The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT)

The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT)


Located in Duluth, Minn., the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT) provides a wide range of treatment programs for adults and adolescents struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. CADT offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), a gender-specific IOP, and an IOP for adolescents.

In addition, the center operates gender-specific residential programs, extended care facilities for program alumni, a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, and a 26-bed medical detoxification unit for adults.


To determine an appropriate level of care, CADT facilitates walk-in assessments, which also serves as the entry point into CADT’s programs. If a client requires supervision and structure to acquire and maintain sobriety, the individual may be referred to one of the gender-specific residential programs.

Residential treatment adheres to a therapeutic community model of recovery, where peer support plays a central role in recovery. According to the facility’s website, programming is client-driven, which allows clients to determine their individualized treatment program. Although clients are introduced to the principles and practices of 12-Step, residents are not required to participate in 12-Step.

During residential treatment, clients may participate in group, individual, and family counseling sessions to learn coping skills, improve relationship skills, promote open communication, and increase self-awareness. In addition, clients may participate in substance abuse workshops and educational classes.

If necessary, CADT also provides ongoing medication management for those struggling with co-occurring mental health concerns. Residential treatment typically lasts 30 days, though individuals may choose to enroll in CADT’s extended care programs.

CADT also provides a number of intensive outpatient programs for those who may not require residential treatment. While a co-ed adult IOP is available, CADT also offers gender-specific IOP to address relevant issues common among women and men struggling with substance abuse, as well as an adolescent IOP. The outpatient programs require attended three-hour sessions, four times per week.

A medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program is also available for those who are recovering from opiate abuse, including heroin, morphine, and prescription painkillers.


CADT employs a multidisciplinary clinical team comprised of psychiatrists, substance abuse and mental health counselors, social workers, general medicine physicians, and nurses.


The women’s residential facility, the Marty Mann House, is an upscale, homelike estate with sprawling grounds for gardening, recreation, or relaxing. The house accommodates 24 residents, who share double-occupancy bedrooms. Almost all bedrooms offer a view of Lake Superior.

The primary residential program for men houses up to 16 residents, while two extended-care facilities are also available to program graduates. Referred to as the Howard Friese Houses, one facility accommodates up to 14 men, while the other residence houses up to 12 residents.


The sole alum polled by at the time of this writing was overall critical of the facility, particularly the facility’s dual diagnoses treatment. Out of five stars, the survey respondent gave a one-star rating for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders, the staff’s level of experience and training, and the facility’s counseling options.

“They had many groups which did help,” the alum wrote, but added: “Absolutely zero mental health help.”

Two alumni reviews sourced from Google reviews agreed with the critical assessment, both giving the facility a one out of five-star rating.[1] “Horrible place to go for inpatient services!,”James, a representative reviewer wrote.


The sole loved one polled by rebuked the negative reviews, offering perfect five-star ratings for the level of family participation and the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders, as well as four stars for its counseling options. “Nice rooms great food ideal place to recover…alot of family interaction,”M.A.H. wrote.


According to its website, CADT accepts most major health insurance plans of Minnesota.


Reviews about The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT)

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  • They had many groups which did help. Absolutely zero mental health help. This facility needs an exercise room in the facility and counselors on hand that are addicts and they need professionals that help with mental disorders.
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  • great consoling sesions. not enough rooms nice rooms great food ideal place to recover...alot of family interaction