Member Spotlight: POWER

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In the span of a single year, Denise moved to San Francisco, got married, became pregnant, and learned that her husband had stage-four malignant melanoma. While she was pregnant with their second child, Denise’s husband died at age 32. For years, Denise struggled with anorexia and drank to numb her pain. Then she found POWER. Today, she has more than three years clean and sober and lives with her two children. She works as a service coordinator at a social service agency and belongs to the POWER Alum Association. Denise says, “I arrived at POWER in black and white and left in color.”

Since opening its doors in 1991, POWER has helped over 12,000 women like Denise as they recover from the devastating disease of addiction. Beginning this fall, POWER will launch a yearlong celebration of its 25th anniversary. The agency that began as a 25-bed residential program in Swissvale has expanded to include outpatient treatment and recovery support, serving about 1,000 women each year. As the region’s leading provider of woman-centered, trauma-informed care, POWER is steadfast in its mission to help women reclaim their lives from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and to reduce the incidence of addiction in future generations.

“Going to POWER is the best decision I ever made.” – Anne

Research shows that a woman is most successful with her recovery when the care she receives is holistic, strengths-based, and addresses issues that impact her life, including trauma; self-esteem; relationships; education; employment; housing; and overall health and wellness.

“It felt like home.” – Ingrid

POWER House offers inpatient care in a safe and healing environment. Women may stay at POWER House for up to six months while they receive treatment, including psychiatric and healthcare services, and build a strong foundation in recovery as they begin to reconnect with the community and their families. As one former client’s children said, “We got our mom back.”

“The fact that they gave me the strength to walk through those doors every day is extraordinary.”- Claudia

POWER New Day Outpatient is licensed to provide services including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming, and regular outpatient counseling. Clients receive group and individual therapy, resource coordination, psychiatric services, and assistance with childcare and transportation costs.

“I don’t know where I’d be today without my mentor.” – Terri

POWER Connection provides in-home drug and alcohol assessment, referral to treatment, and peer recovery support. Mentors—employees with a minimum of five years of recovery from a substance use disorder—serve as wellness coaches, modeling healthy recovery and motivating them to remain engaged with treatment. Today, mentors are available to all women receiving treatment from POWER or on the waiting list.

“It’s really good to go somewhere that embraces you and shows you how to love yourself again.” – Kayla

POWER’s staff combines experience, education, dedication, and compassion. Approximately half of the nearly 60-member workforce is in recovery from addiction, collectively representing close to 400 years of recovery!

“I’m a miracle and I want others to know they’re miracles, too.” - Alice

For more information, please call 412.243.7535. For help or to refer someone you know, call the POWER Line at 412.243.8755.