The Phoenix, Arizona chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence opened its doors in 1960 with the mission to provide the community with advocacy, education and services that aim to improve quality of life by reducing alcohol and drug dependency.
By 2000, it had narrowed its focus and developed programs to exclusively help women battle substance abuse. It currently provides a variety of residential and transitional care facilities for single women, expectant mothers and women with children throughout Phoenix. Weldon House offers long-term housing for women and their children as does Legacy House, though housing is short-term and serves pregnant women as well. HER House provides treatment and housing for women without children and Sally’s Place offers a safe and nurturing home for addicts and the mentally ill to parent their newborns.
The NCADD also offers long-term outpatient treatment for women and serves nearly 500 women and their children each year.
Accommodations and Food
Weldon House is a collection of 18 single-story two-bedroom apartments in a suburban neighborhood of Phoenix accommodating each family in a private apartment. HER House is a triplex of two-bedroom apartments that accommodate three women in each unit. Some women in Legacy House who may have lost custody of their children due to substance use may transfer with their children to Weldon House as they progress in recovery and regain custody. Women in these programs are responsible for their own cooking and cleaning and are permitted to leave their residences for treatment, work and recreation.
Women residing in Legacy House may stay in the short-term emergency housing facility for up to 60 days. Women have roommates and shared baths. Women residing at Sally’s House receive help from the house staff with parenting chores.
Each facility has recreational areas for television and reading.
Treatment and Staff
Clients of Weldon House, HER House and Legacy House must attend outpatient treatment at NCADD’s nearby outpatient facility. Outpatient treatment at NCADD has three levels of care which clients progress through over the course of one year. All levels include group and weekly individual therapy in addition to case-management services.
Level one meets for groups three days a week, meeting the requirements of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). In this phase, group therapy addresses the disease concept of addiction, parenting skills, grief and relapse prevention. Clients are also introduced to the 12-step framework and are required to attend outside 12-step meetings (frequency depending on the individual’s treatment plan) and search for a sponsor. Level two meets twice a week for group therapy. In this phase, groups focus on how to set healthy boundaries, relationship skills, working through abuse and creating a recovery-based values system. In Level three, clients meet once a week for group therapy. Groups include DBT skills and a dual diagnosis group for those with co-occurring disorders. In this phase, clients work with a career counselor to meet their employment goals and may also receive parenting coaching.
Groups are led by Master’s-level therapists including MSWs and doctorate-level psychologists. Groups usually have 15 to 20 participants and use CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in addition to DBT. The treatment team is qualified to treat co-occurring disorders, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner is available for medication management. Each facility also has supportive staff on-site 24/7.
Clients of Weldon House have access to a life coach and parenting coach. HER House residents focus on creating economic stability for themselves and receive job skills training and coaching for resume writing and interviewing. Residents also often work at Sustain, NCADD’s low-cost resale shop, to build work experience.
Throughout treatment, clients of each program receive case-management services to help coordinate health care and any other supportive services that may benefit them and their families.
The NCADD is focused on healing the entire family of the addict and to this end provides family therapy groups in addition to individual family therapy. Case-managers also help locate services for children of clients such as educational therapists.
For over 50 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s Phoenix chapter has worked to help women overcome the particular challenges they face in ending substance abuse. Through long-term therapeutic support and extensive case-management services, clients and counselors co-create responsive treatment plans that build the life skills and self-confidence to pursue their goals and raise healthy families.
NCADD Phoenix Residential
4201 N. 16th St, Ste 140
Phoenix, AZ 85016
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Phoenix Residential Cost: State-funded. Reach The NCADD Phoenix Residential by phone at (602) 264-6214 and by email at [email protected]. Find NCADD Phoenix Residential on Facebook and YouTube
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