582-584 Haverhill Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
PHONE (978) 687-1658
FAX (978) 681-6075
Women’s View is a residential program for females age 25 years and older who suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol. The program , which typically lasts for six months, operates on a strength-based model to provide a stable, nurturing structure for women to learn how to balance life issues with the added stressors of maintaining sobriety.
The goal of Women’s View is to help prepare clients for the next phase of their lives as they re-integrate themselves into the community. Residents at Women’s View will learn many skills including life skills, coping skills, developing a sober network, establishing themselves with medical professionals (primary care, dentist, gynecologist, etc.), relapse prevention and anger management. The staff at Women’s View strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment while teaching clients about accountability and responsibility for their actions.
Women’s View provides 24/7 awake support staff, individual case-management, therapy and psychiatric referrals, in house psycho-educational groups, peer led Woman For Sobriety Group, legal counseling and referral, and nurturing support 24 hours a day. The program encourages self-sufficiency and accountability, helping with health and education issues as well as the simple teaching of cooking and food prep.
After an appropriate amount of time, our clients are expected to begin work/volunteering or education pursuits; this will allow them to use the structure and safety of the program to begin balancing everyday life issues along with the responsibility of maintaining a healthy sober life style. The program works on a four tier level system that can change on a weekly basis according to individual client accountability. This allows a resident to identify behaviors and/or thinking patterns that may be red flags leading to problems or relapse before they happen. This system allows a client to learn from the early signs of problems, instead of falling into a harmful pattern, which can lead back to old behaviors and consequences.
The Women’s View Program is vigilant in our commitment to treatment without barriers. Although Women’s View is not a family program, we support all aspects of our client’s life, most importantly, relationships and family. The Women’s View Program opens its doors to all mother/child visits/communications and collaborations with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, attorneys and all community based service needs in this process. We share the goal of family reunification and will assist in any way we can.
Additionally, Women’s View works with community-based support systems and fosters a working relationship with agencies such as DCF/Probation/Parole/Attorneys, to ensure that the residents keep on track with their responsibilities. Women’s View strives to ensure a continuum of care when a resident completes the program.
“The mission of the Women’s View Recovery House Program is to assist women in recovery to fulfill their highest potential in society and in their personal lives going forward.”
Urszula Montminy – Program Director, Women’s View
Urszula has been with The Psychological Center since 2009, and has been with the Women’s View Program since 2010. Before becoming the program director in May 2016, Urszula was a case manager at The Psychological Center.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2000.