Established in 1993 in Marietta, Georgia, Cobb County Community Services is a social service organization that offers a number of outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment programs. The organization operates Mothers Making a Change (MMAC), a residential treatment facility that serves pregnant, postpartum or parenting women with children ages 18 and younger, specifically financially-challenged and criminal justice clients. While residing in a structured living environment, clients attend the specialized MMAC Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Accommodations and Food
MMAC has a 20-bed capacity. Clients are housed in one or two-bedroom furnished apartments. Since some clients have their kids, housing accommodations vary. Age-appropriate beds are provided for the children.
Clients are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food in their fully-equipped kitchens. Since most of the clients qualify for food stamps, they are eligible to receive some groceries and other household apples through the local food bank.
Treatment and Staff
At MMAC, the women receive individualized treatment plans. Treatment length varies per resident but typically ranges from six to nine months. Sometimes it can be longer if a pregnant woman enters the program and requires additional postpartum support. Detox is available at a nearby short-term crisis stabilization unit.
Weekly evidence-based treatment includes five group sessions, individual therapy (per client’s needs), family counseling and case management. Groups are scheduled from 8:45 am to 2 pm Mondays through Fridays. Group topics include life skills, parenting, addiction, trauma, self-empowerment and recovery. Those requiring dual diagnosis support receive medical referrals to a local psychiatric clinic. Other health services include standard prenatal care and ongoing nursing assessments after babies are born. The children also receive necessary medical care from a local pediatrician.
Staff includes a CADC/program coordinator, a licensed professional counselor, interim executive director, licensed practical nurses, client support workers and behavior health providers.
Childcare is provided during treatment for women who have their little ones in their care. Transportation is also required for daily treatment and any additional appointments off-site.
Clients receive GED assistance, vocational guidance and job referrals.
Mothers Making a Change gives financially-challenged women a chance to get clean and sober, so that they can rebuild their lives and be able to provide for themselves and for their children. This program is part of a the larger Cobb Recovery health network, which allows clients access to a variety of healthcare professionals during her stay. This is an affordable choice for women who are serious about changing their lives.
Cobb Recovery Center
Mothers Making a Change
331 North Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
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