A major concern of women seeking addiction treatment is often their children. They worry about being away from them or who will care for them while they are in treatment. The Children and Mothers Residential Program for addiction recovery in Maine is unlike traditional programs in that it encompasses childcare, parenting education and related services. Pregnant and postpartum mothers can keep their children close and learn how to more effectively care for them as they work on their own recovery and creating a healthier lifestyle.
The program is open to women at any stage of pregnancy, those who have children under age 5, and those who are working on family reunification. Onsite living arrangements are provided and childcare is available while women attend counseling, support group meetings, parenting classes and other activities. In addition, we address co-occurring mental health issues, and take gender-responsive and trauma-informed approaches to provide treatment that meets the challenges women face in recovery. An evidence-based curriculum is used that incorporates Seeking Safety, A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps, Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention Therapy.
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Extensive Treatment Services at CAMP
CAMP provides extensive treatment services that span all aspects of women’s lives from counseling, family relationships and aftercare to parenting skills, medical care and safe, sober housing.
Individual and Group Counseling
No two women are the same. This is why our clinicians collaborate with each client to create a personalized treatment plan that meets their individual needs and goals. Women can delve more deeply into their personal situation and struggles with recovery during weekly individual counseling sessions. We address both substance use and mental health disorders, and this is a time for women to really focus on their needs and develop skills for a more successful recovery.
We offer daily women-only therapy groups that we encourage our clients to participate in, which allow them to connect with other women going through similar experiences. This offers encouragement and reminds our clients they are not alone in their journey and have support. Together women learn how to express their feelings more effectively and build healthier relationships. Groups include Healthy Relationships, Medical Aspects of Chemical Dependency, Moms in Recovery and Living Sober. There are also daily Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.
Case Management and Assistance
Substance use disorders affect all aspects of a woman’s life as well as their child’s. Recognizing the need for planning and support, the Children and Mothers Program offers case management and assistance services. Case managers can help to connect women with OB/GYN, primary care, or other specialty care to monitor, protect, and boost their health during and after pregnancy. Medical care can also be arranged for their infant or young child.
Creating a safe, healthy environment is also essential in recovery, so women are supported in securing housing upon completion of treatment if necessary and locating community resources for ongoing support. Women are able to better focus on their recovery when there are not so many other things to worry about. Case managers work with women to create a plan that addresses their needs and makes them feel more confident in both entering and leaving treatment. Having the right support systems in place can promote lifelong recovery and a healthier life.
Parenting and Children’s Services and Assistance
When pregnant or new mothers enter addiction treatment, they are often concerned about their ability to be a good parent to their child. Up to that point, their focus may have been mainly consumed by their substance use. With parenting and children’s services and assistance, they can develop the knowledge and skills they need to care for themselves and their children. A licensed, on-site daycare is available for children ages 6 weeks and older and developmentally appropriate activities are provided while mothers are in treatment.
Pregnant women are assisted in finding medical and OB/GYN care to support a healthier delivery. All women can take part in educational classes regarding the needs of newborn, infant, toddler or preschool children; developmental milestones for children; and how to nurture and communicate with a child to build a stronger mother-child bond. Not only do mothers receive the care they need, children are also monitored to identify any potential medical or developmental concerns. Women are then connected with the appropriate specialists to create and implement a plan for their child’s well-being.
Substance use disorders affect the entire family. Part of Crossroads’ Children and Mothers Program involves working with family members to understand the addiction and recovery process, and how it affects their lives. During therapy women work on establishing stronger relationships and this is carried over into family support activities. Family therapy brings together our client, her family support and clinician to work through the challenges of recovery and provide support for everyone involved.
Each week there is a Family Day where family members can visit with their loved one and also attend a clinician-facilitated group session with family members of other clients. Here they can learn about substance use disorders, setting healthy boundaries and providing support. For those families unable to attend in person, they can connect virtually through programs such as Skype. When everyone works together, they can create a more supportive and encouraging environment for ongoing recovery, and everyone is able to have their needs addressed.
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