With an estimated 2,000 yearly alcohol- and opioid-related deaths in Minnesota each year, the land of 10,000 lakes is a hotspot for substance abuse. In many cases, it can often be difficult for some users in the Twin Cities to escape negative patterns of addiction and substance abuse.
Fortunately, help is readily available for Minnesotans in the form of world-class substance treatment centers. The state government allocates millions of dollars of funding yearly to make these services accessible to Minnesotans. It is not only possible but also discrete and convenient to get drug and alcohol treatment in and around Minneapolis.
Best Rehab Centers in Minneapolis
Alliance Wellness Center
A treatment center renowned by clients, patient families, and accrediting bodies alike, the Alliance Wellness Center is one of the best known and most effective rehab facilities in the Minneapolis area. Intake is convenient and starts online, creating a low barrier of entry for those seeking treatment. With most patients recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, the treatment center also helps dual diagnosis patients (with a combination of mental health and addiction issues) get help.
While other centers focus on lucrative inpatient treatments, Alliance Wellness Center offers full-day and evening outpatient treatment for patients that are on a budget or patients that have family and work obligations. Its multi-cultural-friendly and was founded by a Somalian immigrant. That underlines exactly what the Alliance Wellness Center is about: helping people from all walks of life get clean.
An outpatient clinic focusing on medication-assisted treatment like suboxone and methadone therapy, Valhalla Place uses the science of addiction to help their clients recover. A hearty support network of medical professionals aids patients throughout treatment. Valhalla’s subsidized medical treatment is inexpensive, too: at under $20 a day, medication-assisted care is affordable for all.
Valhalla Place is located just outside of Minneapolis in Brooklyn Park, away from the urban chaos of the city. A calm environment and clean facilities create an optimal atmosphere for treatment. Along with Valhalla’s mainly medication-focused treatment, the clinic also offers mental health services, an outpatient support group, professional counseling, and substance health assessments.
Lakeplace Retreat Center
While economically-priced, urban-based treatment centers like Transitions Recovery Programs have become popular in the Twin Cities in recent years, some people require a complete change of environment in order to reset and begin a transition into sobriety.
This is where facilities like Lakeplace Retreat Center come in: providing luxury inpatient treatment in a distraction-free yet comfortable rural environment. Facilities range from shared accommodation to luxury, resort-style houses. Genders are separated to help focus on treatment, but a group emphasis is placed on care, leading to excellent patient outcomes.
Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
Since 1983, the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge has helped people of all ages get out of the negative patterns of addiction. While the primary program is backed by a Christian-centric 12-step philosophy, the facility accepts and embraces non-religious and non-Christian clients without hesitation, offering a separate track for those who don’t want religion to be a big part of their treatment.
Although they don’t offer inpatient or detox services, treatment is primarily informed by evidence-based models of addiction: the center mainly uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and 12-step programs to inform treatment. Key to their youth strategy (the center has a separate program for teens) is family involvement, and the center has experienced family therapists available to help out.
Alltyr is a premium rehabilitation clinic that offers cutting edge, individualized treatment plans. The center specializes in patients who don’t want to participate in the conventional rehab model: patients who have left past treatment programs, patients who have relapsed, or first-time patients who have trouble finding a suitable rehab center.
Stays at Alltyr are on a sliding scale, with no fixed duration of treatment. Some patients come and just receive a consultation and outpatient therapy, others could receive years-long inpatient treatment. Key to their approach is patient satisfaction, and the center believes that collaboration and intrinsic motivation is key to getting clean. Important to note, though, is that the center doesn’t offer any insurance coverage due to their unique, custom approach to addiction care.
A high-end treatment center with outpatient and sober living options, the Retreat is a Wayzata-based facility that takes a holistic approach to addiction treatment. Using an approach based on Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous principles, there’s also a virtual recovery program for those who have a difficult time making it to in-person treatment.
