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Woodlake Addiction Recovery provides a full continuum of care for substance abuse issues with facilities in both Abbeville and Ethel, Louisiana. Services offered include detox, residential treatment, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and general outpatient care. Using a treatment curriculum that is a combination of traditional therapy as well as the 12 steps, clients are guided towards a life of sobriety.

Accommodations and Food

WAR’s Ethel and Abbeville locations are both 70-bed facilities. Nature lovers will enjoy recovery at either facility, both of which feature extensive grounds with woods, lakes and long walking trails. Rooms are shared between two residents, with twin-sized beds and plenty of natural light. The facilities also have dining halls, therapy rooms, lecture halls, common areas for socialization and group meetings as well as private offices for individual sessions. The large campuses provide plenty of space for outdoor fitness activities and both feature weight-training rooms as well. Smoking is permitted on both campuses.

While in treatment, clients are served three daily meals on-site and residents are also permitted to bring their own preferred individually packaged snacks provided they are low-sugar. Coffee is provided and residents can bring their own supply of preferred sodas as well.

Treatment and Staff

Both of WAR’s residential facilities provide comprehensive care for substance abuse and mental health issues. Prior to being admitting into any of the programs, clients must undergo an initial evaluation. Detox is available and usually lasts for four to seven days. Residents are provided with around the clock medical supervision and support. Once clients are physically stable, they can begin the first phase of residential treatment.

The residential program typically lasts anywhere from 28 to 45 days. It is split into four phases and uses therapy, 12-step meetings and educational sessions to support recovery. Residents are immersed in daily group therapy, as well as individual therapy at least once a week. Phase One encourages clients to accept their issues with addiction by incorporating activities which include education on the disease model of addiction, group and individual therapy, sober life skills, 12-step educational groups, meetings and physical activities.

Phase Two addresses the effects of addiction through therapeutic assignments aimed to improve decision making, judgment and impulse control. Many of the activities from Phase One are also integrated into this stage. Phase Three focuses on the spiritual aspect of recovery as well as addressing individual needs and emotions during the recovery process. Finally, Phase Four prepares residents for discharge be creating post-treatment plans which may include stepping down to outpatient care.

Clients attend daily 12-step meetings in the evenings and begin working on steps one through four while in treatment. They can obtain a sponsor if they want, though this is not a requirement. For those in need of support for mental health issues, appointments with a visiting psychiatrist are available.

Once residential care has been completed, clients can step down into the IOP. This track incorporates similar topics as the residential program and includes a mixture of group and individual therapy with a focus on relapse prevention, family dynamics, spirituality and the 12 steps.


Family involvement is an important factor of the recovery process at WAR as well. Families are able to participate in Family Weekend, which includes group processing sessions and education regarding the disease of addiction. Private family sessions are also available.

Aside from its many treatment programs, WAR also offers trauma informed care, as well as an employee assistance program and a recovery group tailored to the needs of white-collar professionals.

In Summary

Woodlake Addiction Recovery offers substance abuse treatment rooted in the teachings of AA. One stand-out feature of the facility is its continuum of care provided in one location, allowing clients to begin their journey with detox followed by residential then outpatient programs all at an affordable price. Woodlake Addiction Recovery is a good choice for those seeking a thorough treatment program in a natural setting, allowing for total wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Location

3015 Highway 956
Ethel, LA 70730

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Cost

$750 per night (detox); $10,500 (30 days, residential). Reach Woodlake Addiction Recovery by phone at (225) 939-3656 or email at [email protected]. Find Woodlake Addiction Recovery on Facebook

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