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Ochsner Addictive Behavior Treatment Program

The Addictive Behavior Unit at Ochsner
Information for patients and families

The Ochsner Addictive Behavior Unit

Whether your problem is drugs or any number of other compulsive, destructive behaviors, the course of addiction is predictable and progressive. Pain, confusion and hopelessness result as you become emotionally, physically and spiritually isolated.

The Three C's OF Addictive Behavior

You have a COMPULSION to use and to pursue a destructive pattern of behavior. Your priorities change uncomfortably as the compulsion becomes your central focus.

You are unable to CONTROL your behavior, no matter how hard you try. You feel like you are trapped and you are losing the ability to direct your own life.

You continue the destructive behavior despite obvious negative CONSEQUENCES involving your family, job and/or health. Trapped inside your addiction, you are running out of choices as your world becomes increasingly limited.

We Treat Addiction as a Disease

Our comprehensive program skillfully combines the disease approach to addiction with the most advanced medical and psychological treatment modalities available. We are adept at distinguishing between addiction and any other medical or psychological illness, pinpointing a treatable problem and formulating the most effective treatment plan possible.

The Ochsner Addictive Behavior Unit provides treatment for a number of addictive disorders including:

  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
  • Drug Abuse and Dependence
  • Pathological Gambling

We treat every aspect of addiction, while managing patient care at the most cost-effective level. Treatment plans are individually tailored to meet the needs of the patient, as well as the patient's family and employer. Efforts are made to minimize the disruption of the patient's life due to illness.

Our Addictive Behavior Team

The Ochsner Addictive Behavior Unit Treatment Team is composed of a group of highly trained specialists representing a broad spectrum of disciplines. Our close teamwork provides you with comprehensive patient evaluation and treatment recommendations, as well as high quality patient care. Patients spend several hours each day with doctoral level professional staff members. Our professional staff consists of:

  • Psychiatrists/Addictionologists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Masters Level Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses

In addition, consultation with virtually any medical specialist at Ochsner Medical Center can be arranged, based on patient needs.

Our integrated system of patient management is vital for appropriate diagnosis, proper referral and coordinated treatment of any coexisting illness. The designation of separate and distinct quarters on campus for the Addictive Behavior Unit ensures patient privacy and confidentiality.

Scope of Services

Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program, Family Treatment and Aftercare Services

Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program

Patients entering the Ochsner Addictive Behavior Unit receive an extensive medical, psychological and psychosocial assessment. Medically supervised detoxification is provided whenever necessary. Patients attend the program all day but are allowed to go home at night and on weekends.

Our unique program combines intensive cognitive/behavioral therapy with an emphasis on 12 Step recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Patients attend educational lecture sessions to learn about the disease of addiction and accept their inability to control it. During group therapy sessions, patients confront their denial and develop new skills to replace the older, ineffective behavior styles typically present in addiction.

Other features of the program include:

  • Relapse prevention
  • Stress management
  • Communication, Assertiveness and Relaxation training
  • Strength training
  • Attendance at community meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
  • 12 Step and Big Book Study

Family Treatment

Family members are as affected by the disease of addiction as the patient and need treatment in a parallel fashion. Family members of patients in the Ochsner Addictive Behavior Unit are encouraged to attend educational lecture sessions, where they learn to recognize ways they may have played a part in behaviors that perpetuate the disease and they are encouraged to identify and begin meeting their own needs. Family members attend educational sessions with the patient where they work on developing a healthier family system. They are introduced to their own 12 Step support groups and encouraged to pursue their individual recovery programs.

Ochsner offers individual therapy for family members who wish to address the issues of co-dependency of adult children of dysfunctional families.

Ochsner also offers family therapy to address dysfunctional family patterns related to addiction.

Aftercare Services

After completing the initial intensive phase of the program, patients are encouraged to attend a minimum of one year of aftercare activities consisting of weekly aftercare group, individual therapy as needed, psychiatric care as needed, random urine screens and attendance at 12 step meetings in their community.

How to Contact Ochsner

You can easily contact a member of the Ochsner Addictive Behavior Unit by calling 504-842-3999 or toll free 800-231-1969.

Our staff member will quickly assess the nature of your situation. If you need hospitalization, round-the-clock admission to Ochsner hospital is available through the Emergency Department where a physician is on call 24 hours a day. Non-emergency patients will receive a comprehensive evaluation the next day by a member of our Addictive Behavior Unit.

The average length of stay for patients varies, based on each patient's recommended treatment plan and program costs vary with the number and scope of services required.

Brent House Hotel

Conveniently located on the Ochsner Medical Center's main campus, the Brent House Hotel provides reasonably priced hotel accommodations for patients. For additional information or to make a reservation for hotel accommodations, call 504-835-5411 or toll free 800-535-3986.

Don't stay trapped by your addiction, call us today. 504-842-3999 or 800-231-1969