Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Minnesota
Approximately 786,000 Minnesotans – 14.02% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 234,000 – 4.17% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. As a consequence, 13.66% of all deaths in Minnesota between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, nearly a full percentage point above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. As the highest-populated area in Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul had a similar drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 13.47% during the same time period.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Minnesota who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction to find affordable treatment that will put them on the path to recovery. It is also intended to inform the general public about the dangers of substance abuse in Minnesota.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Minnesota, you can use our directory to locate low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabilitation centers qualify as the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
Table of Contents
I. Getting Help
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Minnesota
If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 358 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Minnesota. Of those 358 centers, Northwestern Mental Health Center received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Northwestern Mental Health Center in Crookston earned the highest overall score in our rankings with 8.1 points out of 10 possible points and provides outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services for adolescents and adults. It scored a perfect 10 points in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided for its medication-assisted treatment utilizing drugs like naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram. The center also received full points for its wealth of special programs for unique populations, as it caters to veterans, clients referred from the court system, patients with HIV/AIDS, pregnant/postpartum women, victims of domestic violence, and many more. The center scored lowest in the category of Cost, as it does not accept Medicaid or government funding for substance abuse programs as forms of payment; however, it does accept other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, IHS/Tribal/Urban (ITU) funds, private health insurance, and self-payment.
Central Minnesota Mental Health Center Outpatient Services located in Buffalo received an overall score of 6.8 points out of 10 points, earning it the second spot in our rankings. The center offers substance abuse rehabilitation services to adolescents and adults, including accepting patients on opioid medication. Its highest score was in the category of Treatment Approaches for the wealth of modalities offered to clients, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation, relapse prevention, trauma-related counseling, anger management, and many more. The center’s biggest weakness was its lack of special programs for unique populations; however, it does offer programs specifically for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders and who have experienced trauma.
Scoring 5.3 out of 10 points and coming in third in our rankings, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center Residential Detox in Saint Cloud provides residential substance abuse detoxification services to patients that typically last from 12 to 72 hours. It does offer medication-assisted treatment for individuals addicted to alcohol through the use of disulfiram and acamprosate, and it also accepts patients on opioid medication, earning it the highest score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided. Since it is a short-term detoxification program, the center doesn’t offer any special programs for unique populations, which led to it receiving the lowest score in that category. The center also provides a gateway to an abundance of ancillary services, such as mental health services, housing and transportation assistance, and health screenings, among many others, giving it another high score in this category.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 10
Treatment Approaches: 2.86
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 0
Ancillary Services: 9.13
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Minnesota
651 University Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 Main Tel: 651-659-0359
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Minnesota
Start by contacting your CARE program location
In Minnesota, the first step in your substance addiction recovery journey is to contact one of the six Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise (CARE) program locations in the state. CARE is a service provided statewide through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Visit the Minnesota DHS website for more information, where you will also find this brochure for the CARE program.
The purpose of the CARE program is to provide a system of services to address substance use disorders for residents across the state who need assistance in beating their addictions. The Minnesota DHS is the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the Minnesota DHS Medical Assistance section of the website.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Minnesota recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.
Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.
Minnesota ranks among the top 10 states for veterans engaging in binge drinking
According to the CDC, Minnesota ranked among the top 10 states in 2017 for veterans who engaged in binge drinking, with a reported 18.6% of veterans in the state taking part in the dangerous behavior that is often linked to PTSD. This percentage is among the highest for all 50 states; Hawaii reported the greatest percentage of veterans engaging in binge drinking at 21.5%, while Utah was at the bottom of the rankings at 9.1%.
Top 10 States by Percentage of Veterans Who Binge Drink, 2017
Treatment is available for veterans in Minnesota who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 39 substance abuse treatment facilities in Minnesota – representing 11% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Minnesota use marijuana and alcohol at rates lower than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017
Between 2014 and 2017, 5.3% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Minnesota reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, well below the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 9% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Minnesota had taken part in the behavior in the past month, again less than the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 4.3% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Minnesota in 2017 were aged 12-17. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
Substance Use in Minnesota (SUMN) has been a resource for residents of Minnesota since 2008 and was created by the Minnesota State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), in partnership with the Minnesota DHS and other state agencies. SUMN serves to provide substance abuse prevention resources to the residents of Minnesota, including the parents and teachers of youth. Fact sheets, directed searches, and other pertinent information are available on the SUMN website. The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center, a partner of SUMN, also offers resources concerning youth substance abuse.
Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.
Mental Health Resources & Treatment
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.
Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.
Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.
Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Minnesota:
Minnesota Mental Health Clinics: This website provides a list of the types of mental health therapies available in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, with a section specifically for children and adolescents.
Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Health: The Minnesota branch of NAMI has a website that offers resources, education, and support for individuals with mental health concerns. Special sections catering to youth and veterans are available on the website.
Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Minnesota
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.
Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you
The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.
Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.
Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Minnesota between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Minnesota population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Minnesota, 2016-2017
* ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.
* ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.
of Minnesota deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Minnesota between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Minnesota compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Minnesota, 2008-2017
When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Minnesota, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over 750,000 Minnesotans suffer from mental illness every year
As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.
of Minnesota adults had a serious mental illness
of Minnesota adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 4.3% of Minnesota adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Minnesota adolescents, 12.3% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Minnesota.
Mental Health Issues in Minnesota by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Minnesota are similar to the national average
The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.
Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Minnesota witnessed a 40.6% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Minnesota ranked 38th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Minnesota and the United States, 2017
Minnesota has a significantly lower opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate
Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.
opioid prescriptions per 100 Minnesota residents, 2017
opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017
After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Minnesota was consistently and significantly lower than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 58.3 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 41 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a larger decrease of 29.67% as well.
Minnesota and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Minnesota is lower than the national average
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.
The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.
of every 10,000 Minnesota residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Minnesota had approximately 7,243 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 13 of every 10,000 Minnesota residents, similar to the national average. This number reveals a 13.54% decrease since 2014 when 8,377 homeless persons lived in Minnesota.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Minnesota by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in two of the most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Minneapolis-St. Paul are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Minneapolis-St. Paul
The drug- and alcohol-induced death rate is slightly lower in Minneapolis-St.Paul than across Minnesota
of Minneapolis-St. Paul deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Minnesota deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Between 2008 and 2017, there were 139,443 deaths induced by drugs and/or alcohol in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, in which Minneapolis and St. Paul are located. This number represented 13.47% of the total number of deaths among all ages during the same time period between the two counties and was just slightly lower than the state average of 13.66%.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in St. Cloud and the neighboring cities of Monticello and Buffalo are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the St. Cloud Area
St. Cloud’s drug- and alcohol-induced death rate is below the state average
of St. Cloud deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Minnesota deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Stearns County, in which St. Cloud is located, reported 10,836 drug- and alcohol-induced deaths between 2008 and 2017, equating to 12.4% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time frame. This percentage fell below the rate in Minnesota of 13.66% during the same time period. Furthermore, compared to Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Cloud had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate that was over one full percentage point lower.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Stearns County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Minnesota for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your CARE program location. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.