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Woodlake Addiction Recovery

3015 Highway 956, Ethel, Louisiana, 70730
"Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center is based on the Traditions and Principles of the 12-step programs and the founding Oxford Group. The Four Absolutes –Honesty, Unselfishness, Love, and Purity and the guiding keys of the Beatitudes were the basics of the Oxford Group from which AA and other 12-steps programs originated. Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center parallels the founding Oxford absolutes, the keys or attitudes to happiness, and the guiding principles of the 12 Step Programs into the four phases of their treatment.

Facility Highlights

  • 12-step programs
  • Spiritual Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

Specialization

  • Holistic approach

    Treatment involves a holistic approach addressing the interrelated components of the personality which includes the spiritual, the mental, the emotional, the social, the physical, and the volitional or the will power of the person.
  • Family Counseling

    Families are invited to attend a Family Weekend to receive education regarding the disease of addiction for family members and participation in family group sessions. Woodlakes Family Education model focuses on the disease concept, spirituality, the loss of personalities, defenses, neurological chemistry of addiction, the principles of the 12 step programs, and includes specific task to assist with redefining self and recovery. The Family Education group work is designed to allow the family members to explore their pain in the midst of the addiction, openly and honestly discuss resentments, determine proper amends and realistic expectations, and devise specific means to continue the recovery process while improving the relationship and enhanced communication.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • THOMAS ESTIS, PHD, NCC, LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMFT-BAS, LAC, ICADC
    THOMAS ESTIS, PHD, NCC, LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMFT-BAS, LAC, ICADCDIRECTOR
    Thomas Estis, Ph.D. holds an Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work from Jackson State University and a Master of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana – Monroe; Dr. Estis’ credentials include national and state licensure: NCC, LPC, LPC-S , LMFT-BAS, LAC, and ICADC; Witnessing families in crisis for years prior to the addicted person entering treatment or recovery, Dr. Estis’ dissertation focused on a qualitative study that researched the crisis necessary for the addicted person(s) to embrace treatment and ultimately recovery. Dr. Estis’ experiences span more than two decades of individual, group, and family counseling, speaking engagements including state and national level and a COA background. Dominant therapeutic approaches include Gestalt and Existential Therapy which affords a holistic and spiritual roadmap for correlating the spiritual awakening stressed in the Twelve (12) Steps Recovery Programs.
  • LOUIS CATALDIE, MD-ABAM
    LOUIS CATALDIE, MD-ABAMMEDICAL DIRECTOR
    Louis Cataldie, MD, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addictive Medicine. He has been in the field of addictionology for thirty years. He has served as coroner of East Baton Rouge Parish, Medical Examiner for the State of Louisiana, Medical Director of the Office of Addictive Disorder for Louisiana, and Medical Director for the State of Louisiana Emergency Medical Services. Doctor Cataldie was also a consultant to the White House on Adolescent Inhalant Abuse during the Reagan years. He serves as Medical Director for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

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The workers don’t smile. They make it seem like a concentration camp and everyone is in it. Not welcoming at all. I get tough love. But I also believe in a happy God that would want the recovery to feel like you are loved. My son had to go a week without the things he ordered because they lost his order. I am surprised he went on to live a sober life. He must have been really ready. Because this place would make a sober person wanna drink. It’s a shame because they take your money. And you expect a good experience. I guess my husband I should have shopped around more. We came all the way from north Louisiana because we read the reviews in the site. I pray they read This and learn to add love to their roster. Frances
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    All the staff from Doctors all the way to the Health Techs are just wonderful. They treat everyone with kindness, respect and with no judgment. I graduated from the facility with all the tools and motivation to continue my recovery in my own community.
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    Our son was there for 30 day. We found the care was subpar. Staff is very easily manipulated. Too many former patients running the place. The facilities are filthy ! Bird poop all over the windows in the dining area. Bed Bugs, dirty cabins. The food is marginal at best. Also, there was a box in the woods where people could drop off cell phones for patients. The management needs a serious turnover. It used to be an excellent treatment facility. Not sure what has happened. Did not know how bad it was until he went to another facility with excellent staff, clean facilities and professional counselors and employees.
    Faith
      Woodlake saved me at a time when I wasn’t sure I wanted that. I came in after 18 years in Recovery and a 4 year relapse. I was the oldest woman there and the other women embraced me and loved me when I couldn’t do it myself. Thank god for the gorgeous grounds, my counselor. BTW- still clean,
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      I believe they did a wonderful job. brother has completely changed and is still doing great to this day. They focus on eah person differently and really care about them.