Founded in 1873, the Duluth Bethel is one of the oldest human services agencies in northeastern Minnesota. In 1975, it began providing residential treatment for chemically dependent adult men. The men’s residential program, now called Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center, is the longest-running of Duluth Bethel’s five current treatment programs. These include Bethel Outpatient Center, an electronic monitoring program called Bethel Community Watch and the Bethel Men’s and Women’s Work Release Centers.
Accommodations and Food
The administrative offices of the Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center are located in the historic brick Duluth Bethel building built in 1921. The men’s residential program is housed nearby in a converted office space and accommodates up to 32 clients. Bedrooms are shared between two clients, with minimal furniture and decoration. The facility itself hasn’t been updated in a long time but includes a spacious common area with couches, a pool table and TV. Groups, therapy sessions and meals are just a short walk from the bedrooms.
Residents have access to a fully stocked kitchen and are expected to cook and clean for themselves. Coffee and snacks are available throughout the day. Smoking is permitted during break times.
Treatment and Staff
The typical length of stay for the men’s residential program is 60 to 90 days. During this time, clients participate in several hours of group therapy each day, in addition to individual counseling once a week. Group topics include coping skills, anger management, vocational planning, relapse prevention, trauma and processing. While the focus of recovery is not on the 12 steps, the men are exposed to one to two off-site AA/NA meetings per week.
After the initial 90 days, the program also offers a halfway house/sober living option. During this time, the men leave the facility during the day to work a job or attend school, while still participating in group sessions and the recovery community at the facility during the evenings. This option provides clients with a stable, substance-free environment as they learn to handle the challenges of everyday life.
The staff includes counselors, technicians and social workers.
A small exercise room provides residents with an opportunity to be physically active. Free weights and cardio machines are available during free time. In the summer, clients can go outside for walks.
For men looking for an affordable alternative to 12-step based treatment in Minnesota, Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center offers intensive group therapy and a structured living environment. The program encourages clients to focus on important life skills and coping mechanisms during their stay and provides the halfway house option for continued support.
Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center
23 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55806
Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center Cost: $11,000 (60 days). Reach Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center by phone at (218) 727-7415.
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