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FAQs Family and Friends Ask about Wayside

Being a friend or family member of someone struggling with chemical dependency is difficult. We want to help answer your questions about treatment at the Wayside Recovery Center, so you can be ensured she will be in a safe, supportive environment.
How do I help someone get help?
 Read Get Help for a Friend.

In an emergency, call 911.
What makes Wayside different?
Over sixty years ago, Wayside House began with a mission to help women improve the quality of their life. Since then, Wayside House has become an expert in delivering gender-specific treatment. Our approach focuses on the unique issues and circumstances of women, as well as the different ways women can heal. Each woman receives an individual plan towards her recovery, based on an assessment. We believe one size doesn’t fit all.

Wayside House understands that many women who struggle with chemical dependency may also have additional needs. They might need to address past trauma, as well as  struggles with mental health. Wayside House is uniquely qualified to treat them all.

We specialize in delivering holistic, quality care on a continuum. This means we can concentrate on whatever issues a woman might have— she might need outpatient treatment, residential treatment, perhaps she would like to come with her children, or find supportive housing for herself and her family. Whatever the scenario, we are here to help.
How long do women stay?
The length of a stay is based upon each woman’s circumstances. However, we do know that longer lengths of treatment create the best outcomes. Typically, a woman stays 90 days.  However Wayside is committed to providing the care each woman needs, for as long as she needs it. Residential treatment is followed by outpatient treatment, which typically lasts for 12 weeks. 

What is an average day?
The day begins at about 7:30-8am, with either house responsibilities to complete, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) transportation, or child care drop-off (for moms with children at the Family Treatment Center).

8:30-11:30am are the first groups of the day – These may be educational or therapeutic groups on a variety of topics related to women and families and addiction/mental health issues.

Lunch is served at about 11:45am.

12:30-1pm are Office Hours – time to talk with your counselor about anything you need help scheduling for the week.

1-5pm are more educational or therapeutic groups, as well as potentially time for your weekly 1:1 meeting with your counselor.

5-6pm is Dinner time and relaxation.

6:30-8:30pm is time for evening groups or meetings, either on-site or away from the facility after clients have been in residence for a while.
Where are you located?

We have centers in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Louis Park.

Learn more about our locations.

What are the staff like?
Wayside’s staff are skillful, compassionate, and caring. They have extensive experience working with chemical dependency, as well as child protection issues, mental health, navigating the legal system, and even budget planning.  In fact, some of them have many years of their own sobriety, which means they can relate to the challenges and the rewards of the recovery process. At Wayside, our dedicated staff ensures that women learn the skills they need to prevent relapse, and the strength to build a healthier life. 
Do you have mental health/chemical dependency services?
Yes, Wayside House is capable of addressing both mental and chemical health. We are licensed to provide care for both.   All of our clients receive a thorough, diagnostic assessment. If appropriate, clients will be referred to therapy, psychiatry, or medication management services.

Do you have a psychiatrist on staff?
Wayside provides Tele-Psychiatry services onsite. We also work closely with several local psychiatric and therapeutic organizations. We will refer any client who requires this specialized care.
Do you do interventions?
Wayside House does not do interventions. Please refer to local AA, NA programs, or contact a physician.

Do you have outpatient?
Yes, at our new Wellness Outpatient Center.
Do you have housing?
Wayside House does have a Supportive Housing Program.  Wayside’s Recovery Services Department also helps provide women with resources to various sober and supportive housing opportunities.  

Can women enter treatment from states other than Minnesota?
Yes, residents outside of Minnesota can still receive our services. 

Do you do Rule 25 Assessments at Wayside?
Yes, we have staff, on-site, able to do Rule 25 Assessments.
How long is the wait list?
There is never a wait list at the Wellness Center, but sometimes there is at our residential sites.  To find out if there is a wait list please call Ashley Todd at 651-242-5540.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Fire Up or Burn Out!

As professionals, we are exposed to stress and trauma each day. Clients come to us for help and share with us extreme pain and shame. We must know how to deal with it, dissipate it and be balanced. In this presentation, we will discuss how the brain processes stress, review the self-care wheel, and implement the three principles to diffuse secondary trauma.

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