ABOUT MEADOW CREEK – MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Part of the 15-facility, Minnesota-based Meridian Behavioral Health network, Meadow Creek is one of the state's 130 (36.5 percent) residential substance abuse treatment programs. This center is exclusively for adult women, placing it amongst the 150 (42.1 percent) Minnesota treatment facilities with this distinction. The facility is located on more than 80 acres of meadows, grasslands, and forests in rural Pine City, a well-known destination for campers, cross-country skiers, and golfers. Meadow Creek, as all centers in the Meridian network, does not accommodate medical detoxification needs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Meadow Creek’s treatment model is guided by 12-step principles and incorporates both group and one-on-one counseling. The philosophy is based on the Health Realization model, which teaches awareness of one’s reactions to circumstances and connection with personal health and wisdom while navigating daily life. Patients engage in 30 to 35 hours of treatment programming per week.
Counselors utilize techniques and therapies such as motivational interviewing, yoga therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Group therapy sessions focus on relapse prevention and employ dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Specialized services are available for pregnant women and clients with co-occurring behavioral health disorders. Treatment also includes an educational and vocational component.
All of the treatment staff at Meridian Behavioral Health facilities are licensed addiction counselors or mental health professionals with a license in their field of work. That includes psychiatrists, clinical counselors, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. According to its website, Meadow Creek is "staffed by professionals with the ability to treat both mental and chemical health needs."
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Meadow Creek describes its woodsy environment as “an idyllic setting for women to learn and grow.” The facility provides little information about accommodation specifics on its website, but according to images from Pope Architects, who completed an interior redesign in 2015, the modern 18-bedroom rehab has shared, dorm-style sleeping quarters, a cafeteria, and a lounge with a flat-screen TV.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided positive and mixed reviews. Several reviewers described the staff as caring. Alum J.G. gave a five-star rating to staff support and wrote, “I was told that some of the girls didn't like my counselor but she was a perfect fit for me.” Another alum commented about "caring, newer cleaner facility, nice staff." And yet another wrote, "It was home to me. The staff are amazing and supportive. The most beautiful place in the universe to begin a life of recovery!" This former client, A.S., provided five-star ratings for holistic offerings and extracurricular activities as well.
On the other end of the spectrum, alum Makayla, although providing no ratings, blasted the facility in written comments. She remarked about the “rude” staff and “discusting” food, as well as limited phone usage. Another anonymous alum shared a similar concern with the limited connectivity to loved ones, and felt the center's policies made her treatment a lonely process.
Alum C.W., who was specifically surveyed on facility weaknesses, replied, "Meal plans, no exercise programs, not enough staff." She gave three stars for staff level of experience and training, two stars for family participation and holistic offerings, and just one star for counseling options.
Fourteen Google users to date provided a 3.7-star average rating out of five. Many former clients credited the facility with their continued sobriety, praised the beautiful setting, and enjoyed the women-only model. In a representative review, P.A. remarked, "Meadow Creek is an awesome place of healing and professionalism."
The two reviewers on CiteHealth to date provided a three-star and a four-star overall rating. One anonymous alum wrote, “The clients bedrooms are a little small,lecture space could be larger ,but the facility is very clean,organized,and cozy.” The other simply stated, "Very comfortable and wonderful staff."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one to provide feedback to Rehabs.com to date, C.S., gave the lowest one-star rating for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. C.S. added, “They are short staffed and have too many women in one place. They do not answer the phone nor do they call back if a message is left.”
Meadow Creek does not currently publish its fees online. The facility accepts a range of insurance plans, including public funding. It is considered in-network with most insurance providers. Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com indicated they used private or government-funded insurance to cover the cost of their treatment. No clients reported receiving financial aid.
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