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The Pathway Society was incorporated in 1968, with the mission of promoting personal and community wellness in Santa Clara County, California. This organization provides a full range of substance abuse services, from residential to outpatient, prevention, intervention and education. Part of this extensive treatment network is Mariposa Lodge for women, located in the hills of San Jose. Mariposa Lodge prides itself on being a facility run for women, by women, treating addiction using gender specific group therapy and 12-step ideology.

Accommodations and Food

This 34-bed residential site is composed of multiple cabins—two of which are sleeping quarters. Each two-story cabin has 10 double occupancy bedrooms. Every room is furnished with two twin-sized beds, a dresser, lamps and shared closet. Five women each share a bathroom, either upstairs or down. Each cabin also has a lounge area with TV, which is available during lunch, free time and on the weekends.

Meals are prepared by the staff and served on-site. Breakfast items include cereal, bagels and toast. For lunch and dinner residents enjoy sandwiches, corn dogs, chilidogs, macaroni & cheese, chicken cordon bleu or Philly cheese steaks. Caffeine intake is limited—there’s coffee in the morning only, but access to the soda machines throughout the day. Sugar is tightly monitored—there’s no outside food allowed and limited sweets with meals.

Treatment and Staff

Typically, women stay at Mariposa for 30 days, but they are more than welcome to request an extension if needed. While it’s not a medical facility, Mariposa Lodge provides a five to seven day supervised detox and there is a doctor who visits once a week. The staff is also capable of providing dual diagnosis support and medication management. In addition to the 12 steps, clients learn The Three Principles. Residents participate in group therapy and small-group discussions (usually five or six people) every day. One-on-one sessions take place once a week.

The bulk of treatment at Mariposa Lodge is made up of 12-step meetings. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory, there are five a day and the first one is at 9 am. Off-site meetings are rare, because of the Lodge’s rural location. While sponsorship is not required for early stage residents, it is mandatory for later-stage pre-graduate clients.

No outside electronics are permitted at Mariposa Lodge. Residents are not allowed to make or receive any calls for the first two weeks—unless it’s an emergency. However, since Mariposa’s an open facility, clients are free to walk away any time they wish.

Mariposa women wake at 6:30 am—breakfast is served until 6:45. If needed, clients are given medication and then free time until 8 am. Chores are assigned and completed by 8:30 am—all residents are to be in the meeting room by 8:45 am. The first group is either a 12-step meeting or relapse prevention education. From 10:20 am to 10:35 am, clients have free time and a snack—fruit, PB&J or something along those lines. Between 12 and 12:30 pm, residents take a lunch break. There’s another group from 2:30 to 4 pm and then an hour-long exercise group before dinner at 5 pm. After the evening meal, there’s an agenda meeting, group therapy and a 12-step meeting, until lights out at 10 pm.

Mariposa Lodge employs administrators, floor managers and seven core staffers—all counselors are CADCs. Each counselor manages seven residents and there’s always an available on-duty counselor.


Mariposa Lodge offers art therapy classes. There are volleyball and basketball courts on-site, and indoor-yoga classes are available at no extra cost. Extra-curricular off-site outings occur during the summer. For example, past clients have toured Alcatraz Prison and seen Disney on Ice.

Every Wednesday evening, families are invited to participate in the family program. Initially, these sessions entail multi-family gatherings. Afterward, clients and their loved ones break off into individual-family groups. Wednesdays are the only days on which visitors are allowed—for one hour.

In Summary

Mariposa Lodge offers intense 12-step recovery, with the bonus of dual diagnosis support—clients also get medication management, exercise and art therapy. For women seeking simple recovery in a safe, same-sex environment this out of the way NorCal facility is definitely a place to consider.

Pathway Society: Mariposa Lodge Location

9500 Malech Rd
San Jose, CA 95138

Pathway Society: Mariposa Lodge Cost

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