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.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since our doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. Knowing that the women served at Meta House want to be good mothers and recognizing that the well-being of children and sobriety of mothers are linked, in 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Mothers and children live together in our residential facility receiving services simultaneously.

Meta House programs provide a continuum of care that includes:

  • inpatient, residential treatment;
  • a tiered outpatient program; and
  • Meta Housing, a transitional living community

At all levels of care, Meta House provides an array of services that help participants address all of the issues they face as women and mothers. In addition to substance abuse treatment, Meta House provides: parenting education and hands-on coaching; prevention and intervention services for the children of the mothers we serve and services to address income, employability, basic skills of daily living, mental and physical health and trauma resolution.

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 our At A Glance.
For information on the cost savings associated with Meta House’s work, please click here.

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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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Shorewood House

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