September 3, 2015

Treatment at Lund: A Closer Look

Posted in Program Spotlight, Residential, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services tagged , , , , , , , at 4:07 pm by Lund

When you ask about treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders at Lund, you might hear the following answer.  Lund’s treatment programs are family centered, strengths based, and trauma informed. Lund uses a variety of treatment techniques, approaches and models based on the needs of the client but all are informed by those three important tenets.   This sounds pretty logical and correlates with other things you might have heard about what sort of programs produce the best outcomes but what do these terms really mean?

Family Centered:

The focus of family centered treatment is creating and maintaining healthy connections to others, especially children and other family members.  Such treatment provides a full array of services to tackle the problems that women and their family members must overcome in order to reduce substance use and improve individual and family outcomes.   The goal of family centered treatment is to create a healthy family system with good structure, appropriate roles for each family member, and good communication that allows the family to function well as a unit while concurrently supporting the needs of each individual member.

Family-centered treatment includes both clinical treatment, and community support services addressing substance use, mental health, physical health, and developmental, social, economic, educational and environmental needs for women and their families.  This sort of treatment is highly individualized based on the needs of the family and changes as those needs change.  Participation and length of involvement can look different for each family member.

Women live with their child or children at Lund’s Glen Road facility while they receive treatment.  Not only do they work to address their substance abuse or mental health challenges but they learn parenting skills and are connected to Lund’s job training, education and other family support services.


Relationships are key in Lund’s treatment approach

Strengths Based: 

The very simple definition of this approach is self evident in the phrase – emphasis and focus on a client’s strengths.  The idea is to identify what is going well, do more of it and then build on it.  The core belief of a strengths based approach is that everybody has strengths and has the capacity for growth and change. The focus is not on the deficits or perceived failures of the client but on positive future outcomes.

Trauma Informed:

Many women who come to Lund have suffered from trauma in their past due to substance use, domestic violence or other physical abuse, sexual abuse, childhood abuse or neglect, poverty, criminal activity or other complications of life as an addict.

A trauma informed treatment approach:

  • recognizes the widespread impact of trauma on every aspect of someone’s life
  • supports clinicians, social workers and others who work with the client to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma
  • integrates the knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices at the organization
  • actively works to avoid re-traumatization

Safety, trust, transparency, peer support, empowerment and collaboration are key values at the forefront of trauma informed treatment.

Between July 1st, 2014 and June 30th, 2015, 67 women received treatment at our residential facility while living with their 74 children who also received developmentally appropriate services.  65 young parents, mostly mothers but 4 fathers were also treated, accessed our community based outpatient substance abuse treatment services.  81% of women discharging from our residential treatment and 75% of participants discharging from our community programs showed a decrease in frequency of use.  These percentages are higher than national averages.

Lund helps parents in recovery to change their lives and supports them as they seek to realize the hopes and dreams that they have for their children.  Our talented, compassionate and dedicated employees are constantly pursuing training and educational opportunities in their fields because they are committed to working towards the best possible outcomes for the women, children and families at Lund.

As one client says, “The reason I keep going is for my daughter. All my work is centered around her and giving her the life I didn’t have. The work that I do at here Lund is so I can continue to raise her. I learn and practice parenting skills so I can best meet her needs. I want to get back on my feet and have my own place with my daughter. I want to put my legal past behind me. I want to provide for her to the best of my abilities. Lund is helping me do all of that.”

August 14, 2013

Opiate Addiction in Vermont – What can we do?

Posted in Board of Trustees Spotlight, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, United Way tagged , , , , , , , , , at 3:41 pm by Lund

On Wednesday August 7th the United Way of Chittenden County sponsored a viewing of a short documentary film titled “The Opiate Effect” followed by a panel presentation and community discussion about opiate and heroin addiction in Vermont.  The film is a powerful and educational document weaving the experience of a family who lost a son/brother to a heroin overdose; the testimony of three young people who lost everything they valued—friends, family, jobs, school, respect—to addiction to opiates and heroin; and a fictional young man who stands on the precipice of misuse of a prescription opioid medication.  Viewers will be brought to tears by the pain and anguish caused by use of and addiction to opioids—whether the legally produced opioid medications or the illegal and highly toxic heroin. The film is brutally clear that any use of heroin and any misuse of opioid medications is bound to result in tragedy and significant loss.  No one has power over these substances!

Image courtesy of Baitong 333 at

Image courtesy of Baitong 333/

The panel hammered home the startling prevalence of heroin in Chittenden County and all of Vermont and the appalling ease of access to prescription opioid medications.  U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin, Burlington Police Chief Michael Shirling and Spectrum Youth and Family Services Associate Executive Director Annie Ramniceanu revealed the frightening level of crime associated with the distribution of heroin and opioid medications.  Violent crimes, thefts, prostitution are all primarily connected to the illegal distribution of heroin and opioid products.   Also speaking on the panel were Bob Bick, Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at the Howard Center, Mary Alice McKenzie of the Boys and Girls Club and Dr Carlos Pino, Medical Director of the Fletcher Allen Center for Pain Medicine.    All of the qualified and compassionate panelists presented their own take on the problem but all could agree on three essential steps towards a solution:

1.  Prevention – Start with children when they are young and provide a really good prevention program that is directly responsive to their needs.   Recognize how pervasive and quotidian this problem is for children and understand that a blanket “Drugs Are Bad”   approach is just not enough.

2.  Treatment on demand – Those who are ready to get help with their addiction should not have to wait six or eight months to get the help that they need. There are currently 832 people on the waiting list for treatment at the Howard Center.

3.  Swift and severe justice – The words that Police Chief Schirling used to describe how punishment for drug dealers ought to be.

What can we do about it?  The panel exhorted community members to become educated and get involved in raising awareness and combating misuse of opioid medications and any use of heroin.  All panel members echoed the need for community—every citizen—response to the problem. One easy but powerful step every one of us can take is to hide or lock-up any opioid medications we may have in our houses.  The number one source, by far, for prescription medicines that are found and misused by teens and others, is our own medicine cabinets.  Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percoset, and generic opioids are commonly found in medicine cabinets in family homes.  Lock these medicines up! Discard them on “Take-Back Days” sponsored by law enforcement agencies!

Lund is a community and state leader in helping young people combat use and addiction to drugs.  Without the kind of help that Lund provides to help young women address substance abuse problems and build resilient lives, many more young people would be lost to addiction and crime.

Written by Will Rowe, Lund Board of Trustees.

March 15, 2013

Exciting Days at Lund–50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign Video

Posted in Capital Campaign tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:20 pm by Lund

Produced by Cat Cutillo
We are halfway to our goal of $3,500,000.

Your support will enable us to continue to help children thrive–contributions of $250 and up will be recognized within the building.

For 122 years Lund has been a stalwart supporter of Vermont’s children and families, helping break cycles of abuse, poverty and addiction. Our new facility at 50 Joy Drive, South Burlington, is home to nationally-acclaimed programs in adoption, early childhood and parent education, and life skills and job training programs.

CONTACT: David Huntington, Associate Campaign Director
(802) 861-2571 or

December 30, 2012

These Children Deserve a Childhood

Posted in Employees, Lund Early Childhood Program (LECP) tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:01 pm by Lund

Produced by Cat Cutillo/Lund

Watch this 30 second video.

There is still time to make a donation to Lund before the end of the year. Your gift helps families break the cycles of abuse, poverty and addiction. Lund must raise $850,000 this year to provide crucial services building hope, opportunity and healthy families for Vermont’s children. Please make a donation to Lund before the end of the year. Your gift helps ensure children have the childhood they deserve.

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