Abita Springs to see addiction treatment center open on grounds of historic Longbranch Hotel

The Advocate - Transforming the historic Longbranch Hotel in Abita Springs into an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center drew skepticism in the small St. Tammany Parish town when plans for the center first surfaced in 2015.

Residents worried that the facility would drive property values down and crime up, despite assurances to the contrary from those launching the venture.

Now, as the Longbranch Retreat & Recovery Center prepares to open on the camellia-dotted grounds along La. 36, local misgivings have mostly evaporated, and law enforcement officials are hailing the facility as an answer to the growing addiction problem on the north shore.