Meta House was the first residential treatment facility in the country designed specifically for women with substance use disorders, and has been providing long-term gender-responsive treatment in Milwaukee for more 40 years. Meta House was also one of the first in the nation to include children in the residential setting.
“Meta House has been very successful treating mothers at high risk of perpetrating abuse and neglect while keeping their children with them safely,” said Dr. Francine Feinberg, Executive Director of Meta House. “Alongside the mother’s recovery process, Meta House is working with Child Welfare to ensure the children are protected and their needs are being met.”
Serving some of the most vulnerable and socially stigmatized groups in society, Meta House is committed to helping women who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs (and their children); get their lives back on track. Meta House is uniquely able to provide this service because among its almost 80 employees, many are themselves in recovery.
The organization’s Board of Directors wholeheartedly embrace two truths about substance abuse treatment: 1) The preconditions, experience and effects of substance abuse are different for women and 2) Traditional models of treatment are anchored in the male experience and do not fully address women’s needs. With support, guidance and understanding from its Board of Directors, Meta House has earned a national reputation for providing successful outcomes to women and families struggling to overcome the often devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction.
Oftentimes drug and alcohol addiction are societal issues that ‘swept under the rug,’ but through its holistic treatment approach and determination to build stronger families, Meta House’s approach is that substance abuse does not exist in isolation. The organization provides holistic treatment that includes relapse prevention services, and features coordinated care that addresses every aspect of life, including job-readiness training, skill-building and employment assistance, parenting and nurturing education, mental health support and trauma management, social skill-building and cultural development, nutrition, living and health skills training.
Dedicated to putting the neighbor back in the hood, Meta House has worked for the past 40 years to reduce the stigma attached to substance abuse and to help women overcome barriers to treatment.