Avenues Recovery Center at Metairie is a world class drug and alcohol rehab center in New Orleans. We provide Residential, PHP, and IOP programming. Our staff administers treatment with compassion, empathy, and wisdom. Avenues clients are given the keys to sustained recovery and a productive life.
Empathetic clinical and medical professionals
A supportive community
Personalized phases of treatment
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Serving Metairie and the greater Louisiana area
A unique community-based residential style 90-day program that’s truly customized to the needs and unique circumstances of each individual. The contemporary facilities have a youthful decor and vibe removing the barrier of institutionalized treatment. Truly a one-of-a-kind facility with a one-of-a-kind clinical team.
Avenues Recovery Center located between New Orleans and Covington is truly a one of a kind facility. We offer multiple levels of care to support clients in various stages of addiction recovery. Our primary focus is on our 90-day treatment extended care 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, home-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. The extended care goal is to begin employment by day while continuing therapy sessions in the evenings, a true rebuild transition to get your life back on track.
Who We Are
Avenues Recovery Center in Metairie LA 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, psychiatrist, and licensed counselors. Our Medical Director takes great pride in his ability to customize care plans from the complex to the beginner, Vivitrol and Subutex are staples in our treatment methodology. Our case managers will address any legal, family, or FMLA complications, and most of all focus on workforce reentry.
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.
Avenues Recovery Center offers a unique arrangement within our residence. Our 48-bed facility incorporates 10 converted luxury townhomes surrounding the treatment center, each with semi private rooms, kitchens, and living rooms, decreasing the institutionalized feel of entering treatment. Residential treatment offers the opportunity to engage clinical and medical treatment while residing out of familiar surroundings and potentially unstable environments. In addition, Avenues maintains stepdown sober apartments for clients post treatment that want to continue living within their support system. The residences, with their rustic feel, offer a safe, private, and holistic environment steeped in the principals of the 12 steps.
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
Vivitrol and Subutex Onsite
Clean and contemporary accommodations
Gourmet catered meals
Nightly 12-step meetings
AA, NA, CA
Fun evening and weekend activities
Gym membership and recreational facilities
Summer outdoor pool
Avenues Recovery Center in Louisiana 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, psychiatrist, and licensed counselors. Our case managers will address any legal, family, or FMLA complications, and most of all focus on workforce reentry.
Leah Rosa, MAC, NCC, LPC, Clinical Director, has worked in the mental health field since 1999 in a variety of roles from Counselor and high school faculty member to Clinical Director and Partner at Assurance Recovery Monitoring. Most recently, Leah spent nearly a decade in private practice where she counseled individuals and families, utilizing QEEG brain mapping and BrainCore neurofeedback therapy.
Leah is the author of numerous articles and journal publications focused on mental health in the legal field. She received her Bachelor of Science from Or Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University.
Amy Schold, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, has more than 25 years of experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. Before joining Avenues, Amy was Clinical Director at Signature Health in Cleveland and Program Manager at Meridian, overseeing clinical care in five Northeastern Florida counties.
Amy’s first bachelor’s degree is in music therapy and came from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She received her second bachelor’s degree in social work from North Carolina State before receiving her master’s in social work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Amy is a certified CET therapist, as well as a DBT therapist and enjoys program development, quality assurance, and program improvement.
Susan Julius, MD, ABAM, ABFM, AAMRO, Medical Director, is a clinician, speaker, and teacher. She is board certified in Family and Addiction Medicine, as well as 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, 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.
Monica Cazes received her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Loyola University New Orleans.
Monica favors family system approaches in Substance Use Disorder as well as mindfulness and solution-focused theories. She is adept at personalizing counseling sessions for each individual patient, based on their respective backgrounds and personalities.
Mark Saucier, LPC, Counselor, has been involved in the mental health field since 2007, with an emphasis in addiction and recovery counseling. He has previously worked for Bridge House, RHD, and Townsend Recovery and has produced outstanding results at all his stops.
Mark has a great interest in spirituality and its relation to mental health, and has studied meditation with Thich Thien Tri, a monk at Van Hanh Buddhist Temple.
He received his master’s degree in counseling from Holy Cross University in New Orleans in 2006.
