Alcoholism Center for Women Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Alcoholism Center for Women

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alcoholism-center-for-womenThe Basics

An LA County institution since 1974, the Alcoholism Center for Women was the first program in California to offer residential treatment services specifically for women. Providing inpatient, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and a host of other recovery services, the Alcoholism Center for Women operates under the philosophy that women are best served by gender-specific care that addresses their individual needs and issues.

Accommodations and Food

Alcoholism Center for Women operates out of two large houses right next to one another in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles—one for residential and one for IOP. Though the facility has room for 32 residents, generally there are no more than 26 people in treatment at a time. The housing is set up dorm style, and residents should be prepared to share rooms with five or six other roommates at a time. Each bedroom has basic furnishings and a shared bathroom for each of the four multi-woman units. All meals are prepared by the clients in the house kitchen as part of the weekly chores. Groceries are included in the cost of the program.

Treatment and Staff

The Alcoholism Center for Women’s inpatient program lasts an average of six months. The IOP is called the Serenity House and located next door to the inpatient lodging. This program typically lasts 12 months and follows a similar schedule of care. There is no detox offered at the Alcoholism Center for Women, but referrals can be provided.

Both programs are busy, consisting of group and individual therapy which are CBT and 12-step influenced, including a study of AA’s Big Book and regular on-site meetings. After 60 days in the residential program, residents are permitted to attend off-site meetings with an escort. There are group sessions every day of the week except Sunday. Though clients are not permitted to go off-site on their own, there are frequent weekend trips to the beach, the movie theater or the art museum.

All therapy sessions are led by CDACs. Alcoholism Center for Women does have a psychiatrist on staff, and dual diagnosis care is offered in both residential and IOP.

Extras

Clients of Alcoholism Center for Women also have access to special programs including HIV counseling services and a youth program, which includes an after-school program for the children of women participating in treatment.

In addition to the above, Alcoholism Center for Women offers parenting classes for young and new mothers. These classes are bilingual and last for 10 weeks, held on on Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. These sessions are also court approved for those ordered to attend.

In Summary

Given their long history of service in LA County, Alcoholism Center for Women is a haven in the densely populated and generally lower-income neighborhood of Pico Union. The facility’s commitment to being a community resource is evident throughout its programs, specifically in its youth and parent options. Though there aren’t many frills, Alcoholism Center for Women is still a valuable long term program for women based on CBT, dual diagnosis support and the 12 steps.

Alcoholism Center for Women
1147 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Alcoholism Center for Women Cost: Call for cost (30 days). Reach Alcoholism Center for Women by phone at (213) 381-8500 or by email at [email protected]. Find Alcoholism Center for Women on Facebook and YouTube

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  1. Sharon Barry on

    Wow! 6 months. Unbelievable. 32 women up to six to a room gives me anxiety just thinking about it. I graduated in the summer of 1988; and there were 15 women no more than two per room. Maybe 3. And a 90 day stay. I don’t know that I can handle a longer time. I am happy to learn that there is a psychiatrist on staff. I think that’s a very important move. Anyhow best wishes to women that are there now and the women to come.

  2. I attended Alcoholism Center For Women in 1998. I owe my life to it. I was in the 6-month residential program, and rebuilt my life there with the love and patience of the kind and knowledgeable staff. It’s a tough place (though I’ve heard it’s not quite as tough as when I went there), but worth every minute of chores and groups and all the writing! Thank you, ACW, for 17-plus years of great sobriety!

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