Vinland National Center

Vinland National Center Loretto Minnesota

Vinland is a fully-accredited substance abuse treatment center licensed by the State of Minnesota. We meet the complex needs of individuals with disabilities seeking treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. We understand that past trauma is common for people struggling with addiction, which is why we provide trauma-informed services aimed at reducing triggers and avoiding re-traumatization.

ABOUT VINLAND CENTER

Founded in 1990, Vinland National Center in Loretto, Minn. caters to adults with learning disabilities, mental illness, and other cognitive impairments who also struggle with substance abuse. Located 20 miles west of Minneapolis and set on 178 acres of prairie and woodland, the center offers a therapeutic natural environment that complements a holistic approach to recovery.

Today, the well-established, state-licensed facility is amongst the state’s 139 (37.6 percent) residential programs. The facility also offers outpatient program and supportive housing programs. Detox services are not available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Substance abuse treatment is trauma-informed and aims to reduce triggers and avoid re-traumatization. Each day, clients take part in daily group therapy sessions centered on issues of family, relationships, parenting, sexuality, anger, grief, and loss.

Vinland follows a holistic model of treatment. As such, both residential and outpatient programs incorporate therapeutic exercise, recreation, mindfulness meditation, and life management skills, such as computer training and business networking, into programming.

Individuals seeking to complement the primarily holistic curriculum with the traditional 12-step moder of recovery may attend off-site 12-step meetings during the evening. Residential treatment typically last 42 days but ultimately varies based on individual needs.

Offering similar therapies and approaches, outpatient sessions take place Monday through Friday – with options for both evening and day sessions – for a total of 16 weeks.

Vinland Center also offers a home-like living arrangement through its two supportive housing lodges. Designed for individuals who require minimal supervision, these lodges present opportunity for forging friendships in the early stages of recovery while practicing everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and meal planning and cooking.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Vinland Center employs a multidisciplinary team of licensed psychologists and psychiatrists, mental health therapists, case managers, and licensed yoga instructors. In Minnesota, 99.2 percent of all substance abuse treatment centers have continuing education requirements for staff. The five individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the matter offered above-average ratings for the staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 3.6/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Men and women stay in separate units, each with their own lounge and meeting rooms. Residents sleep in shared, two- to four-person bedrooms with attached bathrooms and accessible showers. At maximum capacity, the facility can accommodate 61 residents. All meals are prepared professionally on-site.

Additional amenities include a fitness center, basketball court, walking trails, and several gardens. The five Best-rehabs.com survey respondents at the time of this writing gave high ratings for the facility’s accommodations and generally approved of the facility’s cleanliness.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.4/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date offered generally positive feedback for the facility. Alum Dana praised the facility, awarding five out of five stars for most of the 15 metrics evaluated, including the staff’s level of support, the level of respect given to clients, and the extracurricular activities offered. The center’s greatest area of improvement, in her opinion, was in the holistic treatment department, for which she gave only two stars. An anonymous alum agreed. “A decent facility with a good 12-step program, but they need better holistic options,” the alum wrote.

Others reported having a constructive time in recovery as well. One alum wrote that programming provided them with “much support and deep talks,” while another claimed that “everything… was great there the staff the roommate’s food everything!”

On Google, the consensus was unequivocally positive, with 4.5 average stars from eight reviewers to date.[1] “Saved my life!” one anonymous reviewer wrote. Former client M.V.H. described Vinland Center the “Best impatient treatment that I have been to,” and J.L. added, “Program is in-depth and personalized.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Feedback from five family members and friends is also largely positive, with one exception. Two of these reviewers specifically mentioned the staff and counselors as a major strength of the facility, while a third considered group counseling a major strength. Another loved one noted “exercise area” as a facility strength, and loved ones tended to approve of the amount of family participation. Overall, a majority of loved ones reported that they’d strongly recommend the facility to others.

Counseling Options: 4.3/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 4/5
Family Participation: 4/5

However, one parent polled by Best-rehabs.com reported issues with the discharge of their son.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The most critical review came from an anonymous staff member who gave only three stars for both treatment effectiveness and the accommodations. In their written commentary, this reviewer wrote: “Very few women and programming geared to men,” adding: “Too much down time and rotating staff.”

FINANCING

Vinland does not publish its fees online, but according to its website, accepts consolidated treatment funds (CTF), prepaid medical plans (PMAPS), and most insurance plans. The five individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date shared moderately positive feedback regarding the center’s cost.

Affordability: 3.6/5

[1] GoogleReviews

Reviews about Vinland National Center

THIS PROGRAM ABANDONED MY SONIN A HOTEL IN BLOOMINGTON WITH A PROMISE TO PLACE HIM IN NOTHER PROGRAM. THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT AS OF YET.
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  • Because I needed a place to specifically help me deal with a cognitive impairment while learning how to live a sober life, the slower pace really helped me process everything from assignments to concepts.
    I was there back in 2012. And everything this was great there the staff the roommate's food everything!!
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  • staff, exercise area, classes were great. down to earth, specialised in tbi
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    Just OK.
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  • counselors were good. staff turn over seemed high.
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  • Staff are dedicated to serving adults with cognitive impairments. The program uses evidenced-based treatment services, several staff members are certified brain injury specialists, and all direct care staff are licensed in their field. There is no swimming pool.
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  • groups were a strength of the facility. seperation of clients.
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  • A decent facility with a good 12-step program, but they need better holistic options.
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    Very few women and programming geared to men. Too much down time and rotating staff
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  • Program provided me with much support and deep talks.
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  • Great place!