Located just outside of Seattle, drug and alcohol recovery center Residence XII stands out as one of only a handful of facilities exclusively for women. The non-profit, dual diagnosis facility has been open since 1981 in the town of Kirkland, Washington and has treated somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 women, offering a program steeped in addiction issues unique to women.
Accommodations and Food
Residence XII itself is a cozy facility with plenty of surrounding greenery as its campus butts up against protected wetlands. Each bedroom has two twin beds, two desks and enough room to move around and there’s room for up to 25 residents. While the local scenery is idyllic, life at the facility is bound to be somewhat more grueling. Computers and cell phones are prohibited, as are sugar and caffeine in the meal plan. An on-site chef prepares all food. There isn’t a housekeeping staff, so guests can expect plenty of chores. Smoke breaks are allowed, though—a plus or minus depending whom you ask.
Treatment and Staff
Because it’s a non-medical facility, those considering inpatient will need to detox before beginning their stay (although Residence XII can expedite this process). After an initial mental health and drug screen, treatment is heavy on the 12 steps with modalities including CBT, dance/movement therapy, yoga, meditation, massage, educational films and lectures and daily group therapy (with an average of eight women per group).
Group sessions focus on guilt and shame, self-esteem, assertiveness, sober life skills, proper nutrition and relationship counseling. While outdoor recreation like basketball and ping-pong is allowed, stricter exercise is prohibited out of the premise that it could become another addiction for women in treatment.
Inpatient also includes a built-in family program. After an orientation discussing addiction as a disease, families attend classes on family dysfunction twice a week for three weeks, as well as support groups and one individual session with the woman in treatment. Beyond that, family support groups are also available every Saturday outside of this three-week cycle, and are open to the public. While the family support is definitely a positive, this part of the program is contingent upon the resident’s judgment; some families have complained of a cold reception by Residence’s staff, and even of being completely cut off from their children after they got sober, so results may vary.
There are 35 staff members altogether, about half are addiction counselors, so those enrolled can expect about a two-to-one ratio of clients to staff. Though there aren’t any doctors or psychiatrists on staff, there is a day nurse as well as a special counselor for women over 50 and a counselor who leads an LGBT group. Overall, the staff gives off a strong maternal vibe; expect plenty of discipline and tough love.
Additional care is available through its outpatient program (available as a step-down from inpatient or as an alternative to it), which lasts between four and eight weeks and consists of 12 to 24 sessions. Continuing care after outpatient means free weekly meetings at the center for alumni at their discretion.
There might not be quite enough in the way of medical staff for those seeking extensive dual diagnosis support. However, for women looking for an inexpensive, gender-specific program, Residence XII could be a good start.
12029 113th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
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