In 1977, Associated Recovery for Women opened their first inpatient rehab in Carmichael, California. With two residential facilities known as Alpha Oaks and Cornerstone, ARPW operates a 12-step based recovery program with required attendance of daily meetings, weekly individual and group therapy sessions and educational substance abuse groups. There is also a 24-hour monitored detox service for women in need. Overall, treatment at Alpha Oaks is intimate, safe and structured to support adult women in need of help for substance abuse in Sacramento County.
Accommodations and Food
The original ARPW residential facility, Alpha Oaks, is a pleasant home in a residential neighborhood decorated in warm earthy tones to provide residents a comfortable and therapeutic environment. Enrollment is kept low with space available for 18 women in addition to four detox beds. Clients share double-occupancy rooms with one other roommate, each with two twin beds, shared closet space, dressers and desks. Bathrooms are also shared among all residents.
Alpha Oaks has a large living room with plenty of natural light and large comfortable couches. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances and the dining room has a large table that can accommodate all clients at once for shared family-style meals. An on-site washer and dryer are available and all residents are required to do their own laundry as well as daily chores—including washing the dishes, preparing meals, dusting, sweeping and cleaning the bathrooms.
Meal preparation is a rotating chore with one client responsible for all three meals. The woman who holds the commitment for the day is given recipes and the necessary ingredients to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for the house. Meals are nutritious, traditional American fare and typically include vegetables, meat, legumes and healthy fats. Food is included in the program cost.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment consists of daily group therapy, weekly individual sessions, educational groups and off-site 12-step meetings. Residents are required to stay for a minimum of 45 days but can also stay for up to 90.
A typical day begins with breakfast at 8 am, after which residents attend a life skills group at 9 am where they are assigned chores for the following day. Active participation in group therapy continues up until dinner, with an hour and a half break for lunch. Women attend discussion-based process groups that focus on establishing trust with one another.
There are also groups that cover topics like relapse prevention, coping skills, stress management and trauma. Counselors also provide educational lectures on the psychological effects of alcohol and other chemical dependencies using the addiction as disease model. After dinner at 6 pm, clients are escorted to off-site 12-step meetings in the community. Residents are required to find a sponsor and start working the steps as soon as possible. Individual sessions are also integrated into treatment, scheduled as needed and typically an hour long each. Counselors also offer education and employment planning assistance.
Staff members include 11 experienced individuals who have worked with ARPW for an average of four years each—among them eight CADCs. Within the board of directors are many alumni who continue to be part of ARPW in hopes of giving back to women in recovery.
ARPW also offers a six bedroom sober living home for women who graduate from the Alpha Oaks. Women share rooms with at least one other female roommate. They must have at least 90 days sober and are required to attend at least two 12-step meetings a week. Residents must be employed, in school or volunteering while living at the home. There is also a weekly transitional meeting that all are asked to attend. A supervisor uses this time to ensure that all clients are abiding by the house regulations.
At ARPW Alpha Oaks, adult women have access to quality inpatient treatment in a comfortable setting. The facility has strong support from alumni who have first-hand experience with addiction. In all, the facility is best suited for women willing to immerse themselves in the 12 steps.
Associated Recovery Program for Women, Inc. Alpha Oaks
8400 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael, CA 95608
ARPW Alpha Oaks Cost: $3,750 (first 45 days); $2,500 (every month thereafter); $325 (sober living, 30 days). Contact ARPW Alpha Oaks by phone at (916) 944-3920. Find ARPW Alpha Oaks on Facebook
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