New Orleans’ only substance abuse treatment program

designed to meet the needs of adolescents


The Pathways Program is a comprehensive, 8-week, after-school treatment and education program designed to help adolescents make better choices around drinking and drugs. Our program is facilitated by licensed mental health professionals at Greater New Orleans’ premier addiction treatment center, Longbranch Wellness in Old Metairie. The Pathways Program is twice a week for 8 weeks with a tentative schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


The Pathways Program integrates evidence-based interventions including:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/mindfulness
  • Family involvement
  • Adolescent brain development considerations Age-appropriate mutual-aid groups


The Pathways Program structure includes:

  • Thursdays alternate between psychoeducation groups and family groups
  • Weekly urine drug test
  • Weekly off-site mutual aid meetings (recommended for age appropriateness)
  • Family group sessions
  • Collaborative care with client’s personal psychiatrist, primary care physician and/or therapist
  • Family meetings with counselor, family members and client
  • Biopsychosocial screening for appropriateness of care
  • Case management and discharge planning, including possible higher level of care referrals



  • Give clients a better understanding of the facts about commonly abused drugs in our society today. The emphasis is on factual material and not misconceptions or myths that are perpetuated by the client’s social setting
  • Provide clients with an understanding of trends of substance abuse, the stages of addiction, the physical and psychological risks and effects of addiction and recreational use
  • Empower clients to make better decisions about drugs and alcohol use and open a dialogue between clients and the caregivers in their lives
  • Increase social skills, coping abilities and ability to plan a healthy lifestyle
  • Identify and decrease risk factors and increase protective factors for addiction and develop a ‘sober self-image’


For information call 504-635-3535 or contact us (here)