Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Services, commonly referred to as The LCADA Way, was founded in 1981 in Lorain, a small town on Lake Erie in northwest Ohio. The LCADA Way is a non-profit organization that facilitates residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for adult women and women with children in the Lorain area.
Accommodations and Food
LCADA’s residential program, called the KEY, operates out of a former nursing home. The two-story building houses up to 16 women and a maximum of 10 children. The house consists of both single and double rooms, with the single rooms usually being assigned to clients who will be living with their children. In addition to a living room, dining area and rooms for therapy, the building also has an on-site day care for children while the women are in treatment. The building is located in a quiet and safe residential area, and clients regularly go walking and jogging in the neighborhood.
The KEY has a chef on site who provides three meals a day to clients. Clients also have access to snacks and breakfast foods throughout the day. The chef does make accommodations for clients with food allergies or restrictions. The facility has an on-site washer and dryer, but clients are required to do their own laundry. The KEY also has support staff available 24/7 to assist clients and their children.
Treatment and Staff
Women interested in LCADA initially undergo a phone assessment with one of the organization’s intake coordinators to determine if they are a good fit for the program. They then meet with a counselor to determine their level of need and chart out a potential treatment plan. The organization is funded by Medicaid, and women are required to apply before entering treatment. If the incoming resident is undergoing withdrawal symptoms, she is referred to outside detox facility prior to beginning treatment.
Although the exact length and intensity of the program is based on the counselor’s assessment, most women stay in the residential program 45 to 60 days. Both group and individual counseling are on the agenda. Most clients attend a couple group sessions a day and at least one individual session per week. Counselors implement a variety of approaches in therapy including the 12 steps, CBT and relapse prevention.
When clients finish with the residential program, they have the opportunity to step down into LCADA’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Much like the residential program, the IOP consists of a mixture of group and individual counseling and has a flexible length and intensity that matches the needs of the client. Most women attend between two to four groups a week and at least one individual session per week. Individuals participating in this program are strongly encouraged to get involved with local AA or NA meetings and find a sponsor.
The organization provides dual diagnosis support and offers individual sessions with a mental health counselor for clients with co-occurring disorders. All of LCADA’s counselors are a mixture of CADCs, LCDCs, LPCs and LSWs.
LCADA also operates a children’s program for women with children in treatment. This program is designed to help address any issues that may have occurred with the child’s development because of their mothers substance abuse issues. The children’s program is run out of the residential facility and happens while the mother is in therapy.
The organization also offers individual meetings with the counselor, client and their family members. However, these meetings are only offered based on the consent of the client. These sessions aim to address family issues that might have led to the client’s substance abuse and reestablish healthy communication practices in the family.
LCADA offers a robust aftercare program that meets twice a week for 12 weeks for group therapy. These meetings are focused on relapse prevention and discussing the transition back into life outside of treatment.
The LCADA Way offers highly affordable residential and outpatient treatment for adult women in the Lorain area. The inclusion of the 12 steps into treatment allows counselors to both introduce the topics of AA and NA and also create a reliable peer support system in recovery. The flexible length makes it so that each woman has plenty of time to secure a solid foundation in sobriety.
The LCADA Way Women’s Services
1992 East 32nd St
Lorain, OH 44055
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