Located in the quaint village of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Shorewood House is a division of Meta House, a women’s-only drug rehab offering residential and outpatient treatment since 1963. Established in 2015, Shorewood House also offers residential treatment to women, providing education on substance abuse and helping clients identify its origins in their lives as they begin on a path towards long-term sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
Shorewood House accommodates only eight women at a time, inside a stick-style brown and white-shingled residence. The interior of the home resembles the pages of a design magazine; with accent walls, wood-tiled floors and retro furnishings. Most bedrooms are equipped for double occupancy, with twin beds, patterned comforters, white nightstands, dressers and hanging canvases of colorful country landscapes; however, there are a few single rooms available. The common areas include a living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art-appliances.
Amenities include WiFi and a laundry room. Clients can bring their cell phones and laptops but are only allowed to use them at specific times during the day. Staff lives on the premises.
Shorewood House is a non-smoking program. Caffeinated beverages and sugary foods are also not permitted as the programs believes that tobacco, caffeine and sugar are relapse triggers. Clients are served three healthy meals a day, with dietary restrictions taken into account.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment. Clients in need of medical detox will be referred to an appropriate facility. Applicants must also receive a full physical before being admitted to ensure the absence of transmittable diseases, such as tuberculosis. Clients on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), such as Suboxone and methadone, are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Individualized treatment plans consist of group and individual therapy that employs trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices, like DBT. Weekly treatment also includes holistic methods, such as meditation, yoga, art therapy and various other experiential therapies. Shorewood House believes the 12-step approach works but that it’s not for everyone. As such, staff work with clients to help them find support groups that best suit their needs and beliefs. The length of stay is between 30 and 60 days.
Since Shorewood House believes that mental health disorders and substance abuse often go hand in hand, clients requiring medication for co-occurring disorders will receive an evaluation from a staff psychiatrist.
A typical weekday at Shorewood House includes a morning self-reflection between 7 and 7:45 am, followed by breakfast between 7:45 and 8:30 am. Between 8:30 and 10 am, residents participate in a processing group, followed by another group session, which varies from a Helping Women Recover group on Mondays, to Seeking Safety on Wednesdays, and art therapy on Fridays.
Lunch is served from noon to 1 pm. Immediately following, residents recommence in groups, which is then followed by individual sessions. Dinner is served at 5 pm and afterwards is free time or time for clients to attend a support meeting, like AA/NA and Celebrate Recovery. At 9 pm, clients reflect on the day’s events and review their goals for the following day.
Staff includes a medical director/psychiatrist, two Master’s-level substance abuse counselors and a residential service manager. The staff to client ratio is one-to-two.
The weekends offer women a chance to see their families and children and participate in outdoor events. Aftercare referrals can be provided.
Shorewood House offers a home away from home setting, focusing on clients’ individual needs with evidence-based and holistic approaches. This is a solid, relatively affordable option for women seeking inpatient treatment with a well-rounded curriculum of care.
3924 N Maryland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211
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