Being an organization that helps alcoholic women recover from alcoholism, it’s common to be asked, “Is Maggie’s a treatment center?” or “Does The Magdalen House offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?” These are helpful questions to ask, especially when considering your options for help recovering from alcoholism.

We often talk about how we are not a treatment center or IOP, but what exactly does that mean?

How Maggie’s Is Not a Treatment Center or IOP

1. Our services and programs are always free

The Magdalen House is completely free to alcoholic women seeking help. Most treatment centers require some form of payment or health insurance; at Maggie’s, we require neither. Once qualified through a phone screening for our Social Detox Program, you can come with nothing and receive our services.

2. We offer a continuum of care – free of charge and open to ANY woman seeking lifelong recovery

Unlike most treatment centers that offer IOP, which usually costs more and requires several hours a day of continued counseling or therapy, The Magdalen House offers a peer-driven, 12-Step based continuum of care for lifelong recovery. Our Peer Recovery Program is open to all women in recovery at absolutely no cost.

We make help available for all alcoholic women, regardless of their resources or support.

3. We provide a social detox, not a medical detox

At The Magdalen House, we offer a Social Detox program rather than a medical detox. Our Social Detox Program is peer-based and driven by qualified and trained staff members and volunteers. On the other hand, a medical detox, commonly found at treatment centers, is run by medical professionals who may administer detox medications.

4. The Magdalen House is actually a house

We are in a home setting with a small population of women. Clients learn to get back into a daily routine by completing house chores, participating in group meditation, cooking meals together, and so much more. This setting helps our clients feel like they are part of a family and a community and is different than a traditional treatment which can look and feel more like a medical facility.

5. We exist to make recovery available for every alcoholic woman who wants help

Our Social Detox and Peer Recovery Programs offer a place where our clients and visitors can be surrounded by women who suffer from alcoholism and are actively pursuing freedom in recovery. These programs not only allow us to serve alcoholic women at any stage of her recovery, but they also provide an environment where women do not feel different than each other. Instead, these women connect and feel like they belong to a community.

6. We offer a simple, proven spiritual solution that really works

The Magdalen House offers one simple solution: a spiritual program of action. This is helpful and life-changing for women who have tried every other way they can think of to get sober. Most, if not all, treatment centers focus on a clinical or medical solution. Some treatment centers integrate 12-Steps as a portion of their programming, but we completely immerse clients in the spiritual program of action offered in the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

7. Family visitation is available every day

While clients are in our 14-day Social Detox Program, their family members and loved ones can visit daily. Our data shows that our completion rates increase significantly with women who have the support of their families and loved ones.  Treatment centers vary in their family visitation policies. While some treatment centers limit family visitation to a single day of the week, others restrict family visitation to once a month or don’t allow any visitation at all.  Additionally, we have Community Partners that we refer out to like Nexus, which offers services for mothers where their children can stay with them during treatment.

Starting in May of this year, we began offering Peer Recovery meetings with childcare through our Community Outreach partnership with Mommies in Need. Stay tuned to learn more about upcoming Meetings with Childcare!

Finding the Right Option for You

While we offer services that help alcoholic women recover from alcoholism, we understand that each woman has unique needs and circumstances. We are so grateful for our Community Outreach partners, both in and outside of the recovery industry, who have become a resource for our clients and their family members by providing additional services in the community.  We hope this better clarifies exactly how The Magdalen House compares to a treatment center are so that women and families seeking help can be more informed when making the crucial decision of where to find help. Whether you’re interested in our Social Detox or Peer Recovery services or need help finding a treatment center, we are happy to help.


Whether you’re an alcoholic woman who can’t stop drinking, an alcoholic woman already in recovery, or a loved one of an alcoholic, we’re here to help.

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