectivity: 3.2/5
Cleanliness: 4.3/5

Elsewhere, ratings and feedback for River Oaks Hospital followed similar trends. On Google reviews, 30 individuals contributed to an average rating of 3.3 out of five stars. Comments from alumni were split between about two-thirds who identified their experience (and specific staff) as the best they had experienced, while one-third felt treatment was not effective[1]

Three of four Yelp reviewers echoed a minority of Rehabs.com and Google review criticisms, citing the professionalism of staff and the facility's cleanliness as weaknesses.[2]


Feedback from nine loved ones received by Rehabs.com to date was generally in line with Google reviewers, split about two-to-one favorable to critical, with a couple of mixed opinions. Six friends and family members were polled more extensively, providing high ratings for staff, though some offered more critical commentary concerning the staff. One loved one perceived as staff “fresh out of school with NO experience.”

However, most agreed that preparation for aftercare was a strength of River Oaks Hospital. Two highlighted the printed resources, tools, and recommendations provided upon discharge. They also concurred that the hospital was well-maintained and treatment was affordable.

Cleanliness: 4.4/5

Data indicated moderate satisfaction with opportunities for family involvement.

Family participation: 3.7/5

Loved ones on Google reviews most frequently complained about poor communication or inability to connect with loved ones on the phone. Two described interactions with rude medical staff. Of the eight reviews left by loved ones on Google reviews, only two were positive.


River Oaks accepts most insurance and managed care plans, as well as Medicare, Louisiana’s Medicaid, and Tricare.

[1] https://goo.gl/fLQNwU
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/river-oaks-hospital-new-orleans-2

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