“We cannot control nor are we responsible for everything that happens to us in our life, however, we are absolutely responsible for how we choose to deal with it…even if we choose to do nothing.”

Since 2005 we have included integrated co-occurring disorders treatment as part of our menu of services, providing science informed, theory driven, exemplary evidence based substance abuse and mental health, co-occurring & support services for adults, youth & families. In our efforts to be a one-stop-shop for individuals seeking help we also provide counseling services for individuals with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairments, treatment  for individuals that are HIV positive, Supervised Visitation, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Parenting, and Couples Therapy; as well as offender rehabilitation by providing substance abuse and life skills counseling in the Sheriffs AB-109 re-entry program, Probation’s Adult Day Reporting Centers, and Proposition 36. This reflects our longstanding concern for treating the whole person, and recognizing the importance of ensuring that entry into any one system can provide access to all needed systems. 

Serving Sacramento since 1978…Then and now

North Site

4441 Auburn Blvd., Suite E

Sacramento, California

(916) 473-5764 

It soon became apparent that addiction issues went beyond prescription abuse. Women’s Stress Alternatives evolved to become Chemical Dependency Center for Women. Since the early years, Chemical Dependency Center for Women established itself as a cornerstone within Sacramento’s recovery community, specializing in the treatment of women facing addiction. Now, Strategies for Change is considered one of the most comprehensive substance abuse and co-occurring treatment agency’s for both men and women in Sacramento County.

For 35 years, our names have reflected our origin and ongoing commitment to the particular and unique needs of women, especially those who have been victimized by childhood or adult trauma. Over time, the focus on women has not changed, instead, a deeper understanding of the complex needs of the family as a whole and of the children affected by multi generational drug use and trauma has led to the development of a comprehensive array of services geared to support women, men, families and youth.


Substance Abuse rarely occurs in isolation. Years of treatment history has given us a keen understanding of the layers of issues and problems people with substance abuse issues face as they move toward sustained sobriety. Co-occurring issues such as trauma and mental health often accompany and compound these issues.

South Site

4343 Williamsbourgh Drive

Sacramento, California

(916) 395-3552

Strategies for Change, formerly known as Chemical Dependency Center for Women was founded in 1978 under the name Women’s Stress Alternatives, with the original purpose of treating women addicted to prescription medications.

“Providing substance abuse, co-occurring mental health, reentry, and related behavioral health services for youth, adults, and families.”

...let us help you choose to do something that works!

- William Glasser

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