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The Gables treatment facility was established in 1983 near downtown Rochester in Southeast Minnesota. Since then, it has provided residential substance abuse treatment for women. Treatment is provided at high, medium and low intensities and residential stays last a minimum of 30 days. Gables also treats eating disorders, provides dual diagnosis services and runs a monthly family program.

Accommodations and Food

The facility is located in a four-story English Tudor Mansion first built in 1912 that has since been completely renovated. Bedrooms as well as group rooms, lounges and counselors’ offices are on the upper two levels.

There’s room for 30 clients and bedrooms are shared between three or more. The garden level has additional living areas and bedrooms. Each woman has a small cabinet by her bed where she can keep her approved private belongings. The common area contains a piano and provides plenty of natural light.

Meals are arranged by a registered dietician and prepared on-site by the clients themselves. Nutrition issues specific to recovering women are integrated into the treatment plan, including accommodations for special dietary and medical needs. Meals are served regularly at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm and 5:45 pm.

Treatment and Staff

The Gables program is designed to introduce women to a substance free lifestyle and the 12-step philosophy. The high intensity level is for clients in residential treatment while the medium intensity stage refers to those in extended care and low intensity means residents are in the halfway house.

Treatment programs provide a full-day curriculum of care under an individualized treatment plan. While group therapy is the primary treatment modality at the Gables, The Gables also offers individual therapy for issues specific to each client. Counselors use DBT techniques to address co-dependency, mental health, self-esteem and body image as well as housing and employment issues. Groups focus on developing independent sober living skills, concocting a comprehensive discharge plan and learning about relapse prevention. Women who are dealing with eating disorders are evaluated upon admission and given a concurrent treatment plan that blends eating disorder and chemical dependency recovery skills.

Doctor visits, psychiatric evaluations, psychological testing, prescription costs, dental visits and transportation are not included in the cost of treatment.

The Gables’ staff consists of a medical director, a psychologist, a consulting psychiatrist and a treatment director, as well as licensed chemical dependency counselors, technicians, nurses, a dietician and spirituality consultants. The Gables also houses Eddy T., a therapy dog who’s said to be adored by clients.


Every month, outside family therapy consultants are brought in to lecture and conduct therapy sessions with residents and their families. Additionally, a parenting skills group is offered through PAIIR (Parents Are Important In Rochester).

In Summary

Focusing on only female clients means that, over the last 30 years, The Gables has had a chance to hone their skills. In short, this could be the ideal place for women to enjoy a sense of support and community and build the necessary psychological structures to remain sober and gain back autonomy and independence.

The Gables Location

604 5th Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

The Gables Cost

$15,000 (30 days). Reach The Gables by phone at (800) 422-5370 or by email at

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