New Life Treatment Center in Woodstock, Minnesota was founded in 1977 by a small group of Christian men committed to treating addiction. Although the center originated in the Christian faith, the spiritual program of the 12 steps is a key component of the residential treatment offered here.
Accommodations and Food
In a town with a population of less than 100, this facility is about an hour from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and four hours from Minneapolis. One central building houses 21 residents and administrative and counseling offices, ensuring that clients are not left unattended. Men and women are separated during the treatment stay and reside in opposite sides of the facility, divided by a nurse’s station. Depending on the census, there are three to four residents per room, and bathrooms are down the hall. Homey and simple in décor, each client has a twin bed and nightstand. There is one large closet in each room.
Kitchen staff prepares three meals per day, which are served in a communal dining area. Snacks are available after the last evening meeting up until 11 pm. Each meal has a salad bar which would be an alternative to meat or gluten based products. However, specific dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.
The facility offers gender specific lounges and TV rooms and a gymnasium with a basketball and volleyball court where men and women are assigned specific time slots. Clients are encouraged to exercise during free time and there are a plethora of trails for a purifying hike or walk in nature.
Treatment and Staff
The average length of stay at New Life Treatment Center is 30 to 45 days. This is not a medical program—though detox is one of the services provided. Dual diagnosis clients are accepted here only with the understanding that mental health issues are being addressed independent of substance abuse treatment.
New Life offers two distinct, yet overlapping programs. The traditional 12-step program based on Alcoholics Anonymous is one option. The second option is a Christ-centered 12-step program with a biblical approach. The traditional 12-step program and the Christian 12-step program are also offered together in blended groups. Each client may choose which program best meets their needs and may change the course they are in at any time. Both 12-step and Christian-based programs have three to four groups per day. Regardless of which tract the client chooses, classes on addiction are mandatory and held three times a week. Although psychologists are not part of the treatment team, each resident is assigned a CADC, whom they meet with twice a week for individual therapy.
The day at New Life begins at 7 am; clients are expected to be showered and in the dining room by 7:45 for breakfast. Meditation group starts at 8:30, followed by individual counseling. Educational classes and group therapy resume after a noon lunch. Exercise is from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and dinner is at 6:15 pm. At 8 pm, residents attend an AA, NA or Christian-based 12-step meeting.
Every Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm is family day. Each family has an assigned counselor for a group session, followed by classes in addiction and relapse prevention. After lunch, there is visiting time, concluding at 3 pm with a wrap-up session.
The goal here is to nurture one’s spiritual malady as well as the physical self. New Life Treatment Center focuses on sustained abstinence through a spiritual way of life—either based on Christian principles or through 12-step ideology. This is uncomplicated recovery but dual diagnosis clients should keep looking.
New Life Treatment Center
130 Dakota St. S, PO Box 38
Woodstock, MN 56168
New Life Treatment Center Cost: $8,000 (30 days). Reach New Life Treatment Center at (507) 777-4321 or email at [email protected].
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