ABOUT OSCHNER HEALTH SYSTEM – PSYCHIATRY & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
Based in Slidell, La., the addictive behavioral unit of Oschner North Shore Hospital provides outpatient treatment for adults struggling with compulsive gambling, substance use, and co-existing mental health disorders. Medically supervised detoxification services are available. Clients also have access to medical care through the Oschner general hospital, including inpatient psychiatric treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment can begin with an initial phone call, followed the next day by on-site medical and psychosocial assessments. Clients may be referred for admission to inpatient treatment, including medical detox, or to a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program.
Outpatient clients participate in group therapy and educational sessions several hours a day. Cognitive behavioral therapy provides the treatment foundation, while 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous are also recommended. Among the special topics addressed in therapy are communication skills, relaxation training, building on individual strengths, stress management, and relapse prevention.
The facility’s family program offers opportunities for loved ones to learn about addiction following similar tracks. Family members also have access to individual therapy sessions and recommendations for community-base support groups.
An extensive aftercare program offered to clients who have completed an intensive treatment program includes one year of weekly group meetings as well as individual therapy and drug testing services.
According to this facility’s website, most therapists hold master’s or doctoral level degrees. The treatment team also includes psychiatrists specializing in addiction medicine, social workers, and registered nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Inpatient stabilization-oriented treatment is offered on the 14-bed acute psychiatric unit at Oschner’s Slidell hospital. The hospital campus is tobacco-free, including outpatient treatment spaces.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Best-rehabs.com has not yet received feedback from any former clients of this facility. Reviews of Oschner North Shore left on secondary sites did not make specific reference to the psychiatric, behavioral medicine, or addiction treatment programs. Twenty-four Google reviews of the general hospital were split between positive and negative, averaging a rating of 2.8 out of five stars. Some praised for helpfulness, and others criticized staff for rudeness. Long wait times and efficient service also both received contradictory comments.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided generally positive feedback. On a scale of one to five, they rated the effectiveness of treatment five stars and would recommend the program with no weaknesses identified. Most metrics measuring specific aspects of treatment also reflected strong satisfaction, including ratings of four stars apiece for the quality of treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental illness, the availability of counseling approach options, and the level of staff training and experience. Opportunities for family participation, however, along with affordability of treatment, both received three stars.
While Medicare and some other insurance plans are accepted, the hospital’s website emphasizes the responsibility of patients to confirm coverage. Some clients may qualify for payment plans.