Pomona Women’s Center is run by Prototypes, an organization with several facilities that treat women for substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. The rehab specializes in helping women who have legal problems and allows residents to keep their children with them as they go through treatment. Through group therapy, individual therapy and the 12 steps, sobriety becomes an attainable goal.
Accommodations and Food
Located in Pomona, an outer suburb of Los Angeles, Pomona Women’s Center houses up to 143 women and 90 children at a time, treating women ages 18 and above. The living accommodations are set up dorm-style, with eight clients to a room; women with children have separate quarters. The rooms feature twin-sized beds and dressers.
The building has a fully-stocked kitchen where women work together as a group, preparing three meals a day. Suggestions for the staff grocery trips can be made at the beginning of the week; items such as sugar and coffee are permitted.
The facility is somewhat limited when it comes to physical activity. Many of the women go for walks, getting in some fresh air and time for the children to play. In addition, guided yoga classes happen on-site once a week. Smoking is permitted during designated break times.
Treatment and Staff
Women who attend this program typically suffer from substance abuse, trauma, domestic abuse, complex medical conditions, anger management issues, legal problems and homelessness. Treatment time varies for each individual, although this is typically a long-term program; the average stay is six to nine months. Medical detox is not available, so women must arrive physically stable. All clients receive psychiatric evaluations and medication management when needed.
Treatment is gender-specific, evidence-based and trauma-informed. The schedule includes individual therapy on an as-needed basis as well as lots of group therapy. Group topics include relapse prevention, body image, parenting, employment, grief, trauma, abuse, codependency, processing and nutrition. The 12 steps are definitely an important part of the program, with several on-site AA/NA meetings each week.
Clients also acquire important life skills during their stay, participating in vocational and educational training; this includes on-site GED classes and college courses. Family members can be a part of recovery through weekend visits, as well as family therapy sessions.
The staff includes psychiatrists, counselors and therapists.
With a specialization in legal issues, this program is a great option for women who have landed themselves in a tough spot. For those who are unable to pay for treatment, there is limited state funding that covers the entire cost. However, the cost is $3,900 per month for those who able to pay.
Pomona Women’s Center
845 E Arrow Hwy
Pomona, CA 91767
Pomona Women’s Center Cost: $3,900 (30 days). Reach Pomona Women’s Center by phone at (909) 624-1233.
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