Women’s Program, Johnson Street

woman in recovery services program reading on her bed

Bridgewell’s Women’s Program, Johnson Street is a six-month, residential treatment program for women with substance use disorders. The program serves women from diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and age groups, all of whom share the same struggle with addiction.

Specialty Services:

  • Case management
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Parenting groups
  • Access to educational and vocational training
  • Counseling for bereavement and trauma issues
  • Supported access to medical, mental health and psychiatric services

In addition, the program incorporates individual and group counseling, alcohol and drug education, vocational planning, self-help meetings and recreational activities to provide structure and encourage personal responsibility. Women move through distinct program phases as they progress and prepare to reintegrate into the community.

Accessing Services

Individuals are referred through the judicial system, drug court, hospitals and facilities treating substance use disorders, local clinical stabilization services, transitional support services and may be self-referred.

Pregnant and Post-Partum Services

Services also include admission of women with substance use disorders who are pregnant and for those who are post-partum, along with their newborns. This 4-bed service is integrated into the residential program with the addition of specialized services focusing on pregnant women or new mothers.

Women who have substance use disorders while pregnant have a variety of needs. We provide a coordinated system of care and case management, working with internal and external resources to provide all the necessary levels of care for mother and child during the program stay, and coordinate appropriate aftercare services and supports for both.

Aftercare Planning

The program emphasizes personal empowerment and the women work in close collaboration with their case manager to set personal and treatment goals. The intent is to create a plan to meet goals both while in the program and following discharge.


Group and individual counseling is used to teach the women that there are many people available to support them as they begin the long process of recovery, and how to best use that support. An important aspect of the program involves the development of supportive relationships – with family, in Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and among themselves.

The Women’s Program is licensed and funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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