About Us

BRAADC is an in-patient detoxification center that operates 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, with a capacity of 24 beds for those individuals who are 18 years or older and who have used drugs and/or alcohol within the last 7 days. We are a non-profit organization [IRS status 501c(3)] with a 18 member volunteer Board of Directors. Conceived as a charitable non-profit agency in 1972, we are currently funded by the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge, Capital Area Human Services District, Capital Area United Way, and private donors. We aim to serve the entire state of Louisiana with a focus on the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

Lisa Bailey, Executive Director

Lisa Bailey

Lisa Bailey has worked in the Addiction and Behavioral Health field for the past eleven (11) years as an Administrator, Consultant and Clinician. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Mrs. Bailey's clinical experiences includes individual, family and group therapy for adolescents and adults suffering from co-occuring disorders. Mrs. Bailey has worked in hospital settings, outpatient clinics and residential settings. She held the position of Program Monitor Supervisor for Capital Area Human Services District where she was in charge of overseeing both mental health and substance abuse contracts throughout the district.

Mrs. Bailey is excited about her new position as Executive Director and is looking forward to what the future holds for Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center.

History

Incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit 501(c)(3), BRAADC first admitted clients in 1975 following extraordinary effort by then Coroner Dr. Hypolite Landry, among others. Knowing that too many individuals were going through the detoxification process in jail, some even died there, Dr. Landry persuaded the necessary members of the community that an institution specifically dedicated to taking care of people needing to detoxify was essential for their safety. BRAADC has served clients throughout the state of Louisiana, but mostly focusing on the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

The center began providing medically supported detoxification to adult citizens without medical insurance or treatment accessibility (providing only non-medical detoxification since 1985) for alcohol and drug detoxification services. We help clients to escape a drug-infested street environment, to remove the addicting substances from their systems, to learn some of the problems associated with addiction, and to begin learning new behavior and coping patterns. We also help them move into an appropriate next stage of good health by seeking in-patient or out-patient treatment programs, becoming acquainted with addiction recovery literature, and designing relapse prevention strategies. Currently, there is a capacity of 24 beds that provide 24/7 non-medical in-patient detoxification services. There is a focus on prioritizing IV drug users, pregnant females, and those with HIV/AIDS. BRAADC opened an out-patient services department within the agency to provide intensive groups, individual, and family counseling.