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Part of Alina Health’s Cambridge Medical Center, Dellwood Recovery Center, in Cambridge, Minnesota, is about 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities. Founded in 1981, the program has grown since 2010, now offering detox, residential and outpatient services for adults, in addition to adolescent outpatient treatment. Whatever the level of care, treatment at Dellwood Recovery Center is built around 12-step principles and evidence-based practices.

Accommodations and Food

Dellwood Recovery Center is part of a medical center so this is a clinical setting; there are 23 hospital beds at this co-ed facility, rooms are double occupancy, with a privacy curtain and en suite half bath. There is a communal shower facility at the end of the hall, and men and women are scheduled for gender specific shower time. Residents can watch TV in the large group therapy room during their limited down time.

Outside there is a basketball hoop in the rear courtyard and a walking path that circles the facility. On Sundays, everyone goes out back to the courtyard and enjoys grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. During the week meals are catered by the Cambridge Medical Center cafeteria. Monday through Thursday, hospital food trays are served from a cart that’s wheeled through the facility. Breakfast items include bacon, eggs and cereal. Lunch is something like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, choice of vegetable and a wheat bun. Dinner items include turkey and stuffing, sandwiches, tuna or chicken salad and more. Weekends are for do-it-yourself (DIY) submarine sandwiches and tacos. In terms of caffeine intake, regular coffee is served until noon then switched to decaf. Sugar comes in packets and is kept at the nurses station.

Treatment and Staff

Many clients begin treatment in detox, spending two to seven days at this fully-supervised level of care. Dellwood’s residential program lasts for 20 to 30 days typically, but some clients only stay for a week or two—treatment is priced by the day. Daily treatment entails group therapy, using a combination of Motivational Interviewing (MI)REBT and the 12 steps. Weekly individual sessions determine treatment structure and discharge options. The on-call doctor sees clients upon initial registration and discharge. Dellwood provides mental health education, but it is not a licensed dual diagnosis facility. On-site 12-step meetings happen twice a week—there are no off-site meetings. Sponsorship is highly suggested but not mandated.

Residents typically rise at 7 am, but there is a yoga and/or a Tai Chi video for clients who wake at 6:30 am. Breakfast is served at 8 and the first group starts at 9 am—these sessions go until noon. Lunch is at 12:30 and there are group sessions and activities all afternoon until dinner at 5. Evening groups go from 6 pm to 9 pm. Clients must be in their rooms by 10:30 for lights out at 11 pm. Because the schedule varies each day, free time happens during different slots—15-minute breaks are given as well.

Dellwood Recovery Center employs three LADCs—two primary counselors and an evening counselor. There is a doctor available on an as-needed basis, two nurses and a variety of techs. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-eight—if all beds are filled.

Dellwood’s outpatient programs are 12-step based. Group sessions are three hours in length, four days a week. Clients typically participate for six weeks. The availability of weekly individual therapy is dictated by insurance. Individual sessions generally occur on different days than groups. Counselors recommend 12-step meetings, but they are not mandatory—even the on-site Tuesday meeting.

Dellwood’s outpatient program has a variety of meeting times available, both in the morning and during the evening. This schedule includes afterschool outpatient services for adolescents. The adolescent program meets three days a week for the first four to six weeks, tapering down to once a week through the following four to six months.

The outpatient facility employs three LADCs and when the client roster is full, each group has 16 participants.


Alternative therapies include art therapy, exercise groups, yoga and meditation. Clients are invited to go for walks around the campus, play Shuffleboard and to try their hands at cooking. Activities like these are spread throughout the schedule, from 9 am to 9 pm. On the weekends, Dellwood residents can go to church if they want, enjoy barbeques in the back courtyard and occasionally go off-site to work in a community garden.

Dellwood’s residential family program occurs on Sundays. This includes a multi-family process group, addiction education and visiting hours. Outpatient clients can have their families join them for family group on Mondays. If desired, residents and loved ones can also have an individual family session. Wednesday is family day for adolescent clients.

In Summary

Dellwood Recovery Center provides straightforward, 12-step based recovery, being careful to point out that while the program does offer mental health counseling, it is not in fact, licensed as a dual diagnosis facility. It is difficult to imagine then, just what type of services are being offered to warrant such a hefty price tag. The cost of care at Dellwood Recovery Center does include detox, so perhaps one could assume that these services are tailored to benefit clients who just cannot stay sober, no matter what they try.

Dellwood Recovery Center Location

701 South Dellwood St
Cambridge, MN 55008

Dellwood Recovery Center Cost

$62,850 (30 days). Reach Dellwood Recovery Center by phone at (763) 688-7723. Find Dellwood Recovery Center on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest

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