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We offer substance use evaluations for adolescents and adults. The evaluation is the first step in determining if the individual needs further assistance with their substance use.

Walk-in assessments are available
Wednesdays: 8 - 10 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
Fridays: 8 - 10 a.m.

Assessments are also offered Monday through Friday by appointment.

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New Start For Women

Volunteers of America, Dakotas' New Start for Women program is a 24-hour residential program for pregnant and parenting women, and their children who have substance use disorders. New Start provides a safe, structured, therapeutic and staff-secured environment.

New Start for Women provides holistic services for pregnant and parenting women to help them lead healthy and productive lives. Participants gain insight in the following areas:

  • Attaining their high school diploma, GED or specialized skills training
  • Learning parenting, child and self care, independent living, and relationship skills
  • Addressing their Substance use, mental health or legal problems
  • Improving their employability skills
  • Accessing high-quality prenatal, postpartum and well baby care

Volunteers of America, Dakotas provides these comprehensive services to allow participants to gain the information and skills necessary to live a healthy, drug-free, satisfying life and to develop positive parenting practices to care for themselves and their child.

In addition to family therapy, daily phone and visiting hours are available to encourage family involvement from the admission process to aftercare planning.

Adolecent Outpatient Program


Adolescent Outpatient Program

Volunteers of America, Dakotas' adolescent intensive outpatient program is designed to treat adolescents ages 12 to 18 with substance use issues. The program utilizes the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults. This is a comprehensive, organized set of evidenced-based therapy. The program encourages strong family involvement and is tailored by continued aftercare programming.

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Aftercare Programming

The aftercare program focuses on providing continuing care, counseling and support to adolescents and adults who have completed a structured inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

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Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) seeks to decrease relapse among offenders of substance abuse, by increasing moral reasoning. This form of treatment is systematic and implements a cognitive-behavioral approach. 

MRT addresses an individual’s ego, social, moral and positive behavioral growth in a progressive, step by step design. The program consists of 12 steps that attempt to change how offenders make decisions and judgments by growing ethical rational. 

Our 12 steps focus on seven basic treatment issues: 

  • Confrontation of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors 
  • Assessment of current relationships Reinforcement of positive behavior and habits Positive identity formation
  • Enhancement of self-concept
  • Decrease in self-indulgence and development of frustration tolerance
  • Development of higher stages of moral reasoning 


This program is intended for individuals 18 years of age and older, and is offered the following times every Monday:  

  • 9-10:30 a.m.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. 
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • 7:30-9 p.m. 
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Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Intensive outpatient services focus on providing intensive outpatient treatment over for ages 12 to 18 and for adults 18 and up who are harmfully involved with alcohol or other drugs. The program provides individual, group and family counseling and assists the individual in developing the skills necessary to remain substance-free and begin a recovery program.

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Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment

We work with youth ages 12 to 18 years of age. These young people have substance use disorders. This involvement causes a negative impact on an adolescent's physical, mental, social, vocational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. The substance use treatment program integrates into Volunteers of America, Dakota's residential program.

Here, we provide a developmentally appropriate environment in which youth can internalize and practice knowledge, insight and skills. This environment ensures the best opportunity for a young person's ongoing success. The residential environment also provides the youth opportunity to interact with peers without a treatment focus, just as they would when in the community. Volunteers of America provides each young person with a counselor who develops a comprehensive treatment plan focusing on their substance use issues as well as behavioral or mental health issues.

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