Alexandra Blitzer, M.Ed., PLPC has been working in residential substance abuse treatment since 2017. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Sociology and her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of New Orleans. Alexandra began her career with Addiction Recovery Resources, LLC as a counselor intern, and fell in love with substance abuse treatment and recovery. During this phase of training and professional development, Alexandra discovered that the world of recovery was inclusive, validating, loving, and a place to call “home” for those who may have never felt this so intensely before, both patients and counselors alike. Since then, Alexandra has developed a drive and passion for substance abuse treatment and brought these qualities to the team at Avenues Recovery Center in Metairie, Louisiana as of April 2018. She has experience working in Intensive Outpatient treatment, as-well-as long-term residential treatment. Alexandra has contributed to the development of the residential curriculum and group structure at Avenues of Metairie and has helped provide much needed resources to patients and family members alike. Alexandra has training in Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Existential Therapy, Creative Counseling, and Trauma Informed Counseling approaches. Alexandra is also a supporter of Imago Relationship Therapy and presents on this topic regularly to the patients, and their loved ones.
While Alexandra hails originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, New Orleans has been home to her since the Summer of 2010. New Orleans has helped her grow into a person that believes strongly in warmth, kindness, spirituality, acceptance, and strength. Combining both the “grit and grind” of the West, and the unique environment of New Orleans has helped her create a unique and relatable approach to counseling and substance abuse treatment.
Alexandra is a loving sister and daughter to her family and an avid cat-mom. She’s passionate about mental health advocacy, nature, self-expression and art. In addition to her counseling experience, Alexandra also serves as a Medical Advocate for the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in service of sexual assault survivors.
Catherine Gallagher, LPC, Residential Counselor, has worked in substance abuse and mental health since 2014.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Science from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY. She continued her schooling at Medaille College, where she earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling. In 2019 she became a fully licensed EMDR therapist.
Catherine has worked with mothers and pregnant females in a long-term residential setting. She successfully integrated evidence-based therapies into treatment court programs. Prior to Avenues, Catherine was the Program Director for the Family Connections program and collaborating with Family Treatment Court.
At all her stops, Catherine has gained respect and admiration for her dedication and commitment to those under her care.
Ms. Patricia Bradford is a Residential Program Counselor at Avenues, A Recovery Community. A Baton Rouge, LA native, she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of New Orleans. Her holistic therapeutic framework includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and narrative therapies, as well as implementing the Wellness Model.
Patricia has worked extensively with adolescent and adult populations within the recovery community in New Orleans and surrounding areas. This includes work within the juvenile justice system in Diversion and Drug Court programs, as well as inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment settings. She is a participant in various counseling-related organizations, including the American Counseling Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Louisiana Counseling Association.
Patricia brings a balance of education, evidence-based treatments, and compassion to empower clients on their path to recovery through their varying abilities and cultural backgrounds.
Caroline is a 2018 graduate of Southern University at New Orleans School of Social Work, where she obtained her Master’s degree. In order to receive the MSW she spent a year in clinical internship at Bridge House/Grace House New Orleans and a year at Townsend IOP. She received her LMSW from the State of Louisiana that year as well and went on to work as an admissions counselor/UR specialist at Odyssey House Louisiana for a year. In September 2019 she began working at Avenues Recovery as social worker for the RTP 2 Men. She is currently in supervision to obtain her LCSW license. She is also in process of receiving her Doctorate degree in Human Services from Capella University.
What Our Alumni Are Saying
I highly recommend this facility to anyone who is ready to begin living their life sober. The program is amazing in many different ways that will make a big impact on your journey of living without being dependent on any substance. The groups really help you open up to the pain that held you in your dark place using drugs or drinking. The counselors here really help you in the recovery stage that you’ve started by making the step to come and get help. And you also get a piece of mind with yourself and get to come to realize what it is you really want in your life that you couldn’t do on your own. A.A and the 12 steps is the best way to continue your road of sobriety and helps maintain it also. Avenues is one of the best facilities to come and start your road of sobriety and be able to live independently without drugs or alcohol . Big thumbs up to all the staff and counselors there , they really help you with your recovery and help you start .
In many ways, words can’t even begin to describe the experience I had at Avenues Recovery. I was broken in every way imaginable and after spending almost 4 months at Avenues, I left a new person. I was taught new things about addiction and recovery, and about myself and who I am. At Avenues, they treat you like a person, not just another patient. They delve deep into who you are and what brought you to the place you were at before you got there. This place is truly like no other. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a better way of life. Oh and the staff is absolutely incredible. I could go on for days about how great they are, or you could go find out for yourself and while doing that, get a chance at a better life.
My experience at Avenues recovery was amazing! I will remember this experience for the rest of my life. I gave me the tools to start my recovery journey. The people, staff and atmosphere were great and it seemed like they really cared and weren’t there just for a job. The majority of the people there were really trying to get there lives together. It was an amazing experience!