ABOUT RIVER RIDGE — A WOMAN’S WAY RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT
Located in Burnsville, Minn., A Woman’s Way Residential Treatment Center provides residential treatment for women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The facility aims to create a low-stress environment where women can focus on treatments with fewer distractions. There is a partner facility that provides similar services for men within River Ridge. The program uses counseling paired with medication management to address chemical and substance dependency. A Woman’s Way uses an eight-bed facility to house in-patient service clients.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Each client receives a comprehensive assessment to identify specific treatment needs. Clients that request assessments are assessed within three business days. Different forms of assessment are available including extended evaluations, which involve treatment sessions while being evaluated.
Treatment is founded on the principles of gender-responsive and trauma-informed care, and in particular on the pioneering work of Dr. Stephanie Covington, who has been working since the late seventies to establish recovery protocols adapted for the particular struggles of women. Covington’s approach is holistic, considers past trauma, and aims to create recovery environments optimized for women’s needs.
In practical terms, the program at A Woman’s Way aims to help each client to enhance personal motivation for long-term recovery, identify individual strengths and abilities, develop new relational and coping skills, and build a support system within her family and community.
Residents participate in individual counseling, group therapy, and family programming, and receive trauma support, spiritual guidance, stress-management classes, and relapse-prevention planning, plus medication-management services, medical care, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The 12-Steps are a part of treatment, but not its primary focus, and yoga and meditation are also used.
This facility offers an all-female staff of licensed addictions counselors, clinical counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists. There is also a consulting psychiatrist, physician, and registered nurse. There’s also a chef, a dietitian, and a yoga instructor on staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
A Woman’s Way sleeps a maximum of eight women in a suburban residential neighborhood, with easy access to a lake and walking paths.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni reviews to date gave mixed to lukewarm ratings. Three of the five alumni polled, however, only rated treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition, leaving their overall opinions of the facility uninformative.
Alum Angela, also gave four out of five stars for the facility’s holistic offerings, the facility’s cleanliness, the facility’s exercise and leisure options, and for the overall quality of individual treatment. She added, however, that she relapsed, and didn’t feel that she left equipped with the proper tools to lead a successful sober life, explaining: “They do not follow a 12 step program that, I believe, is what keeps me sober today.”
The other alum was positive regarding the facility’s cleanliness and family participation policy, awarding the metrics four out of five stars, but was negative in almost every other metric and in their commentary. “For the way they harass clients about money, they sure have very plain Jane facilities, limited treatment options, and a small staff,” the alum wrote. The alum did not think the program was worth the cost, and wrote that “they will cut off your services in a heart beat the instant you can’t pay.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
On Indeed, River Ridge received 2.5 out of five stars based on four reviews. A house manager gave a perfect five-star review, but two other employees gave just one star, citing “high stress” and being yelled at frequently, as well as “micro-management” and “untrusting management” as flaws of the facility.
According to its brochure, A Woman’s Way accepts Minnesota Medical Assistance, Pre-paid Medical Assistance (PMAP), and Rule 25. The brochure also notes that the rehab is in-network with most local and national commercial insurance carriers, and accepts self-payment.