Shorewood House is run by the Milwaukee-based nonprofit, Meta House. The organization has been providing gender-responsive, trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment for women for over 50 years. We offer holistic services so that women thrive well beyond their stay in treatment. Over the past 15 years, we’ve been able to follow-up with women after they have left residential treatment, hoping to gain documented insight into the long-term effectiveness of our model. We’ve been immensely encouraged by the feedback we hear.

As part of the evaluation for four federal grants, Meta House has regularly interviewed women 6 and 12 months after entering treatment. These studies have been overseen by external evaluators at IMPACT, who provide objective feedback about program outcomes.

These valuable long-term studies have shown that, at 6-month and 12-month follow-up, women showed statistically significant improvements in all of the following areas across multiple studies:

  • Substance use, including alcohol, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and the use of multiple substances in one day. For example, the two most recent residential studies found that 84% of women treated in the residential program were not using alcohol or illegal drugs six months after entering treatment.
  • Mental health, particularly symptoms of depression and anxiety, trauma symptoms, and difficulty understanding, concentrating, and remembering. One recent residential study found that the number of women experiencing significant or severe mental health symptoms decreased from 80% at intake to less than half six months after intake.
  • Quality of life, in almost all areas of their lives, including personal relationships, health, housing, income, and an overall sense of satisfaction and well-being.

At the time of the follow-up, the vast majority of these women were no longer in treatment, so these studies show that treatment at Meta House had a lasting impact for the women who participated.

These outcomes were achieved through a residential treatment program based on the same philosophy and evidence-based model as Shorewood House.

The full reports of the studies listed above are available upon request.