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Pathways To A Better Life - Kiel Campus

13111 Lax Chapel Road, Kiel, Wisconsin, 53042
The primary goal at Pathways is to provide a safe, family-style setting for individuals suffering with the disease of addiction. The residential drug and alcohol rehab offers 90-day treatment plans and a variety of therapeutic modalities to teach clients how to maintain a healthier lifestyle, manage overwhelming feelings and enjoy a better quality of life. Non-judgmental care is given within a holistic model, addressing the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs that substance abuse blocks. Clients learn how to participate in daily life without alcohol and drugs, and develop the skills necessary to live a fulfilling and independent life in sobriety.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Education and Dynamics
  • Therapeutic Setting
  • Private Rooms


  • Residential Treatment

    Clients are provided residential treatment programs in a supportive, homelike setting designed for optimal healing. Most residential treatment plans last about 90 days. Residents receive monthly counseling assessments to review clients’ progress.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Financial Details

  • Less than 60%

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Set on 38 rural acres in Kiel, Wis., Pathways to a Better Life offers residential and sober-living services for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis, making it one of just 99 (13.6 percent)facilities in the state to do so.

Additionally, Pathways is one of the only five (1.8 percent) residential treatment enters in the state to have detox services available on-site.


The detox center is a medically-monitored, 12-bed residential facility. Counselors meet with each resident to determine the level of treatment needed and assist with both voluntary and involuntary treatment placements within the community.

The average length of stay in the transitional residential program is 60 days, but clients’ progress is reviewed weekly. Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, which are supplemented by evidence-based programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The center also offers family counseling, in the shape of family group sessions on Saturdays.

Pathways to a Better Life aims to treat the mind, body, and spirit, and to provide opportunities for sober social interaction. There are dedicated programs for LGBT clients, a feature of only 38 (13.6 percent) Wisconsin treatment facilities, though the organization does not provide details of these.

Pathways also leases local apartments, which it rents to graduates of the residential program as sober-living facilities.


The organization employs registered nurses to supervise on-site detox, and the website makes note of licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors on staff. Additionally, 99.7 percent of Wisconsins substance abuse treatment centers have continuing education requirements for staff.

The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience — despite writing, “Some of the staff members weren't too knowledgeable about the in-depth nature of the practices.”


This facility offers highly-individualized care, housing up to 12 detox clients and 16 residential clients at a time, while non-hospital based treatment programs usually have a higher median of 18 residential clients at any given time. Individuals sleep in two separate homes, some of them private. The grounds sprawl over 38 acres of woods, and there is a lake on-site. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility four stars for both its accommodations & amenities and its meals & nutrition, and five stars for its cleanliness.


The sole alum to submit feedback to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing awarded treatment effectiveness five out of five stars. This reviewer praised the level of family participation and the staff support, and commented, "Not only was i taught about addiction and recovery but I learned daily living skills, art therapy, I learned who I was again!!"

On Google, a 4.3-average rating has been reflected through 13 reviews to date.[1] Two critical alumni felt the facility was poorly maintained, the food was dissatisfying, and the cost was high. "Outdated materials," T.E. added. The other 11 reviewers, however, left only positive comments, describing the program as "top notch," the staff as "professional," and the community as "genuine." C.S. explained, "The counselors were went above and beyond," and J.P. stated, "The best treatment center in Wisconsin."


Three loved ones submitted feedback to Rehabs.com to date. T.C. expressed gratitude to the staff for showing love and care to the family members as well as the residents, and S.M. echoed, "It's so peaceful and a lot of healing takes place for not only the addict but the entire family affected by addiction."

The third, anonymous loved one gave the facility three stars for its holistic options, and four or five stars for all 14 of the other evaluated treatment metrics, including its overall effectiveness, family programming, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. “I had a great experience while my father was with this facility. Despite some minor issues with certain programs and staff knowledge, everything went smoothly,” this individual wrote — though they added that some of the staff members seemed to lack knowledge.


Treatment costs $8,250 per month. The center offers some financial assistance. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the center four stars for its affordability.

[1] GoogleReviews

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