ABOUT RIVER RIDGE — A WOMAN’S WAY RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT
Located in Burnsville, Minn., A Woman’s Way Residential Treatment Center provides residential treatment for women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The facility aims to create a low-stress environment where women can focus on treatments with fewer distractions. In the state, 42.1 percent of facilities in Minnesota offer programs tailored to women. There is a partner facility that provides similar services for men within River Ridge.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A Woman's Way is one of only 150 residential facilities in the state. Each client receives a comprehensive assessment to identify specific treatment needs. Different forms of assessment are available including extended evaluations, which involve treatment sessions while being evaluated.
Treatment is founded on the principles of gender-responsive and trauma-informed care, and in particular on the pioneering work of Dr. Stephanie Covington, who has been working since the late seventies to establish recovery protocols adapted for the particular struggles of women. Covington’s approach is holistic, considers past trauma, and aims to create recovery environments optimized for women’s needs.
In practical terms, the program at A Woman’s Way aims to help each client to enhance personal motivation for long-term recovery, identify individual strengths and abilities, develop new relational and coping skills, and build a support system within her family and community.
Residents participate in individual counseling, group therapy, and family programming, and receive trauma support, spiritual guidance, stress-management classes, and relapse-prevention planning, plus medication-management services, medical care, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The 12-Steps are a part of treatment but not programming's primary focus. Yoga and meditation are also used.
This facility offers an all-female staff of licensed addictions counselors, clinical counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists. There is also a consulting psychiatrist, physician, and registered nurse. There is also a chef, a dietitian, and a yoga instructor on staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
A Woman’s Way sleeps a maximum of eight women in a suburban residential neighborhood, with easy access to a lake and walking paths. To date, the two individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com both gave four out of five stars for the facility's cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni polled by Rehabs,com to date gave mixed opinions. Alum Angela gave four out of five stars for the facility's holistic offerings, the facility's cleanliness, the facility's exercise and leisure options, and for the overall quality of individual treatment. She added, however, that she relapsed, and didn’t feel that she left equipped with the proper tools to lead a successful sober life, explaining: “They do not follow a 12 step program that, I believe, is what keeps me sober today.”
The other alum was positive regarding the facility's cleanliness and family participation policy, awarding the metrics four out of five stars, but was negative in almost every other metric and in their commentary. "For the way they harass clients about money, they sure have very plain Jane facilities, limited treatment options, and a small staff," the alum wrote. The alum did not think the program was worth the cost, and wrote that "they will cut off your services in a heart beat the instant you can't pay."
WHAT STAFF SAY
On Indeed, River Ridge received 2.5 out of five stars based on four reviews. A house manager gave a perfect five-star review, but two other employees gave just one star, citing “high stress” and being yelled at frequently, as well as “micro-management” and “untrusting management” as flaws of the facility.
According to its brochure, A Woman’s Way accepts Minnesota Medical Assistance, Pre-paid Medical Assistance (PMAP), and Rule 25. The brochure also notes that the rehab is in-network with most local and national commercial insurance carriers, and accepts self-payment.
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