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Philosophy and Mission

Over 60 years ago Wayside Recovery Center, formerly The Wayside House, Inc., began with a mission to help women improve the quality of their life. Since then, Wayside Recovery Center has become an expert in delivering gender-specific treatment. Our approach focuses on the unique issues and circumstances of women, as well as the different ways women can heal. Each woman receives an individual plan towards her recovery, based on an assessment. We believe one size never fits all.

Wayside Recovery Center understands that many women who struggle with chemical dependency may also have additional needs. They might need to address past trauma, as well as struggles with mental health. Wayside Recovery Center is uniquely qualified to treat them all.

We specialize in delivering holistic, quality care on a continuum. This means we can concentrate on whatever issues a woman might have — she might need outpatient treatment, residential treatment, perhaps she would like to come with her children or find supportive housing for herself and her family. Whatever the scenario, we are here to help.


Our name has changed over the years to reflect the growth and service level we provide to women in the community. We started in 1954 as "The Ladies of the Way Society" in an attempt to provide shelter and supportive services to women who had been left "by the wayside". We soon recognized that the women we served many times struggled with addiction in addition to homelessness, so we added a treatment component and incorporated in 1959 as "The Wayside House, Inc." Wayside stayed with this name until April of 2017 changing to "Wayside Recovery Center". This change reflects our continued growth to five locations, multiple levels of care, and an education and prevention division for the community.

No matter what, our Mission has remained the same...to empower women to recover sobriety, identity, family, home, and community by providing treatment, housing, and supportive services.


Philosophy of Care

We know that women and the people who care about them often misunderstand addiction and what is needed to recover. Our foremost objective is to educate them and their families about the disease of addiction. We reassure them that, while complicated, addiction is treatable and success is possible through hard work, quality support, and an excellent treatment experience. Wayside builds sustainable relationships with those we serve. Our focus is on your recovery journey. If you ever experienced care with our organization, we are here for you for life. That means open access to education opportunities, aftercare support, regular check-ins with our team, and peer support.

We also recognize and respect the devastating effects that chemical dependency and mental health disorders may have on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual lives of our women and their families. Instead of only treating the symptoms of addiction, our programs identify and address the core patterns and issues which contributed to self-destructive behaviors. Chemical dependency and mental health disorders are complex. Wayside Recovery Center provides treatment in a safe, nurturing and trauma informed environment.

We believe that each woman’s recovery journey is unique.  Our services are tailored so that each woman receives the services they need at the right intensity level and for as long as they need them. 

We believe there is always hope! With appropriate care, education, support and accountability, each woman can recover -- no matter the amount of devastating effects from her dependency. Our services are provided with care and respect. We understand the significance and the courage of a woman taking her first step and coming to Wayside.  We welcome you.
Friday, February 23, 2018

Fire Up or Burn Out!

As professionals, we are exposed to stress and trauma each day. Clients come to us for help and share with us extreme pain and shame. We must know how to deal with it, dissipate it and be balanced. In this presentation, we will discuss how the brain processes stress, review the self-care wheel, and implement the three principles to diffuse secondary trauma.

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