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Alcohol & Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Women

Wayside will help you build a future free from substance use and trauma.

Wayside’s integrated mental health and addiction treatment is designed to meet the needs of women and their families. Our services address every area of your life including your physical and mental health; housing and employment needs; and parenting and family supports. You have already taken the first step, now we can be with you every step of the way.

why choose wayside

Treatment for Women
Wayside provides gender-specific treatment because women with chemical dependency have unique needs. Women experience trauma in a different way and many are defined by important relationships in their lives. These issues often play a key role in women’s substance use and need to be a focus in treatment.

Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma, like childhood abuse and sexual assault, causes overwhelming stress in our brain and body. Often, in an attempt to manage this stress, women turn to alcohol or drugs to cope. Wayside has more than six decades of experience providing addiction and mental health treatment that makes women feel seen, heard, and safe so true recovery can begin.

Mental Health Services
Women with mental health concerns like anxiety or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) are more likely to use alcohol or drugs to cope. Sometimes, substance use comes first and can cause mental health symptoms. It can be impossible to know which is the primary cause when a woman has both—or co-occurring—disorders. The best treatment addresses both at the same time.

Wayside alumna Misty H. shares her story so more women can discover healing and hope at Wayside.


Wayside accepts women regardless of their ability to pay for treatment and will work with you on what payment/insurance option is right for you. Your method of payment will be discussed during your intake assessment. Wayside accepts all major insurance providers and Medicaid. If you are someone with limited income or resources, you may be eligible for public assistance and/or MNsure, (link to MNsure). Wayside staff is here to help you navigate to find your best payment option. Learn more about Payment Options.

Wayside is committed to providing the care each woman needs, for as long as she needs it. The average length of stay is 60-90 days. We know that longer lengths of treatment creates the best long-term outcomes for our clients.Your length of stay will be based upon your unique needs. Before admitting into services, you will receives comprehensive and diagnostic assessments and then a customized treatment plan will be created just for you. Residential treatment is typically followed by outpatient treatment, which lasts for approximately 12 weeks.

Wayside’s staff are skillful, compassionate, and caring. They have extensive experience working with substance use disorder, child protection issues, mental health, the legal system and life skills such as employment coaching and 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 are empowered with the skills they need to prevent recurrence of use and the strength to build a healthier life.

We understand that coming to treatment can be very overwhelming. Our Residential Program doors are not locked from the inside, and you are free to leave at any time. We do encourage all clients to try to stay for at least a week to give it a chance and to share any concerns they may have with their counselor.

Wayside welcomes visits from family, friends, children and other loved ones during residential treatment. Learn more at Visiting Wayside.

Yes, Wayside is one of only five providers in the state that offers family treatment. Women can enter treatment pregnant and with children up to age 11. Women can also be working towards reunification while in treatment and receive support to have custody re-established. Learn more about our Family Treatment Center.