About Us

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Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

We are a 501(c)(3) public charity, or non-profit organization, and we rely on public- and private-sector support to fund our work.

We were one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women with substance use disorders, and have been providing trauma-informed, family-centered and gender-responsive treatment for over 50 years. Meta House was also one of the first in the nation to include children in the residential setting.

While the cornerstone of our program is substance abuse treatment, we also offer parenting, vocational and educational services to our clients and a host of services for their children. This holistic approach ensures that as mom gets well, her entire family has the tools to successfully adapt to a life in recovery.

Meta House is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For an overview of the work we do at Meta House, see At A Glance.
For information on the cost savings associated with Meta House’s work, please click here.

To see our Annual Report including our outcomes and donor list.

To view our most recent 990 Form, please click here.
To view our official tax exemption form, please click here.


About Our Work

Women and Children

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Because women who are involved with their children during treatment tend to be more successful, Meta House was one of the first treatment centers in the country to allow children to stay with their mothers in a residential substance abuse treatment setting.

In our Residential Treatment Program, children, up to 10-years-old, can reside with their mothers. Our Housing Facility allows children up to 18-years-old stay with their mothers. The Meta House Outpatient Services Program provides services and child care to our clients’ children.

Mental Disorders


Women who abuse substances typically suffer from co-occurring substance abuse disorders and independent mental health disorders (a mental health disorder diagnosis along with a substance abuse disorder diagnosis).

Alcohol and drugs can make any existing mental health symptom worse. Individuals with mental health disorders often face misdiagnosis and cannot access appropriate support and treatment. Meta House is uniquely equipped to support women with mental health disorders.

Social Stigma


Women battling addiction to alcohol or other drugs typically face enormous challenges (i.e. poverty, lack of education, homelessness, mental health disorders and difficulty with parenting) which are confounded by the social stigma and discrimination attached to substance abuse, especially maternal substance abuse.

Women internalize this stigma and tend to experience self-loathing. At Meta House, we treat everyone with respect and are dedicated to reducing the social stigma of women who are addicted to substances through advocacy and education.

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Movie Screening & Baby Shower @ The Avalon Theater
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Movie Screening & Baby Shower @ The Avalon Theater | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States
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Your tax-deductible donation helps us to provide essential services to women recovering from substance abuse and reunites them with their children and families.

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