ABOUT PALMETTO ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER
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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
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.   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."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
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.
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