Teenage substance abuse affects emotional and social functioning, as well as the healthy development of family relationships. The goal of the Anthony Louis Center in Blaine, Minnesota is to help young people develop the skills they need to cope with the stresses of adolescence without turning to drugs and alcohol. Residential treatment provides teens with a safe and supportive place to examine their substance abuse and behavioral problems, become educated about the disease of addiction, and discover alternative methods for facing life’s challenges — and having fun.
ABOUT ANTHONY LOUIS CENTER – BLAINE
Anthony Louis Center comprises about half a dozen substance use disorder treatment programs that serve adolescents in the northern Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs. The center’s Blaine location provides both residential and outpatient treatment and supports teens who are struggling with addiction as well as with such related concerns as co-occurring mental health disorders, school and family challenges, and involvement in the court system. Anthony Louis Centers is operated by On-Belay Minnesota, a community-based group named for the support device used in climbing. Additional facilities include aand an .
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The admissions process at Anthony Louis Center begins with a scheduled or walk-in assessment, followed by an intensive interview. Each teen receives a physical exam during intake. Typically, the center recommends a 30- to 45-day residential program, during which staff members provide comprehensive case management and coordinate with families, schools, and existing health care professionals, and other referral sources. The Blaine center accepts male and female adolescents, with separate living arrangements and some mixed-gender clinical sessions.
Throughout the rehab process, family involvement and extensive planning to prepare for ongoing recovery are key priorities, according to the facility’s website. Most treatment plans incorporate individual and group therapy, family counseling, psychological consultation, and addiction education. Nutritional and nursing services are also available, and random drug screens are required. Full-day outpatient programming consists of the same treatment components as residential care.
Prior to discharge, treatment team members work with each teen to create a “formal environmental plan,” which addresses specific ways in which he or she will continue in recovery after returning home.
The multidisciplinary staff is led by a medical director and includes a licensed clinical psychologist, a registered nurse, a dietician, chemical dependency counselors, recreational therapists, and teachers. Anthony Louis Center also coordinates with the, a Minnesota-based mental health care provider, for some assessment and additional mental health services.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential facility can accommodate up to 22 clients at a time. According to the facility’s website, although a registered nurse is present, 24-hour medical care is not available on-site.
Residents are not permitted to use personal electronic devices.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any alumni reviews for Anthony Louis House in Blaine. A single Google review was critical of the facility’s disorganization.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from loved ones of former clients available at the time of this writing was split between those who did not find the program at all helpful and those who would recommend Anthony Louis Center to others, particularly praising the staff’s professionalism.
The two reviews received by Best-rehabs.com both referenced outpatient treatment and expressed strong dissatisfaction. One cited a lack of effective communication and inadequate resources as weaknesses, also echoing the Google reviewer’s complaints of disorganization. On the other hand, Two CiteHealth reviews were highly favorable. “The young staff related very well to our son and he did very well at this facility,” one wrote.
WHAT STAFFF SAY
Neither of two former employees who posted Glassdoor reviews would recommend the facility. Both cited problems with high staff turnover, although one also identified working with co-workers and clients as a highlight.
Anthony Louis Center does not publish its fees online, however, the center does accept insurance and county funding, and offers some financial aid through scholarships, according to its website.