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AcadianaCares is the only non-profit, AIDS Service Organization for Region IV. AcadianaCares supports the most vulnerable members of their community, those affected by HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, poverty and homelessness as they seek to live healthier lives. AcadianaCares maintain a campus with onsite programs and services, including substance abuse treatment, housing, and individualized case management.

AcadianaCares Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

What does AcadianaCares offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

AcadianaCares provides Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment services for chemically dependent adults. IOP allows participants to continue their professional careers while receiving the treatment necessary for a productive, addiction-free life. Individuals appropriate for IOP include those stepping down from a primary treatment program or who do not require detoxification, or individuals who are able to begin abstinence without the support of a residential program. Their IOP services are multi-phased and designed for individuals who require an intensive and structured drug treatment program. The program lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks and includes at least three group sessions and one individual session per week.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

AcadianaCares' residential treatment for substance abuse offers primary and secondary program designed designed to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment possible. Pathway is their primary residential treatment lasting from 21 to 90 days. St. Francis is a highly-structured secondary treatment program, offering clients the opportunity to make necessary modifications and secure the skills needed to change their lives. Both programs are based on the 12-step recovery model, they utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches in group and individual sessions including: the 12-Step recovery philosophy, relapse prevention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, recreation groups, yoga, family therapy, horticulture, meditation, job preparation, vocational rehabilitation, and educational sessions to increase awareness.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

AcadianaCares Highlights:

AcadianaCares is proud to offer, Horticulture Therapy. This evidence-based group promotes health, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and a sense of community and purpose. By taking responsibility for nurturing a plant’s growth from seed to bloom and finally to harvest and the table, clients develop the skills and confidence to care for both themselves and the community both physically and spiritually.
Along with the therapeutic sessions offered at the residential treatment, they supplemented the program with psycho-educational and self-help support groups, including specific medical, social, physical, and psychological concerns associated with HIV, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, and other diseases common in this population. While not all clients in the program have infectious disease, this provides the opportunity to reduce the stigma associated with them by providing education and open discussions.
Residential Area
While the factors that contribute to HIV/AIDS (poverty, substance abuse and homelessness) are interwoven, unstable housing is the greatest risk factor for HIV infections/transmission. People living with HIV who are homeless are eight times more likely to decline into AIDS than those with stable housing. To address the problem of homelessness, they created multiple housing programs, many of them specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS.


  • CARF


  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Louisiana

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  • Pathways Community Health - Phase II/TANF/Bridge House 401 Rainbow Drive Unit 36 Pineville, LA 71360
  • Acadiana Addiction Center 3008 West Pinhook Road Lafayette, LA 70508
  • Mercy Family Center 3221 Behrman Place Suite 105 New Orleans, LA 70114
  • Mercy Family Center 110 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Suite 425 Metairie, LA 70005


  • LGBT Outstanding programs available
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Special programs for patients with HIV or AIDS