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Rubicon, Inc.: Women’s Community


Richmond VirginiaRubicon, Inc.: Women’s Community Review

Rubicon, Inc. is the oldest and most expansive substance abuse treatment program in the state of Virginia. Originally part of the Richmond Community Action Program, Rubicon was founded in 1970 and has since been contracted through the Department of Corrections and Community Service Boards throughout Virginia to provide a multitude of programs ranging from detox to aftercare and a variety of substance abuse treatment tracks.

All treatment methods are individualized to the client to ensure a unique treatment experience. The Women’s Community facility was opened in 1991 and further expanded in 1994 to the Highland Park campus. Set upon a 13-acre campus, the Women’s Community is a residential treatment program that sets women up for a successful recovery in a gender specific and supportive environment.

Accommodations and Food

The Women’s Community is situated on a lush 13-acre campus. Accommodations are apartment-style with treatment held in a separate facility on the grounds. The facility can accommodate a maximum of 40 residents at a time with clients housed in 10 apartments, living four residents per unit. Rooms are furnished with twin beds, have ample closet space and a shared bathroom.

Common areas include a media room with cable TV for residents to use during their downtime and an on-site gym. All meals are served cafeteria-style with clients assisting in meal preparation. A lead chef ensures that the food prepared is healthy but with comfort food options like pizza and pasta. Coffee and tea are served throughout the day.

Treatment and Staff

The Women’s Treatment Community is a residential program tailored to the unique needs of women struggling with chemical dependency. In order to be admitted, clients must participate in a bio-psycho-social assessment and must display a need for intensive treatment and supervision. Residents typically stay in the program for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 180 days. The treatment process follows a modified therapeutic community model that addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing needs for women. The program is community oriented and operates through social support among clients and the clinical staff.

Throughout the day, clients participate in various therapeutic activities that fall into three phases. The first phase, known as the orientation and stabilization phase, focuses on getting the client acclimated to the day-in and day-out programming. Clients participate in multiple group therapy sessions each day including sexuality and gender, relationships, domestic violence, parenting skills, conflict resolution and spirituality. Additionally, psycho-education arms clients with knowledge about themselves and the disease of addiction. All groups are facilitated by female LADCs that utilize CBT techniques.

The self-discovery phase is the second phase of treatment essential for progressing further into recovery. During this phase, individual therapy is introduced as well as special groups for dual diagnosis support. During this phase clients also begin to focus on their general health and wellness by learning about nutrition and exercise, relaxation techniques and risk reduction. Clients may receive medication management and additional assessments by a staff Psychiatrist. Medical services are provided as well, including HIV/AIDS treatment, PICC line services for antibiotic therapy and classes on self care.

The re-entry phase is the third and final phase and focuses on preparing clients for returning back to the community and workforce. Through collaborations with organizations in the community, clients receive vocational education, GED classes, housing referrals and employment opportunities. All therapeutic activities continue, but focus shifts to relapse prevention and continuing recovery skills. Residents attend 12-step meetings and Celebrate Recovery meetings if they want a religious focus. SMART Recovery meetings are also available for clients who do not wish to participate in 12-step groups.


The Women’s Recovery Community provides treatment that leads clients to further trust the recovery process and their peers. Rubicon holds “Sister Time,” which is a social tea encouraging residents to build their inter-personal skills and confidence. Affirmations and positive recognition helps clients to identify and magnify their unique skills and abilities.

The treatment community also utilizes a reward system for clients by awarding certificates for reaching treatment goals and accolades for assisting other clients through their own treatment process.

In Summary

The Women’s Recovery Community through Rubicon, Inc. provides women with a safe environment for personal development and recovery skills. Through intensive therapy and sober activities, clients engage using a social model to support each other and grow towards a sustainable recovery. The large campus provides housing, exercise facilities and treatment (including medical care) with a knowledgeable and credentialed staff. Clients can expect to be treated with dignity and respect while cultivating skills and tools to support long-term sobriety.

Rubicon, Inc.: Women’s Community Location

2825 Rady St
Richmond, VA 23222

Rubicon, Inc. Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Rubicon, Inc. by phone at (804) 767-6600 or by email at [email protected]. Find Rubicon, Inc. on Facebook and Google+

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