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Arrowhead Center Review

Arrowhead Center is an outpatient treatment facility located in the picturesque northern Minnesota town of Virginia. A not-for-profit facility, Arrowhead opened its doors in 1969, offering support for adolescents, adults and their families seeking help with addiction and destructive behaviors.

Treatment and Staff

Arrowhead treatment includes a two-phase Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that spans 16 weeks. The first step is for clients to meet with an intake counselor who conducts an assessment of individual needs and decides whether or not an outpatient program is appropriate. Once that has been determined, clients are assigned a counselor and group meeting times. There are both day and evening schedules available for those in treatment, making it possible to attend school or work. Meeting times are from 9 am to noon, or 6 pm to 9 pm, three days a week. For the first eight weeks of treatment, clients attend three groups a week; during the second eight weeks, they attend just one.

In addition to the group meetings, there is at least one 60-minute individual therapy session per week for every client, more if desired or deemed necessary. The second half of treatment introduces aftercare and relapse prevention classes.

The adolescent treatment program is designed for ages 13 to 18 and meets three afternoons a week for three hours for a duration of 12 weeks. After that, clients attend one three-hour aftercare meeting per week for eight weeks. The adolescent program generally does not include individual therapy sessions, but they can be added, if needed.

Group sizes are anywhere from eight to 12 people with one counselor per group. Arrowhead emphasizes using the 12 steps, but also offers alternatives for treatment. Methods like CBT are used during individual sessions.

Though there is no specific dual diagnosis treatment, a therapist on staff specializes in mental health disorders. Staff consists of seven LADCs, CAPs and social workers, as well as a lab nurse to oversee the weekly random urine tests that are performed on site.


Arrowhead offers a family program that meets once a week for seven weeks for three hours at a time and participation is strongly encouraged. They also provide the New Hope Chemical Dependency Program to adolescents who are involved in the criminal justice system and placed at the local juvenile detention center. The treatment model they use exclusively for this program is a specialized version of the Matrix Modelcreated for teens and young adults.

In Summary

Arrowhead offers treatment in a quiet place surrounded by nature, a few of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and lovely parks. The program is not appropriate for those who need detox or inpatient treatment, but for those looking for effective therapy methods that integrate family care to promote successful completion of the program and help maintain sobriety, it is a great choice.

Arrowhead Center Location

505 12th Ave West
Virginia, MN 55792

Arrowhead Center Cost

$1,422 (30 days), though treatment is designed for 16 weeks total. Reach Arrowhead Center by phone at (218) 749-2877. Find Arrowhead Center on Facebook

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