Tallgrass Recovery & Sober Living Homes Review

Located in the rural district of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tallgrass is a treatment center that offers residential rehabilitation and recovery services to people battling with drug and alcohol addiction.

The center is deeply rooted into the 12-step approach that connects people together and no alternative methods of recovery are offered.

The staff at Tallgrass is made up of people in recovery and roughly 200 volunteers who mentor patients and guide them to long-term sobriety.


1.      Treatment

Tallgrass Recovery places great emphasis on the spiritually-based 12-step program. In addition to its 30-day residential program, the center also offers an extended stay at Sober Living Homes. The curriculum is mentor-based where more than 150 volunteers share their knowledge and experience with their mentees and provide guidance in how to achieve sobriety. However, there is no psychological counseling or medical treatment on-site.

Furthermore, the center houses 14 patients at a time who participate in a busy schedule throughout the week, including mandatory chores, educational workshops, and AA meetings both on- and off-site.

Tallgrass’s sober living homes provide patients with the extra support they need on the road to their recovery. Rehabbers stay in two gender-specific houses, Doodler which is the men’s home, and Norton, the women’s facility.

Typical Day at Tallgrass Recovery

The daily schedule at Tallgrass gives patients ample time for reflection, personal conversation with staff members, and events. Every day, patients gather together for the continental breakfast, followed by morning meditation and reflection, as well as some personal time with individually assigned chores. Two meetings, one 12-step based and one topic based, take place before lunch, and there are two more after the midday meal.

Evenings are busy with 12-step meetings and a daily review before bedtime. Lights go off at midnight. All guests need to actively participate in all scheduled meetings and curriculum in order to advance their recovery. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, patients spend some time with family and their loved ones.

Tallgrass website provides plenty of information for what to bring at the facility, including decent clothing, personal items and toiletries, writing utensils and stamps, and cash or credit cards for their personal purchases. Items like alcohol or illicit drugs, electrical devices, and books that are not recovery related and strictly prohibited.

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2.      Accommodations and Food

Tallgrass Recovery’s 10-acre facility is nestled in the scenic outskirts of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. It provides a safe and healing environment for its patients to seek recovery and obtain long-term recovery.

The majority of patients are Caucasian, with a number of Native American members in residence as well. Accommodations are dorm-style and each patient shares room with a roommate. Men live on one floor and women on another. Everyone participates in keeping the living spaces and public area nice and clean.

Reportedly, food at the center is cafeteria quality. Favorite meals include “Bob’s spaghetti”, house jambalaya, pizza, and the “cloggers”. Patients also report the quality of the Sunday branch where they indulge in a wide selection of egg bake, pancakes, toast, bacon, sausage, hashed browns, and the likes. Patients have access to salad bars, coffee, snacks and sweets all throughout the day. However, other patients criticize the food menu saying that there was “a lot of carbs, starch and sugar.”

For patients who want to extend their stay, Tallgrass also offers accommodations at their Norton women’s sober living home and the Doodler men’s sober living home.

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3.      Staff

Since Tallgrass is not a medical facility, there are no doctors or nurses on-site. Instead, there are more than 150 volunteers who share their experiences and guide patients to the road to recovery. Most of these volunteer mentors are in recovery themselves and are former clients of Tallgrass. To date, the center has served more than 1200 individuals.

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4.      Reviews

Tallgrass has a 4.6-star rating on Rehabs, 4.6 stars on Facebook, and 4.5 stars on The Fix. Some of the comments include:

A wonderful organization with deeply caring staff. – J.W.H

Every volunteer and employee is in recovery. Amazing facility! Gave me all the tools and contact information I needed up leaving. Always welcomed back to the facility and can attend group mtgs. – Anonymous

They gave me the tools to stay sober for 5 years now. – Mark

“There was quite a diverse group of individuals there when I was there. I think it helped me to get outside myself and learn to co-exist with all kinds of people from different ways of life.” – Alumni

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5.      Pricing

The 30-day program at Tallgrass Recovery costs $7,500 and patients can pay by check, money order, or credit card. The center also a few insurance plans, including Sanford Health Plans and limited Avera Health plans. Furthermore, the sober living homes cost $500 per month with utilities and local phone calls included.

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6.      Summary

Although it might seem that the program at Tallgrass is strict and no fun, patients here can participate in a number of recreational activities like basketball, hiking or meditating.

The reviews for the center are limited, however, most of the alumni find this affordable alternative to conventional medical centers to be effective and rewarding.

Overall, Tallgrass Recovery is the perfect option for those looking for quality in accommodations, meals and nutrition, family participation, affordability, counseling options, and the staff’s level of training and experience. Those searching for a luxury rehab with a private room and no chores, might need to look elsewhere.

For more information about Tallgrass Recovery, please visit their official website.

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