Avenues Recovery Center at Covington

Covington, an Avenues Recovery Location

Welcome to Avenues Recovery Center at Covington, where we’ll help you recover for good — with innovative treatment and a community that’s with you forever.


About Us

Avenues Recovery Center at Covington is a fresh, newly remodeled drug and alcohol detox and rehab center sitting on a serene wooded campus in the heart of Covington. With a highly innovative treatment approach that yields consistent results, Avenues merges the best in addiction science with compassionate and loving care - resulting in an unparalleled treatment experience. Discover the Avenues difference today.

Where You’ll Stay

Inpatient rehab has unquestionably proven to lead to the best, most long-lasting treatment outcomes. Receiving treatment in a stable, nurturing setting, while removed from natural triggers and challenges, lets you strengthen your recovery muscles and build healthy coping skills that will last you a lifetime. 

While at Avenues Covington rehab center, you’ll live in our beautiful, brand-new 104-bed treatment facility. 

With all services and amenities under one roof, you’ll be able to sleep, eat, unwind, socialize, and receive treatment in the comfort of one building. You’ll become a valued member of the Avenues family in no time at all!

  • Brand-new, fresh and modern accommodations
  • Fully wheelchair-accessible building
  • Spacious Lounges and Recreation Areas
  • Fully-Equipped Gym
  • On-Site Laundromat
  • Fresh, Gourmet Meals Daily
  • Round-the-Clock Assisted Daily Living (ADL) Services
  • Local Transportation Provided

Avenues also partners with transitional sober living apartments for graduated clients who can benefit from continued support after treatment. 

What You’ll Do

If you should need detox upon arriving, you’ll begin in our comfortable and supportive detox treatment center. After receiving medical clearance, you’ll join the residential program - and you’ll be busy engaging in an enjoyable mix of individual therapy, group sessions, interactive classes and workshops, and fun recovery-focused activities. Throughout treatment, you’ll be cheered on by an amazing, caring staff and loving community of fellow recovering addicts. Day by day, you’ll gain all the tools necessary to lead a fulfilling and sober life. 

  • Individual Therapy
  • Interactive Group Sessions
  • Family and Couple Counseling
  • Daily 12-Step Meetings - AA, NA, CA, HA
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Yoga, Music, Art, Movement, and Meditation
  • Exciting Weekend Recreational Activities

Treatment Modalities

At Avenues Recovery Center at Covington, we know and believe that every person heals in a unique way. Our skilled, multifaceted staff will choose from a selection of proven treatment modalities to craft a customized care plan for you. We treat the whole person - mind, body, and soul - so you can heal from the inside out.

  • Alcohol Detox 
  • Drug Detox
  • 24/7 Medical Care
  • 24/7 On-Site ADL Services 
  • Expert Psychiatric Care
  • Individual Therapy 
  • Group Therapy
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family and Couple Counseling Sessions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Workforce Re-entry
  • Habilitative Care 
  • Immersive 12-Step Programming
  • Holistic Arts Track
  • Specialized Veteran’s Track
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment

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Avenues Recovery Center at Covington

Covington, LA Drug and Alcohol Detox and Rehab Center

195 Highland Park Plaza, Suite 100 | Covington, Louisiana 70433

Give us a call! 985-465-5555

Cities & regions we serve

Mandeville, LA Hammond, LA Slidell, LA Picayune, MS Bogalusa, LA Metairie, LA Kenner, LA Jefferson, LA Laplace, LA River Ridge, LA New Orleans, LA Harahan, LA Chalmette, LA Gretna, LA Waggaman, LA Covington, LA
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Why Avenues

Because you’re going to have bad days.

(We all do!) And we won’t let you give up.


We’re in this with you, no matter how hard it is.


So you can bring your healing back home.


A toolbox of treatments — customized to your needs.

Dual diagnosis

Get answers & support for both your physical & emotional health.

Real world

Job retraining, relationship counseling, and more.

Incredible alumni program

So you can stay sober — and love the rest of your life.

Our clients are our heroes.

The Avenues Recovery Center at Covington Team

Staffed with a full-time physician, psychiatrist, and licensed counselors, the Avenues Recovery team is warm, loving, and acutely qualified to help you!

Matt Engler

Regional Executive Director
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Matthew Engler is the Regional Executive Director for Avenues Recovery of Louisiana. After having grown up in Destrehan, Louisiana, Matthew joined the military where he spent his enlistment in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Upon getting sober he ultimately began working in the substance abuse treatment industry. He started his career as a Behavioral Health Technician and moved throughout multiple departments working multiple positions which gave him a wholistic understanding of what the clients need and how to best serve them. Matthew is a loving father to two young boys. He and his children spend their time fishing, camping, and enjoying the outdoors. Matthew believes in and exhibits his core values of family, hard work, dedication, and commitment. Through his work, Matthew hopes to have an impact on addiction, treatment, and recovery for the suffering addict and those close to them. His biggest passion in the workplace is to identify entry level employees as top-level leaders and aid them in the path to becoming that leader.

Kaitlyn Carroll Corden

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Kaitlyn Corden is the Administrator of Avenues Recovery Center in Covington, Louisiana. A native of the state, originally from Slidell, she now calls Mandeville her home, where she resides with her loving family. Kaitlyn is not only a dedicated wife but also a devoted mother to her two sons, Layton and Lucas, and a grateful bonus mom to Thomas.

