ACW is an incorporated 501 C3 organization with the
mission of supporting the recovery from and prevention of alcoholism
and other drug-related problems among all women at high risk for
ACW holds a Car Wash
Saturdays at 1pm (when it's not raining!). Residents wash cars to
raise money for special outings or events... and they do a wonderful
job on your car!
Other ways you can
We will be painting the interior of the 1147
building shortly. If you are interested, have any painting
skill, or just a few hours to
give...please e-mail Kelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can help us obtain any of the following,
please e-mail Lorette at: email@example.com
-Living room furniture
-Food Storage cabinets
Give the gift of
- One day of Residential Treatment
$420 - One week of Residential Treatment
$1800 - One month of Residential Treatment
$10,950 - Six months of Residential Treatment
wish I was writing you tell you that The Alcoholism Center for
Women (ACW) was closed... and that it had closed because girls and
women no longer needed our services. I wish I could tell you
that substance abuse didn't exist, that domestic violence, family
violence, mental illness, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, TB, and Hepatitis
were not often co-existing problems for substance abusing
women. The bad news is that according to the National Survey
on Drug Use and Health, 18 million adults (of whom over five
million are women) are substance abusers or are otherwise dependent
on alcohol or drugs. The study also found the prevalence of mental
illness among substance abusing women was about 67% higher than the
rate for adult male substance abusers. In addition,
geographic location plays a role in the rates of substance
abuse. In 2006, the West had the highest rate of substance
dependence or abuse for persons aged 12 or older.
Methamphetamine rates in our region were significantly higher than
the rest of the county, and five times higher than the Northeast
The good news is... ACW is open. We're
open and are providing dynamic, effective, time-proven programs
that help to prevent, treat, and provide services to a diverse
spectrum of women and girls. Girls? Yes, our prevention
programs are finding girls 13, 14 and 15 years old, who are already
hooked on methamphetamine - some who have already had several
abortions due to pregnancies with different men. We are in the process of setting
up an intervention program specifically for girls like these... one
that would give them a place to gain perspective and understanding
about their drug/alcohol use, and the chance to begin a process of
recovery. We are
also in the process of establishing a partnership with the
Department of Mental Health in order to provide shelter assistance
for substance abusing homeless women. For more about our programs,
please see our newly designed website at: www.alcoholismcenterforwomen.org.
One of the most daunting challenges ACW faces in our
continuing effort to provide services to the community has been the
shrinking state, county, and city dollar. Our City of Los Angeles
prevention contract funding was recently reduced by $13,000.
Our California Proposition 36 residential program funding was also
reduced by $13,000, and the program itself was cut from 6 months of
residential service to only a three-month stay, resulting in
residents being forced to leave the program before they have
obtained a firm understanding of why they use and the skills
necessary to can maintain a sober lifestyle.
We are writing grants as fast as
we can, but truly need your support in order to continue to operate
and even expand, so that we can offer program components, such as
an aftercare program, that we know will make treatment more
As we approach the April 15th
federal tax filing deadline, as you come that much closer to
receiving your potential refund (or if you've already received a
refund), we hope that you will consider donating to
ACW. Even if you are not receiving a tax refund, consider
this as the start of your lowering your tax bill for next year by
making a donation, we would appreciate any amount that you can
give. Your contribution is tax-deductible and essential to assist
us continuing to provide high quality alcohol and drug residential,
outpatient and prevention services to over 150 diverse women and
girls each month.
dollars ($60) provides funding for one day of residential
substance abuse treatment.
hundred and twenty dollars ($420) provides a week of
residential substance abuse treatment.
hundred dollars ($1,800) provides a month of residential
substance abuse treatment, and
fewer than eleven thousand dollars ($10,950) provides 6 months
of residential substance abuse treatment, and a new start for
a woman who desperately needs your help.
Your donation can and
will change lives.
Thank you for your interest
and support of ACW.
- Why I Needed ACW...
A Client Story
my struggle with my alcohol and substance abuse which lasted approximately
31 years, I found myself stripped of all self esteem and
hope. I came to ACW on January 23, 2007, court mandated for a
one-year Residential Substance Abuse Program. This program
was the 5th program I've been through.
In 1990, I was given an ultimatum to seek
help or my children would be taken away from me. I managed to
stay alcohol and drug free for 5 years because of that
ultimatum. In 1995, I relapsed, and as a result lost my job
of 13 years. In 2001, I was a mess. I abandoned my
home, my children, and was in an abusive relationship. I had
no idea I was on my way to self-destruction. I became
rebellious and so angry at where my addiction drove me. I
blamed everyone else about the lifestyle I had come to live. By
this time, I had been arrested several times and was on
probation. It was suggested to me that I go into a
residential program. I went for 5 months, got kicked out, and
then went to an outpatient program for 4 months until I tested
positive for drugs and was then kicked out.
I really wasn't doing this for myself which
is why I relapsed again. I was in violation of my
probation. I couldn't stop drinking or using drugs and still
didn't see that I had a problem until I came to ACW.
Today, I have completed 10 months of ACW's residential program, and since then, I
have continued my sobriety through ACW's
Out-Participant program. I've complied with and
completed probation, and on May 28,
2008, I will have completed the Out-Participant
program. I am 15 months Alcohol and Drug free!
ACW has given me the opportunity to learn
about my addiction. ACW gave me structure and helped me build
a foundation for recovery. Most importantly, ACW gave me
I've learned that Recovery is discovery of myself.
I have my children and family back in my life
I love my life today, thanks to ACW.
Thank you for taking a few
moments to read ACW's Spring
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