The Women's Treatment Center

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The Women's Treatment Center is a private rehab located in Chicago, Illinois. The Women's Treatment Center specializes in the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

The Women's Treatment Center Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Through a federal grant, TWTC now offers enhanced case management services for homeless women with a co-occurring diagnosis (substance use & mental illness).

Rehab Services:

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

The Medication Assisted Treatment program is for women diagnosed with heroin and other opiate dependencies. Women are given Methadone as an adjunct therapy for treatment intervention. Services include regular appointments with a physician along with the outpatient groups detailed above.

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does The Women's Treatment Center offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

TWTC’s Detox Unit is one of only two free-standing medically-monitored detox programs in Chicago. Women in need of a safe withdrawal from opiates, alcohol or other drugs are treated in their 16-bed unit, with an average stay of four to six days. The length of stay is based on an individual's drug of choice and medical recommendations for care. Upon admission to the program, clients are assigned a primary counselor to help them address treatment issues.

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient program includes up to 12 hours of weekly treatment and gender-specific group meetings that tackle critical subjects such as drug education, relapse prevention, family reconciliation, women’s issues, stress and anger management, building self-esteem, health education, parenting skills, aftercare planning, job readiness and time and money management.

Outpatient (OP)

TWTC offers outpatient programs for women who have completed residential treatment or who need a less structured treatment environment. Outpatient treatment programs include Intensive Outpatient, Project Futures and Medication Assisted Treatment programs.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

TWTC offers gender-specific residential treatment in four safe and supportive units, with the length of treatment based on the client needs. These include: The Pregnant and Postpartum Women's Program, Residential Rehab 3, Residential Rehab 2 and 4. The Women's Treatment Center offers a residential substance abuse treatment programs for women with children under age 6, or women unaccompanied by children.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

The case management services begin upon admission and may continue for up to six months after discharge from TWTC. They can include crisis intervention, transportation assistance, and referrals to education and employment programs, housing, and public assistance programs, as determined by each woman's circumstances and need.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Women who bring children into residential treatment receive parenting services that include intervention, assessment and education. Together, these strengthen clients’ parenting skills, help identify and reduce behaviors shown to contribute to child abuse and neglect, and improve mothers' ability to manage their children's behavior in a positive manner. Skilled practitioners, including Parent-Child Specialists and Parent Educators, work with mothers to help them develop an accurate knowledge base regarding child development and appropriate child-rearing practices. In groups and in individual sessions with staff, mothers explore ways to improve their relationships with their children and learn better ways to manage their child’s behavior. Nurse-led groups teach mothers about childbirth, childcare, and pre- and post-natal infant and maternal care.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

TWTC provides trauma-informed treatment through specialty groups that utilize the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment model, an evidence-based approach to treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in women. This model has become one of the major trauma recovery interventions for women.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

The Women's Treatment Center Highlights:

Project Futures is an outpatient program for women with infants and young children who are in danger of losing custody of their children to the Department of Children & Family Services because of their substance abuse. Transportation assistance is provided for women in this program.
TWTC is the only substance abuse treatment center in the state focused solely on women and specializing in treatment that is framed and informed by women's issues. Priority admission is given to pregnant and postpartum women, women with HIV/AIDS and female IV drug users. Pregnant women are welcome at all levels of care, including TWTC’s medically-monitored Detox unit.
TWTC also serves children under age 6 of the women in treatment, providing developmental and medical screenings, along with early intervention services as needed. Without intervention, their children – many born exposed to drugs – may follow in their footsteps.
TWTC works with drug courts, family courts, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Corrections to take court-mandated clients who need treatment for substance abuse.
TWTC operates the state’s only 24-hour crisis nursery within a substance abuse treatment center. Care is provided for children from newborn to five years old whose mothers are engaged in detox or residential treatment at TWTC and are temporarily unable to care for them. TWTC's Daycare is a key component of their early intervention/abuse prevention services for mothers in residence. The program provides assessments and referrals, developmentally-appropriate curricula, and individualized lesson plans for children from six weeks to three years old. Children attend daycare during the day while their mothers engage in treatment activities.
TWTC provides several programs for women who are incarcerated or on parole: Alternative Sentencing that offers non-violent drug offenders the opportunity to finish the last two years of their sentence in TWTC's Recovery Home with their children, Bridging Communities Offender Re-entry Program that provides a variety of case management, housing and employment services to ease the difficult transition back into society. Parents and Children Together (PACT) gives incarcerated mothers the opportunity to 'visit' with their children via a two-way video teleconference system.
While women participate in treatment programs, their children attend TWTC’s licensed, on-site Daycare or Pre-kindergarten class. These parenting services help break the intergenerational cycle of drug addiction and mend family bonds - ultimately resulting in healthier communities. Operated in conjunction with the Chicago Board of Education, TWTC's on-site Pre-kindergarten program prepares children ages 3 and 4 to enter kindergarten with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
For women who have completed residential treatment and need a supportive environment to continue their recovery. Includes outpatient treatment at TWTC, and vocational and employment training through agency partners. A graduated level system offers increased personal responsibilities and freedom. Up to three children ranging in age from newborn to five may live with their mother in the Recovery Home. Older children can visit on weekends. Residents are assessed rent on a sliding fee scale, which includes all meals. The program consists of on- and off-site group meetings and in-house support services, which may include: parenting skill building, family education, conflict resolution, women empowerment, and recreational activities.




  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

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