Our unique program for chemically dependent mothers with children allows addicted women to begin their treatment during pregnancy, deliver their babies while here, and return to treatment without disruption. Mothers with children under age 5 may keep their children with them during their treatment. While they are in treatment sessions, the children attend our state-licensed therapeutic daycare program.
More than 100 addicted mothers and 50 children annually receive long-term residential addiction treatment for mothers in Everett and Seattle, WA. Studies of the program have found that babies born to our residents receive better prenatal care resulting in 66% better birth weight. The mothers reported lower parenting stress and there were 35% fewer reports of inadequate parenting in treated women.
Mothers’ Treatment Components
Our addiction treatment facilities for pregnant women and mothers with children are holistic, not only addressing the chemical dependency but also the variety of other issues since most young women admitted to our program also have childhood traumas and psychiatric diagnoses. With a patient-to-staff ratio of 3-to-1 and a staff of clinicians licensed in both mental health and chemical dependency, we have a unique ability to provide full service to the patient. Program components include:
- Alcohol & drug education
- Parenting skills training
- Mental health counseling
- Basic life skills education
- Family counseling
- Individual & group counseling
- Relapse prevention planning
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Smoking cessation
- 12-step meetings on-site
- Domestic violence support
- Family planning
While moms are in their program during the day, their children receive developmentally appropriate care in our on-site, licensed therapeutic childcare facility and staff trained in early childhood education and behavior management. The program features:
- Observed interactive parenting
- Play therapy
- Floor exercises & “tummy time”
- Low staff to child ratios
- Self-help and social skills
- Pre-school program
- Outside play
- Sensory integration
- American Sign Language
- Cognitive activities
- Small & large motor skill development
- Denver Developmental Assessments
- Referrals for specialized services
Our weekend Family Program encourages family members to strengthen their relationships through chemical dependency education and joint counseling.
For more information on admission, call Donna Merryfield, Residential Operations Manager, at (425) 258-2407. Our program is smoke and tobacco-free, and residents must be able to go up and down stairs. We accept women in opiate substitution programs, on psychiatric medications, or with mental health issues. Medicaid is accepted; health insurance and private payment can be arranged.
What to Bring
Download the attached PDF to discover what you can and cannot bring to the addiction treatment program for mothers in Everett, WA.