Overview of Services
The Alcoholism Center for Women, Inc. (ACW) incorporated as a 501© (3) nonprofit organization in 1974 with a mission to provide a safe and supportive sober environment in which women and youth can repair, restore and reclaim their lives, strengthen families and communities by making new choices for positive futures.
We were the first and only residential program on the West Coast to offer services specifically for women.
Over 38 years later, we remain the only agency providing comprehensive substance abuse programs exclusively for women in Service Provider Area 4. As a recipient of city, county and state contracts since our inception, ACW has a long history of successfully working with County and other public agencies to develop, manage, and evaluate programs.
ACW’s philosophy is that women and youth need gender responsive services in a safe protected environment with programs that address their unique recovery and prevention needs.
This philosophy is grounded in research that finds that women and girls initiate substance use (alcohol, drugs and tobacco) for different reasons than men and boys and that, correspondingly, women recover and sustain their recovery at higher rates when programs recognize these differences. (Christine E. Grella, Ph.D, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Women: A Review of Policy Initiatives and Recent Research, November 2007).
ACW offers a continuum of programs with the goal that each woman or youth we serve will maintain abstinence, recognize relapse factors, build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility, and restructure their lifestyle to include recovery support systems.