YWCA Women's Journey Chemical Dependency in South Bend, IN

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(3.7 of 5)
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1102 S. Fellows Street
South Bend IN 46601

YWCA Women's Journey Chemical Dependency Philosophy

The Women’s Journey chemical dependency treatment program of the YWCA offers residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment services for women. Treatment options include detoxification, group and individual counseling, residential treatment for up to 60 days, transitional housing for up to two years, and aftercare support, as well as regular day and evening care for children of women in the program.

Areas of Specialization

  • Medical Detoxification
    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

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YWCA Women’s Journey in South Bend, Ind., is a women’s only chemical dependency treatment program offering residential, outpatient, and aftercare services. The program not only focuses on helping women overcome addiction, but also helps women who have experienced domestic abuse or who are pregnant or raising children. Detoxification services are available by arrangement with a local provider.


YWCA Women’s Journey is one of only two programs in Indiana that allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. Treatment occurs mostly through individual and group counseling, but case management, life skills classes, and childcare also are included. The typical length of stay is 45 to 60 days, but clients can receive up to 24 months of transitional housing and aftercare services.

The YWCA’s Breaking Free Dual Treatment Program is for clients who are struggling with both domestic violence and substance abuse. According to the facility’s website, these two issues are addressed and treated at the same time, and the focus is on how they are interrelated. In this program, which lasts eight to 10 weeks, women receive parenting classes, shelter, food, and access to medical services. Their children receive education, developmental screenings, and case management.


Although there is no information regarding the specific staff members of the chemical dependency programs, the YWCA Board of Directors includes university professors, attorneys, business professionals, and high ranking hospital officials. The facility is CARF-accredited and licensed by the state of Indiana.


Transitional housing services through the YWCA provide individuals with transportation, counseling, childcare, and employment assistance while they locate permanent housing. Units are available for mothers with children and single women. Clients can stay there for up to 24 months, and rent, which includes utilities, is a percentage of the clients’ income.


Although reviews are limited, alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com reported long-term sobriety as a result of YWCA Women’s Journey and its aftercare services. An anonymous reviewer gave three stars out of five as an overall rating and four stars to both accommodations & amenities and meals & nutrition. She commented: “I just know between the program and Narcotics Anonymous, the after care and further counseling I have sought myself throughout the years, I have managed to stay clean for 25 years.”

C.T. offered unstinting praise in her review. She wanted Rehabs.com to know: “God is there in those walls. I pray for every Women who needs help to try this program and God's grace. Women's journey is a blessing from Heaven.”

On Facebook, which allows organizations to vet reviews, the facility also received positive feedback. One of the 12 five-star reviews from visitors to the Facebook page came from alum Leah, who commented about the “amazing staff.” She added: “This place is amazing. It helped me get clean and stay clean for myself and my family.”[1] Another in this group of reviewers, Ashlee, whose feedback identified her as an alum, said: "Ywca saved my life. The amazing women who work there made me understand that I was worth being sober and staying sober, not just for me but for my family and children as well. I love the YWCA for many, many reasons. I have always recommended the ywca to anyone who is struggling with addiction, domestic violence, or both."


According to YWCA Women’s Journey’s brochure, most clients qualify for payment assistance from the facility. For those who do not, the facility offers sliding scale fees. Private insurance is not accepted.

  1. https://www.facebook.com/YWCA-North-Central-Indiana-148194208548569/reviews?ref=page_internal 

Updated February 2017

Published on February 2017

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I attended Women's journey over 20 years ago. One of the best journeys I have ever had. Been off drugs since. A great program God is there in those walls. I pray for every Women who needs help to try this program and God's grace. Women's journey is a blessing from Heaven.

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I just know between the program and Narcotics Anonymous, the after care and further counseling I have sought myself throughout the years, I have managed to stay clean for 25 years, and have no desire to ever go back to that way of living.

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