Avery House is a long-term residential treatment facility for women and their children located in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb in the Baltimore-Washington DC Metropolitan area. Avery House has been in operation for over fifteen years. Now operated by the state of Maryland, until November 2015 it was a member of the Chrysalis Houses treatment facilities network.
Residents (who must be referred to Avery House by a county or state agency or their parole officer) and their children stay at the house for three to six months—a length of time which is designed to culminate in women finding stable employment.
Accommodations and Food
Up to 10 women and 10 children live in the facility—a residential home in a leafy suburban neighborhood. Mothers and their children stay in one room together and most have private bathrooms. A culinary staff prepares standard American meals, though each women is given a bin in which to store her own snacks.
Treatment and Staff
After chores and breakfast, residents spend the day in gender-specific processing groups, classes and education groups. While their mothers are in treatment, young children and infants attend the on-site daycare and school-aged children attend the local public schools. Group therapy uses the Beyond Trauma Curriculum: A Healing Journey for Women, an evidence-based curriculum that explores how trauma impacts addiction. Healing is promoted by leading women through CBT, mindfulness and relational therapy techniques. Life skills and education classes include parenting, relapse prevention and smoking cessation.
In the evenings, residents must observe quiet hours. Cell phones are not permitted for the first 30 days of treatment. Afterwards, residents may have access but must sign them back in to house staff each night.
Therapy groups are led by CACs and therapists which include MFTs who are able to address co-occurring disorders. Residents requiring more support and medication management for dual diagnosis support are transported to a nearby mental health clinic for therapy and psychiatric services. Residents must attend at least three outside 12-step meetings each week, to which Avery House provides transportation.
In the final stages of treatment, counselors focus on helping residents find job training and work experience that will prove rewarding and enable them to provide for their families.
As women successfully complete the early stages of treatment, they can apply for overnight passes to visit friends and family. Avery House is well-supported in the community, and counselors claim that support translates into good-will and job opportunities extended to the women who successfully complete its treatment program.
Avery House provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to substance abuse treatment that addresses all aspects of residents’ lives. Avery House’s ability to house mothers with their children seeks to stabilize the entire family unit, giving each family a chance to build upon a feeling of support and safety that many have never before experienced.
14705 Avery Rd
Rockville, MD 20853
Avery House Residential Cost: Free of charge; funding is provided by state and county programs. Reach Avery House by phone at (301) 762-4651.
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