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

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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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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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 focuses on helping women overcome addiction, as well as addressing domestic abuse, pregnancy, and parenting skills. Detox services are not available on-site, but can be arranged with a local provider.


YWCA Women’s Journey is one of only five programs in Indiana that allow children to accompany their mothers into treatment. The typical length of stay is 45 to 60 days, but clients can receive up to two years of transitional housing and aftercare services.

The treatment process begins with an initial assessment that includes the client’s mental and physical conditions, as well as the client’s treatment history and living conditions. Clients in need of assistance that qualify will be admitted to the program quickly and connected with a case manager.

The facility prioritizes clients for admission based on several medical, legal, and need conditions. These include IV use, pregnancy, and legal custody of children. The more of these conditions a client has, the higher her priority level is. Clients at the highest priority are generally processed into the facility within 48 hours. This is one of 57 (18.7 percent) of Indiana facilities with programs specifically for pregnant women.

Treatment occurs mostly through individual and group counseling, but case management, life skills classes, and childcare are also provided. In Indiana, there are only 11 facilities that provide child care.

The YWCA also offers the Breaking Free Dual Treatment Program for clients who are seeking treatment for both domestic violence and substance abuse. In Indiana, 147 (48.2 percent) facilities provide services and support for clients involved in domestic violence. The program focuses on the connection between domestic violence and substance abuse, as well as providing simultaneous treatments for both. 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.

Aftercare planning and support services are also provided. Those who qualify can be placed in long-term transitional housing when the primary treatment program is complete. Alumni and continuing support groups are also available, and clients are encouraged to take advantage of community resources and groups.


The YWCA Board of Directors includes university professors, attorneys, business professionals, and high ranking hospital officials. The treatment staff includes counselors, case managers, and administrative staff members that specialize in coordinating treatments. Clients also work with child care experts to learn parenting skills and fulfill legal requirements regarding custody of their children.

The facility is one of 84 (27.5 percent) that are CARF-accredited and licensed by the state of Indiana. The medical and services staff likely includes licensed and credentialed counselors with specializations in women’s care and related conditions. Educators with specializations in different areas as well as childcare experts are likely also available.


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 each client's income.


At the time of this writing, one alum provided mixed feedback about their experience at YMCA Women’s Journey. The alum gave five out of five stars to the facility for its level of staff support, cleanliness, and visitor polity. However, she gave two stars for its holistic offerings and leisure opportunities, and three stars for its level of connectivity.

On Facebook, which allows organizations to vet reviews, the facility received 4.8 out of five stars from 24 reviews at the time of this writing.[1] Alumni praised the staff and the long-term effectiveness of the treatment program. Several alumni indicated that the program “saved” their lives.


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 a sliding fee scale. The center is part of the 31.8 percent that doesn't turn away clients who can't pay. Private insurance is not accepted.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/ywcaforwomen/reviews/

Published on December 2018

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The director of this facility does NOT take her position seriously nor does she care about the success of those that enter the program. My daughter was FORCED to leave the facility by after five weeks for having a FALSE POSITIVE DRUG SCREEN for PCP. My daughter is prescribed the medication LAMOTRIGINE which is known to cause false positives of PCP. Even with the information provided to her by the FDA to verify this, she was UNWILLING to accept it and stated it was NOT HER JOB to investigate into medications and since the medication Lamotrigine was not on the list of reactive medications provided by the supplier of the drug screens, IT WAS NOT HER PROBLEM AND MY DAUGHTER WAS TO VACATE THE FACILITY IMMEDIATELY!!! She then contacted my daughters probation officer (prior to a written consent) and told her my daughter was removed from their program and disclosed information of an incident that had occurred three weeks prior which had nothing to do with her WRONGFUL removal from the facility and should have been reported when it occurred as opposed to three weeks after the fact if it was relative to her probation. As a result a warrant was issued for my daughters arrest and the five successful weeks she had in the facility gone. My daughter sat with her belongings several hours that day crying and asking them not to force her to leave because the only thing she had done was take the medication she had been prescribed by a physician she had seen AFTER joining their program. My daughter was told everything she was stating was of no importance to her and for her to leave or she would have the police remove her!!! This facility could have far more graduates of the program if it actually had someone in charge that cared about the success of those that enter it...she IS NOT THAT PERSON. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should anyone be forced out of a rehabilitation facility unless they are refusing to participate and follow by the rules...My daughter was doing wonderful and followed the reccomendation of her caseworker at the facility to be evaluated by a physician and take all medications as directed by her physician...she was prescribed Lamotrigine, took it as prescribed and as a result she was kicked out of the facility into the streets and a warrant issued for her arrest when it all could have been resolved if they would have taken the time to make a simple phone call to any pharmacy in town or lab..but since it "wasnt her job nor her problem" she refused!!! I wonder how many people that struggled with an addiction to Heroine, and Opiates were thrown out for similar reason and denied treatment by this woman and have lost their lives? I have contacted various News teams and talk shows about this story and hope that the needed changes will be made to find a better director to lead the facility!!!


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