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Rayville Recovery

307 Hayes Street, Rayville, Louisiana, 71269
Rayville Recovery is a no-cost residential addiction treatment facility for low-income Louisiana residents. Services include medically assisted detoxification, 12-Step meetings, family education and support, comprehensive discharge planning, intensive outpatient services (IOP), free meals and laundry onsite. The calm, rural setting makes for an ideal recovery environment for individuals struggling with substance addiction.

Facility Highlights

  • Rural Country Town Setting
  • Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team
  • Diverse Treatment Modalities


  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • William D. Thompson, MD
    William D. Thompson, MDMedical Director
    Dr. Thompson has over 30 years of experience practicing medicine in the community of Rayville, LA. He supervises all medical aspects of the treatment program, and provides medical assessment and follow-up to all program residents. Dr. Thompson is licensed to dispense medication by the LA Board of Pharmacy and is responsible for dispensing medications for treatment of medical problems for the program.
  • Terry Coon, RN
    Terry Coon, RNDirector of Nursing
    Mr. Coon has 15 years experience as a nursing administrator and registered nurse. He has completed the Professionals in Residence Program at Hazelden and is in charge of the Rayville Recovery Nursing staff.

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Set in a small, rural town in northeast Louisiana, Rayville Recovery provides alcohol and drug addiction treatment to low-income state residents. The facility offers a residential treatment program for adults, as well as medically-supported detoxification. Court-mandated clients are accepted.


Before beginning treatment, clients undergo psychological and physical assessments to determine their individual needs. If necessary, Rayville Recovery offers medically supported detox, which uses medications to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal. However, the facility does not use drug replacement programs such as methadone or Suboxone. The medication most commonly prescribed during detox is Librium.

Treatment programming is based on the 12-step model of recovery. Each client follows an individualized treatment plan and is assigned a “buddy” for orientation. Along with attending 12-step meetings and performing "step-work", clients also participate in gender-specific group therapy, individual therapy sessions, and holistic therapies. Ongoing medication management is also available for individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders. A dedicated family education program is provided for loved ones, who are also encouraged to attend local Al-Anon meetings.

Rayville Recovery has an extensive referral network, and advises that all graduating clients progress to a sober living home for at least 90 days. Clinicians may also offer referrals for mental health services, physical health appointments, and 12-step meetings.


Led by a physician with more than 30 years of experience, the facility's staff includes social workers, a registered nurse, certified addiction counselors, and two master’s level counselors-in-training. According to the facility's website, many staff members are also in active recovery. The seven individuals polled on the staff’s level of training and experience at the time of this writing gave this aspect of the facility an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars.


Although information is limited concerning the living arrangements and amenities of the facility, clients must bring their own towels and bed linens. Visitors are permitted on weekends after the first 10 days of treatment, and smoking is allowed in designated areas. The seven reviewers polled on the facility’s cleanliness at the time of this writing gave it a 3.6-star average rating.


The four alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave moderately positive reviews of the facility. The two alumni polled on the matters both gave five-star rating for the strength of its 12-step programming, as well as three-star and four-star ratings for the facility's counseling options.

Yet, the two reviewers tended to suggest that the facility was somewhat bare-bones. Both reviewers gave one-star ratings for the facility’s holistic offerings and exercise provisions. One of these two alumni wrote, “The counselors were good but it was a dump,” while alum Mark criticized the “lack of physical activities.”

On Facebook, where it should be noted that the facility can manage its reviews, the center has a 4.1-star rating based on 19 reviews.[1] And on Google, the facility received an average rating of four stars based on 11 reviews.[2] Reviewers frequently praised the staff. “Staff is kind, considerate, and willing to go beyond measures to help anyone who really wants Recovery,” Rob wrote in a representative review on Facebook. On Google, nine of the reviewers gave the facility four- and perfect five-star ratings.


The five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mostly positive feedback. The five loved ones repeatedly praised the affordability of the treatment, which earned an average of 4.3 out of five stars - the most stars of any category. One anonymous loved one wrote, "Affordable, accessible," which many of the other individuals echoed as well. The five reviewers also offered above-average ratings for the staff's level of experience, for counseling options, and for family participation, which received 3.6, 3.2, and 3.6 stars, respectively.

On the other hand, loved ones did offer some criticisms. The mother of a former client, L.R., wrote: "Not large enough to handle the many people seeking their services." A few loved ones were also concerned with the way staff treated family members and clients. C.J.B. felt “they need to treat family members better,” while another anonymous reviewer wrote: “Disappointed with professionalism of staff."


According to its website, Rayville Recovery accepts private insurance, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Value Options, Vantage, and Cigna, as well as Medicaid. Low income clients may also qualify for no-cost services. The six reviewers polled on the affordability of treatment gave it an average rating of 4.17 stars.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/rayvillerecoveryllc/reviews/

[2] https://goo.gl/AWjlDw

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