Q: What should I expect when I come to treatment at Northstar Behavioral Health?
A: In short, it's not going to be a walk in the park, but nothing in life worth having is, but it's okay because you will have a group of people around you who understand what you're going through, and will help you through each challenge you face and will celebrate with you during each milestone you make. Really, we can't wait for you to walk through our doors and start your new life.
Frequently Asked Questions about Coming to Treatment
Q: What does a typical day in treatment look like?
A: The day begins at 7 AM when NBH staff rouses residents to prepare for the day ahead. At this time, most residents take their medications, take care of hygiene needs, and eat breakfast. The first group is from 9 AM-12 PM. After group, residents work together to prepare a meal and clean up before afternoon group. The second group is from 1:30-4:30 PM. After this group, depending on the day, the residents will again work together to prepare a meal. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the residents will attend an NA group outside of the facility in the recovery community. On other nights, residents may participate in leisure activities or do chores.
Q: How is Northstar different than other treatment programs?
A: NBH provides a supportive recovery environment, while also fostering and supporting recovery within the community. NBH’s facility is located on the North End of St. Paul, and is surrounded by other recovery oriented facilities. NBH allows residents to participate in several activities aimed at community reintegration, something that is often neglected in other inpatient and inpatient residential programs. NBH’s Rice Street location focuses on caring for and treating males aged 18+ who meet criteria for opioid use disorder. Although the primary focus is opioids, NBH staff works to treat other substance use disorders while the resident is engaged in treatment.
Q: Does everyone who comes through Northstar Behavioral Health participate in MAT or do you customize treatment based on each individual's needs?
A: NBH’s treatment is client-centered and individualized based on each client’s individual needs. Our trained staff will discuss options for you related to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), and allow you to decide to participate in MAT if approved by medical staff.
Q: How is Northstar's opioid treatment program unique? I've tried and relapsed before, can I really find long-term recovery from opioid addiction?
A: NBH is not like the typical 28 day or less treatment. NBH programming lasts 90 days and is customized to the specific needs of each individual client. NBH staff is highly trained to address concerns related to substance use disorders, specifically opioids, as well as mental health concerns.
Q: After treatment, if I relapse, can I reach out to Northstar for help?
A: Definitely. We are here to ensure that you receive the care you need, regardless of recovery status.
Q: How long is Northstar's treatment program?
A: 90 days. We have found that any less is not enough to address deeply rooted problems related to long-term, ongoing opioid and other substance use.
Q: During treatment do we do activities outside of the treatment center?
A: Yes, in fact each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are reserved for outside NA meetings at a local spot. Additionally, we often provide some sort of fun recovery supportive activity for the weekends while at NBH.