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Our History


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 42 years, focusing on gender-specific services, which research consistently demonstrates helps women succeed in recovery.  


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  --  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.

 "My life prior to recovery at WRS was a dark, terrifying place.
I thought I would never see my children again.  
I am beginning to see the light and I am filled with gratitude."
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