Seattle, Washington’s New Traditions is an outpatient rehab which was founded in 2008 to deliver treatment to low-income mothers and pregnant women. With previous experience in women-focused treatment programs, founders Jill Gresham, Stephanie Rostrata and Shino Harada knew first-hand that women with children face many obstacles when seeking addiction treatment. New Traditions clients are low-income women, many are single mothers and all are struggling with substance abuse. New Traditions focuses on helping mothers get sober in order to build stronger families and relationships with their children.
Treatment and Staff
Walk-in evaluations are offered daily by a licensed therapist who, after the assessment process, will craft an individualized treatment plan with new clients. Seeking to eliminate obstacles to getting help, the founders made a conscience decision to exclude the any complicated paperwork from the admission process.
New Traditions offers an evidence-based outpatient program, using CBT and DBT. They do not use a 12-step approach, though participation in 12-step groups outside of the facility is encouraged. The focus is on the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and outpatient programs. This facility is designed to not only treat addiction but also to help with all of the other problems associated with parenting—often alone—and chemical dependence, including financial, family and work stressors. Those with co-occurring disorders are welcome, but medication management is not offered. Those who need residential treatment or detox are referred to another facility.
The IOP is a 12-week program where clients meet three times per week for three hours. Special classes in parenting techniques are offered on Wednesdays along with two hours of group on Tuesdays and Thursdays and individual therapy every three weeks. Sessions include discussion about the disease concept of addiction, relapse prevention, coping skills and family planning. Counselors use trauma-informed methods and CBT in both group and individual sessions. Outpatient is typically eight weeks, with clients attending parenting class and group once a week and individual therapy once a month.
Childcare is provided for children six years or younger while the mothers are in treatment. There is on-site access to community providers such as WIC, MOMs Plus and United Indians of All Tribes. Additionally, New Traditions works closely with each person to coordinate benefits, research housing options and, if desired, help them get back into school.
New Traditions is an ideal setting for mothers or soon-to-be-mothers who want a nurturing outpatient environment that addresses their substance abuse issues and its roots. This is also a good choice for women who need financial assistance as New Traditions works with each client to ensure access to treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.
9045 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
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