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Developing personal responsibility is the foundation of all programs at Progress Valley, a non-profit organization providing residential substance abuse treatment for men and women in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul. Progress Valley opened in 1972 with a mission to provide a continuum of recovery support and build healthy, thriving communities.

Accommodations and Food

Progress Valley offers two separate treatment locations, one for men and one for women. The men’s facility is located in Uptown in a three-story building flooded with natural light. It is situated on a tree-lined residential street within walking distance of restaurants, a movie theater and parks.

The women’s facility is located in suburban Richfield in a less pedestrian-friendly area but within blocks of a large, grassy park. The facility is housed in an attractive brick building surrounded by a large lawn and trees, shielding it from the main road. The interior features comfortable furnishings with the kind of warm, inviting feel that fosters intimacy.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment differs somewhat between the men’s and women’s programs. For both genders, it includes one-on-one counseling, individualized treatment planning, group therapy, family programming, medication monitoring, case management and community referrals. The men’s program also includes a recovery group that addresses cultural stereotypes about masculinity, expressing emotion and forming healthy relationships. The women’s program offers a body image group in which women learn about developing a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. It also addresses similarities between substance abuse and disordered eating behaviors, including preoccupation, craving, compulsive behaviors, secretiveness, rituals, mood-altering effects and high relapse rate. Both locations offer a co-occurring disorders program, which was developed by Dartmouth Medical School.

When they are ready, residents are expected to obtain and maintain gainful employment or volunteer for 30 hours a week or attend school.


The staff at Progress Valley are deeply committed to the program, as evidenced by their long tenures, 10 years for many of them. In a third-party review of Progress Valley, current and previous clients praised it for the quality of staff members and their responsiveness to clients’ needs. Staff members are available 24 hours a day.


Many of the residents at Progress Valley transition out of the residential treatment program directly into its sober living homes. This continuum of care is an essential part of Progress Valley’s ethos and facilitates lasting recovery.

In Summary

Many individuals will find Progress Valley’s gender-specific approach particularly beneficial and the price point excellent. The cost of treatment varies depending on the needs of the individual. Additionally, the program’s emphasis on taking personal responsibility has the potential to empower people to not only remain substance-free but also achieve other life goals.

Progress Valley Location

8030 Old Cedar Ave South, Ste 229
Bloomington, MN 55425

Progress Valley Cost

$4,450-$8,050 (30 days). Reach Progress Valley by phone at (952) 374-5540. Find Progress Valley at Facebook

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