For over 20 years, Women In New Recovery (WINR) in Mesa, Arizona has offered substance abuse treatment exclusively for women over 18. WINR provides extended care treatment, transitional programs and sober living, all from a female-centered trauma informed perspective. WINR clients take part in therapy, scheduled exercise, process groups, nutrition classes and have regular access to holistic therapies.
Accommodations and Amenities
WINR’s residential campus is in downtown Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. There are seven housing buildings and one administrative building. Each housing unit has five bedrooms and three and a half baths. The women share a room with one other person. The houses are broken down into an intake house, where the initial sorting out and acclimating occurs. Clients also often have appointments with doctors and lawyers at this house, where there are private meeting rooms available.
The other houses are designated for residential treatment, transitional housing and sober living. WINR takes a holistic approach, encouraging clients into working with their body through exercise such as yoga. Accordingly, clients participate in preparing their own nutritious breakfasts. Lunch and dinner are balanced meals, prepared for the clients by staff and served int he dining room of each house. Sober living residents are expected to plan, shop and prepare their own meals in the fully equipped kitchens.
Treatment and Staff
Residential treatment at WINR requires a 45 to 120 day stay. Clients follow an individualized treatment plan that includes a customized schedule of classes, group and individual therapy and household chores throughout the day. Clients are required to attend on-site and off-site 12-step meetings and are expected to develop a relationship with a sponsor and begin to work the steps.
After 45 days, the women move to one of the transitional houses for a month. Transitional clients continue to receive supervised housing, therapeutic support, structure and scheduling. They attend five groups a week and one individual session. They must also start looking for work and participate in classes designed to teach life skills which include communication, time and money management. Once a client is ready, they may move to sober living.
Sober living lasts for an additional 45 days and is designed to help the women transition into a self-supporting lifestyle at the end of that time frame. They are expected to continue working, attend at least five AA/NA meetings per week and participate in the WINR Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). This includes three groups and one individual session a week. They are provided with assistance in securing safe long-term housing and aftercare.
Naturopathic medical doctor Cho Long Kim is the primary care physician at WINR and works closely with LISAC Karen Barraclough in planning treatment and overseeing the staff of nurses, CADCs and LCSW case managers.
Graduates of WINR receive a year of free weekly phone support from the counselors to help them stay on track and avoid relapse.
Women In New Recovery accepts most private insurance plans. The full four-month program would cost $32,000 WINR offers scholarships and 85% of its insurance cases do not have out-of-pocket expenses. Alternate 45 day, two-month and three-month lengths of stay and payment plans are also available. Plus, WINR gives clients who experience relapse an additional 30 days of residential care for free. Financial aspects aside, WINR is an experienced organization offering something very specific—women-only long-term care. For women who are serious about recovery and looking for gender-specific treatment, WINR is just the place to find it.
Women In New Recovery
860 N. Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201
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