The Residential Program at WRS is a 120-days structured program for women, with experienced staff present 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Women attend recovery classes and groups six hours a day, five days a week. The program includes classes in relapse prevention; addiction, recovery and the brain; domestic violence dynamics and prevention; healthy relationships; communication skills; stress management; nutrition and menu planning; and others.
Each woman in treatment at WRS meets with her case manager once weekly to develop and update her individualized treatment plan, and to find support and encouragement in her recovery journey. Weekly process groups help women to identify and express their needs and experiences, learn to create healthy boundaries with new assertiveness skills, and establish supportive relationships with other women in recovery.
Twelve-step meetings are included in the schedule seven days a week, on or off-site, with transportation provided as needed. Staff certified in nicotine cessation provide information and support specific to ending nicotine addiction as well. Children not living at WRS can visit with their mothers during lunchtime or after program hours during the week, as well as on weekend afternoons or overnights. Weekends are also available for visits and outings with clean and sober friends and family, after the first 30 day orientation period.
Our Parenting Educator provides classes focused on parenting in recovery. All WRS residents participate in our parenting classes, and also mothers meet with our parenting educator for individual consultation regarding their particular children's needs and effective parenting strategies for them. These classes are a powerful child abuse prevention tool. Participants gain crucial information about child development -- about children's needs, about the meanings and motives behind child behavior, and about healthy, encouraging parental responses.
Often women gain new insight into their own histories, childhoods commonly marked by unrecognized abuse, neglect and trauma. They become more compassionate about themselves, and more skilled in the support they can provide other residents and children here. Mothers are increasingly able to understand their children, and see successes in parenting their children living here or visiting here in the process of CPS Family Reunification.
Prior to exit each woman meets with her case manager to create a comprehensive exit plan, designed to assist her in her recovery after the residential phase of treatment. The plan includes our eight-month staff-facilitated AfterCare program, as well as referrals for outpatient addiction treatment, individual and family counseling, medical care, transitional housing, and other referrals, based on each woman's individual needs.
Our facility accommodates up to 20 women and 12 children at any one time, and in addition to administrative offices includes:
Children in residence at WRS with their mothers participate in our on-site Children’s Program. During women's treatment classes and groups, infants and young children are cared for by Children's Program staff, attending to them and providing games, toys, art materials, naptimes and outdoor play in our "backyard" area equipped with a playhouse, swings, slides and climbing structures. School age children attend a neighborhood school, and women's treatment classes are scheduled to end in time for mothers to greet their children returning from school, and spend time with them in the play area and common areas.
Women who have completed the 120-days residential program at WRS participate in our AfterCare program, for an additional eight months of continuing care. The focus of the AfterCare program is on strengthening support for ongoing recovery. In our weekly staff-facilitated peer-support group, women help one another continue to face the challenges of daily life clean and sober. Together they identify current relapse triggers and share recovery tools. They support one another -- and celebrate successes.
Each participant completing this eight month program is joined by her AfterCare peers for a special evening ceremony celebrating her new life free of addiction -- her first full year of recovery.
Our transitional house in Santa Rosa provides a safe place for WRS residents to continue their recovery with the support of one another and WRS staff. This home in a residential neighborhood accommodates up to four women and their children. Each week our Transitional House Case Manager meets with them in their home, to help with the problems of daily living in recovery, to address concerns and to assist them in working together for their ongoing recovery. Our Parenting Educator also meets at home with residents to provide support, ongoing classes and individualized problem solving for parenting in recovery.
Our transitional house is available to WRS residents for up to two years. Here they have the time and support to obtain employment and pursue their education, to establish ongoing medical and psychological care for themselves and their children, and to find stable long-term housing for their new lives in recovery.
"I feel confident that someone will always be here if I need to talk."
"I feel proud of myself and strong in my recovery." (Quoted from past WRS clients)