Since 1991, the mission of the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER) has been to help women get treatment for alcohol and substance abuse in Pittsburgh’s East End. Through their four available treatment paths: six-month residential, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and outpatient, POWER offers dual diagnosis support for all kinds of women, including those who are pregnant and those receiving medication-assisted therapies.
Accommodations and Food
POWER’s residential location is staffed 24 hours a day, and is certified as both a non-hospital inpatient facility and a halfway house by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. POWER has room for 25, in bedrooms painted cool, soothing colors with full-size beds (some with floral bedspreads) and dressers; some private rooms are available. There are also shared common areas, playrooms for visiting children and gardens on the premises.
Breakfast and lunch are provided for outpatient clients, but inpatient residents are required to cook for themselves. Other amenities include pay phones, free on-site laundry, computers and printers.
Treatment and Staff
POWER’s treatment begins with a comprehensive phone screening, or an in-house assessment for those referred by the Allegheny County’s Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) or the Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. On-site detox is not available.
The residential track is a full-day program with modalities including trauma-specific care, psychiatric assessments, medication management, individual and group therapy, life skills education, case management, relapse prevention, discharge planning and aftercare. On the holistic side are health and wellness activities such as mindful meditation, yoga and Tai Chi. Support through 12-step is available, though not mandatory.
Residents can schedule visits for friends and family with therapist approval.
Outpatient options come at three different intensity levels, namely PHP (10 to 25 hours a week), IOP (five to 10 hours a week) and outpatient (one to five hours a week). Clients can easily transition between levels, and all programs offer the same treatment options. Therapists also use expressive arts therapy in these programs.
Also available within these programs are special groups, including trauma services and support for those just out of jail. Treatment plans are individualized, and can include all of the above as well as peer recovery support and family education and counseling.
Aftercare planning includes the service of “mentors” POWER employees with at least five years of recovery. These staff members help women stay engaged in treatment while developing healthy support systems in the community.
In addition to their range of holistic therapies mentioned above, financial assistance for childcare and transportation costs are available (the latter can include bus tickets).
POWER is an ideal facility for women who are new to recovery and who need dual diagnosis help. With a built-in support system for families and aftercare available, this is an all-encompassing approach that should help clients feel secure and supported.
7501 Penn Ave, Ste 8
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
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