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Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a part of the Mayo Clinic Health System. The Women’s Recovery House is a facility for adult women struggling to overcome substance abuse and co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders, as well as women dealing with serious mental health issues. This eight-bed facility is licensed as a Community Based Residential Facility by the State of Wisconsin, to legally provide medically-monitored treatment and transitional residential treatment.
The mission at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House is to help our clients heal and establish the support they need to attain and maintain a brighter, healthier future that includes long-term recovery.
Services provided by Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House include:
The caring clinical staff at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House is dedicated to guiding women to discover their own unique recovery path. We understand the challenges that face women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, and we have the tools, resources, and experience to empower them to successfully work through those challenges. We seek to help patients transform their lives and improve their own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of their friends, their families, and their communities.
The eight-bed facility at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House provides a safe and comfortable environment for adult women dealing with serious mental illness or substance abuse with or without co-occurring mental health disorders. We believe in empowering women to heal, not only mentally and emotionally, but socially and behaviorally, so that they can successfully transition out of behavioral health care, back into an independent life with their families and communities.
At Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House, we value family involvement, both to encourage the help of the family unit, and to encourage continued recovery health after discharge. Healthy individuals help create healthy families, which in turn help to create healthy communities. We also value substance abuse and mental illness education, which helps combat stigma and increase awareness and understanding of the diseases we treat.
Our welcoming environment provides a 24/7 atmosphere of healing away from our patient’s everyday stressors, conflicts, and distractions. Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House allows women the time and space to focus on their recovery needs, so that they are better able to heal, and then go on to live responsible, productive, fulfilling lives.
We understand that addiction is a physical disease that takes time to heal, and that women dealing with substance abuse may need medications to stabilize their brain chemistry while they are dealing with the many behavioral and psychological aspects of their addiction. Medications such as buprenorphine and methadone have been proven effective when used as part of a Medication Assisted Therapy program, like those provided at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House.
Medication Assisted Therapy combines pharmacological treatments like methadone and buprenorphine with mental health interventions, such as individual, group, and family counseling. The combination of these services work to heal our patients holistically, which creates a stronger foundation to support lifelong recovery.
We also understand that recovery is a lifelong journey, and because of this we provide community referrals to outpatient programs that help further our patients’ growth and healing. We require our patients to attend 12-step meetings, both for the healing benefit while they are inpatient, but also to set up a habit that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Peer support groups like AA and NA have been proven to help people in recovery maintain abstinence. These groups facilitate healing, while also allowing individuals to make sober social connections that foster a healthier lifestyle.
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House provides inpatient Medication Assisted Therapy to women dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. Through comprehensive treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s individual need, we facilitate long-term recovery success.
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House patients dealing with opiate addiction may receive medications such as methadone to treat the physical component of the disease—withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings—while they also undergo life and social skills training and counseling sessions. Stabilized by medication, opiate-addicted individuals are better able to engage with and learn from their experiences in training and counseling sessions, thereby overcoming all sides of their addictive behaviors.
The private, one on one environment provided in individual counseling allows patients to work closely on intensely personal issues such as past traumas, as well as allows counselors to diagnose and treat any co-occurring behavioral or mental health disorders. Group counseling furthers recovery by providing a space of community and validation, where patients can share their personal struggles and experiences, learn from the experiences of others, benefit from feedback provided by individuals who personally understand their experience, and provide advice and support to others. The combined effect of these counseling sessions provides patients with holistic healing and growth.
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House also encourages family involvement in treatment. Family does not have to mean people who are blood relations, but instead anyone who is a key part of the patient’s support system. Family therapy sessions aid a patient’s recovery by helping them work through conflicts with their loved ones, heal wounds inflicted by substance abuse, and uncover issues that prompted or are contributing to addiction. Family counseling is also the ideal space to work on communication issues, and to strategize ways to create a stronger, higher-functioning support system, and a healthier home environment, to allow for continued recovery health after the patient is discharged from Recovery House.
When patients are ready to be discharged from Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House, we provide them with referrals to community resources for continuing care. Recovery is not something that can finish in a short period of time, but is instead an ongoing journey. Outpatient programs will be helpful to most patients, to continue the therapy and medications involved in their Medication Assisted Treatment plan, and Aftercare services will be essential to support continued recovery when patients transition out of outpatient treatment.
Patients recovering at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House are required to attend AA and NA meetings, which is a healing habit we want them to form and maintain for the rest of their lives. Peer support meetings, like those for 12-step groups, are a free recovery resource that people can turn to anytime they need it, anywhere in the country.
At Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House we specialize in the rehabilitative treatment of women struggling with addiction and co-occurring behavioral health issues. We follow the disease model of addiction and therefore deliver targeted Medication Assisted Therapy whenever it is appropriate. Our treatment plans are always tailored to our patient’s individual experiences, preferences, and goals, and target their unique strengths and weaknesses.
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House understands the importance of behavioral health education—for patients, their families, and our community. Substance abuse education is especially important for many reasons. Education helps combat the stigma that prevents many individuals for seeking addiction care treatment while also impairing their support systems who may not understand addiction or addiction treatment. Education can increase awareness of the nature of addiction, allowing families to better understand their loved one’s substance abuse, and for the patients to better understand themselves. Education can also help with prevention efforts, which are crucial in this time of epidemic opioid-related deaths.
The overall rate of opioid overdose fatalities in Wisconsin doubled between 2006 and 2015. In 2016, La Crosse County alone suffered 23 fatalities related to opioids—the most ever in the county’s history. When you pull back to view this problem through a nationwide lens, the toll opioids are taking on the United States is tragic and shocking. In an effort to turn things around, Franciscan Healthcare at the Mayo Clinic Health System provides free opioid education classes to the community. These classes are a component of a statewide plan to address the problem of prescription drug abuse in a way that improves the health and safety of the general public.
Addiction is a problem that needs to be treated at the community level and the individual level. Education can help increase awareness and improve prevention efforts at the community level, and quality treatment, like the programs provided at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House can help individuals overcome their personal struggle with substance abuse. Because addiction is a disease that impacts not just the individual, but everyone whose life intersects with that individual, quality addiction treatment improves families and communities, and helps stem the nationwide tide of opiate abuse.
The compassionate, educated, and experienced clinical staff at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House work together to maintain an atmosphere of dignity and respect which fosters the healing provided by our therapeutic services.
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House employs doctors, nurses, counselors, and other clinical staff who have all the necessary accreditations, licensing, education, and experience to provide the highest quality mental and behavioral healthcare to our patients. We work closely with each individual to create a personalized treatment plan that matches their particular needs, preferences, and goals. We also take into account the needs, preferences, and goals of family members when it is appropriate.
Patients at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Women’s Recovery House can trust our staff members to deliver quality services with compassion and understanding for the disease of addiction. Our goal is to help our patients learn to effectively manage their addiction and mental health issues, to allow for personal transformation and improved wellbeing, not just for the individual, but for their loved ones and communities.
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