Townsend Recovery Sucks

Townsend Recovery Sucks

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Chad

Denham Springs, LA

#1 Feb 10, 2011
If you know anyone in recovery at Townsend Recovery anywhere in Louisiana, you are going to be financially bleed dry from Michael Handley and his staff. The place is a rip-off and if you don't believe me then lets debate the issue right here.
Oceans

Abbeville, LA

#2 Feb 11, 2011
Chad wrote:
If you know anyone in recovery at Townsend Recovery anywhere in Louisiana, you are going to be financially bleed dry from Michael Handley and his staff. The place is a rip-off and if you don't believe me then lets debate the issue right here.
Oceans is just as bad. These addiction centers skirt the law because if you take too much blood pressure medicine you made a mistake. If you drink too much alcohol or take two many lortab legally prescribed you are a drug head. The hold on the patient is supposed to be 72 hours, but in reality the hold is closer to 250 hours. At $2,000 to $3000 per day, someone can get in the poor house very quickly.
From what I recall Townsend treats opiate addiction with an addictive drug called symboxone. The patient treats one addiction, and picks up a new addiction. The family doctor cannot prescribe symboxone, so one has to continue getting the prescriptions and medications from the addiction center.
After one has been in a mental hospital, they can never legally buy a gun again, even though the addiction was treated, and the patient has rcovered.
The success rates at these clinics is poor. But the damage they do to the pocketbook is great.
Jason

Denham Springs, LA

#3 Feb 11, 2011
Oceans wrote:
<quoted text>Oceans is just as bad. These addiction centers skirt the law because if you take too much blood pressure medicine you made a mistake. If you drink too much alcohol or take two many lortab legally prescribed you are a drug head. The hold on the patient is supposed to be 72 hours, but in reality the hold is closer to 250 hours. At $2,000 to $3000 per day, someone can get in the poor house very quickly.
From what I recall Townsend treats opiate addiction with an addictive drug called symboxone. The patient treats one addiction, and picks up a new addiction. The family doctor cannot prescribe symboxone, so one has to continue getting the prescriptions and medications from the addiction center.
After one has been in a mental hospital, they can never legally buy a gun again, even though the addiction was treated, and the patient has rcovered.

Also there head CEO and COO both have done jail time for fraud.
The success rates at these clinics is poor. But the damage they do to the pocketbook is great.
Oceans, you are correct. Townsend an Intensive Outpatient Program that is suppose to cost around $7000.00. You go 4 times a week for 7 weeks. But when you check you insurance Explanation of Benefits you find that Townsend and a uring testing company has billed your insurance for over $20,000.00. They also put people on Suboxone and they keep them on the medication because they know they have to come back every week. But never you will be hearing about them on the news because they are being investigated.
shannon

Baton Rouge, LA

#4 Feb 13, 2011
Hey Jason, I have a friend who went there and her dad is a Lawyer. They turned over all the same information you are talking about to the Attorney General's office. Sounds like this place is ripping alot of people off.
Jason

Denham Springs, LA

#5 Mar 2, 2011
hey shannon, could you please have that lawyer contact me. i have also spoke to the DEA and LADHH and i would like to move forward with a civil suit.
Registered Nurse

Abbeville, LA

#6 Mar 2, 2011
These jail like facilities have a horrible success rate, and it is all about money. Going to free AA and NA meetings work better and are free. Try getting insurance after being confined to one of these facilities. Insurance companies won't touch you with a 10 foot pole. If the facilities would do a better job insurance companies would not surcharge or reject applicants. As long as insurance pays for these experimental treatment facilities people will be admitted many times against their will.
Most times it is a doctor that prescribed too much medication, but the patient is blamed for abusing their medicines. The patient gets confined for 14 days, and without insurance his bill would be $25000 or so, all for taking the medicines the doctor legally prescribed as directed.
One man had a pain patch on his back but he got in his car with hot leather seats. Heat makes those patches release more medicine quicker so the patient overdosed, and was confined under suicide watch.
Doctors also get referral fees at some treatment facilities.
This is the biggest scam to hit the USA since the Civil War.
I know all of this information first hand.
Tami

