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What to Expect

Every woman experiences recovery differently. At Wayside, we customize treatment and services to you and your family’s needs. 


It’s okay to be unsure of what to expect during treatment. You may wonder what kind of support you’ll need when you first call. The most important thing is that you have taken the most important first step already and decided to seek help and change your life for the better.

Our experienced staff will take the time to learn more about you during your initial evaluation, and then help you decide what treatment path is the right one for you.  Our peer support specialist and intake team members will check in on you while you wait to admit into our services.

At all of our locations, and no matter what services you receive, one thing remains the same: you will be treated with respect. We are committed to providing trauma-informed, culturally responsive and gender-specific care. We strive to create a comfortable, inclusive, and judgment-free space for all women in their recovery journey.

As you wait for formal entry into your recommended services, you might also choose to prepare with the following activities: 

  • Attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings
  • Participate in online support groups (AA Intergroup, NA Recovery, SMART Recovery, Mental Health America)
  • Call or email Minnesota Recovery Connection to learn about their services
  • For women entering the Family Treatment program, ask for pre-engagement services with a Peer Recovery Specialist


We understand that if you are entering our residential treatment program it can be very overwhelming. For this reason, our Residential Program doors are never locked from the inside, and you are free to leave at any time (though we encourage you to share issues or challenges that arise so we can work through them together). 

When you first arrive, you will meet with our intake staff. They will help you understand what to expect during treatment. They will work with you to recommend a treatment path and coordinate with any necessary agencies including probation and Child Protection Services (CPS).

Mothers involved with CPS who are hoping to bring young children with them into residential treatment will need an approval letter from a judge. You will be able to enter residential treatment by yourself immediately, and Wayside staff will work with you and CPS to obtain court approval for your children to join.



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

“Wayside was the first time I received the help I needed in all areas of my life—therapy, parenting, spirituality…I needed all of it. Addiction and trauma had impacted everything. Today I know I am a worthwhile woman and I deserve to be loved, respected and sober!”
Wayside Alumna


7:30 – 8 am:

The day opens with either house responsibilities, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) transportation, or child care drop-off (for moms with children at the Family Treatment Center).

8:30 – 11:30am:

Women begin their first groups of the day. These may be educational or therapeutic groups on a variety of topics related to women, families and addiction/mental health issues.


Lunch is served. Wayside works with women to accommodate special dietary preferences or needs. 

12:30 – 1pm:

Wayside staff keep daily office hours, a time to talk with your counselor about anything you need help scheduling for throughout the week.

1 – 5pm:

This time is reserved for more educational or therapeutic groups, and time for a weekly 1:1 meeting with your counselor. You can expect to meet with your dedicated counselor within 72 hours of beginning your treatment journey. 

5 – 6pm:

Dinner is served. 

6:30 – 8:30pm:

During this time, women attend their evening group meetings on-site or away from the facility.