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Everywhere you turn in New Orleans, there are triggers for relapse – especially if your days of active addiction took place here. Bars are everywhere, and whether it is Mardi Gras or not, tourists come from far and wide to wander the streets with a drink in hand, do drugs, and otherwise engage in a loud raucous party all hours of the day and night.

There is practically nothing that you can’t do in a bar with a drink in hand – from doing your laundry to celebrating the city’s age-old holidays – so is it possible to stay sober and stay in New Orleans? 

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Everywhere you turn in New Orleans, there are triggers for relapse – especially if your days of active addiction took place here. Bars are everywhere, and whether it is Mardi Gras or not, tourists come from far and wide to wander the streets with a drink in hand, do drugs, and otherwise engage in a loud raucous party all hours of the day and night.

There is practically nothing that you can’t do in a bar with a drink in hand – from doing your laundry to celebrating the city’s age-old holidays – so is it possible to stay sober and stay in New Orleans? 

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BlackAmericaWeb.com asked Dr. Howard Wetsman, Chief Medical Officer of Townsend several questions about addiction especially the relationship between genetics and addiction.

Read his Q&A in its entirety below

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Dr. Howard Wetsman, Chief Medical Officer of Townsend will be a guest on The Tom Joyner Morning Show - a national syndicated radio station that's broadcast on 105 radio stations across the country - on Wednesday (4/26/17) morning at 6:32 am ET. Dr. Wetsman will be talking about addiction during the interview.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.

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Townsend Treatment Centers was recently featured in a piece by The New Orleans Advocate for this Thursday's (4/20/17 at 6:30pm) Truth Behind the Numbers community forum at Xavier University of Louisiana.

The piece discussed this Thursday's community forum (which will have Dr. Wetsman as one of its panelists) which looks to create public awareness/provide resources about the subject of drug overdoses.

Read the piece in its entirety below. 

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According to the Surgeon General, 78 people die every day from opioid overdose. Overdose deaths have now surpassed homicides in Louisiana and nationwide. It is time to change the conversation around addiction as a moral failing, and promote the fact that addiction is a chronic disease. There is hope and help for opioid addiction, but we have to be willing to talk about it.

Please join us on Thursday April 20, 2017 at Xavier University of Louisiana for Truth Behind the Numbers a community forum that will look at the opioid crisis in Louisiana and why overdose deaths have surpassed homicides in the state.

The event which will take place from 6:30 to 8:30pm will also include a Q & A session, and a book signing with featured panelists Michael Cartwright, the CEO of American Addiction Centers, and Dr. Howard Wetsman, Chief Medical Officer of Townsend. Free copies of the books will be available.

For more information on the forum visit http://bit.ly/2obT6YG
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With our eight addiction facilities across South Louisiana, Townsend offers a spectrum of innovative rehabilitation services based on the needs of each patient.

Take a tour of our New Orleans outpatient facility below.

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"If you can't go three days without drinking alcohol or using a substance, you're going to know really quick. You're going to start to feel the physical withdrawals. The whole weekend is helping people be more aware of how serious alcohol and drug problems are."

A member of our Townsend team was recently featured in a news story by WVLA Local 33/WGMB Fox 44 recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month which takes place in April. Jennifer Rush a therapist at Townsend Treatment Centers in Baton Rouge talks about the importance of alcohol awareness and the Alcohol- Free Weekend challenge which looked at breaking the stigma surrounding alcoholism and geting those struggling with addiction the help they need.

Watch the segment in its entirety below.

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With our eight addiction facilities across South Louisiana, Townsend offers a spectrum of innovative rehabilitation services based on the needs of each patient.

Take a tour of our Metairie location below.

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On Thursday, March 23, 2017 Dr. Wetsman, Chef Medical Officer for Townsend will be discussing two presentations at the 10th National Counseling Advances in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of the conference's objectives is to recognize treatment approaches for successfully treating trauma, addictive disorders, co-occurring disorders and other psychological and behavioral issues.

At 10:30 a.m. Dr. Wetsman will be present "It’s Not Just Drug Addiction" which will analyze the words used to describe addiction. It will also look at the neurobiological findings that lay the foundation for the changing vocabulary about the disease.

At 2:00pm he will present "The Neurobiology of Addiction for Counselors" which will look at the biological model of addiction, that is consistent with the ASAM definition. The presentation will also discuss why some people need medical treatment and some do not.

For more information on the 10th National Counseling Advances
visit http://bit.ly/2nSlKyP
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