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  • Located in New Orleans
  • Highest Quality Drug and Alcohol Treatment
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    About Us


    About Us

    Serving the greater New Orleans area and beyond

    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.

    5620 Read Blvd, 5th FloorNew Orleans, Louisiana, 70127

    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!

    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 mythology. The case management team will address any legal, family, or FMLA complications, and most of all focus on extended aftercare.


    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 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.


    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

    Admission Assessments

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


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

    Accepted Insurances


    Avenues Recovery Center in Pennsylvania 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.

    Farrar Tingle is the operations director at Avenues Recovery Center of New Orleans – Townsend.  In 2000, Farrar received her Bachelor of General Studies degree from the Louisiana State University with minors in Psychology, Sociology, and Business Administration.  In 2002, she completed a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans with a 4.0 GPA.   

    Farrar has excelled in a variety of roles at Avenues Recovery- Townsend. Before her promotion to her current role as director, she was an outstanding Resident Manager a Patient Access Coordinator, and finally Admissions Coordinator at our Metairie location.  Farrar also has experience in the nonprofit industry, including managing a local parish trade organization and working for both universities which awarded her degrees – LSU and UNO. 

    Farrar entered recovery in 2016. She now works with and for many of the staff that helped her get sober at Addiction Recovery Resources.  She believes that if it were not for treatment and AA, she would not be alive today.  Thus, she tries to give back to the recovery community by sponsoring women and other AA service work.   

    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.

    Donna Doolen, LA, LPC, RTP Lead Counselor, joined Avenues as school intern and set her career roots with the company, finding gratitude and humility every day. She entered recovery in 2005 and returned to UNO graduate school in 2007 to earn her Master of Education Degree in Counseling. Donna has made it her ministry to serve the population that battles the disease of addiction, and many have called her God’s warrior on earth. Donna’s previous career was in hospitality, earning a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism degree from UNO. She evolved from managing boutique hotels to planning and hosting large scale events for thousands. Her catering and design skills led her curate junkets for Caesars Palace and travel extensively exploring culinary trends in other cities. Her decades of organizational skills and attention-to-detail enhance her management skills. She volunteers in the community and started a Substance Abuse Ministry (SAM) in her church parish.

    What Our Alumni Are Saying


    A fantastic place. I learned so much more than just skills to beat my addiction. I learned about life and gained insight into the human condition I would not have otherwise gotten doing things on my own. It was also incredibly helpful with regards to my relationships with others and my family and friends learned a great deal not only about me, but about themselves. It’s not a walk in the park, but if you’re serious about getting help, please see what they have to offer you and your loved ones.


    Dr Julius was awesome!!! She helped me get off 90mg of methadone and benzos with little discomfort!! The staff go out of their way to help you anyway they can. If anyone has ever been through methadone withdrawal you know it’s the worst cause you can’t take Suboxone for the withdrawals so most places you lay there and suffer but not this place. I would recommend anyone with any addiction problem to go there. PS they have cable TV in your room which most places don’t. GIVE YOUR SELF A CHANCE


    The nursing staff is very caring and understanding of addiction. The clinical team has individualized treatment for every patient so you don’t get a cookie cutter treatment experience. The people here really pay attention to your needs. We had a very cohesive community and the staff was with us every step of the way. I have made some healthy friendships and learn how to be a friend. The rooms are as nice as a hotel. The nutritionist on staff will tailor the meals to fit your needs.


    Townsend Avenues is a 5 star top notch, life changing facility, every staff member is respectful and emphatic, the food is wonderful, the groups are amazing, focusing on working on the internal issues which reveal the void within that as addicts and alcoholics we all try to fill with substances, very clean and comfortable rooms, flat screen Tvs, cable, outside recovery meetings, i feel that this facility has changed my life, walking out a far better Man than I walked in as, developed life long freindships


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