Riverplace Counseling Centers

Riverplace Counseling Centers


Located in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Anoka, Minn., Riverplace Counseling Centers are a family-owned and -operated pair of gender-specific facilities that offer treatment to individuals struggling with substance use. Treatment is 12-step- outpatient-based, with lodging provided for intensive and extended treatment programs. Cost-efficient treatment is emphasized on the facility’s website as a priority.


While men and women live and receive treatment separately at Riverplace, their 130-hour, 28-day intensive treatment programs involve similar therapeutic modalities and structures. Both programs follow The Matrix Model, integrating individual and group counseling with education, self-help practices, and drug testing. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held on-site, as well as groups addressing topics such as grief, nutrition, and self-defense.

The facility offers both standard outpatient treatment and a more intensive program. The intensive track consists of 100 hours of treatment over two weeks, including weekends, and a more standard outpatient program provides 60 hours over five weeks. Outpatient meetings are offered to fit both morning and evening schedules.

Aftercare includes group therapy once a week, operated on a 12-week run, and alumni who have completed an outpatient program may also receive counseling to address particular difficulties such as financial and spiritual wellbeing. A weekly “Concerned Persons” group for loved ones is also offered.


There is currently little information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff beyond references to career opportunities for licensed chemical dependency counselors and technicians.

However, the three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing each indicated that staff training and experience were strong, with ratings of four and five stars out of five. One alum described the treatment team as knowledgeable and educated, writing that they “gave you their personal experiences and helped you to find the cause of the problem.”


The facility prides itself on its “non-institutional” care and setting. Photographs on the Riverplace website reflect this characterization in images of comfortable furnishings, warmly decorated, shared living spaces, large yards for outdoor activities, decks with grills, and an open kitchen layout. Residences also include workout equipment on-site. Bedrooms are shared and residents share household chores. Each living facility has one support staff member on-site.


Riverplace received positive reviews from the three alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing. All indicated that they would recommend the facility to others, giving ratings of five out of five stars for the effectiveness of treatment received. Metrics measuring cleanliness and maintenance of the facility received two ratings of five stars and one of three. One anonymous alum characterized amenities as rundown, while noting the small size of the program as a strength.

Another alum, W.S.M., praised the facility’s gender-specific approach, writing that the “all women environment made it easier to share and be open & honest.”

Reviews on secondary sites were more mixed. On Google reviews, nine reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 2.8 stars. In addition to several five-star reviews, five reviewers submitted one-star ratings with common criticisms including the quality of the facility and the staff.[1]

On the facility’s Facebook page, which the facility may be able to manage, nine reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 3.8. Several reported long-term sobriety and mentioned the staff and tools learned as strengths.One critical former client described a facility with inconsistent structure and standards.[2]

Feedback on CiteHealth was less favorable. Six reviews, one of which was duplicated on Google, gave an average rating of 2.2 out of five stars. Central criticisms focused on accommodations and financial practices. Some characterized the residences as dirty and one particularly noted concerns with limited staff support.[3]


All major commercial insurance and state coverage plans are accepted, according to the facility’s website. Self-pay is also accepted. The two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com on the affordability gave four and five star ratings.

[1] https://goo.gl/RKiAd0

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverplace-Counseling-Center/122820857775784,

[3] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/minnesota/cities/anoka/riverplace-counseling-center

Reviews about Riverplace Counseling Centers

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all I can say is it worked for me!
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  • Knowledgeable/educated staff. Tell you what you need to hear. Run down amenities I thought the staff was great. Gave you their personal experiences and helped you to find the cause of the problem.
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  • Smaller facility doable to focus on clients they have. Other facilities are larger and seemed to have 1 or two that slipped through the cracks could have more visiting time once mid week would have been nice. Right now was only one day out of the entire week which is very long when are away from children/family I owe my life to this place! They tapped into the core of my addiction. Treat the cause. Every person there taught me something. All women environment made it easier to share and be open & honest.