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Progress House

11/03/2017 06:23PM

by Julie Ryan

Since opening their doors 44 years ago, Placerville’s Progress House has been providing patients with what is needed to transition from addiction to recovery—thanks to treatments that include detox, counseling, transitional living, and residential facilities for men, women and women with children. 

Barbara Vermilyea, the nonprofit’s executive director, says: “We are one of the very few treatment centers in our area that accepts pregnant women and children.” Not only do they treat the women for their addiction, but they also provide day care, counseling, education in parenting, and give mothers and children a routine to follow—all of which play an important role in their recovery. 

Facilities include the Detox Center for Men, which, depending on certain factors, provide stays from seven to 20 days, with six beds available; the Coloma Men’s Residential Facility, which houses 28 residents and includes over 30 hours per week of education, counseling, life skills and support groups; the Garden Valley Women and Children’s Residential Facility where 20 women (including those who are pregnant) and their children can stay; Camino Women and Children’s Residential Facility, which has five houses on the property and allows for 16 women, including pregnant women and women with children; and the Woodland Women and Children’s Residential Facility, sited on a walnut ranch in Woodland, which offers 12 beds and specializes in pregnant and postpartum women.


Each facility is consistently 85-90-percent full and located in beautiful, serene settings, which has been proven to help in the recovery process. Though patients are mostly referred by the county, anyone needing treatment for alcohol addiction, as well as drugs, including opioids, is welcome. 

Depending on the level of treatment that’s required, not everyone needs a residential facility. To that end, Progress House also has transitional living and outpatient services. Their programs are evidence-based and over the years they’ve adapted to ensure the best treatment plans possible through mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing. “A lot of our patients end up working here. They want to give back,” Vermilyea says. 

Donations are greatly appreciated. They’re always in need of day-to-day items like towels, sheets, pillows, diapers, high chairs, strollers and anything baby-related. 

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