While Kaitlyn's role as an administrator often keeps her on call 24/7, she manages to cherish her rare moments of free time. An avid traveler, she has recently explored Greece and Belgium, with dreams of visiting Italy and Sweden in the future. Kaitlyn also finds joy in indulging in retail therapy, particularly when it comes to #GirlMath. She's an enthusiastic reader who enjoys expanding her knowledge in health and holistic healing.

Within the Avenues family, Kaitlyn is an engaged and committed leader. She strives to be a fair and trustworthy example to her team, implementing an open-door policy to foster communication and collaboration. Kaitlyn excels in the art of listening and creative problem-solving, thanks to her journey through various roles within the organization.

Kaitlyn's core belief is that every individual who enters Avenues Recovery Center has the potential and worthiness to achieve positive change and make a lasting impact on the recovery community. She values qualities such as honesty, transparency, hard work, humility, and dedication. Under her leadership, Avenues has become a prominent figure in the Louisiana addiction community. Clients consistently praise the environment she has cultivated, characterized by genuine love, care, respect, and attentive support. Many clients express that Kaitlyn and her dedicated team, including Behavioral Health Technicians, Medical Staff, Clinical Staff, and Administrative Staff, are the first to treat them with dignity and compassion on their path from active addiction to recovery.

As a member of the recovery community herself, Kaitlyn possesses a unique ability to connect with those still struggling with addiction and offer them hope for a new life. Her own journey to recovery is a testament to the fact that recovery is possible. She understands the intricacies of an addict's mind, allowing her to respond with empathy and compassion. Kaitlyn excels at helping clients recognize their impulses and guiding them toward healthier thinking and actions, drawing on her intimate understanding of addiction and recovery. Her impact in the addiction community is truly remarkable.


Regional Medical Director
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Susan Julius, MD, ABAM, ABFM, AAMRO, Medical Director, is a clinician, speaker, and teacher. She is board certified in Family and Addiction Medicine and Physical Therapy, and holds a special degree in urine drug testing analysis. Dr. Julius studied Physical Therapy at Cleveland State University, and attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She trained for two years in General Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed a Family Practice residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, in Jefferson, Louisiana.

Dr. Julius incorporated her background in these areas, along with her understanding of the biology of addiction and her personal journey in recovery, to treat patients and families with this disease for over ten years. She worked at Choices of Louisiana, a methadone clinic in La Place, Louisiana, and was Medical Director for the City of New Orleans Homeless Clinic and Townsend Clinic, in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. Currently, she is the Medical Director at Townsend Recovery Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Julius has been an expert consultant and keynote speaker for American Addiction Centers and was featured on NBC News, Fox News, Baton Rouge Business Report, and New Orleans Happy Hour Podcast. She worked with the New Orleans Re-Entry Program and is active in AA and served on the Local Action Committee for International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous. She is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and three dogs and loves to swim, garden, and operate her vacation rental.

Robert Fezekas, LAC LCSW

Regional Clinical Director
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Robert R. Fezekas II LAC, LCSW Clinical Director of Avenues Covington, has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for over 10 years. His passion for working with those who suffer with substance abuse disorders stems from his own recovery journey!

After completing treatment in 2009, he immediately entered college at Southern University at New Orleans, where he graduated with honors with both his Bachelor’s of Science in Substance Abuse and master's degree in Social Work. Rob has had various roles throughout his career, such as recovery support staff, counselor, Director of IOP, Director of Social Services, and now Clinical Director here at Avenues.

He has worked closely with multiple court systems and Veterans' Affairs to customize evidence-based programming to best treat their clients.
Within his community in St. Bernard Parish, he works closely with community leaders to advocate for prevention, treatment, and recovery resources. Rob does his community work through a non-profit group he helped found named St. Bernard Recovery Awareness.

Robert believes that every client has the potential to recover and looks forward to working with every client that enters his Avenues facility!

Allison Joiner

Clinical Director

Whitley Pere

Clinical Supervisor

Rodney Bowie

Clinical Supervisor

Kathryn Figaro

Administrative Assistant

Riki Zammit

Operations Manager

Diana Estrada Paz

Nurse Manager

Rachell Price Montross

Nurse Manager

Aimee Krauss

Lead BHT

Jessica Brousse

Nurse Practitioner

Delia Waskom

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Dufrechou

Physician Assistant

Bridgett Haggstrom

Primary Therapist

Darryl White

Primary Therapist

Kandis D. Caston

Primary Therapist

Kelly J. Scott

Primary Therapist

Blakely L. Brown

Primary Therapist

Michael M. McShan

Primary Therapist

Jeffrey J. Myers

Primary Therapist

Mallory L. Privitt

Primary Therapist

Laurne Rivet

Primary Therapist

Shawn Ryan

Primary Therapist

Meghan Leblanc

Primary Therapist

Derek Daigle, LPC, NCC

Primary Therapist
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Derek Daigle, LPC, NCC, is a licensed professional counselor who has worked in the field of addiction since 2016. Since beginning with Avenues in 2018, Derek has taken on multiple roles, including intake coordinator and now residential counselor. Derek obtained his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Holy Cross, and his bachelor’s in psychology from Louisiana State University.

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This program is for individuals who require medical detox before beginning their recovery journey.


Our inpatient treatment program offers a safe, structured environment for you to heal and rebuild.


Our outpatient rehab program provides weekly therapy sessions for post-treatment individuals.


Our alumni program is a warm sober support network - part emotional support, part family, part party.


Avenues Recovery Center at Covington accepts most insurances as well as private pay. We are in-network with:

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