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.

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 focuses on helping women overcome addiction, as well as addressing domestic abuse, pregnancy, and raising children. Detox services are not available on-site, but can be arranged 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. 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 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. Treatment occurs mostly through individual and group counseling, but case management, life skills classes, and childcare are also provided.

The YWCA also offers the Breaking Free Dual Treatment Program for clients who are struggling with both domestic violence and substance abuse. 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.


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. 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.


Rehabs.com has not. yet received feedback from alumni of YWCA Women's Journey Chemical Dependency at the time of this writing.

On Facebook, which allows organizations to vet reviews, the facility received 4.9 out of five stars from 18 reviews at the time of this writing. [1] Alumni praised the staff and the long-term effectiveness of the treatment program. In a representative review, alum Ashlee wrote: "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 a sliding fee scale. Private insurance is not accepted.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/ywcaforwomen/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Published on October 2017

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