Denham Springs, LA

#7 Mar 6, 2011
Registered Nurse wrote:
These jail like facilities have a horrible success rate, and it is all about money. Going to free AA and NA meetings work better and are free. Try getting insurance after being confined to one of these facilities. Insurance companies won't touch you with a 10 foot pole. If the facilities would do a better job insurance companies would not surcharge or reject applicants. As long as insurance pays for these experimental treatment facilities people will be admitted many times against their will.
Most times it is a doctor that prescribed too much medication, but the patient is blamed for abusing their medicines. The patient gets confined for 14 days, and without insurance his bill would be $25000 or so, all for taking the medicines the doctor legally prescribed as directed.
One man had a pain patch on his back but he got in his car with hot leather seats. Heat makes those patches release more medicine quicker so the patient overdosed, and was confined under suicide watch.
Doctors also get referral fees at some treatment facilities.
This is the biggest scam to hit the USA since the Civil War.
I know all of this information first hand.
@ Nurse, Townsend is Outpatient only but you are 100% correct. They have billed, at least 10 patients I know, over $20,000 on an outpatient clinic. Townsends owners should be in jail. Please help me pass the word about this place because they are only in Louisiana but they are in 6 cities.
Janet

Baton Rouge, LA

#8 Aug 18, 2011
Have a relative that went there. When her outpatient bills had been paid, we all realized that she could of gone to a 30 day inpatient treatment facility for less money. Townsend and Ameritox billed her insurance for over $20,000
John

Denham Springs, LA

#9 Sep 27, 2011
That place needs to be shutdown. Townsend is terrible.
meds

Abbeville, LA

#10 Oct 5, 2011
John wrote:
That place needs to be shutdown. Townsend is terrible.
Freedom and Oceans too.
The Truth

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Apr 24, 2013
All clients that I have spoken to that have attented the Townsend clinics in Louisiana have gone thru a medical hell. Experiment with this drug that drug. These people may have good intentions, but by no means are they the only way to beat addiction. Check out the drugs they offer. Go to a physician at once if you are taking scipted drugs or street drugs. Ask for help. Be aware that scripts can't be stopped cold turkey. Seisures can happen if you cold turkey some benzos,or antidepressents. I want to stress that you need help to get of benzos and street drugs. So don't give up. A family member went to Townsend . Later we had to get other physicians to get our family member on the right meds.
Sfw

Metairie, LA

#12 Feb 4, 2014
Chad wrote:
If you know anyone in recovery at Townsend Recovery anywhere in Louisiana, you are going to be financially bleed dry from Michael Handley and his staff. The place is a rip-off and if you don't believe me then lets debate the issue right here.
i. I was charged the complete fee. Insurance did not cover came up with over $16000 and then then was charged for each doctor visit. After I finished, I received bills for urine testing I did not take they tried to correct some of it, but claimed I still owed them money. While the trearment was very good money was at the root of everything
Jessie

Lafayette, LA

#13 Feb 5, 2014
Not really sure about this place and its record but here's a thought to save you obviously a ton of money. How about not getting hooked on drugs or alcohol. Try being responsible. If you have a family, think about them instead of your next loritab or drink. With my lifestyle I have been surrounded my alcohol, weed, pills, gambling and other crap for almost 40 years.
I never once got into any of it. Even when I had a minor surgery and the doctor gave me loritab for pain. I took a few and was done. Tossed the rest away.
Be strong. Our country is suffering from social decay. The drug and alcohol addictions are a big part. Only you can take a drink or pop a pill. No one is forcing you, so stop making people like Townsend rich. You are helping them to take nice vacations three times a year.
I know the posts will be "that is easy to say" blah, blah, blah or I don't understand blah, blah, blah.
It is simple. Be strong or keep making Townsend rich. Your call.
Gail King

United States

#14 Feb 5, 2014
Chad wrote:
If you know anyone in recovery at Townsend Recovery anywhere in Louisiana, you are going to be financially bleed dry from Michael Handley and his staff. The place is a rip-off and if you don't believe me then lets debate the issue right here.
TOTAL SCAM
I am not paying them-please keep me informed on any civil action
Gail King

