Located in Bartow, Florida, a town about 50 miles southwest of Orlando the RASUW Center for Women (Residential Assessment and Stabilization Unit for Women), which operates under the private, non-profit Tri-County Human Services network, provides inpatient care to women who suffer from addiction and co-occurring disorders. Besides residential treatment, Tri-County Human Services also provides outpatient care, mental health treatment and detox.
Accommodations and Food
The RASUW Center accommodates 15 women between five fully-furnished rooms. The first room houses five clients and includes a bathroom. The second room has a four-bed capacity and the last two rooms each lodge three women.
Residents are served three meals daily along with snacks inside a cafeteria. The cuisine is American and fits nutritional standards. Typical entrees include grilled or broiled chicken, a side of veggies and salad. After clients begin obtaining privileges, they can receive outside food from family and friends.
Treatment and Staff
The RASUW Center for Women accepts women, ages 18 and older, from Polk, Highlands or Hardee Counties in Florida. While there is a waiting list, high priority is given to pregnant or postpartum intravenous drug users. If no beds are available, staff members often place them in an interim facility where they can stay until there is availability.
Prior to admittance, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment with staff. Medical detox is provided inside the same building. The length of this process is between three and six days, depending on the protocol used and the severity of the chemical dependency.
The length of stay at the RASUW Center is between 60 and 90 days. Weekly treatment includes 20 hours of group therapy (Mondays through Fridays), individual therapy and daily attendance at 12-step meetings, which are offered on the premises. Besides AA/NA, Celebrate Recovery meetings are offered for clients seeking a faith-based approach.
Groups are both therapeutic and psycho-educational. Topics include self-esteem, depression, anxiety, shame, guilt, relapse prevention and coping skills. The women are taught basic life skills including money management.
RASUW Center for Women also operates on the therapeutic community (TC) model, which teaches accountability in addition to helping residents become aware of how their actions affect others around them.
The staff includes 23 LACs, mental health therapists and medical professionals. The staff-to-client ratio is approximately seven-to-five.
The RASUW Center for Women offers comprehensive care to financially challenged clients struggling with chemical dependency as well as co-occurring disorders. The staff are highly compassionate and determined to help residents not only stay clean and sober but also to heal from the dark emotions that may have caused them to abuse drugs and/or alcohol in the first place. This treatment network is definitely worth exploring for those in the area who are ready to begin their journey to recovery.
Tri-County Human Services
RASUW Center for Women
2725 Hwy 60 East
Bartow, FL 33830
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