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Welcome to Townsend
An Avenues Recovery Center Facility

Proudly Located in New Orleans Louisiana in close proximity to Metairie and Covington, We Provide The Highest Quality Drug & Alcohol Treatment - Right In Your Neighborhood.


Serving the Greater New Orleans area and Beyond

New Orleans Drug & Alcohol Detox and Recovery Center

A unique hospital based detox and residential 30 day program that is focused on the needs and unique circumstances of each individual. The contemporary facility has a youthful decor and vibe removing the barrier of institutionalized treatment. Truly a one-of-a-kind facility with a one-of-a-kind medical and clinical team.

What We Do

Avenues Recovery Detox and Residential – Townsend is located between Metairie and Covington and is truly a one of a kind facility.  Our primary focus is on medical stabilization and our residential clinical treatment program, rebuilding clients throughout the stages, from helplessness through stability.   At Avenues, we treat the whole person – body, mind, and spirit, you will receive personalized care in a clean, modern, hotel-like setting.

Life skills, wellness, nutrition, social acceptance, financial responsibilities, and family values are all key components of our treatment plans.   As our clients progress so does the individualized care.  Avenues Recovery Center has a second local facility in Metairie which focuses on extended aftercare.  Our clinical team will work one on one with every patient to ensure that their stay is continued, and extended treatment is a primary focus!



A Change for the Better

Who We Are

Avenues Recovery Detox and Residential – Townsend, offers the most patient-centered clinical treatment available. The Avenues Recovery team is acutely qualified for the most at risk and vulnerable, staffed with a full-time physician, addiction psychiatrist, nurses, and licensed counselors. Our Medical Director takes great pride in her ability to customize care plans from the complex to the beginner, Vivitrol and Subutex are staples in our treatment methodology. The case management team will address any legal, family, or FMLA complications, and most of all focus on extended aftercare.


  • Individual Therapy Sessions
  • Group Therapy Sessions
  • Family and Couple Sessions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Immersive 12-Step Programming
  • Yoga and Outdoor Activities
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Medical Care
  • Vivitrol and Subutex Onsite


The one-word describing Avenues Recovery is “Family” a complete family feel among peers, family appropriate quality of clinical care, family style housing and meals, and family involvement and satisfaction throughout.



  • Clean and contemporary accommodations
  • Gourmet catered meals
  • Local transportation
  • 12-step meetings
  • Weekly Recovery Concert
  • Fun evening and weekend activities
  • Gym and recreational facilities

Admission Assesment

  • Health History
  • Medical Stability
  • Psychological
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Social Adaptiveness
  • Insurance Verification
  • Financial Responsibility


Avenues Recovery Detox and Residential – Townsend is located on the 5th floor of New Orleans East Hospital, a state-of-the-art brand-new facility built in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.  Our 36 bed facility is composed of semi private rooms and baths with a clean and contemporary feel.

Medical Detox focuses on withdrawal management, craving stabilization, and psychiatric imbalances to prepare the patient to begin residential clinical treatment.  Residential treatment offers the opportunity to engage clinically and comprehend the dimensions of this disease and its repercussions.

Dan Forman, MBA, ACHE

Executive Director

Dan Forman, MBA, ACHE, Executive Director, has held several executive positions within the Townsend treatment...

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Dr. Susan Julius, MD, DABAM, DABFM, MRO

Medical Director

Susan Julius, MD, ABAM, ABFM, AAMRO, Medical Director, is a clinician, speaker, and teacher. She...

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Jacob Goldberg, MSW, LMSW, LAC, CCS

Clinical Director

Jacob Goldberg, MSW, LMSW, LAC, CCS, Clinical Director, is a hands-on leader and innovator who...

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Ronald Oliver, MA, NCC, LPC


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Tori Smith, MS, LPC, PLPC, BC-TMC


Tori Hatter-Smith, MS, LAC, PLPC, BC-TMC, Counselor, is a professional counselor in both the mental...

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Kim Potvin, LAC, LPC, CRC


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Nalin Patel, CIT


Nalin Patel, CIT, is currently in school working toward his degree in social work.  Throughout...

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Anthony Thomas, BS

Behavioral Health Technician Manager

Anthony Thomas, BS, Behavioral Health Technician Manager, received his B.S. from Southeastern Louisiana University. He...

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