Progress Valley – Women’s Program

Progress Valley – Women’s Program


Progress Valley is a non-profit organization that, since 1972, has been serving the needs of individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located in Bloomington, Minn., Progress Valley Women’s Treatment Center (PVWTC) offers residential and outpatient treatment for women.The average length of stay is 90 days.


The program is 12-step based and incorporates evidence-based practices. Treatment is individualized and includes one-on-one counseling, group therapy, medication management, family programming, health lectures, case management, community referrals as well as attending regular recovery meetings. Care focuses on making positive changes, developing healthy relationships, building self-esteem, cultivating spirituality, and addressing issues of sexuality and trauma. Residents should expect to participate in programming 15 to 30 hours per week, based on their individual needs.

The intake process involves an interview and in-depth introduction to the program, which includes a tour and time for the client to settle in her room. A counselor designs a treatment plan, and clients are partnered with a senior peer to help integrate into the program.

There are groups tailored to women’s issues. One is a body image, which explores the correlation between substance abuse, eating disorders, compulsivity, and secrecy. Another is relationships, which helps clients develop healthy communication and a strong support system, as well as reintegrate within the family system. There also is an interactive educational series about stress management, spirituality, nutrition, and therapeutic recreation.

Progress Valley’s co-occurring disorders program is based on a curriculum developed by Dartmouth Medical School and the Hazelden Foundation. It teaches clients ways to manage their recovery and prevent relapse.

After a couple weeks in treatment, residents are expected to obtain and maintain employment, volunteer for 30 hours per week, or attend school. Following residential treatment, PVWTC offers outpatient services for those who wish to stay connected to their support group while rejoining the community. Even individuals who are new to this facility may be eligible for outpatient treatment.

Alumni events are offered and communicated through newsletters.


Led by a program director, the treatment team includes licensed alcohol and drug counselors, registered nurses, master’s-level mental health therapists, and mental health therapist interns.


Unlike Progress Valley’s dormitory-like men’s residence, the women’s 32-bed facility is housed in an attractive brick building sited near a large park.

Clients eat chef-prepared meals together in a communal dining hall. Cell phone use is permitted, but only during specific times of the day. The facility is tobacco-free and residents must not smoke or use electronic cigarettes or chewing tobacco inside. All residents have a curfew.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has gathered feedback from one alum to date.. This former client rated PVWTC’s overall treatment effectiveness with five out of five stars. Janel gave the other two major categories of the survey — accommodations/amenities and meals/nutrition — four stars out of five. She wrote: “The program provided me with the tools I needed to stay sober. I stayed connected even after I left and knew I always had a place to go if I was struggling. I’m still sober today 8 years later soon to be 9 years.”

On CiteHealth, PVWTC has a perfect five-star overall rating based on one user review. The anonymous alum wrote: “The tools that were taught to me during my stay help me everyday, not just with my sobriety but with everything I deal with on a day to day bases. I now know how to take care of myself, mind, body and spirit.”[1]


The one family member polled by to date also gave the highest five-star rating to PVWTC’s overall effectiveness. They commented: “Strengths: Responsibility. Weaknesses: Allowing clients to practice coping skills.”


Staff member Kathy rated PVWTC highly. She gave mostly four out of five stars for the facility’s features, including experience of staff and quality of care.


Progress Valley accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Rule 25 state funding. Financial assistance is available to clients who qualify.


Reviews about Progress Valley – Women’s Program

The changes in patients are amazing. more self confident, a better outlook on their future, with tools to help them continue in their sobriety. It works, I've seen many patients that have truly made a difference in their lives. they have been around for a long time- I believe 20 + years with separate men's and women's facilities.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Strengths: Responsibility. Weaknesses: Allowing clients to practice coping skills
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • The program provided me with the tools I needed to stay sober. I stayed connected even after I left and knew I always had a place to go if I was struggling. I'm still sober today 8 years later soon to be 9 years.