Programs for substance abuse and mental health issues often come with hefty price tags, leaving many people without treatment options. Lifewell Behavioral Wellness, an entirely free program, was founded to serve such people. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, this facility offers all levels of care, ranging from women-only residential to a variety of outpatient and community living options. The residential facility welcomes children, allowing mothers to live safely with their young ones as they work on sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
Clients who attend the women’s only Pinchot Gardens residential program live in a 20-person apartment complex, which serves more than 350 women and children each year. The apartments are shared between two clients and their families, featuring everything a typical home would have: bedrooms with twin-sized beds, bathrooms, small kitchens, living rooms and TVs. Clients make these spaces their own, creating a comfortable and homey vibe during a turbulent time. All groups and individual counseling are done in the main facility, just a quick walk from the apartments. Women must agree to stay on-campus at all times; no off-site meetings, outings or visits are allowed. For those needing freedom or more time in the real world, this program may not be the best option.
Residents are required to participate in keeping the program running smoothly and efficiently. Each week, women are assigned to cooking or childcare duties. They have access to a fully stocked kitchen, located in the main facility, where three meals per day are prepared and served. Menu items are usually chosen ahead of time by residents. As a result of the family-style catering, it can be difficult to accommodate special requests.
Unlike many facilities, this program does not have a workout room or access to a gym. Luckily for the kids, there is an on-site playground.
The outpatient and community living programs have many locations, each varying in size and what they offer.
The 90-day residential treatment plan includes individual counseling once a week, health and wellness education, group counseling, stress management, interpersonal communication, coping skills, parenting classes, trauma-focused counseling, independent living skills, 12-step meetings and relapse prevention. All detox and medical issues must be addressed before admission as the staff consists only of counselors. Clients who take medication are allowed to bring their prescriptions with them; the program includes assistance in self-administering medication.
For those needing something a little less intense than residential, Lifewell Behavioral Wellness offers a variety of outpatient services at four locations for adults 18 and over. Treatment goals, frequency of services and length of time in treatment depend on the individual. The programs all involve psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, comprehensive assessments, counseling, health and peer services. Specialty groups such as anger management, trauma and women’s group vary at each individual outpatient facility.
When outpatient programs are completed, clients can continue on to one of the many community living programs, which allow clients to work or attend school during the day. Services include case management, transportation to outside activities, medication management and rehabilitative activities.
Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’s mix of community living, therapy and 12-step work hits recovery from all angles, giving women a real shot at long lasting sobriety.
Lifewell Behavioral Wellness
202 E Earll Dr, Ste 200
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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