SPOTLIGHT: Phoenix, AZ Affiliate’s Women's Outpatient Program

SPOTLIGHT: Phoenix, AZ Affiliate’s Women's Outpatient Program

“Supporting women in building a healthy life for themselves and their children” is a motto of NCADD Phoenix and to do that, the Affiliate provides a variety of programs aimed at helping women.

The Affiliate’s programs focus on providing the tools and resources needed to help women become financially self-sufficient and to believe in their potential to remain drug and alcohol free and live a quality life.

Women who abuse alcohol and other drugs have unique issues. NCADD Phoenix offers an Outpatient Program that recognizes that recovery for women requires development of life skills, resolution of life issues, goals, values, self-image, independence and empowerment. The program was developed on a time frame of at least 1 year. This allows the women to master skills vital for their recovery, strengthen a support system, increase their ability to financially provide for themselves and their children, practice parenting skills with continued monitoring, increase self-esteem and learn to believe in themselves.

Barriers that make it difficult for women to access treatment and continue with the program are a major commitment of NCADD. Each client is assigned a case manager who identifies the woman’s barriers and assists with resources to enable her to participate in the treatment process. NCADD provides transportation, assists with childcare, eye exams/glasses, clothing, food, psychiatric evaluations and medications on site, and housing. The NCADD staff is highly involved in networking with other service providers within the community, which increases availability of many additional resources that NCADD is unable to directly provide.

The Women's Outpatient Program consists of three levels, each designed to enhance the development of a strong recovery foundation.

Level I meets for group three mornings per week with a strong emphasis on:
• Disease concept of addiction
• Fetal alcohol syndrome
• Grief
• Mother roles and relationships
• Parenting
• Relapse prevention
• Social support through 12 Step meetings and sponsors

Level II meets for group two mornings per week with the focus of sessions on:
• Creating boundaries
• Maintaining healthy relationships
• Developing positive coping skills
• Behavior modification
• Parenting skills
• Creating a recovery-based belief and values system
• Working through abuse issues

Level III meets one morning per week for continued support to deal with day-to-day life issues and to continue to strengthen life and recovery skills. The average length of stay is 6 months; however a client has the option to continue until she has a solid social support and is maintaining recovery.

Additional services available for all levels of treatment are:
• Individual counseling
• Family counseling
• Case management
• Career counselor
• Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
• Parenting coach
• Peer support
• DBT group
• Dual Diagnosis Relapse Prevention group
• Supportive housing (when available)

The Affiliate also offers a case management program for pregnant women experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, family education and counseling program for individuals and couples and supportive housing programs.

For more information:

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE
Thelma Ross, CEO
4201 N 16 Street, #140
Phoenix AZ 85016
602/264 6214
www.ncadd-phx.org

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