YWCA North Central Indiana’s Breaking Free program is a non-profit organization offering inpatient and outpatient treatment for women. Located in South Bend, Indiana, Breaking Free’s central focus is substance abuse treatment for women who are also victims of domestic violence.
Breaking Free is one of only two programs in the state of Indiana that allows women to bring their children with them to treatment. The program is holistic and incorporates both individual and group counseling as well as the 12-step program of recovery.
The YWCA was originated in 1855 by Emma Robarts and Lady Mary Jane Kinnnaird in England as a movement to improve social and economic circumstances for women around the world. Over time, the organization has grown into the largest women’s group in the world and began offering domestic violence and substance abuse programs in 1972.
Accommodations and Food
The Breaking Free facility is large and homey with modest decor and comfortable furnishings. The number of residents in treatment at any given time varies, but 60 bedrooms are available. Rooms are dormitory-style and decorated simply. Depending on client volume, women are housed in either an individual or shared room with shared bathrooms. Mothers are allowed to have their children live with them. Common areas include a kitchen, dining room and rooms where recovery meetings are held. Clients are permitted to use personal cell phones and laptops.
Meals are traditional comfort food prepared on premises and served three times a day. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Clients are permitted to bring in their own snacks and sodas as well. Smoking is permitted on-site in designated areas.
Treatment and staff
Potential clients are assessed by a Breaking Free a staff member. The facility does not provide detox services but referrals are offered as needed. An individualized treatment plan is formulated based on each client’s specific recovery needs.
Clients admitted to the inpatient program must wake up before 8 am, do chores, eat breakfast and be ready to begin their day with individual and group counseling and on-site 12-step meetings. Exact schedules will vary from person to person, but treatment lasts from eight to ten weeks.
Breaking Free’s particular focus on dual treatment for addiction and domestic violence informs both individual and group therapy topics. Women battling these two issues concurrently experience low self-esteem, isolation, guilt, shame, inhibited decision-making skills and inability to seek help or make changes for fear of losing their children. Breaking Free staff are well-versed on addressing and treating each of these issues and helping clients to heal and recover.
Outpatient clients work with individual therapists to formulate a meeting schedule that suits their lifestyle taking school, work and family obligations into account. Like the inpatient track, the outpatient program offers individual therapy, group counseling and 12-step meetings. Both inpatient and outpatient clients are given random drug tests to guarantee sobriety and their commitment to the program.
Breaking Free program offers free childcare during treatment, allowing mothers to work, seek employment or go to school. Additionally, children of clients enrolled in both the inpatient and outpatient tracks are eligible for case management, personal safety, conflict resolution, tactics for avoiding drugs, developmental screening, sexual assault prevention and racial tolerance.
A transitional living house is available for post-residential or outpatient clients looking to live in a sober environment before living independently. Clients may live in this home for up to two years.
Sober living, outpatient and residential clients can take advantage of the aftercare program which offers continued counseling and educational programs. The YWCA also provides a variety of community outreach programs which include emergency safe shelter, case management and counseling, healthcare services as well as classes on self-sufficiency, economic empowerment and legal advocacy.
Breaking Free offers residential and outpatient care for women and mothers seeking both treatment for addiction and counseling for domestic abuse issues. Because this program offers many resources free of cost, there is a wait-list to join the program and waiting time varies. However, once admitted, clients benefit from holistic care and an experienced and understanding staff who arm women with education, life-skills and the tools to achieve and maintain sobriety.
YWCA North Central Indiana: Breaking Free
1102 S. Fellows Street
South Bend, IN 46601
YWCA North Central Indiana Breaking Free Cost: Free. Reach YWCA North Central Indiana Breaking Free at (574) 233-9491. Find YWCA North Central Indiana on Facebook
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