Meta House

Meta House


Located in Milwaukee, Wis., Meta House provides long-term residential care, a tiered outpatient program, and a transitional living community for women, young mothers, and pregnant women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Although Meta House does not provide on-site detoxification services, the facility can refer prospective clients to detox clinics before they enter the program.


According to Meta House’s website, pregnant women and IV drug users receive priority admission at Meta House. Newly-admitted clients participate in an initial assessment to help clinicians identify each client’s unique needs.

Although the residential program differs in its length, most clients tend to stay in residential treatment for about 100 days. Children are welcome to accompany mothers in residential treatment, and Meta House offers play therapy and academic assistance to children.

Meta House provides a range of services for its clients, including parenting education, vocational training, trauma resolution counseling, relapse prevention, and daily living skills workshops. If necessary, Meta House utilizes medication-assisted therapy (Suboxone, Subutex, methadone) to minimize withdrawal symptoms and help control opioid cravings. Ongoing medication management is also available to residents struggling with co-occurring mental health difficulties.

Treatment is trauma-informed and gender-responsive. The core of treatment programming consists of group and individual counseling, as well as educational workshops on chemical dependency, coping skills, and relapse prevention techniques. Meta House’s programming is not grounded in 12-step principles and practices, though clients may choose to incorporate the 12-Steps into treatment. In addition, clients have regular opportunities for exercise, meditation sessions, and leisure activities throughout residential treatment.

Once a resident completes treatment, Meta House offers transitional housing as well as an outpatient program. To be admitted into transitional housing, clients must be enrolled in the outpatient program, certified as homeless, and pay at least 30 percent of their adjusted gross income for rent.


Meta House’s website notes the treatment team is headed by a licensed psychiatrist and consists of licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, certified substance abuse counselors, and nurses.

The two alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing gave three and four out of five stars when asked about the staff’s level of training and experience.


Meta House’s website notes it is comprised of two homelike facilities that accommodate up to 43 women and 17 children. Most residents share bedrooms with other clients, while mothers and children are housed together. The facility is a smoke-free environment, and smoking cessation classes are available. Meta House serves healthy, non-processed meals and can accommodate dietary restrictions. Both alumni surveyed gave three out of five stars for the facility’s accommodations and four stars for its cleanliness.


To date, the two alumni polled by provided mostly positive feedback for Meta House. They both gave four out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center, for treatment effectiveness, its services for co-occurring disorders, cleanliness, family participation, and holistic offerings.

“It is hard when you first get there but it gets easier,” an alum wrote in a representative review. “There are alot of people there for you. The treatment is very helpful and does work if you work it in your life.”

Of the 21 people who left reviews on its Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, 20 gave five out of five stars, and one person gave one star at time of writing. Alumni indicated the center saved their life, thanked the center and its staff, and praised the staff.

“I can never thanks Meta house and the fantastic staff that helped me change my life forever,” an alum wrote in a representative review. “Not only did I learn a new way of living but gained the tools to manage my sobriety.”

The five people who left Google Reviews for the facility at the time of this writing gave an average of 3.4 out of five stars. “Staff are always 2 quick to notice the bad things,” D.Z., the only person who left commentary, wrote. “But never comened you on what your doing good.”

WHAT STAFF SAY has not received reviews from staff of the facility at the time of this writing, however, on Glassdoor, eight employees gave the facility an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars. While some reviewers commented on issues with upper management, a majority felt the dedication of employees and the “excellent mission” were strengths of the facility. “I’m so inspired every day to work alongside a team that prioritizes helping women and families above all else,” a representative reviewer wrote.


According to the facility’s website, most residential clients qualify for public funding and do not incur any out-of-pocket costs. For those who do not qualify for public funding, Meta House provides a sliding scale payment structure. Meta House also accepts private insurance and Medicaid.


Services provided by Meta House

Service Setting

  • Outpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Type of Care

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Managementmotivational Incentives
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Trauma-related Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • State Mental Health Department
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • Genders Accepted

  • Female
  • Meta House Reviews

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • They are there for you and they help you a lot. The food is not so great but they do feed you. It is hard when you first get there but it gets easier. There are a lot of people there for you. The treatment is very helpful and does work if you work it in your life.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • You can bring your children to live with you in residential treatment and transitional living follow thru is not good. Best program in Milwaukee, WI.