Located roughly five hours outside Minneapolis-St. Paul in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Douglas Place is part of Meridian Behavioral Health, which has been serving the recovery community since 1995. Douglas Place is a residential program, offering treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for men and women from the ages of 16 and up.
Accommodations and Food
Douglas Place, which is actually a revamped motel, has 85 gender- and age-segregated beds. The former motel rooms sleep two clients on twin-sized beds; each resident has an area to hang clothes, a nightstand and a dresser.
For common areas, there is a men’s and women’s lounge and a larger recreation room. The lounges have couches, chairs and a TV, and the recreation room has a pool table, foosball, other games, tables for visits and another TV. The facility also has a large library where treatment groups are held during the day and which is then available as a quiet space for reading or working on assignments in the evenings. For exercise, there is an on-site gym furnished with free weights, treadmills, stationary bikes and other exercise machines.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served cafeteria-style in the dining room, with a salad bar at every meal. The food is made daily in a large on-site kitchen, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request. Snacks are provided in the evenings after dinner. The food menu changes weekly and is posted ahead of time. A hot breakfast is served one day a week and the rest of the time it’s continental. Lunch is light—soup and sandwiches. Dinner items include spaghetti, beef stroganoff and chicken with vegetables. Sugar and caffeine are allowed here, but residents must purchase their own sodas at the client canteen. Coffee is complimentary.
Treatment and Staff
Though Douglas Place doesn’t offer detox, they do employ a clinical team of nurses, LPNs, psychiatrists and a doctor. These professionals assess any basic health needs and provide dual diagnosis support and any medication management.
Treatment at Douglas Place can last anywhere from 21 to 90 days. Programming is gender- and age-specific—young people from 16 to 20 years of age have their own track. The program is based on Health Realization (HR), the goal being to help them residents understand how substances affect the body and mind. Clients meet in groups of 10 every day and have individual therapy at least once a week. Treatment modalities include DBT, CBT and motivational interviewing. Group therapy tackles relapse prevention, trauma and loss, mindfulness, coping with anxiety and living skills. While Douglas Place isn’t 12 step-oriented, it does host meetings two or three times a week and transports clients to an off-site meeting once a week.
Residents at Douglas Place wake up at 7 am for breakfast and are in groups from 8 am to 3:30 pm, with a break for lunch at noon. Dinner is served at 5 pm. An hour-long group follows dinner and clients are done for the day by 7 pm and must be in their rooms by 9 for lights out at 10 pm. They are welcome to use this extra time for exercise, socializing and homework assignments. On Saturdays and Sundays, there’s some type of group. Most of the weekend time is for relaxation—weekend lights-out is at 11 pm. Clients are given four hours to spend time with friends and loved ones on Saturday between 12 pm and 4 pm.
Douglas Place employs 60 staff members. Every counselor is a LADC, all nurses are either LPNs or RNs, and doctors are MDs or psychiatrists. For 24/7 assistance, clients rely on at least two RNs and a few clinical-health technicians to ensure their needs are met. The facility director is available most of the time as well.
In addition to general treatment, Douglas Place offers alternative methods such as art and music therapy. Extra-curricular activities include off-site movies, in-house movie day, softball and walks around the grounds. Douglas Place prides itself on its client-led groups, like karaoke. Native American customs and spirituality are observed as well; residents have the opportunity to be included in traditional pow wows. For trauma-based clients, Douglas Place provides EMDR at no extra cost.
Family therapy can be arranged on a per client basis, usually for clients who are close to graduation. Typically, clients participate in three family meetings then have the option of continuing this therapy after leaving treatment. As part of an aftercare program, a few of the rooms at Douglas Place are reserved as government-funded housing for alums in need.
Douglas Place offers a lot for a little, compared to other places in this price range. Its team of professionals provides evidence-based treatments, dual diagnosis support, alternative therapies and gender-specific programming. There’s even a nod to Native American heritage. And if someone needs to stay for as long as three months, that is always an option.
1111 Gateway Dr NE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
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