April 1, 1976 - December 31, 2010

The Pines Treatment Center admitted its first patient April 1, 1976. The Pines ceased operation as a state operated facility December 31, 2010.


Whether called alcoholism, drug addiction, or chemical dependency, the Pines has provided treatment for the condition for over thirty years. An estimated 16,000 men and women have received treatment services at the Pines since 1976. The Pines Treatment Center ceased operations as a state operated facility December 31, 2010.

The Pines is located on the grounds of the former Pines Tuberculosis Sanitarium which operated much of the twentieth century before closing in the early 1970’s.

Patients are in residence for approximately four weeks. The principle mode of treatment is group therapy with medical, recreational, educational, and twelve-step support. The treatment philosophy is simple - if you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking - when thinking changes, results change. The Mission Statement of the Office for Addictive Disorders Region VII is Changing Minds. Changing Lives.

Residents are assigned to a primary therapy group. There are three groups for men and two for women. The groups are in session about three hours each day. Each resident has a primary counselor—a licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, or licensed addictions counselor—who develops a treatment plan with them.

The Pines has a Family Focus program which involves the family in the recovery process. This service is voluntary and recommended.

The Office for Addictive Disorders supports a twelve to eighteen month continuum of treatment and support services in its statewide system. All Pines residents are referred to an appropriate level of continuing care prior to discharge.

Follow this link to hear directly from persons who are successfully treating their disease and are in Recovery. Read comments from Pines Treatment Center graduates in the feedback section, lower left page.

Park like grounds

Park like grounds
The Pines is located in a park-like setting.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy
Residents participate in group therapy. There are five groups - 3 for men, 2 for women.

New Break and Visiting Deck

New Break and Visiting Deck
Staff check out the new deck

Who Provides Treatment?

The Pines has skilled and talented staff. Most have worked in the addictions field for years.

Some of the staff a resident will meet include:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Addictions Counselor
Family Counselor
Clinical Chaplain
Registered Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse
Recreational Therapist
Psychiatric Aides
Really nice cooks
Really cool maintenance guys
Super friendly adminstrative people

Dining Room

Dining Room
The Pines is known for its excellent food.


Many program activities and recreation are outdoors.

Carthrum Dormitory dedicates the "Beam Wing"

Carthrum Dormitory dedicates the "Beam Wing"
Willie Jackson does the honors with PTC supporter Johnny Beam


Acadiana Recovery Center guests returning home after their stay at the Pines.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Saints win Super Bowl! PTC gets snow!

Just in time for Mardi Gras!
Check earlier posts to see  the last time the Pines got snow - when Senator Mount visited.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Duffy retirement

OAD head Michael Duffy stopped off at the Pines as a part of his multi-region "retirement tour" to say goodby to staff, contractors, patients, and clients.  The reception at the Pines was held December 17, 2009.  Region VII Administrator Trudie Abner noted that Shreveport and Bossier City had declared December 17 as Michael Duffy day.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Group

Halloween is always an interesting week at the Pines. This year the patients created a Sixth therapy group - a diverse collection of, well, pumpkinheads. Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin is rumored to facilitate the group.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall arrives!

The hummingbirds have been busy of late.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Recovery Day (in the rain)

Ably represented by Director of Nursing, Michele Johnson, Assistant D.O.N. LaShonda Williams, Martha Miles, Lula Anderson, and Janis Dumdei, the Pines participated in a regional Recovery Day even in Coushatta, Louisiana, September 19. So what if it rained, off and on. A lot of folks made the rounds to learn about OAD and other supports for recovery available to residents in Northwest Louisiana.
The "traveling" information show is booked October 6 for a Night Out display in a Bossier City neighborhodd.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 2009

Early summer is busy at the Pines with flowers blooming, emergency generators being installed, a new gate to the long fence added, the Challenge-by-Choice course meeting and storage building upgraded and called the PTC Candy Bar (Chocolate Mint) and the PTC Staff "Ropes" Course break area finished.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Spring Karaoke

Every other Friday PTC Administrative Manager Carol Robertson leads the patients in an afternoon of Karaoke. Sometimes inside, but on a pleasant spring day, she sets up on the deck.