ABOUT METROHOPE RECOVERY MINISTRIES
Metro Hope Recovery Ministries in Minneapolis, Minn., provides faith-based, gender-specific residential care for individuals struggling with substance misuse. The facility's website presents a strongly religious approach to treatment and notes that many clients are experiencing financial and legal challenges. Residents come from the Twin Cities area and across the country. Founded in 1926, Metro Hope is a nonprofit organization, which comprise 42.4 percent of rehabs in Minnesota
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Metro Hope operates two long-term residential facilities: a five- to seven-month program for men at New Hope Center and a seven- to 12-month women's program at Healing House. A 2017 SAMHSA survey indicated that 29.2 percent of rehabs in Minnesota offered a long-term (30+ days) residential program. The same survey indicates that 42.1 percent of rehabs in Minnesota have a program tailored to adult women, while 41.9 percent have one tailored to adult men.
The treatment philosophy and curriculum rely heavily on Christian teachings and 12-step concepts. Men begin their treatment with a trial residence of four to ten days that is focused on assessing the fit of each individual with the program's practices and rules. This is followed by a month of continued assessment during which residents attend chapel and educational sessions and participate in work therapy.
Remaining weeks prioritize a healing process and developing skills for successful life in recovery. Throughout, clients receive Christian counseling and support for finding full-time jobs after completing the program.
Similarly, the women's program incorporates Christian therapy and life-skills training, as well as assisting with transition into independent living, work, and school. According to the facility's website, Healing House is not a licensed treatment facility, but is a long-term recovery program with treatment grounded in Biblical principles. On-site child development services are provided.
Several specialized topics are covered and additional services are available, including parenting classes or groups for women and men, character development, trauma recovery, peer mentorship, and smoking cessation. The website also references treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders.
The treatment staff includes case managers, childcare workers, house managers, master's level therapist, and a registered nurse.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos of both the men’s 53-bed and women’s 20-bed facilities depict shared bedrooms that are simply furnished, as well as modest common areas. The women's home also has space for 24 children who live with their mothers, a service provided by 2.2 percent of rehabs in Minnesota.
Residents have access to exercise equipment, libraries, and on-site chapels. The men’s home includes a billiards table.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The lone alum surveyed by Rehabs.com to date left a negative review. The reviewer, J.O.J.H., wrote, "This is just the lowest grade mission in Mn. There making a fortune off poor people. There of no help other than a bed to sleep in."
Reviews submitted to Metro Hope’s Facebook page, which the staff may manage, were all positive, generating an average of 4.8 out of five stars from 32 reviewers. Google also has four ratings to date, which averaged to 4.5 out of five stars. Commentary on both sites tended to be highly positive. Trends included descriptions of the program as life-saving and the staff as caring and understanding.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, Rehabs.com has received a single review from a loved one, which was positive. The loved one, J.E.L., indicated that he would recommend the program to others. “Programs treat the whole person, not just the addiction. Patients learn to strengthen their spiritual life as well as coping and defeating their addiction, depression, lack of purpose, and self esteem,” he wrote. J.E.L. gave five out of five stars to most metrics evaluated, including staff support, counseling, pricing, and cleanliness.
Treatment costs begin at $500 a month, and financial assistance is available. The facility’s website also states that no individual will be turned away due to their inability to pay.
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