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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Finally - Kitchen Plumbing Repairs!

It's been a long time coming, but work began May 27 to remove most of the slab beneath the kitchen and serving areas to replace and upgrade plumbing and drains. The thirty year old kitchen will continue to serve the Pines until the new Dining Hall/Community Center is constructed - but that's years down the road. Meanwhile, admissions are slowed during the highly disruptive first week - the decibel levels of the sawing, jack-hammering, and debris removal limites any use of the building which is the usual place for the daily AA/NA/CA meetings, specialty groups, group therapy rooms, conference room, community room - Alanon & GA, aftercare group, and computer education/teleconference room.

The Pines is proud of its tradition of preparing tasty meals - meals popular with the 600 or so patients admitted each year.

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