As a part of Westbrook Health Services, Genesis Program for Women provides a sober living environment in Parkersburg, West Virginia. This long-term program helps those already in recovery to continue on a sober path in a supportive environment. Women who participate are immersed in daily 12-step meetings and must also find employment. Through accountability and community living, clients learn to thrive in recovery while becoming responsible members of their communities.
Accommodations and Amenities
This program accommodates women in one of four three-bedroom homes. Each client is quartered in a private bedroom, which is somewhat of a rarity in affordable sober living homes. Residents are provided with bedding, linens and towels. The homes feature shared bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and cozy living rooms with TVs. Wireless internet, a private phone line and laundry are also included.
Residents are expected to shop and cook for themselves, taking turns in the kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary cooking utensils, flatware and cleaning supplies. During free time, the women can workout at the local YMCA; all clients are provided with temporary memberships.
Rules and Regulations
Clients typically complete residential treatment before entering Genesis. The program offers long-term housing with average stays falling between six and 12 months. All women are required to participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) during the first eight weeks of residence, with all sessions held off-site at Westbrook Health Services. Following this initial eight weeks, residents are expected to seek employment. Assistance in building resumes and applying for jobs is provided as well.
During their time in the home, all clients are expected to live harmoniously, work the steps and stay sober at all times. Residents are subject to random drug and alcohol tests and must attend two AA/NA meetings per day during the first 30 days. After the first month, this tapers down to only one meeting per day. Clients are required to get a sponsor and actively work the steps. Both on-site and off-site meetings are available.
Visitors are permitted on the weekends, though they all must be drug screened before entering the home. The women are required to be up by 7:15 am and complete their daily chores. There is a curfew of 10 pm on weekdays and 11 pm on weekends. Weekly house meetings are also mandatory. During this time, residents check in and discuss upcoming events and house projects. Smoking is permitted in the outside areas of the home. Laptops and cellphones are also allowed after the first 30 days. The house is overseen by a house manager.
Westbrook Health Services offers a range of additional services such as basic outpatient programs, a weekly medication-assisted recovery group, a gambling IOP, gender-specific anger management group therapy, DUI groups, crisis stabilization, drug and urine screens, PTSD group therapy, parenting classes and an employee assistance program. For those in need of short-term residential care, The Amity Treatment Center offers 21- to 28-day treatment for men and women.
Overall, the Genesis Program for Women provides an intimate sober living environment for women with 12-step support and other outpatient treatment available through Westbrook Health Services. Through accountability, residents learn to become independent and responsible with the added bonus of private rooms. While the facility is relatively no-frills, Genesis Program for Women remains a strong resource allowing women to live in a supportive environment while they build a solid foundation and community for lasting recovery.
Genesis Program For Women
2121 7th St
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Genesis Program for Women Cost: $300 (30 days). Reach Genesis Program for Women by phone at (304) 865-5470.
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