Rubicon - Women's Treatment Center in Richmond, VA

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2825 Rady Street
Richmond VA 23222

Rubicon - Women's Treatment Center Philosophy

The Rubicon Women’s Treatment Community provides gender-specific substance abuse treatment services for women. Treatment options follow a therapeutic community model. Services include medical and social detoxification, short- and long-term residential programs, and intensive outpatient care. A specialized program for women with children allows mothers to bring as many as three children for up to six months.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

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Anger Management

Cognitive Behavior Approach

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In 1991, the Rubicon Women’s Treatment Center (WTC) in Richmond became Virginia’s first gender-specific facility to serve women struggling with chemical dependency. Women from all walks of life receive treatment for 30 to 180 days, from onsite detox to aftercare. Rubicon, a private, nonprofit organization which has provided services for more than 45 years, operates more than 10 additional community programs, including a men’s rehab, outpatient services, a culinary arts program, and a women and children’s treatment community. The facility’s name refers to an ancient Roman story about committing and taking a final step toward one’s goals.


WTC takes a disease approach in providing a modified therapeutic community model of rehabilitation. Holistic, interdisciplinary treatment plans begin with psychological and physical addiction evaluations and then enter a multi-phased program incorporating whichever levels of support each woman needs. Medication-assisted therapy as well as medical services for co-occurring disorders are available along with individual and group therapies, education, relapse prevention, and community re-entry support.

An initial orientation and stabilization phase is followed by the self-discovery phase, which helps women prepare physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to pursue lives free from self-destructive behavior patterns. In addition to participating in cognitive behavioral therapy, clients may work within groups designed to address specific needs and goals. Some of these group topics are sexuality and gender, trauma, parenting, anger management and conflict resolution, and leadership.

The final stage of rehab supports re-entry, offering housing and employment support, communication and relationship skills, and relapse prevention tools.

Throughout the WTC recovery program, residents regularly practice what the facility calls “Sister Time,” during which women work on developing meaningful relationships with other women over refreshments such as tea.


Limited information is available on the facility’s website regarding the credentials of treatment staff. However, four alumni polled by provided an average rating of 3.5 stars out of five for staff experience and training. One alum, Angela, wrote that the program was short-staffed.


Rubicon’s WTC is located on a 13-acre campus in red brick buildings set among trees. WTC has room for 40 single women and its campus also hosts a women and children’s program. Residents are encouraged to participate in an array of wellness and risk reduction opportunities both on site and through community partners.

For women needing long-term antibiotic treatment, PICC-line services are available with medical oversight. HIV/AIDS education and counseling are offered, along with domestic violence education. Clients have access to both 12-step support and SMART recovery groups as well as religious services.. Health and nutrition services include acupuncture and other relaxation techniques, gardening, and a structured exercise program.

Clients may pursue both GED classes and vocational education and staff members assist with making connections for housing referrals and employment opportunities. Women receive recognition, including certificates, for leadership during the program. WTC has an active alumni association.


Data compiled by reveals trends in alumni’s positive opinions of treatment effectiveness, counseling frequency and options, and meals. Alum Angela’s review provided exceptions to the trends, noting weaknesses in nutrition, exercise and leisure, and infrequency of group and individual counseling sessions. She wrote: “Too much idle time.”

Concurring with the majority of alumni polled by, two Google reviews were even more positive, each giving the program five out of five stars. Alum Tammy wrote: “It will help you get your life back if you work it.”[1]


The one loved one who provided feedback to emphasized individualized treatment plans and support for community integration as strengths. Communication with family members received a low rating.


There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs. However, all but one of five alumni and friends and family polled by inidicated the program was affordable or worth the cost.

Updated January 2017


Published on February 2017

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Strengths: Focus on that patient treatment...tailored to their specific needs, establishing a course that will be channeled. Weaknesses: Communication with family. Their was a lot of attention to the mental health treatment requirements...lot of community integration and involment

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women and children allowed; u were able to bring ur kids with you.

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Short staff..not enough groups, nutrition is poor. Need more staff. Not enough counseling 1 on 1..more informative groups needed. No physical activities at all. Too much idle time.

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12 steps is taught where the understanding makes it easy to want to live by. Very nice program would recommend it to anyone.

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