Ochsner Addictive Behavior Treatment Program
The Ochsner Addictive Behaviors Unit provides a comprehensive treatment program for addictive disorders, including alcoholism, drug abuse, dependence, eating disorders, compulsive spending and gambling. Services are available on an inpatient, day program or outpatient basis, in individual or group settings. The program includes detoxification, inpatient, day patient, outpatient and aftercare services, and combines the disease approach to addiction with the most advanced medical and psychological treatment options available. Patients are also introduced to 12-Step Recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Family members are encouraged to participate in Ochsner’s Family Day program each Tuesday. The program takes place Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for approximately two to three weeks. For more information download a brochure or call 504-842-4025.
Continuing Care Services
Patients who complete a specialty program, such as the Partial Hospitalization Program of the Behavioral Medicine Unit (BMU) or Addictive Behavior Treatment Program, generally participate in a minimum of one year of continuing care activities consisting of weekly individual or group counseling.
Group Therapy Services
Group therapy is a helpful and effective method that is often used as a primary treatment option but can also be used in conjunction with individual, couple, or family therapy. Most problems that people encounter can be helped using a group therapy format. Ochsner provides a number of therapy groups for children, adolescents and adults that address such issues as depression, anxiety, poor social skills, parenting problems, marital problems, adults who were raised in dysfunctional families and co-dependency problems. Groups often meet weekly for one or more hours and for a specific number of sessions. Generally, a patient meets with the therapist for a pre-group screening prior to beginning group therapy to determine his or her best options.
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and definitive treatment of patients with symptoms of anxiety or "stress." The treatment team will rule out any underlying medical causes for symptoms and develop a treatment plan that is carefully individualized for each patient. Inpatient or outpatient treatment options are available.
Specialized evaluation and treatment for patients with any type of depression or manic-depressive disorder. Patients are screened to insure that any organic factors that might contribute to their symptoms are eliminated or corrected. The psychiatrists who evaluate each patient are particularly talented in the use of medications, and a comprehensive program using cognitive therapy is available.
The use of psychological treatments for the management of chronic intractable pain secondary to failed surgery outcomes, trauma, chronic medical illness and psychological disorders. Treatments include: • Biofeedback and Relaxation Training • Medical Hypnotherapy • Cognitive Behavior Therapy • Medication Management • Behavior Therapy Service: Workers' Assistance Program Service description (200 - 300 words): You and your fellow employees are your company's most valuable assets. When personal problems are resolved, everyone benefits – you, your family, your co-workers and your employer. Ochsner offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that can help with family or marriage conflicts, job stress, financial worries, dependence on alcohol or drugs, depression, loss of a loved one, parenting concerns and other personal problems common in our modern world. This clinical service provides initial assessment, short-term counseling and referral for treatment for employees and their immediate family members, whenever necessary.