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The Women's Treatment Center

140 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60607
The Women’s Treatment Center works with chemically dependent women struggling with issues such as homelessness, poverty, trauma, and co-occurring mental disorders. Upon arrival, those in need of assisted withdrawal from opiates, alcohol, and other drugs may participate in a medically-supervised detoxification program for an average of four to six days. Residents attend weekly individual counseling sessions, trauma recovery, medical monitoring, and parenting services. Outpatient services and medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available to those seeking treatment outside of a residential setting. Mothers are invited to bring children six years of age and below into residential treatment if desired.

Facility Highlights

  • Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Pregnant & Postpartum Women's Program
  • Parenting Program


  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Linda Maranda
    Linda MarandaExecutive Director
    Ms. Maranda has spent the last eleven years as the Executive Director of Caritas Central Intake, the largest facility of its kind in the state, and has also served for five years on the volunteer Board of Directors of TWTC. Her prior leadership roles were in residential and out-patient substance abuse treatment programs at Cornell-Interventions, Illinois. Ms. Maranda is held in exceptionally high esteem by her peers in the field of social work and substance abuse treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Xavier University, Chicago. She also maintains CSADC and MISA II certifications through the Illinois Certification Board. “I am pleased to be a part of The Women’s Treatment Center’s rich history of helping women obtain the recovery tools and parenting skills necessary to maintain a sober lifestyle as they rebuild their lives and mend the bonds with their families. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the team that will make The Women’s Treatment Center a beacon of light and hope for the women and children who seek our services.”
  • Patricia E. Shaw, RN, BSN, MS
    Patricia E. Shaw, RN, BSN, MS Deputy Director
    Ms. Shaw began her employment at TWTC as Director of Nursing in 1991, soon after the facility opened. She became Deputy Director in 2001, continuing to supervise TWTC’s nursing services, and adding responsibilities for facility operations, quality management, information technology and dietary services. Most recently, she managed TWTC’s transition to electronic medical records. Ms. Shaw holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from the University of St. Francis and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Lewis University. "Lives have been changed here, and the bonds between countless women and children have been mended. It is very satisfying to have a role in this process - and their journey," she said.

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Located in Chicago, Ill., The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC) offers family-based addiction treatment to adult women. In addition to residential and outpatient services, the facility offers programs for pregnant or postpartum women with children up to six years old. It's one of only 10 facilities in Illinois (just 1.6 percent of facilities in the state) to provide residential beds for clients' children. Medical detox is also offered, which is a service available in just 3.6 percent of residential treatment facilities in the state.


During an initial assessment, each client’s medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse history is taken, and an individualized treatment plan is created accordingly.

Participants in the residential program receive 25 hours of clinical services per week, which includes individual counseling, addiction education, medication monitoring, referrals for additional mental health services, and parenting services. There is also a special track for women and their children, as well as for women struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Group therapy offers intensive trauma-informed treatment using an evidence-based approach for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women. TWTC is among the 25.4 percent of facilities in the state to offering programming for clients who have experienced trauma.

Outpatient options include an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which offers up to 12 hours of weekly treatment. There’s also a specialized outpatient program, called Project Futures, for women in danger of losing custody of their children, as well a transitional living recovery house for clients who have completed residential treatment but wish to remain in a structured, supportive, and sober community.

An outpatient methadone maintenance program is also offered, which is a treatment option offered by 21.5 percent of outpatient facilities in Illinois.


The treatment team includes a medical director and a licensed clinical social worker.


The facility's website indicates there are three residential units set within the main facility at TWTC. One of the units offers a combined 24 beds for women without an accompanying child, while the other two units offer a combined 58 beds for women and 23 beds for their accompanying children.


While Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, TWTC received a 4.1 out of five-star rating based on the opinions of 18 individuals on Facebook[1] and an average rating of 2.9 out of five stars based on 33 Google reviews[2]. Across both sites, comments from former clients were mixed. Some praised the facility for its compassionate treatment, including Brittany who wrote on Google: "TWTC was a fantastic place for me to get my life back in order. I recommend any woman in the city of Chicago that is fighting addiction."

Unhappy alumni, on the other hand, complained about old, run-down facilities, poorly run programs, and inconsiderate employees. In a Google review, representative of negative feedback, Jenny wrote: "The inpatient staff Is just horrible and treat you so bad they are not compassionate at all it was the worst experience for me. And its not that I wasn't ready or didn't want the help I was ready but this place was the worst place to start my recovery."


According to TWTC's website, the treatment center offers a sliding fee scale, and provides services free of charge to those without income or insurance.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/TWTC.Chicago/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] GoogleReviews

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