Facing Treatment Fears

Facing Treatment Fears

The decision to seek treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues can be daunting and riddled with fear and uncertainty. In a moving testimonial, Bonnie Pritchard, the Admissions Coordinator at Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana, shares her personal experience of facing treatment fears and misconceptions surrounding treatment. Many individuals and their families are often unsure of what treatment entails, leading to anxiety and apprehension.

She highlights the prevalent fear of the unknown and the stigma associated with treatment, drawing attention to the reluctance many individuals face when confronted with the prospect of seeking help.


My name is Bonnie Pritchard. I’m the admissions coordinator at the Weymouth facility. Treatment, a lot of people don’t know exactly what it is, what it entails. Family members are like, what is this about? My family and I, we didn’t know anything about it either. I had never been to treatment before. I was court ordered and scared because in my mind, I saw a psych ward. That’s one thing that I get a lot with patients. They’re afraid of what it’s about to be and what it’s about to look like. I’ll get a call in my office and they’re like, well, the admit is here but they’re refusing to get out of the car. I go out there and I say, I know where you’re at right now, I’ve sat in that car and I’ve cried my heart out saying, please don’t make me do this, please. I said, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. That’s what I pride myself in and say, it’s going to be okay, let’s talk about your questions, let’s talk about your concerns or your fears.

We are genuinely here to help. We’ve sat in that seat, we know what it feels like, and I respond all the time with people. I’m like, if you just give me a call, I will walk you through the process, I will hold your hand through the whole way and I’ll tell you exactly what you need to do, because I want you to get help and I want you to be safe. That’s what it’s all about.


Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana offers a unique and comprehensive approach to dealing with treatment fears. The genuine passion and commitment of the staff, the range of services provided, and the focus on preparing clients for life after treatment all contribute to the exceptional results seen at the center. Contact Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana at (225) 361-8443 or fill out our online form.

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