The Retreat puts special emphasis on their treatment program for women, going the extra mile to create a rehabilitation atmosphere that is kind, supportive, and open to female patients. The 12-step-focused program doesn’t only provide a community of support for female residents, it also provides resources like lectures, online meetings, and book clubs.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Betty Ford treatment clinics are well known in the world of drug and alcohol treatment. One of the biggest healthcare providers of nonprofit rehabilitation in the United States, they have renowned JCAHO-certified centers in 17 locations across the country. Offering treatment as far back as 1949, with their first brick-and-mortar treatment center opening in 1982, the center is a legacy provider of addiction services.
In this center, the Betty Ford foundation collaborates with Twin Cities-area healthcare provider Hazelden to bring accessible yet top-of-the-line treatment to Minneapolis residents. The program has expanded in recent years to encompass all aspects of addiction treatment from both a medical team and patient perspective, with a graduate school specializing in addiction studies, an addiction research center, and specified medical education programs.
Club Recovery is an outpatient, evidence-based group that focuses on post-treatment outcomes, aiding patients with sober living, life skills, and relapse prevention. Primarily focusing on drug and alcohol treatment but also addressing gambling addiction, mental health, and dual diagnosis, Club Recovery’s educated treatment team of PhDs works towards sobriety for all patients, no matter how long or difficult the path may be.
While most of their programs are slightly less involved, Club Recovery also offers an intensive outpatient program that utilizes group therapy and community-based recovery to help participants achieve sobriety. This group dynamic helps patients rebuild and relearn to create productive relationships.
Missions Detox Center
With over 3,000 treated patients each year and 200 employees, Missions Detox center is one of the largest facilities in the Twin Cities area that provides drug and alcohol rehab services. The center believes that rehabilitation goes beyond treatment itself, with its core values of diversity, social justice, self-determination, and human worth addressing its firm commitment to treating its patients with humanity.
Providing long term care and chemical health treatments alongside domestic violence and mental health programs, Missions Detox understands the complex dynamic of many factors that can affect treatment outcomes. Sitting on the picturesque north shore of Medicine Lake, it’s a place to reflect and gain inner peace before continuing on the road that is sobriety.
Minneapolis’ Transformation House uses a spiritual treatment program to help bring patients from addiction to health using a wide variety of self-based holistic treatments. Founded in 1990, the center has developed its own proprietary program to help its patients get clean.
Although the transformation house uses a faith-based approach, they also use evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, community reinforcement approach, and mindfulness training. With integrated programming that lasts at least 30 hours per week for every patient, getting residents involved in this center is the program’s key to success when battling addiction.
Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center
An ultra-inexpensive state-run addiction treatment facility, the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center has long helped Minnesotans, including those who can’t afford private care, get clean. The treatment center helps all who need treatment without regard to background, finance, location, or even language; the center offers treatment services in Hmong, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Somali.
While the facility isn’t for those who need immediate detox treatment, the center does take some of the most difficult cases, helping people who pose a risk of serious harm to themselves or others, those who have severe behavioral issues, and those with moderate to severe functional impairments. While we wouldn’t recommend this for the typical person seeking addiction care, it's a good option for those who have more serious issues surrounding their addictions.
A companion facility to Haven in Woodbury, Margaret’s House is a small, home-like rehab that only offers inpatient residential treatment. The focus is to help clients get from a post-detox phase of addiction to complete independence, and a comprehensive assessment for each patient helps establish a plan to do so.
The facility focuses on creating positive networks for patients, from encouraging residents to find 12-step sponsors to helping clients set up individual, family, and employer conferences. They also recognize that recovery is never over, and patients go through relapse prevention training and educational lectures to prevent falling off the wagon. A series of workshops, workbooks, and literature continue the educational process of getting clean.
Transitions Recovery Programs
A residential program in a home-like environment, Transition Recovery Programs help fill the gap between detox and outpatient treatment. Supervised housing provides residential care with some degree of day-to-day treatment, but the care isn’t full time and allows patients to get treatment while still participating in city life: many at the center go to school, have jobs, and participate in the community.
The Transitions Recovery Programs emphasize progress and recovery with the explicit end goal of helping patients reach complete independence. Treatment staff members work with patients to identify focus areas and ‘stuck points,’ with all energy directed towards moving patients out of the facility. Zero-cost care and an emphasis on healthy habits further improve the odds of positive treatment outcomes.
