Avera Addiction Care Center
Avera Addiction Care Center is a department of Avera Behavioral Health, with over 60 years of history as the Upper Midwest’s leader in behavioral health services. This 20,000-square-foot residential treatment facility is for adults who wish to address drug or alcohol addiction. A one-of-a-kind care facility for the Upper Midwest, this center’s 28-day voluntary recovery program focuses on addiction treatment.
Photo Tour of the Avera Addiction Care Center
The Gathering Place is the main building for programming, dining and group activities. The front room features comfortable furnishings and a fireplace. Visitors and new residents are greeted by a concierge.
A Meditation Room is respectful of all faiths, and is a quiet place for prayer, meditation or quiet reflection as well as small group meetings or family visits.
A water feature in the Gathering Place is among elements that create an atmosphere of peace and healing.
All residents eat together in the dining room. Breakfast is “come and go” with made-to-order menu options such as omelets. Lunch includes items like soup, salad and a daily special, and evening meals are served family style.
The Lodge is the residential building. It features a great room with comfortable furnishings and a two-sided fireplace.
The Lodge’s great room offers several comfortable conversation areas, TVs and a business center.
A snack bar in the Lodge is available for residents throughout the day and evening.
Each residential wing has its own living space with comfortable furniture and TVs. Men and women are housed in separate wings, and wings have eight to 12 rooms.
Another view of a living area that is part of each residential wing.
Each residential room has a full-size bed, desk, wardrobe and sink. Mattresses can be flipped for a pillow top or firmer surface per each individual’s preference.
Physical wellness along with emotional, mental and spiritual wellness is an important component of the program. A fitness center in the residential building offers treadmills, elliptical machines, strength training equipment and a golf simulator
A three-seasons screened-in patio off the main entrance of the Gathering Place offers radiant heat from the ceiling to make it a pleasant place to hang out on all but the coldest days of winter.
Another view of the three-seasons patio.
Meeting rooms accommodate groups for therapy sessions, education, art therapy and more.
This meeting room provides tables and chairs for a variety of seating options.
A medical exam room is available on site for residents who need to see a provider in a clinical setting.
Four medical stabilization rooms are adjacent to a nurses station.
Another view of the medical stabilization area. A nurse is on site 24/7 and a psychiatrist rounds regularly.
Most residents begin their stay in a private medical stabilization room for 24 to 72 hours during which they will receive care and monitoring for mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. Then they can transfer to one of the other 28 residential rooms.
Experience Residential Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment in a Home-like Setting
The Avera Addiction Care Center is located on the Avera on Louise Health Campus, in Sioux Falls, SD, just east of the 69th Street and Louise Avenue intersection and directly east of the Avera Specialty Hospital.
Addiction Care Personalized to You
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A world-class, residential addiction treatment facility, the Avera Addiction Care Center offers two, one-story buildings with separate areas for programming and residential life. For adults 18 and older, the center offers a 32-bed residential building with private rooms and building wings separated by gender—and a second building for treatment, group dining and gathering.
Offering a home-like environment, the Avera Addiction Care Center includes peaceful courtyards and patios with fire pits, and walking paths offering a respectful, hopeful setting for residents. A grove of trees edges the buildings, creating a calm, beautiful and private environment. Additional residential life features include:
- Comfortably furnished social areas with games, books, TVs and spaces for group gatherings and conversation
- Various bed/mattress options, personal vanity desk and chair, along with soothing room and building colors—including relaxing artwork and photography décor
- Calming water feature, aromatherapy and meditation room
- A fitness center, a centering room and business center on-site with phone and Internet access
- Delicious food with three daily meals cooked on-site, including a dinner served family style and snack areas with beverage options available at all times
View more of the facility and hear our behavioral health team discuss the philosophy of care that guided the creation of the Avera Addiction Care Center.
Join an Evidence-based Addiction Recovery Program
Addiction is a disease; we’re committed to helping you or your loved one along the way toward recovery with compassionate care. The Avera Addiction Care Center focuses on drug and alcohol addictions with a 28-day residential treatment program.
After medical stabilization for withdrawal symptoms (may include medication-assisted therapies), residents will receive a tailor-made recovery program based on their personal needs. Multiple, evidence-based approaches will be available—as there is more than one, single path to recovery. Residents will participate in a minimum of 30 hours of clinical services each week.
Personalized treatment programs include aspects of varied approaches such as:
- Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing and more
Group and individual sessions are integrated throughout programs—and evening and weekend hours will include rest time, family visits, hands-on activities (including daily chores, art therapy, recreation therapy and cooking classes). Residents will also be able to connect with others in the recovery community in facilitated support group meetings. Treatment steps will encompass addressing the needs of the whole person – body, mind and spirit, as is the Avera health care philosophy.
Mental Health Fact: Some 60% of patients in Avera’s behavioral health inpatient center have co-occurring disorders of addiction and another mental health condition such as depression or bipolar disorder. Yet after an acute stay in the hospital, many patients need ongoing addiction care at a greater intensity than outpatient services.
Here for You: A Multidisciplinary Behavioral Health Team
The Avera Addiction Care Center provides a multidisciplinary team of behavioral health experts—and offers level 3.7 residential care following criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Therapists are master level therapists licensed in mental health therapy and addiction, with support from psychiatrists who round regularly and are readily available. Nursing staff is available 24/7, and residents also benefit from navigators and nutritional support.
As a member of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Patient Care Network, Avera leadership, staff, patients, families and communities also have access to tools, resources and collaborative consultations from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation – the nation’s leading nonprofit addiction treatment provider. Hazelden curriculum is woven throughout the programming at the Avera Addiction Care Center.
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"Our region, like the rest of the country, has an addiction rate of around 10%. It’s a tremendously damaging illness that’s often hard to recognize and hard to treat. It’s taking lives."
- Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President for the Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line and Medical Director of Avera Behavioral Health Services
Find Ongoing Recovery Support with Family Inclusion
The first 12 months of recovery can be the most challenging, and the Avera Addiction Care Center wants to give all residents the best tools possible for success. When residents check in, they receive a tablet to use throughout their stay with an app for therapists to communicate with residents and send them materials.
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Upon check-out, residents can receive additional support that includes ongoing outpatient care or telemedicine sessions with therapists, as needed. A navigator will follow patients for one year after treatment to help monitor stability and prevent relapse.
Family members are provided a wealth of support and education about addiction and recovery, along with help developing a wellness program for their recovering loved one and their own personal wellness program. A proven fact, both family and ongoing clinical support are vital to long-term sobriety.
"One of the most important drivers is our belief that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated rather than a character flaw that people should feel ashamed of."
- Thomas Otten, Assistant Vice President for Avera Behavioral Health Services