Minnesota Alternatives, LLC

3.4 (12 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
7766 NE Hwy. 65
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
7637894895 Visit Website
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  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted
Treatment Insights

Minnesota Alternatives is a treatment facility that offers a unique approach to substance abuse disorder treatment and provides an alternative to the 12-Step, abstinence-based “Minnesota Model”. Minnesota Alternatives offers adult outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, and focuses on skill development, engagement, neuroscience and personalized interventions. Treatment options utilize meditation, imagery and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Minnesota Alternatives, LLC Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

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My husband has been going there for over 3 years. They have not done anything for him. As I write this he is drunk sleeping. His counseling has not done anything. MY INSURANCE COMPANY AND MYSELF HAVE ...


This program is very concerning. Anyone who has been around addiction knows that it is ineffective to treat someone who is still using. Our child attended and “graduated” and then weeks later atte...


This treatment, even though I went in with a Stay of Commitment as a court order, I changed my doc (drug of choice)...the skills taught are the best thing possible with the care and support of a very ...


An overall good facility with great holistic offerings and supportive staff.


this was my 14th treatment and the only 1 that helped. my program was taylored to my needs as they came up. when my mental health issues flaired up my program was changed to meet my needs. i was nev...


His usage has decreased. The program is a great program with excellent and caring staff. My child needs put into practice the info he has learned frome program.


It was court ordered.


A great facility with wonderful counseling and a supportive staff.


I am the founder, so I have a clear bias. I think anyone who is interested in our services should look at client reviews, come and take a tour, and meet with staff to see if we are a good fit for your...


Strengths include: client centered, flexibility, willing to meet clients where ever they are at in their recovery. However, sometimes we may be too flexible for clients that want more structure and to...


Strengths include: excellent management, ongoing staff education, integration with Community Services, innovative, open to feedback from clients/family, utilize evidence based tx strategies and open t...

Areas of Focus
Individualized Treatment

Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Client & Family Support Groups

Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

Key Staff Members
  • Photo of Paula L DeSanto, Owner and Director
    Paula L DeSanto, Owner and Director - MS, LSW, CPRP, CCDP-D

    Paula is the founder and president of Minnesota Alternatives, a unique outpatient program providing substance use and mental health treatment through person-centered principles and interventions. Paula also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches graduate students about her model. Paula’s Master of Science degree is in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Boston University. She is a Licensed Social Worker as well as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and a Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomat. In her role as outside consultant and trainer, Paula is often invited to speak to both professional and consumer audiences about alternative approaches to substance use disorder treatment and harm/risk reduction. She also serves on the Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Division Advisory Council, the Anoka County Directors Network, and the Medica Community Advisory Council. Paula has developed programs that serve adults with mental health and/or substance use issues for more than 25 years. She has worked in a variety of settings that include intensive residential and outpatient treatment, case management, and community support. Previously, she worked at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center bringing progressive, person-centered care into a medical setting. She was a program director for Diane Ollendick-Wright – working with her for 11 years and she also directed programs for 9 years for People Incorporated.