Interim House employs a holistic, trauma informed approach to treating drug and alcohol addiction, focusing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. We provide gender-specific, evidence-based therapeutic services to clients.

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The staff at Interim House is committed to providing treatment that is:

  • Trauma-informed;
  • Grounded in evidence-based treatment practices;
  • Designed to help women build skills in a variety of domains, including educational, vocational, creative and expressive arts, anger management, communication, parenting, drug refusal and others that help women maintain sobriety and self-sufficiency;
  • Focused on helping women define their own goals and strategies for finding purpose and meaning in their lives.

At Interim House, we empower clients to

  • Manage their feelings instead of reacting to them
  • Attain and maintain their recovery
  • Establish physical and emotional safety
  • Healing from loss due to addiction and trauma
  • Becoming a responsible member of a therapeutic community of strong women
  • Strengthening life and parenting skills
  • Establishing links to community resources
  • Creating and strengthening a healthy support system

Interim House is committed to encouraging every woman in recovery to be an active member in planning her individual course of treatment. This goal is most evident during the treatment planning process and during individual therapy. Each woman is asked to explore her own ideas about what is important to focus on during the treatment experience. Clinicians assist the client in building on her current strengths to continue her journey towards recovery. Our staff understands that each consumer is unique in her needs, goals, and desire to lead the treatment process. As a result, the Interim House team follows the lead of the woman in recovery when determining and developing a plan to address her goals.

Several evidence-based and evidence-supported treatment practices at the heart of Interim House's clinical treatment approach, including the Sanctuary Model of trauma informed care, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Tackling the Tough Skills to assist women at Interim House in their transition back to community living. We invite you to learn more about each of these models:

  • Tackling the Tough Skills Open or Close

    Tackling the Tough Skills is an evidence based career development curriculum specially developed for the chronically unemployed. The program helps to develop effective decision making skills that allow learners to make and carry out important personal, career, and educational decisions. It teaches people how to find, choose and maintain employment. The comprehensive curriculum includes sections on attitude, responsibility, communication, decision making, problem solving and preparing for the workplace. Our vocational counselor in the Enhanced Job Readiness Program uses Tackling the Tough Skills to offer a structured yet flexible curriculum to help each woman in recovery identify and work toward her own vocational and educational goals. 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Open or Close

    Interim House's clinicians are trained in DBT, an empirically supported treatment approach developed by Marsha Linehan for individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, which represent an increasing number of our clients. It also have been shown effective for persons who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, eating disorders and alcohol and drug addiction. DBT is a modification of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in which other types of techniques have been added. The basic premise of DBT is that clients learn acceptance and change, "dialectic" meaning "weighing and integrating contradictory facts or ideas with a view to resolving apparent contradictions." For more information about DBT, visit their website.

    Underlying Interim House's program philosophy and approach to substance abuse treatment is the core understanding that addiction is a physical, mental and spiritual disease and successful treatment should be client-centered, holistic, integrated with all aspects of a client's life (including family, spirituality, work, education, and economic independence); we also recognize that recovery, healing and growth can take place only in an environment that is gender responsive and safe. As our clients enter treatment, they progress from a culture of trauma and dependence to a culture of change, choice and recovery. It is for this reason that we encourage women to make choices with knowledge and understanding of the ramifications of these choices.

  • Evidence-Supported Sanctuary Model/SAGE Model Open or Close

    Given the extremely high prevalence of past trauma, abuse and exposure to violence among women at Interim House, as well as the critical role that traumatic life experiences play in the development of mental health and substance abuse problems, we have adopted a trauma informed therapeutic environment. Developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom, the Sanctuary Model provides a recovery framework for helping victims of trauma overcome the effects of traumatic experiences. This framework is imbedded within a strong therapeutic community philosophy that recognizes the treatment environment as one of the most influential factors in clients' treatment. Accordingly, the Sanctuary Model offers a template for developing a therapeutic milieu that is physically, psychologically, socially and morally safe for both clients and staff. Successful implementation of the model requires not only new treatment protocols, but also a change in a program's philosophy, setting, and organizational culture. The Sanctuary Model's unique focus on systems change helps us to incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques and approaches brought by a diverse staff to meet each woman where she is and to develop a recovery and treatment plan that meets her individual needs. For more information, or to learn more about the Sanctuary Model, visit their website.