The Women's Treatment Center in Chicago, IL

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140 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago IL 60607

The Women's Treatment Center Philosophy

The Women’s Treatment Center works with chemically dependent women struggling with issues such as homelessness, poverty, trauma, and co-occurring mental disorders. Upon arrival, those in need of assisted withdrawal from opiates, alcohol, and other drugs may participate in a medically-supervised detoxification program for an average of four to six days. Residents attend weekly individual counseling sessions, trauma recovery, medical monitoring, and parenting services. Outpatient services and medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available to those seeking treatment outside of a residential setting. Mothers are invited to bring children six years of age and below into residential treatment if desired.

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Medically-Supervised Detox

Parenting Program

Pregnant & Postpartum Women's Program

Meet the Staff

Linda Maranda

Executive Director

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Ms. Maranda has spent the last eleven years as the Executive Director of Caritas Central Intake, the largest facility of its kind in the state, and has also served for five years on the volunteer Board of Directors of TWTC. Her prior leadership roles were in residential and out-patient substance abuse treatment programs at Cornell-Interventions, Illinois. Ms. Maranda is held in exceptionally high esteem by her peers in the field of social work and substance abuse treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Xavier University, Chicago. She also maintains CSADC and MISA II certifications through the Illinois Certification Board. “I am pleased to be a part of The Women’s Treatment Center’s rich history of helping women obtain the recovery tools and parenting skills necessary to maintain a sober lifestyle as they rebuild their lives and mend the bonds with their families. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the team that will make The Women’s Treatment Center a beacon of light and hope for the women and children who seek our services.”

Patricia E. Shaw, RN, BSN, MS

Deputy Director

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Ms. Shaw began her employment at TWTC as Director of Nursing in 1991, soon after the facility opened. She became Deputy Director in 2001, continuing to supervise TWTC’s nursing services, and adding responsibilities for facility operations, quality management, information technology and dietary services. Most recently, she managed TWTC’s transition to electronic medical records. Ms. Shaw holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from the University of St. Francis and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Lewis University. "Lives have been changed here, and the bonds between countless women and children have been mended. It is very satisfying to have a role in this process - and their journey," she said. 360 Guide

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Located on Chicago’s Near West Side, The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC) offers family-based addiction treatment to adult women. The facility offers residential and outpatient services, as well as specialized programs for pregnant or postpartum women with children up to six years old. A 24-hour, medically monitored 16-bed detox unit is located on-site.


In an initial assessment, each client’s medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse history is taken, and an individualized treatment plan is created accordingly. There is a 16-bed medically-supervised detox unit for adult women.

Participants in the residential program receive 25 hours of clinical services per week, including individual counseling, addiction education, medication monitoring, referrals for additional mental health services, and parenting services. There is a special track for women and their children, as well as mentally ill women.

Regular groups offer intensive trauma-informed treatment using the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment model, which is an evidence-based approach to treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women. Other process groups focus on topics such as relapse prevention, family reconciliation, women’s issues, stress, anger management, and job readiness.

Intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment is often used as a step-down program for graduates of the residential program, and offers up to 12 hours of weekly treatment. There’s also a specialized outpatient program, called Project Futures, for women in danger of losing custody of their children, as well a transitional living recovery house for clients who have completed residential treatment but wish to remain in a structured, supportive, and sober community.

On an outpatient basis, a Methadone maintenance program is available.


The treatment team consists of a medical doctor, a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, and a registered nurse.


There are three residential units set within the main facility. One of the units offers a combined 24 beds for women without an accompanying child, while the other two units offer a combined 58 beds for women and 23 beds for their accompanying children.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff; however, on its unofficial Facebook page, the facility received an average rating of four out of five stars from nine reviewers to date.[1] Alum Jennifer wrote: “It saved my life!! I have been sober since then. This place changed my life forever.” Alum Sheena wrote: “God placed me here and yes it is a trying place to be but if you want to get sober with a new way of loving life without the use of mood mind altering drugs then give it a shot if you ready if not keep coming back.”


On Indeed, the facility received an average of three out of five stars from four employee reviews to date. Two of the employees highlighted the facility’s weak management.[2] The first reviewer also found their coworkers “all about making money” and uncaring about the center’s clients. “I enjoyed many people I met here but I am glad to be gone! Try to stay away from this place,” they summed it up.

Another more positive reviewer on Indeed gave four out of five stars to the facility, and wrote of their experience while at TWTC. “Love working here. People are kind and everyone helps to get the job done. I have learned a lot working here. They give you a good sense of a job well done.”


TWTC offers a sliding fee scale, and provides services free of charge to those without income or insurance, thanks to funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and Medicaid.

Updated February 2017



Published on March 2017

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