United States

#15 Feb 5, 2014
Registered Nurse wrote:
These jail like facilities have a horrible success rate, and it is all about money. Going to free AA and NA meetings work better and are free. Try getting insurance after being confined to one of these facilities. Insurance companies won't touch you with a 10 foot pole. If the facilities would do a better job insurance companies would not surcharge or reject applicants. As long as insurance pays for these experimental treatment facilities people will be admitted many times against their will.
Most times it is a doctor that prescribed too much medication, but the patient is blamed for abusing their medicines. The patient gets confined for 14 days, and without insurance his bill would be $25000 or so, all for taking the medicines the doctor legally prescribed as directed.
One man had a pain patch on his back but he got in his car with hot leather seats. Heat makes those patches release more medicine quicker so the patient overdosed, and was confined under suicide watch.
Doctors also get referral fees at some treatment facilities.
This is the biggest scam to hit the USA since the Civil War.
I know all of this information first hand.
I have recently heard that Townsend has cut all ties to AA and the Big Book- which is is only way known to really achieve lasting sobriety!
Kris

New Orleans, LA

#16 Apr 15, 2014
Jessie wrote:
Not really sure about this place and its record but here's a thought to save you obviously a ton of money. How about not getting hooked on drugs or alcohol. Try being responsible. If you have a family, think about them instead of your next loritab or drink. With my lifestyle I have been surrounded my alcohol, weed, pills, gambling and other crap for almost 40 years.
I never once got into any of it. Even when I had a minor surgery and the doctor gave me loritab for pain. I took a few and was done. Tossed the rest away.
Be strong. Our country is suffering from social decay. The drug and alcohol addictions are a big part. Only you can take a drink or pop a pill. No one is forcing you, so stop making people like Townsend rich. You are helping them to take nice vacations three times a year.
I know the posts will be "that is easy to say" blah, blah, blah or I don't understand blah, blah, blah.
It is simple. Be strong or keep making Townsend rich. Your call.
While I agree that companies like this are for-profit (but then again what isn't in this country), but I think you are an absolute fool. If addiction was so easy to stop do you really think all of these people (myself included) would have put themselves, and their family and friends through absolute hell and chaos!! you need to do some research before spouting off at the mouth about something you obviously know nothing about!!
Gail King

Metairie, LA

#17 Apr 15, 2014
Jason wrote:
<quoted text>
Oceans, you are correct. Townsend an Intensive Outpatient Program that is suppose to cost around $7000.00. You go 4 times a week for 7 weeks. But when you check you insurance Explanation of Benefits you find that Townsend and a uring testing company has billed your insurance for over $20,000.00. They also put people on Suboxone and they keep them on the medication because they know they have to come back every week. But never you will be hearing about them on the news because they are being investigated.
Yep they were charging my insurance company $1200 per urine test- testing me less than every 5 days or 90 hours - when it's supposedly a 90 hour test- so they were over testing me - AMD I WAS GIVING CLEAN URINES !!!
Gail King

Metairie, LA

#18 Apr 15, 2014
Jason wrote:
hey shannon, could you please have that lawyer contact me. i have also spoke to the DEA and LADHH and i would like to move forward with a civil suit.
I would like to sue also- I believe that the insurance companies should sue
And I want my money back
Gail King

Metairie, LA

#19 Apr 15, 2014
Jessie wrote:
Not really sure about this place and its record but here's a thought to save you obviously a ton of money. How about not getting hooked on drugs or alcohol. Try being responsible. If you have a family, think about them instead of your next loritab or drink. With my lifestyle I have been surrounded my alcohol, weed, pills, gambling and other crap for almost 40 years.
I never once got into any of it. Even when I had a minor surgery and the doctor gave me loritab for pain. I took a few and was done. Tossed the rest away.
Be strong. Our country is suffering from social decay. The drug and alcohol addictions are a big part. Only you can take a drink or pop a pill. No one is forcing you, so stop making people like Townsend rich. You are helping them to take nice vacations three times a year.
I know the posts will be "that is easy to say" blah, blah, blah or I don't understand blah, blah, blah.
It is simple. Be strong or keep making Townsend rich. Your call.
Yep they put me on Suboxine.!! I'm am alcoholic no opiates! But I got hooked on opiates( Suboxone ) for the tune if 20k AT AN IOP- Townsend- CRAZY SHIT
I went to Paetto in Rayville La for 90 + days I highly recommend IT !! Following it up with a monitoring program and AA at LEAST ONCE A DAY- can't say it's easy but it's necessary!
TUSA

Broussard, LA

#20 May 15, 2014
Well if not townsen, can any one suggest a good out patient rehabilitation center.....

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