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Drake Counseling Services had a humble beginning in 1992 as a small outpatient facility that was founded in Fargo, North Dakota by licensed substance abuse counselors Charles P. Drake and Elaine Burau. It now has four locations, offering inpatient services for teens in Northern Minnesota. Drake Residential Treatment Center, located on six acres of wooded land in Detroit Lakes, treats clients between the ages of 13 and 18 who are suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

Accommodations and Food

Drake Residential Treatment Center has a 10-bed capacity, with residents paired up in gender-specific cozy rooms. The Southwestern-style living room features rich earth-toned couches, armchairs, round coffee tables with lamps and hardwood floors covered with an area rug. A dream catcher along with several plaques hang on brown-trimmed white walls and a huge window gives a sense of space.

Residents eat three hot meals a day in the enormous dining room that features wooden cabinets, a rectangular table and chairs set against stark white appliances including a microwave oven. The culturally-sensitive menu ranges from hamburgers to curry and Chicken Lo Mein. Drake Residential Treatment Center doesn’t have a TV on the premises and home passes aren’t allowed.

Treatment and Staff

While Drake Residential Treatment Center is not licensed to provide detox, a psychiatric consultant provides referrals to a local hospital.

Upon admittance, a resident is allowed to bring a week’s worth of clothing, including a swimsuit, makeup (for young women), athletic shoes, appropriate reading material, personal hygiene items and a phone card (for long distance calls). All electronics, including cell phones, are forbidden and there are limited house phone privileges.

Each resident receives an individualized treatment plan. Treatment typically lasts for 45 days and includes group therapy and individual therapy as well as AA/NA and other 12-step meetings both on and off the premises. CBT and traditional psychotherapy are used during treatment and dual diagnosis support is also provided. Residents continue their academic studies with licensed teachers.

A typical day at Drake Residential Treatment Center starts with showers and breakfast by 6:30 am. School classes are taught from 7:30 to 10 am and lunch is served at 11:30 am. After lunch, residents attend group therapy. The afternoon schedule may also include physical education (every day except weekends), individual therapy (Mondays through Thursdays), daily housecleaning chores, study skills, an NA meeting (Mondays through Thursdays), Big Book study (Mondays through Thursdays) and daily meditation.

Drake Residential Treatment Center employs 15 staff members including licensed drug and alcohol certified counselors, substance abuse technicians, a Master’s-level family support provider, a psychiatric consultant, a licensed special education teacher and case managers.


Aftercare (not included in the cost) is provided on an individual basis and may include individual therapy, group therapy and 12-step meetings.

Drake Residential Services also offers Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to suitable adolescent clients, as well as a 10-week relapse prevention program that includes individual therapy and working with a sponsor.

A variety of recreational activities are provided, such as swimming, sledding, Pilates (Saturdays) and yoga (Saturdays).

The family program allows family members to visit residents and attend a weekly meeting with the case manager.

In Summary

Drake Residential Treatment Center offers a high level of support in an intimate environment with the rugged terrain of Detroit Lakes as a backdrop.

Drake Residential Treatment Center Location

28579 Hwy 10 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Drake Residential Treatment Center Cost

Call for cost. Reach Drake Residential Treatment Center by phone at (218) 847-1329.

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