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Founded in 1997, Prairie St. John’s is a fully-licensed and accredited facility in Fargo, North Dakota. Treatment services include dual diagnosis support for those with co-occurring disorders through a variety of inpatient and outpatient tracks for adults, adolescents and children. Each client receives an individualized treatment plan created with the help of a diverse and qualified staff.

Accommodations and Food

PSJ’s co-ed inpatient program has 94 beds, all in double-occupancy rooms with single beds. All meals are provided, and kitchen staff can work with clients who have special dietary needs. There are communal areas where residents can watch television and socialize, but otherwise accommodations are basic. There is no computer access available.

Treatment and Staff

Once they complete an assessment, clients are referred to an appropriate program by St. John’s staff. There are several treatment options available at Prairie St. John’s including Intensive Outpatient (IOP), outpatient, low-intensity outpatient, inpatient and residential; all of the above rely heavily on a 12-step approach. Though it’s listed as “inpatient,” the residential component is really a medical detox which lasts an average of 12 to 13 days. In all programs, clients receive education in chemical dependency and participate in group, art and play therapy. Family programs are also provided.

Those in IOP participate in three-hour group sessions three evenings a week for approximately seven weeks. Clients in the low-intensity outpatient track mostly use it as an aftercare option, participating in groups two times a week for ongoing care and maintenance.

Staff at Prairie St. John’s includes board-certified psychiatrists for both adolescents and adults, Ph.D-level psychologists, Master’s-level counselors and social workers, nurses and licensed addiction counselors. Occupational and recreational therapists are available, as well.


Prairie St. John’s is the only facility of its kind for miles in the area, and as such serves a hub for for those seeking treatment in North Dakota.

In Summary

While Prairie St. John’s has a solid 18-year history in Fargo, it has faced some legal controversy. Still, the facility provides a necessary resource for addiction treatment in the region. This is an option for those seeking a clinical setting, a robust staff and a range of flexible treatment options.

Prairie St. John’s Location

510 4th St. South
Fargo, ND 58103

Prairie St. John’s Cost

$14,000 (30 days, inpatient); sliding scale (outpatient). Reach Prairie St. John’s by phone at (877) 333-9565.

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