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Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center

86 Palmetto Road, Rayville, Louisiana, 71269
Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center has been helping people recover from addiction for more than 20 years. Our team of caring professionals share over 250 years of experience in breaking the cycle of this devastating, chronic disease. We believe recovery must occur in three areas: physical, emotional and spiritual. Our program is designed to address all three of these key areas from day one. Our facilities and staff provide an environment that encourages a return to basic living skills, development of non-addictive coping skills, recognition of character defects, development of a non self-centered way of living, and a spiritual approach to life.

Facility Highlights

  • Thorough evaluations and individual treatment plans
  • Bringing hope and lasting recovery to individuals and families since 1993
  • Palmetto offers a full continuum of care with treatment that is both effective and cost efficient


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

Facility Settings

  • Lakeside

Meet the Staff

  • Jay Weiss, MD, ASAM, Psychiatrist
    Jay Weiss, MD, ASAM, PsychiatristMedical Director
    Jay Weiss, MD, is a graduate of University of Arkansas College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Psychiatry while serving in the United States Air Force for a total of 30 years. Dr. Weiss is ASAM certified (2005) and is board certified in Geriatrics (1994), Addictions/Substance Abuse (1995), and Psychiatry (1991). He is a member of both the AMA and APA associations. His speaking engagements include the FAA conference on Aviation Psychiatry, USAF on Combat Psychiatry and Celestial Navigation. Dr. Weiss believes that staff interaction on both a professional and personal level makes Palmetto an exceptional place for treatment. He gives lectures throughout the country. He is affiliated with the FAA. He has been at Palmetto 15 years.
  • Phillip Ables, M.ED., LPC
    Phillip Ables, M.ED., LPCProgram Director
    Phillip is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. A Licensed Professional Counselor (#253) for over 22 years, he has worked with individuals, couples and families; patients suffering chronic illness, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Phillip’s counseling is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy. “I will listen to what you say, but I will believe what you do.” No addict will every get better without taking that first step, and asking for help.

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Established in 1993, Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center (PARC), set on 70 rural acres in the northeastern corner of Louisiana, offers residential and intensive outpatient treatment, including medically-monitored detox to adult men and women struggling with substance abuse. The facility also welcomes clients with co-occurring mental health disorders and provides a specialized recovery care tracks for professionals and a separate three-day evaluation to assess the presence and extent of problematic alcohol or drug use for participants.

Within the state, PARC is among 9.6 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that offer residential, non-hospital detox, 29.4 percent that provide residential, non-hospital care, and among 47.1 percent with tailored programs for clients with co-occurring disorders.


For clients who need to withdraw from substance use, PARC offers an onsite detox program. Overseen by licensed on-staff medical professionals who are available 24/7, the course of treatment typically lasts three to 10 days. Upon completion of the program, clients may step down to other PARC offerings.

The process in the residential treatment track starts with a clinical evaluation that considers the client’s behavior, assumption of responsibility, and emotional and spiritual development. Most clients typically take 90 days to complete the residential program. Treatment follows a therapeutic community model, with clients expected to work together in regular groups to problem solve in a drug-free setting.

Residents also participate in individual counseling, family therapy, daily 12-step meetings, and addiction education classes. Medication management is also provided, as needed. The organization also offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), to which many clients transition following their residential stay. Within the state, PARC is among 50.7 percent of substance abuse facilities with an IOP.

PARC’s specialized treatment track for professionals focuses on the needs of this specific population, which includes medical workers, attorneys, judges, social workers, and licensed professional counselors. Topics span work addiction, caregiving, caretaking, ethics, career adjustment issues, and self-image.

A family program is offered for loved ones and involves counseling, education, and a two-day workshop. There also is a relapse track for adults who have trouble maintaining recovery, which involves extensive work identifying and exploring triggers.


Within the state, PARC is among 49.3 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Boasting a staff-to-client ratio of 1:2, the treatment team includes a medical director, psychiatrist and two attending physicians, along with registered nurses, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, spiritual counselors, and Ph.D. and master’s level counselors.

To date, the five individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter gave high ratings for the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5


Set on a large stretch of land on Bayou Lafourche, PARC’s 100-bed facility is almost completely surrounded by water. Clients stay in gender-separate, eight-bed cabins on the scenic, remote campus. Each living structure has a kitchen, a living room, and double-occupancy bedrooms. The campus also has a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped 3,000 square foot fitness center, plus basketball and tennis courts. To date, the five individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the upkeep of the facility.

Cleanliness: 4.4/5


At the time of this writing, alumni who reviewed PARC for Rehabs.com submitted conflicting impressions of the facility. The more than 40 former clients who offered their views gravitated to either end of the scale, split about evenly between positive and negative. Satisfied alumni credited the facility with helping them achieve their goals, to the extent that about half of them reported life-changing results.

In a representative review, one alum wrote: “This place changed my life. Great staff, wonderful program. I couldn't have chosen a better treatment center.” Another alum added: “This was the best experience of my life. It didn't seem to be so at first and I was extremely skeptical not to mention a little bit spoiled with a lavish lifestyle before treatment."

However, negative reviewers repeatedly used the word “horrible” to refer to the treatment they received, counselors, and living quarters. “I am still recovering from recovery,” one alum wrote. Another representative reviewer added: “The therapy methods that are used are horrible. Clients are cussed at and treated with no respect. I was told that they had to get down to the addict's level.”

Secondary sites yielded favorable coverage of PARC to date: 4.1 out of five stars based on 56 reviews on Google; and 4.7 stars based on 87 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage. [1] [2] Reviewers (alumni, loved ones, unidentified) on the plus pole reported life-changing results and dedicated staff, and recommend it highly, such as five-star reviewer Stacy on Google, who wrote PARC was a “very well run facility with 2 major goals among many- your sobriety and giving you the tools to live a healthy happy and spiritually connected life."


To date, loved ones polled by Rehabs.com about PARC provided mainly favorable feedback. Their responses to a series of detailed survey metrics indicated a satisfaction with the facility's programming.

Family Participation: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 3.7/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.6/5

“My fried had nothing but postive things to say about this place. She loved the atmosphere and did so well,” a loved one wrote.


According to its website, “Palmetto works with several major insurance companies to ensure that our programs, including medically managed detox, are not cost-prohibitive.” To date, the five individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com offered mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3.2/5

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/PalmettoCenter/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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