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Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center

86 Palmetto Road, Rayville, Louisiana, 71269
Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center has been helping people recover from addiction for more than 20 years. Our team of caring professionals share over 250 years of experience in breaking the cycle of this devastating, chronic disease. We believe recovery must occur in three areas: physical, emotional and spiritual. Our program is designed to address all three of these key areas from day one. Our facilities and staff provide an environment that encourages a return to basic living skills, development of non-addictive coping skills, recognition of character defects, development of a non self-centered way of living, and a spiritual approach to life.

Facility Highlights

  • Thorough evaluations and individual treatment plans
  • Bringing hope and lasting recovery to individuals and families since 1993
  • Palmetto offers a full continuum of care with treatment that is both effective and cost efficient


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

Facility Settings

  • Lakeside

Meet the Staff

  • Jay Weiss, MD, ASAM, Psychiatrist
    Jay Weiss, MD, ASAM, PsychiatristMedical Director
    Jay Weiss, MD, is a graduate of University of Arkansas College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Psychiatry while serving in the United States Air Force for a total of 30 years. Dr. Weiss is ASAM certified (2005) and is board certified in Geriatrics (1994), Addictions/Substance Abuse (1995), and Psychiatry (1991). He is a member of both the AMA and APA associations. His speaking engagements include the FAA conference on Aviation Psychiatry, USAF on Combat Psychiatry and Celestial Navigation. Dr. Weiss believes that staff interaction on both a professional and personal level makes Palmetto an exceptional place for treatment. He gives lectures throughout the country. He is affiliated with the FAA. He has been at Palmetto 15 years.
  • Phillip Ables, M.ED., LPC
    Phillip Ables, M.ED., LPCProgram Director
    Phillip is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. A Licensed Professional Counselor (#253) for over 22 years, he has worked with individuals, couples and families; patients suffering chronic illness, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Phillip’s counseling is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy. “I will listen to what you say, but I will believe what you do.” No addict will every get better without taking that first step, and asking for help.

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Patient Reviews

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  • 3.4
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Still have terrible memories since my stay for three months in 2018. Counselors laugh at someone who is hard of hearing in front of all the clients instead of helping them. Female Community picks and chooses which rules to follow. It changed daily. I have recovered and remain in recovery, due my family and friends not this place. It was like living in a cult.
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We were asked group to read out loud or homework. The counselor named Joseph called me out on what was my truth he is horrible, rude and I don’t want my son around him any longer.
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What a joke!! They show this cabin you will live in. There is 1 cabin that select people get to live in. The others get to live in crappy cabins with no heat or a/c and $40 a week to feed 5 grown men. And Dr Michael McCormick is the biggest sham of a DR if there ever was one. Only cares about the money.
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Disregard the negative reviews as most were probably left by those who, voluntarily or involuntarily, left early. Whether you stay 30, 60 or 90 days, go with an open mind and help will find you. This is just a serious place for those serious about getting better. In closing, rehab was never intended to be a vacation and if the counselors are hard on you, it\'s for a good the process.
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It was a bad experience for me. I grew up poor so it wasn’t the bad living conditions. They demoralized and bully you in an attempt to break you down. When that doesn’t work...they use hypnosis....right in front of 10 other people in your group. It has a cultish feel to it. But when your insurance runs out, you have 24 hours to find a ride home no matter how far away it matter what horrors theY released. The hypnosis thing that was done to me in front of 10 other group members was at the very least negligent. It maybe good for some people. BUT, IT WAS NOT FOR ME. The first meeting in the mornings is to pressure you to tell on other people for breaking the walking outside the smoke gazebo with a cigarette...very petty crap.....and they get punishments. It’s sick.