ABOUT ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL RECOVERY PLUS
Founded by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in 1886, St. Cloud Hospital is part of the Centra Care group, a nonprofit organization that operates six hospitals as well as numerous nursing homes, clinics, and pharmacies in Central Minnesota. Alongside a wide array of medical services, St. Cloud Hospital offers Recovery Plus, a substance abuse treatment center offering residential treatment and outpatient (OP) services for people of all ages.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The length of the residential program varies; St. Cloud’s website states that some clients stay for “a number of months or more.” The treatment program is based on the 12-Steps and offers medical care, group therapy, and education about the nature of addiction. The facility also offers dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), moral recognition therapy (MRT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), integrated dual disorder therapy, and complementary therapy.
Outpatient services available at this facility include partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP) and general OP programming. At each of these levels of care, clients participate in group therapy and are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings. Clients in PHP care typically stay one to six weeks and receive therapy in the day or evening.
After graduating PHP care, clients are encouraged to attend OP care. Standard OP care consists of one or two group therapy sessions per week and may last up to a year, while IOP care involves ten to 20 hours of counseling and group therapy spread over three days per week, and typically lasts one to three months.
Specialty programming is available for women, pregnant women, IV drug users, older adults, and, as well as those struggling with relapse, , and eating disorders. A program designed to help with repeated relapse addresses self-defeating behaviors and relapse triggers, and other programs offer specialized treatment for injection drug, meth, and cocaine users.
St. Cloud staff includes licensed psychotherapists, counselors, and a nurse practitioner. Medical care professionals from the hospital are also available. The six individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.67 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Pictures published on St. Cloud’s website show simple, somewhat dated décor; shared, bare-bones bedrooms; and a communal patio. The seven individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date rated the center’s cleanliness and its exercise and leisure offerings averages of 3.71 out of five stars and three stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the eight alumni reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, seven were positive and one negative. The five alumni polled on St. Cloud’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics rated the center averages of 3.8, 3.2, and 2.8 stars respectively for its family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings.
“Needs many improvements,” the single negative reviewer wrote, without elaborating further, and more than one reviewer noted that the center was difficult to get to.
Alumni also repeatedly praised the center’s older adult program, and several reviewers indicated that although the center was somewhat lacking in luxuries and extracurricular activities, the treatment was very good nonetheless. Alum J.S. wrote in a representative review: “They don’t have much in the way of exercise, but the counselors really care and the classes are great.” Alumni also praised the variety of programming and the fact that clients could bring their children to treatment with them.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Both loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com to date would recommend St. Cloud. Both rated the center highest in family participation at four and five out of five stars and lowest in exercise and leisure options at four and two stars.
One anonymous loved one wrote: “Focus on family. Welcoming Small, but hard to get to. Good counselors.” The other praised the center’s programs but added: “They didn’t follow up after treatment.”
For its medical services, St. Cloud accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance policies, though it’s unclear whether the same applies to the center’s addiction programs. St. Cloud offers discounts to those whose incomes are less than 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.