A small six-bed residential facility, the male-specific treatment philosophy at Farmington, Minnesota’s Paul’s Place is based on one thing: community. Graduates of the program report high success rates due to the accountability associated with the close relationships forged by the clients of the rehab center.
Similar to many other programs on the list, the treatment center is 12-step based. Patients work through an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous program that provides a linear process to get clean. Staff remains on-site 24/7, and the highly-educated medical team is always eager to help, setting up meetings with sponsors, helping with casework, and providing emotional support for clients.
Haven in Woodbury
Haven in Woodbury provides two separate rehabilitation centers, separating patients by gender to help maintain a strong focus on recovery. Their unique treatment process has three individualized phases, each part specifically designed for each and every patient. Facilities are clean and well-maintained but simple and without luxury amenities.
While their approach is a bit simpler than typical with regards to facilities, the medical team is particularly hands-on and offers individual therapy, family counseling, and even case management for clients who have had past legal troubles. Since the center’s founding in 2000, they’ve expanded to six new facilities, a testament to their strong treatment outcomes and high client satisfaction rates.
A facility founded by African-Americans for African-Americans, Turning Point helps give treatment to a group that has been often neglected and overlooked by the modern medical system. Incorporating sober living with low-income housing, the treatment is also cost-effective compared to high-end facilities like The Retreat.
Staff address the most frequent needs of clients in a kind and non-judgemental way. One-on-one counseling is readily available, helping clients work with the emotional factors that surround addiction. Clients are expected to be productive with their time, and the facility advocates for their residents from an educational and employment perspective. Support groups help create a community around sober living while case management services are provided for those who need legal assistance.
Park Avenue Center Men’s Programs
Park Avenue Center offers a high level of comprehensive care for difficult cases, especially with those who have a dual diagnosis, mental health issues, or pose a risk to themselves or others. For this reason, the center offers walk-in appointments and admissions for those who require immediate inpatient care.
This male-exclusive facility isn’t a typical place for those seeking treatment for addiction, but it’s a place that can help patients with unique needs get the help they need. Specifically, the center focuses on SPMI patients (Severe Persistent Mental Illness) and clients who have been civilly committed and need permanent full-time care. For this reason, they have a full time, round-the-clock team of multidisciplinary specialists, from psychologists to counselors to licensed social workers.
The Anthony Louis Center
With a growing presence in the Twin Cities area, the Anthony Louis Center has ballooned to five separate locations since its first location opened in 1982. The Anthony Louis Center only treats teens from ages 13 to 18, recognizing unique treatment requirements for younger addiction patients and establishing proprietary and effective procedures to help younger patients work through substance issues.
The Anthony Louis Center’s main location is in Plymouth, Minnesota, offering both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Its residential program helps treat the most serious cases, offering full-time support with family and individual counseling to help address the roots of substance abuse issues. For both male and female teens who have substance problems, we’d recommend this facility.
Eden House separates itself from its competitors in the rehabilitation space by the sheer number of services it provides: from co-op rehabilitation/correctional facilities to sober living in a family environment, Eden House offers just about every addiction treatment service available besides luxury rehab.
Starting from the beginning of the addiction treatment process, Eden House has behavior-based therapeutic interventions for both men and women. From there, patients can head to either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Eden House offers outpatient treatment for those with their own accommodation. Alternatively, residents can stay on-campus with housing meant for families, youth patients, and those who need regular follow-up care.
Micha Halfway House
A faith-based sober living facility, the Micha Halfway House offers both sober living and outpatient treatment facilitated by a highly trained medical staff. The halfway house brings patients from fresh-out-of-detox to career-ready, building residents up via a host of programs targeted at specific groups of people.
Their ‘Mad Dads’ program helps fathers with anger management issues and a relapse-prevention program enables residents to identify addiction triggers. Computer literacy training helps orient residents on a career path after treatment, and a spiritual group helps many residents stay on a path of sobriety. All the programs are meant to help patients reach the goal of productive sober living.