Pride Institute – LGBT Mental Health Treatment Center Review

Opened in 1986, Pride Institute is America’s first rehab to offer addiction treatment to the LGBT community.

Due to this community’s struggle with discrimination, roughly 25% of the gay and transgender population suffers from substance abuse disorders.

With a highly trained staff, comprehensive treatment programs, and over 14,000 graduates, Pride Institute is a safe place for a clean start.


1.      Treatment

Pride Institute enhances the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people through evidence-based substance abuse, sexual health, and mental health treatment. Serene and comfortable, this rehab offers detox services, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient program. The center’s core beliefs include: holistic approach, abstinence-based model, wellness and self-determination, cultural diversity, social support, education, and understanding the negative effects of heterosexism.

The average stay for the residential program is 60 to 90 days, plus step-down options. All clients engage in individual, couple, family, and group therapies, including anger management, cognitive skills education, grief and loss, expressive art therapies, and other. Furthermore, patients receive 24h nursing care, psychiatric care, sexual health programming, and cognitive behavioral therapy with 12-step facilitation.

The Partial Hospitalization Program helps individuals who are not ready to step-down to outpatient care and still need intensive treatment. This program includes intensive group therapies, and family involvement. Patients live in an 8-bed sober-living house and they spend 8 hours per day, 7 days per week on sessions.

Furthermore, the Intensive Outpatient Program is a step-down from residential treatment, but it also serves as an intermediary option. Residents take part in individual and group sessions, and need to attend at least two self-help group meetings per week. After the completion of this 9-week program, Pride Institute offers Relapse Prevention groups as well. Patients also have access to the Kindred Family Therapy Program and the Sexual Health Program.


2.      Accommodations and Food

The residential treatment quarters rest in Eden Prairie, a rural suburb of Minneapolis. This facility accommodates up to 42 patients at a time in well-appointed and spacious rooms. Residents share a bedroom with other roommates, clean their rooms, and do their own laundry. Pride Institute is a safe and very comfy place to stay, although not luxurious. Apart from comfortable bedrooms, the facility also features a gym and a cafeteria. Patients take time to meditate, do reflections, and take walks around the grounds, although they’re always in a company of a staff member.

Pride Institute’s second facility is a newly-opened PHP House, located within one mile of the residential treatment center. This house accommodates up to 8 people at a time and boasts a large backyard with deck, updated kitchen, and comfortable rooms.

A four-star chef reportedly cooks all the meals at Pride Institute. The menu is healthy and nutritious, featuring all kinds of fruits and veggies. Dinner meals have an ethnic influence and feature healthy stir-fried concoctions and salads. The on-site chef can also accommodate any special dietary requirements, and coffee is available all throughout the day.

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3.      Staff

Pride Institute employs the best client-centered professionals and mental health specialists that have great experience in working with the LGBTQ community. The qualified team if made up of mental health clinicians, therapists, counselors, nursing staff, and technicians.

A former patient seems overall satisfied with the staff, saying: “Caregivers are strong when I needed my butt kicked yet compassionate when I needed a shoulder.” However, not all patients are happy with the treatment they received, stating that: “Staff was unorganized, understaffed, and left the clients to fend for themselves.”

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4.      Reviews

Pride Institute has a 4.6-star rating on Facebook, 3 stars on The Fix, and 4 stars on Rehabs. Some of the comments include:

This was the best treatment I’ve been to, I was able to open up and be me and not put a shield around me, thanks Pride. – C.J

Amazing people and effective program. They truly care about a solution for your loved one’s addiction. I am grateful we found them. – S.K.S

Amazing place like no other. Allowed me to confront myself and be honest about the way to move forward. – J.K

If you are not a firm believer in the 12-step model, I’d give this place a pass. – NYC Surfer

have had many friends that went through Pride successfully. There are very few treatment centers that deal with both substance abuse and mental health that are exclusive to the LGBTQ community, and that is all Pride does. – Sober Grrl

Poorly run establishment. There was once a period it was run properly, that time is now gone. – J.S.C

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5.      Pricing

Treatment at Pride Institute costs $19,600 for 30 days. The center accepts most major forms of insurance, self-pay, and Minnesota State funding, but does not work with Medicare or out-of-state Medicaid programs. Financial counseling is also available.

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6.      Summary

With a comprehensive treatment program that gets thousands of people sober and a dedicated staff that offers a strong guidance, Pride Institute helps with the difficulties LGBT individuals regularly face.

While living in closed quarters can be challenging, residents say that “here you get an immediate safety net & understanding of issues exclusively meant for this community.”

Overall, the LGBT community here will find a friendly environment, life-long friendships, and the support they need that is not available at other rehabs.

For more information about Pride Institute, please visit their official website.

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