$250K grant will go to helping more Minnesotans with their addictions


A drug and alcohol recovery center that works to keep costs low received a grant that will allow the nonprofit to help nearly 100 more people seeking recovery.

The Retreat, a residential recovery program in Wayzata, received $250,000 from the Otto Bremer Foundation to fund additional scholarships for Minnesota residents who live outside the seven county metro area, The Retreat said.

“This initiative will open the door of recovery to people who are often overlooked,” John Curtiss, The Retreat’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “Our model has always been to keep recovery affordable. This grant takes it a step further and removes price as a barrier for most of the greater Minnesota population."

The Retreat's residential program is $4,700 for the first month, and $3,900 for each additional month as needed, according to its website, which is far cheaper than conventional treatment centers that can cost upwards of $30,000, the Sun Sailor noted.

The Retreat gives about $300,000 in scholarships annually to people who need treatment but can't afford it, the Lakeshore Weekly News reported. This grant will allow the nonprofit to serve about 80-100 more people seeking recovery, and all of it will go toward people in greater Minnesota.

The treatment

The Retreat's more affordable methods, which are grounded in the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step program, is working as well as most other programs.

Since 1998, The Retreat has helped more than 16,000 people with their recovery. An independent survey found 56 percent of guests at The Retreat abstained from all mood-altering chemicals in the year after leaving the program, which is comparable to statistics from other treatment centers, the Star Tribune reported.

The Otto Bremer Foundation's donation was part of $10.7 million in grants donated to 110 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, a news release said.

There are over 250 treatment centers in Minnesota, Recovery Connection notes, and 50,830 people entered substance abuse treatment programs in the state in 2010.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 9.3 percent (23.5 million) of Americans 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009. Of those, only 2.6 million (11.2 percent) received it at a specialty facility.

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