The New Beginnings Minnesota has been providing treatment for the chemically dependent in Minnesota for more than 32 years. One of its treatment facilities, New Beginnings at Waverly, is located near Waverly Lake about an hour from Minneapolis and offers residential treatment for men and women.
Accommodations and Food
Men and women residents live in different buildings on a large campus in rural Minnesota. Set against a lush, green background, New Beginnings at Waverly provides a quiet and tranquil setting for recovery.
About 78 residents—58 men and 20 women—can live on campus at any time. Within the gender-specific lodgings, residents share rooms with one other resident. Rooms are modest, but tastefully decorated with side-by-side twin beds, dressers and little touches like small paintings or mirrors.
Residents eat three meals a day served cafeteria-style. Breakfast is usually continental-type while lunch and dinner are more substantial, offering access to the salad bar and entrees such as hamburgers, hoagies or pizza.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at New Beginnings at Waverly is individualized, evidence-based, gender-specific and open to the dual diagnosed. They believe that the key to long-term sobriety involves education and relapse prevention. Male and female residents do not interact at any time.
The program begins with a medically-supervised detox if needed. Detox is located at the men’s facility and is ideal for users of alcohol, methamphetamine or marijuana. Those who use benzodiazepenes or heroin daily may be advised to detox in a hospital beforehand.
After a resident has stabilized, treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy including psychotherapy groups, 12-step education, CBT, nutrition education, relapse awareness and daily recreation.
A typical day begins with a 6:30 am wakeup, followed by breakfast and morning reflections at 8 am. After that, residents attend an educational seminar or a lecture, followed by primary groups (about 10 people) from 10 to 11:50 am. Residents then have lunch, a community group (which is larger than the primary group) at 1 pm, an educational film viewing or specialized group, a recovery skills group and a snack break, with time for individual 12-step study before dinner in the evening. Residents might have another group after dinner or they might visit the recreational facility for a group activity, like volleyball, or to use the exercise machines or weights.
Staff includes administrative support, registered nurses, medical techs and LADCs, many of who, also have Bachelor’s degrees in social work or psychology. The staff-to-resident ratio varies, but tends to be about one-to-five or less.
The recreational facility at New Beginnings at Waverly offers weights, exercise machines, an indoor volleyball net and a variety of sports gear—like kickballs and baseballs—for residents to take outside, weather permitting.
Those enrolled in residential treatment are welcome to invite their families to attend the family program for $25 per person during the second week of treatment. The family program runs from Monday to Wednesday, 8:45 am to 4 pm, and while there, spouses and other loved ones attend mostly educational seminars, family group therapy and guest lectures.
Aftercare varies for each client and might involve outpatient treatment at one of New Beginnings Minnesota’s facilities in St. Peter, Elk River, Litchfield, Olivia, Worthington or Minnetonka. These locations offer group therapy, family therapy, 12-step meetings and addiction education. Alternatively, staff can set a client up in a sober living environment or halfway house.
For those who complete either an inpatient or outpatient program, New Beginnings has an alumni program that hosts events about once a month. The events may be a dinner with a guest lecture from a sober alumnus or medical professional, 12-step workshops, softball games, holiday parties and even weekend retreats. The alumni group also puts out a seasonal newsletter, which highlights upcoming events and new research on addiction.
New Beginnings at Waverly offers thorough residential treatment for those living in the Minnesota area. With an extended network of outpatient facilities and an alumni program, it’s a solid choice for clients seeking a Midwestern recovery.
New Beginnings at Waverly
109 North Shore Dr
Waverly, MN 55390
New Beginnings at Waverly Cost: Call for cost (30 days). Reach New Beginnings at Waverly by phone at (800) 487-8758 or at (763) 658-5800. Find New Beginnings at Waverly on Facebook
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