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200,000 women die per year as result of complications of addiction. That is four times the number of deaths from breast cancer.
41,000 women in Cuyahoga County are in need of addiction treatment. Nationally, it is estimated that 22 million Americans require some level of alcohol and other drug treatment
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In Cuyahoga County, there are six drug and alcohol treatment options available for men for every one available to women.
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The Center is consistently challenged by a two to as many as four week waiting period.


Our waiting list now averages two to four weeks for women and their families seeking substance use disorder treatment services. Since 2012, more than 100 women each year have lost their battle with prescription drug abuse and opiate addiction and lost their lives as a result of an accidental overdose.

With a reconfiguration of our building’s interior, we are now able to double our capacity for behavioral health. It can soon be possible for us to serve twice as many women and their families while reducing wait times to 48 hours or less. We need your dollars donated to our Miracles of Giving Campaign to solidify this goal.

Since our beginning, the Women’s Recovery Center has provided gender specific alcohol and other drug treatment services. The Center is not a “free treatment facility.” All medically uninsured clients pay based on a sliding fee scale to zero. The family’s financial situation is evaluated and considered. However, no one is ever refused needed care due to a lack of financial resources. In fact, in 2013 the Center provided $260,000 or 25% of our annual budget in charity care for medically indigent women.

The Opiate Crisis is gripping Northeast Ohio. There is an increased need for comprehensive treatment facilities. It is estimated that 41,000 women in Cuyahoga
County need addiction treatment. Nationally, it is estimated that 22 million Americans require some level of alcohol and other drug treatment; however, 90% are unable to access treatment services. We need your help to change these statistics to liberate women and families.


This crisis extends from the inner city to the suburbs to rural areas and all socioeconomic backgrounds. Heather represents the changing face of addiction. She served as the Valedictorian of the Women’s Recovery Center’s annual graduation program. She has more than one year of sobriety.

Raised in a middle class Cleveland suburb, Heather shared that she began drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at the age of 15. “When I took my first Oxycontin, it was like an epiphany. I only craved heroin and opiates from that point,” she said. Heather attended two high profile residential treatment programs. These exhausted the family’s health insurance benefits, yet she relapsed each time after discharge. Heather’s experience defines our program. She chose not to slide through the Center’s program, but to work her own program. She said, “I am grateful and happy. I have furniture in my apartment. When I was using, a table or sofa had no purpose to me. When anybody knocked on my door, I would keep the door locked and hide inside.”

When I took my first Oxycontin, it was like an epiphany. I only craved heroin and opiates from that point.

Heather is now living independently with restored custody of her children. She has returned to a secondary educational program with career goals. Heather’s mother said that she knew that the family was healing when Heather offered her a key to her apartment and an open invitation. Addiction is more than a family issue: it is a public health issue.

  • Addicted parenting is linked to increased home accidents for children
  • Due to decreased involvement in the educational setting by substance abusing mothers, the graduation rate of their children is only 51%
  • Generational and cyclical addiction increases the propensity for violence and poverty
  • Safety in the workplace is affected by addiction, causing increased rates of premature death and fatal accidents, increased injuries and accident rates, high absenteeism rates, and loss of productivity
  • Addiction correlates to increased incidents of heart disease, certain cancers and increased emergency room visits
  • Addiction and the opiate crisis have accounted for $45 million increase to Ohio’s Foster Care System
  • The average cost to charge and sentence a person for issues related to addiction are $267,000 per year per person


The Capital Campaign will allow The Women′s Recovery Center to increase the number of women and families it helps by nearly 70%
The number families served annually will increase from 275 to 400 offering comprehensive behavioral and physical healthcare


All monetary donations make a positive impact on the lives of the women and families we serve. Financial contributions support building maintenance, administrative expenses, bus passes, and onsite childcare. Most importantly, your dollars benefit our treatment programming for substance use and trauma. WRC appreciates each and every donation. All forms of support lead to assisting our women in achieving the goal of life-long recovery.

The Capital Campaign will allow The Women′s Recovery Center to increase the number of women and families it helps by nearly 70%. Your financial support contributes to our general operating expenses. We need to hire additional clinical and administrative staff to meet the needs that an increased clientele census would entail. Plans are also in the works to offer comprehensive behavioral and physical healthcare to our women. This further increases families served from 275 to 400 annually. We will also need the funds for expanded programming and expenses to meet the needs of the growing underserved community that we are here to help. You can also be there to help by clicking the donate button and giving what you can.

The direct impact of the Women’s Recovery Center’s Capital Campaign and expanded programs will:

  • Increase the capacity to serve 400 women and families annually with comprehensive behavioral healthcare that is integrated with physical healthcare
  • Implement “Treatment on Demand” to drastically reduce waiting periods to 48 hours or less
  • Introduce a Non-Medical Detoxification Program for women who do not require a medically supervised detoxification process and are unable to secure a bed in a detoxification center
  • Expand programming to increase the continuum of care to include a full range of behavioral healthcare
  • Offer a positive economic impact from the creation of construction jobs and the creation of permanent full-time professional and paraprofessional staff positions
  • Become a community project with a direct impact in an urban neighborhood, improving the use of blighted properties, property values, and increasing professional and paraprofessional staff members who are supporting surrounding retail and restaurant establishment.