The national social services agency Volunteers of America operates Freedom House, a six-month residential treatment program for pregnant women and women with young children in Louisville, Kentucky. Its mission is to help individuals and their families heal from the effects of addiction and to break the cycle of substance abuse, developing healthy relationships and behaviors.
Volunteers of America also operates three residential treatment programs for men in Louisville: Third Step, Shelby Men’s Recovery Center and Halfway Back. Uniquely tailored to women with children, Freedom House has been in operation since 1993 and allows children up to 12 years of age to stay with their mothers while in treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Women either occupy their own apartment in the facility with their families or share an apartment with another small family. All clients are responsible for keeping their living quarters clean and doing their own cooking. Residents have nutrition and cooking classes that help them learn how to budget, shop and prepare meals.
The facility has a common room for TV and games as well as a volleyball court. Residents also lead yoga classes in the common area.
Treatment and Staff
Upon admission, clients receive treatment plans that include psychoeducation classes and group and individual therapy. Therapy uses CBT, among other evidence-based modalities, and the 12-step framework. Groups and classes explore parenting skills, the disease of addiction, anger management and handling triggers. An art therapist also conducts classes each week.
Residents attend both on- and off-site 12-step meetings each week, and can receive transportation services to meetings in the community.
Children attend local schools in the area. Mothers with children under school-age must locate childcare services for them while they’re in treatment groups, and Freedom House’s staff helps them with the task.
Case management services are a large component of treatment at Freedom House, and counselors help women pursue education and employment goals. Freedom House has relationships with a number of employers and vocational training programs in the area.
Once women have stabilized in their recovery enough to attend treatment at the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) level and have found employment, they are welcome to continue attending treatment while living with family or in their own apartment.
Volunteers of America also operates an emergency shelter for women and children in Louisville that provides housing assistance to women at the end of their Freedom House stay.
Volunteers of America’s Freedom House Women’s Addiction Recovery Program helps pregnant women and those with young children create a stable foundation for their new families. With dual diagnosis support, case management services and life skills classes, residents are given the opportunities to learn new coping skills, pursue work and education and learn how to manage the day-to-day stresses of parenthood while maintaining sobriety.
1432 South Shelby St
Louisville, KY 40217
Freedom House Cost: No charge until clients are employed, then women pay 30% of their income for room and board. Reach Freedom House by phone at (502) 635-4530 and by email at [email protected]. Find Volunteers of America on Facebook
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