Ministry Health Care is a Catholic organization providing quality medical care as well as services for substance abuse and mental health issues in a hospital setting. The behavioral health department offers both residential and outpatient treatment, with two facilities located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The residential program provides short term stays in a non-hospital setting, with outpatient services such as group and individual therapy just across the street. While support for some mental health issues is offered in these programs, the focus is mainly on substance abuse. Rooted in the 12 steps, these programs offer clients a structured path towards sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
The 12-bed residential program features simple rooms are shared between two clients at a time. The building also includes a dining room, kitchen, therapy rooms, offices and a common area with a television.
The meal program at MHC is designed to teach clients independence. All residents have access to a fully stocked kitchen and are expected to prepare breakfast and lunch on their own. When dinner rolls around, clients work together to prepare a large group meal for the entire house. Clients can add their own requests to staff grocery shopping lists, and special dietary requests such as food allergies can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
While therapeutic support for moderate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety is available at Ministry Health Care, the focus is mainly on chemical dependency. The treatment approach is a blend of evidence-based therapies such as CBT in conjunction with the 12 steps. While detox is not offered, recommendations to outside facilities can be made upon request.
Clients in the residential program typically stay 28 days. During this time, they attend daily group therapy and one individual session per week. Group occur four times a day, with topics such as relapse prevention, 12-step work, life skills, processing and anger management. There are also discussions about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Clients attend off-site AA/NA meetings at a local clubhouse every night. During free time, residents can journal, watch television or hang out outside when the weather permits. Once the program is completed, many continue on to outpatient care.
The outpatient facility is located just across the street from residential, offering both group and individual therapy. All therapy follows a similar structure to the residential programs. Clients are encouraged to attend AA/NA meetings during their free time, although this is not required. The length of time and intensity of treatment depends on the individual.
The staff includes LADCs. Group sizes max out at 12 clients for residential and 15 for outpatient.
While the amenities at the MHC residential facility are somewhat limited, clients are able to go to the local YMCA twice a week, which is included in the monthly cost. During free time, they can also blow off steam by shooting hoops on-site.
Ministry Health Care offers comprehensive, individualized care to treat substance abuse. Both residential and outpatient programs are available, offering small group sizes and hands on staff. This is probably not an ideal environment for those opposed to the 12-step approach. However, with daily AA/NA meetings and a plethora of therapy, those who attend this program will have a clear map towards sobriety.
Ministry Health Care
201 Prentice Street North
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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