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Avera McKennan Hospital has been serving the residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota since 1957. Over the years, the facility has grown into a large regional multi-location provider serving communities throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. It has extensive behavioral health services in Sioux Falls, both at its new state-of-the-art Behavioral Health Center and in its Outpatient Clinic, which houses its Addiction Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Treatment and Staff

Clients attend the IOP for six to eight weeks, depending on their progress and therapist’s recommendation. Treatment is a combination of group and individual therapy.  Clients attend three groups a week, two of which are three-hour process groups and the other a two-hour education group. Clients can choose day or evening groups and attend individual therapy once a week.

An unusual feature of Avera’s IOP is that all clinicians are dually-licensed as addiction counselors (usually LDACs) and therapists (usually MFTs). Groups seldom exceed fifteen participants and clinicians can support co-occurring disorders in individual therapy and offer referrals to the Avera’s psychiatric staff if needed.

Process groups use CBT and DBT, which are also used in individual therapy. Topics addressed in the education groups include handling grief, communication skills, stress management and relapse prevention. Clients are encouraged to bring partners and family members to their individual therapy sessions and the second Monday of each month they are required to bring a loved one to the education group meeting so that their post-IOP support system can learn how to best support their recovery.


Avera McKennan offers an early intervention group which meets once a week and clients who have completed the IOP can step-down into relapse prevention group which includes bi-weekly group therapy and weekly or monthly individual counseling. Avera McKennan’s Outpatient Clinic also offers programs for treating compulsive gambling and specialized services for treating healthcare professionals who are suffering from substance abuse.

In Summary

Avera McKennan’s Addiction Recovery Program treats clients with exceptionally experienced clinicians well-trained in both addiction and mental health. With early intervention and relapse prevention groups in addition to its IOP, Avera is equipped to support clients at all stages of recovery.

Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services Location

Avera McKennan Hospital
2412 S. Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services IOP Cost

$2,878 (7 weeks). Reach Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services by phone at (605) 322-4079. Find Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google +

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