Options for Recovery is a premier outpatient program for pregnant or parenting women who are recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

For the past six years, the caring team at NCADD has offered them the tools and support needed to get clean and sober. The goal is to create a solid understanding of the lifestyle changes that need to occur for recovery to be sustainable.

The program teaches women how to form healthy relationships and learn self-care. The group “Let’s Socialize” focuses on learning healthy ways to relax and engage in nurturing social activities. The women participate in fun sober activities and learn how to build a solid system of support for lasting recovery. Group on relapse prevention, anger management, seeking safety, women and addiction, triggers and intervention all deepen the women’s understanding of what needs to be done to sustain a life of recovery.

The children’s program attends to the needs of the infants and toddlers while their mothers are in treatment. Many of the kids were born in difficult circumstances, NCADD is often the first place where they feel safe, well-fed and consistently and lovingly attended to. The play care team provides a safe environment that is comforting in its structured approach to each day.  The children learn how to manage their behavior with positive reinforcement. They observe and begin practicing how to interact and communicate appropriately—tools that will prepare them for pre-school.

Mothers learn skills for sober parenting. Spending time in the playcare is a vital requirement for all in the program. The Options moms learn how to engage the children in healthy, age-appropriate ways while designing and learning playful activities.

A full range of support for recovering women is a cornerstone of the Options program. Case manager, Carolyn Wise, shares that the program provides women in need with many different kinds of health and housing resources. We regularly utilize housing resources including Mather Community Campus, Serna Village, Queen Cottages, Koala House, VOA Transitional, and Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home. For SMUD and PG&E, NCADD refers clients in need to the low-income program; SMUD and PG&E pay a portion of the bill and provide free refrigerators, plug sockets, and other items.

NCADD also refers clients to the McGeorge School of Law and Sacramento Fair Housing to educate women about tenant rights, and other legalities in regard to housing. Other utilized community resources include WIC, low cost medical and dental programs for women with children and the VSP program. VSP offers a vision program that provides exams and eyeglasses for free. Through the Options for Recovery program, NCADD is able to fulfill the mission to support recovering women and their children by providing access to a spectrum of vital services that increase quality of life and support recovery.