Women's Recovery Association Philosophy
Laurel House was opened in 1974 and was one of the first residential treatment programs for women in California. Laurel House has the capacity to serve twelve women. The house was renovated in 2008, which included a new kitchen, bathroom, and landscaping.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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ABOUT WOMEN’S RECOVERY ASSOCIATION
Located in San Mateo, Calif., 20 miles south of San Francisco, Women’s Recovery Association is one of only 51.5 percent (736 total facilities) of facilities in the state to provide women-specific programming. This residential treatment facility also has options for pregnant women and mothers with children up to the age of 10 struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders.
Part of HealthRight 360, a regional treatment provider, Women’s Recovery Association (formally Laurel House) also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP), transitional housing, and a continuing care program, provided by 1,167 (81.6 percent) California treatment centers. The facility does not provide on-site detoxification services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To guide clinicians in forming an individualized plan of care, clients may participate in an initial assessment upon admission to identify specific needs. To help clients acquire and maintain sobriety, the facility blends evidence-based treatment methods with 12-step immersion in the supportive setting of a therapeutic community.
During residential treatment, clients adhere to a structured schedule of group counseling, individual, and family counseling sessions that address issues common among women in recovery. According to the facility’s website, programming addresses issues related to self-esteem, trauma, and abuse, as well as chemical dependency. Clients also attend psychoeducational classes on relapse prevention techniques, regulation, and forming healthy relationships. In addition, clients attend 12-step meetings or participate in other peer-led support programs.
Along with core programming, the Perinatal Residential Program incorporates parenting classes, education on pregnancy issues, and other services designed for new mothers. To help both mothers and children, therapeutic groups and parent-child interaction therapies are available. Clients with a co-occurring mental health disorders may also receive regular psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management - offerred at 446 (31.2 percent) facilities in the state - to alleviate symptoms.
Once a client completes residential treatment, she may be encouraged to transition into the facility’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), which consists of up to 18 hours of weekly programming, and/or the facility’s sober housing facilities. The facility helps clients to transition back into the community by providing vocational rehabilitation, which may consists of assisting women with legal, housing, child care, and other issues.
Women’s Recovery Association employs a multidisciplinary team comprised of psychiatrists, licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors, case managers, medical support teams, care coordinators, and a behavioral health support staff. The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date both rated staff level of experience and training five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Although specific information regarding accommodations and amenities is limited, Women’s Recovery Association is comprised of three separate facilities: a residential facility for women, a transitional home, and a home designated for mothers with children. Childcare is provided for mothers during treatment sessions, a service only available at 1,006 (70.3 percent) treatment centers in the state. The website states that facilities offer “an environment that fosters women’s ability to help each other heal, with a strong emphasis on safety, acceptance and community.”
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing generally approved of the facility. Out of five stars, alumni offered ratings of four and five stars for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, and the cleanliness of facilities. Alum J.W. submitted a five-star rating for the facility’s counseling options and four stars for the level of family participation. “Awesome staff, support, structures in place,” she wrote. Her only criticism was a two-star rating for the facility's use of the 12-steps, and as a weakness, she remarked, "After merging with Health Right 360, faith based and twelve steps were no longer allowed/mandatory."
An anonymous alum was a bit more critical of the facility. While offering five-star ratings for the facility’s admission and discharge procedures and whether or not treatment was worth the cost, she did describe some staff members as “unstable.” She gave low, one-star ratings to exercise options and holistic offerings, and noted "No exercise" as a facility weakness. However, she also provided a five-star rating for the effectiveness of group counseling sessions. “Personable, tight knit community, supportive,” she wrote.
The third alum indicated that she entered the facility due to her doctor's recommendation. This individual gave five stars to holistic inclusion, four stars to overall counseling, and five stars to overall experience. Regarding the facility's aftercare offerings, this former client wrote, "weekly meetings of group counseling" and noted that she did not relapse following the program.
Secondary sources also revealed positive feedback of the facility. On its Facebook page, which the facility can manage, 23 individuals gave the facility an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars. Reviewers tended to praise the facility’s staff and the family-like environment. “I learned a lot about me and my addiction and with the support of staff and going to meetings, I have been given my life back,” C.T., a representative reviewer, wrote.
The sole reviewer on Google to date, K.K., gave the facility five stars and commented "They gave me my life back."
Women’s Recovery Association accepts private insurance, military insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. The facility's HealthGrove page also indicates that a sliding fee scale may apply.
Published on March 2018
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