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Minnesota Alternatives, LLC

3.9 Very Good (9 Reviews) |
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3.9
Very Good
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7766 NE Hwy. 65
Spring Lake Park, Minnesota 55432

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Services

  • Residential Neighborhood

Facility Highlights

Person-Centered

Flexible Programming

Trauma Treatment

Philosophy

Minnesota Alternatives is a treatment facility that offers a unique approach to substance abuse disorder treatment and provides an alternative to the 12-Step, abstinence-based “Minnesota Model”. Minnesota Alternatives offers adult outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, and focuses on skill development, engagement, neuroscience and personalized interventions. Treatment options utilize meditation, imagery and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Paula L DeSanto, Owner and Director
MS, LSW, CPRP, CCDP-D

Paula is the founder and president of Minnesota Alternatives, a unique outpatient program providing substance use and mental health treatment through person-centered principles and interventions. Paula also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches graduate students about her model. Paula’s Master of Science degree is in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Boston University. She is a Licensed Social Worker as well as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and a Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomat. In her role as outside consultant and trainer, Paula is often invited to speak to both professional and consumer audiences about alternative approaches to substance use disorder treatment and harm/risk reduction. She also serves on the Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Division Advisory Council, the Anoka County Directors Network, and the Medica Community Advisory Council. Paula has developed programs that serve adults with mental health and/or substance use issues for more than 25 years. She has worked in a variety of settings that include intensive residential and outpatient treatment, case management, and community support. Previously, she worked at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center bringing progressive, person-centered care into a medical setting. She was a program director for Diane Ollendick-Wright – working with her for 11 years and she also directed programs for 9 years for People Incorporated.

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4.0
Great
This treatment, even though I went in with a Stay of Commitment as a court order, I changed my doc (drug of choice)...the skills taught are the best thing possible with the care and support of a very loving staff. The harm reduction / damage control model was exactly what I needed after being around Recovery for 30 years. I adore and trust the staff at this facility. I could never ask for a better referral from a run in with many police and behavioral health facilities. I will be doing trauma work soon. I now attend a peer support group as an alumni.
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5.0
Excellent
An overall good facility with great holistic offerings and supportive staff.
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5.0
Excellent
this was my 14th treatment and the only 1 that helped. my program was taylored to my needs as they came up. when my mental health issues flaired up my program was changed to meet my needs. i was never treated like i was crazy or defective. they truly care for me. They taught me that I am capable and I can care for myself. I can be a functioning member of society not dependent on psych wards.
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1.0
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His usage has decreased. The program is a great program with excellent and caring staff. My child needs put into practice the info he has learned frome program.
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2.3
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It was court ordered.
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5.0
Excellent
A great facility with wonderful counseling and a supportive staff.
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No Rating
I am the founder, so I have a clear bias. I think anyone who is interested in our services should look at client reviews, come and take a tour, and meet with staff to see if we are a good fit for your needs.We foster self-determination which means people need to figure things out.. this can mean continued high risk behavior. We do our best to balance risk management with empowerment.
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Strengths include: client centered, flexibility, willing to meet clients where ever they are at in their recovery. However, sometimes we may be too flexible for clients that want more structure and to be directed by others as opposed to creating a treatment that is individualized. I appreciate the individual nature of harm reduction and the opportunities it creates to provide a more effective experience for clients. People are able to self direct what is important for them on their own terms which makes them more accountable and successful in the long run.
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Strengths include: excellent management, ongoing staff education, integration with Community Services, innovative, open to feedback from clients/family, utilize evidence based tx strategies and open to evolution of services ongoing. Mn Alternatives is the most comprehensive cutting edge SUD Facility I have worked at, with true compassion and understanding for clients personal goals AS THE CLIENT DEFINES THESE GOALS. There is no DICTATING to clients as to what they should do, to please the therapist & satisfy management. My Professional career in CD/MI Nursing spans 37 years & this is the best managed agency I have worked for. Staff is respected and provided with the administrative support they require and problem solving is addressed in a partnership between management & staff. The clients can be open & honest regarding their use of drugs/alcohol with a true experience that their honesty is supported and assistance to stabilize their lives as the Client Defines it is not a meaningless commercial, but a true therapeutic experience.
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