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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 in Chicago, 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.


According to The Women's Treatment Center's website, 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. Programming includes 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 women struggling with mental health disorders.

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 center's website notes The Women's Treatment Center's treatment team consists of a medical doctor, a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, and a registered nurse.


The facility's website indicates there are three residential units set within the main facility at The Women's Treatment Center. 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 yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s former clients. However, the 11 individuals who left reviews on the facility's Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, provided a an average of 4.2 out of five stars. [1]

The alumni praised the center's staff, noted the program saved their life, and described how they were still sober. "It saved my life!! I have been sober since then," an alum, Jennifer, wrote in a representative review. "This place changed my life forever. I stayed in the 'Mom's program' thank you, to all the beautiful staff and councelers that help me overcome my addiction."

The only individual who didn't leave a four or five star review gave a one star review, but provided positive feedback. "I have so many great memories. Hats off to you for your services," Rosie wrote.

WHAT STAFF SAY has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s staffers or former employees. Yet, the seven individuals who left reviews for The Women's Treatment Center on Indeed at the time of this writing left a three out of five average rating.[2]

The staffers applauded the center's learning environment and great mission. "Excellent parenting component with the exception for keeping the directors happy by showing appreciation and value to the programs," a former employee wrote.

But, the staff member also noted heavy work loads and burnt out staff members. "It is difficult to extend yourself to support the patients because staff tend to be so overwhelmed with work that they are unavailable to assist and support each other as a team. Morale is very low," a former employee wrote in a representative review.


According to TWTC's website the treatment center 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.


Published on November 2017

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Overall the detox is fairly decent. I DON'T like the fact that they don't tell you who is HIV or Hepatitis positive. The thing I hate the most is the FOOD!!

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