New Program: Avanzando! Enhanced Residential Rehabilitation Services Treat Women Who Have Co-Occurring Disorders
We are now accepting residents for our new Avanzando! Enhanced Residential Rehabilitation Services at 14 Chestnut Place, Ludlow, MA. Avanzando! treats women 18 and older who are experiencing co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD).
The 20-bed program provides direct linkage to mental health clinical services and SUD treatment in a single setting by the same treatment team, as well as onsite Medically Assisted Treatment, a dedicated point person to facilitate referrals, and daily oversight by a certified peer recovery coach and mental health clinical supervisors.
“Today, substance use disorder in an individual is rarely unaccompanied,” said Moana Rawlins, Gándara Center’s division director of SUD residential recovery services. “Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring mental health disorders, are increasingly common.”
At Avanzando!, bilingual peer recovery coaches who have been trained by the state’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services are on hand to meet with recoverees who have been identified as priority by a clinical team due to a recent overdose and/or detox admission. Every recovery coach begins an immediate partnership in a coaching relationship with each participant, consults with the clinical staff (clinicians, counselors, and nurses) on the most important concerns for the recoveree—and works with her to make a realistic next-step plan for ongoing support. “This plan includes how to stay in contact, when and where the next meeting will be, and other stops to make along the way to community reengagement,” said Rawlins.
Avanzando!’s staff/clinical team have the capacity to connect with outside community supports—as well as to communicate concerns, ideas, and recommendations in a multidisciplinary setting. Participants have social skill-building opportunities as a pathway to achieving long-term recovery and well-being.
Recoverees benefit from evidence-based strategies geared specifically toward their needs, along with their strengths—and those of their families. Our treatment includes traditional and holistic therapies that will allow each recoveree to develop skills to manage their unique needs and challenges.
Post-partum care is also offered, with treatment during and after pregnancy. Motherhood suites are available for mothers and their infants.
For more information, call 413-729-4250. Avanzando!’s fax number is 579-5948.