Founded as a maternity home in 1890, Lund offers a gender-specific substance abuse program for women who are pregnant or have children under five years of age. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the maternity home began offering substance abuse treatment in 2000. Both residential and outpatient care are available, with dual diagnosis support. In order to receive treatment, clients must have insurance or public medical insurance—self-pay is not offered.
Accommodations and Food
Residents at Lund stay in a dormitory-like, 26-bed facility. Women with children under five stay in a single room, while women without children have a roommate. All clients sleep in single beds and share bathrooms. The residents have multiple living room areas with couches where they can relax, watch TV and interact with each other. There are several laundry machines throughout the building.
Clients eat meals in a cafeteria setting. Breakfast is served continental-style with fruit, bagels and cereals. Lunch and dinner are served buffet-style and there is always a salad bar for lunch and dinner. All dietary special requests can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Lund is tailored to women with children or women who are expecting. It is gender-specific and family-centric, so parenting education plays a major role. Many therapeutic modalities are used and 12-step involvement is completely optional. Detox is not offered.
Clients in both residential and outpatient treatment begin with an initial assessment. From the evaluation of the client’s history, an individualized treatment plan is designed. Each client has her own treatment team that includes a primary counselor, a case manager, a family educator and a medical staff member. Clients can take part in individual or group counseling or both, depending on their needs.
Groups include psychoeducation, relapse prevention, living skills, coping skills, parenting skills, anger management, stress management, addiction education and treatment, trauma therapy and mental health counseling. Though staff members encourage 12-step groups, no one is forced to attend meetings. The 12-step philosophy is not part of Lund’s treatment approach.
Those in residential treatment participate in programming from 9 am to 3:30 pm. During programming, staff takes care of the children. Outpatient treatment frequency depends on the client.
Clients with dual diagnosis take part in groups that address issues relating to anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. Those needing medication management are referred to a psychiatrist.
Lund offers many programs to help women get their lives together and achieve more than just sobriety. While in residential treatment, there are education sessions on how to pass the GED. Case managers are available to assist clients in getting affordable housing, health insurance, affordable child care, transportation, legal identification, and to counsel clients on how to repair credit and manage money wisely.
Residents at Lund can take part in group activities such as gardening and arts and crafts.
Lund is a great non-12-step option for pregnant or expecting women. The facility offers not only treatment but many resources to help women get back on their feet. Through gender-specific treatment and hands-on care, women can develop a strong foundation of sobriety.
76 Glen Rd
Burlington, VT 05401
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