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About Us

Did You know? | Serenity Prayer

Women’s Recovery Services was founded in 1975 to provide residential addiction treatment exclusively for women. We have remained committed to our mission for the last 39 years, focusing on gender-specific services, which research consistently demonstrates helps women succeed in recovery. 1

Our staff is specially trained and sensitive to women's issues in addiction and recovery, incorporating into treatment services an awareness of domestic violence, trauma and abuse histories, parenting stresses, and other concerns.  These issues central to women's lives are addressed along with addiction in all our recovery classes, groups, and individual case work.   An understanding of these issues and the role of post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety in addiction is integrated into all phases of treatment planning at WRS.  In addition to our state license, in 2009 the State of California recognized Women's Recovery Services for its program responsive co-occurring mental and emotional distress as well as addiction, with a certification of Dual-Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT).

At WRS women with infants and young children can participate in addiction treatment without having to leave their children.  Mothers attend recovery groups and classes while their children are cared for in our on-site Children's Program, or attend  nearby community schools. Women who are pregnant receive prenatal services on-site  --  and the addiction treatment they need to give birth to their babies free of drugs and alcohol.  Each year on average, WRS welcomes twelve newborns, born alcohol/drug/nicotine-free, to mothers living here in new recovery.

In 1999 Women's Recovery Services became Sonoma County’s first non-smoking, nicotine-free addiction treatment program.  We took this step to maximize women's success in recovery, as research demonstrates that quitting nicotine simultaneous with quitting other drugs significantly improves drug and alcohol relapse rates.2   WRS is also committed to providing a healthy environment free of second-hand smoke for all residents,  including especially the infants and young children living here with their mothers. 

" When I came here I hated myself...90 days later I love myself."  

"I feel more confident that I can live a clean and sober life." (Quoted from past WRS clients) 

 

 1 Ashley, Marsden & Brady:  "Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment Programming for Women:  A Review"
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol 29 Issue 1, 2003
2 Richter & Arnsten:  "A rationale and model for addressing tobacco dependence in substance abuse treatment" Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy 2006

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Did You Know?

 

"I'm glad I learned that I'm not the only one with this disease." 

"I feel stronger and more confident as a woman and mother."  (Quoted from past WRS clients) 

 

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things

I can not change,

the courage to change

the things I can,

and the wisdom to know

the difference

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