Lifeworks Northwest helps women addicts, kids

Women get mental health, addiction treatment plus safe housing

Inside a Lifework Northwest apartment in Portland, July 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Inside a Lifework Northwest apartment in Portland, July 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Lifework Northwest is a new drug- and alcohol treatment facility that allows women to recover from their addiction while also keeping their children.

Program Director Francesca Barnett told KOIN 6 News she is “very confident” programs like this help stop the cycle of abuse because it provides a unique dual-life treatment.

Women at the facility get mental health and addiction treatment plus safe housing with real world information. There is also a full day care.

“The women get both drug and alcohol counseling but they also get lifestyle counseling,” said Scott Andrews, the former chair of Lifeworks Northwest. “How do I set up a checking account? How do I balance a checking account? How do I even buy the right kind of food for my children?”

Each apartment has a full kitchen and bedrooms for families recovering from substance abuse.

The program costs around $19 million, funded by a grant, and people can return if necessary. City commissioners think this is worth it since Life Works has a proven track record of helping addicts.

“We would never have made the investment with Lifeworks if they didn’t have a documented track record of success over many, many years,” said Commissioner Nick Fish.

In 2013, more than 1100 families received prevention services.

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