Pride Institute

Pride Institute

Accredited by CARF, Pride Institute is an inclusive treatment program where being LGBTQ is the norm and not the exception.

Introduction and Basic Services

Founded by three individuals in the 1980s in response to the height of AIDS epidemic, Pride Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of treatment programs devoted to the addiction and mental health needs of the LGBTQ community. Located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, west of the Twin Cities, Pride Institute’s residential treatment campus is on three private acres of serene woodlands. The Pride Institute outpatient services take place at a separate location in Minneapolis.

Pride Institute is licensed by the state of Minnesota and accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities known as CARF. Pride Institute provides both residential and outpatient treatment for a wide range of substance abuse, trauma, sexual and behavioral issues. It treats dual diagnosis when the primary diagnosis is related to substance addiction. Additional programs include a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) with lodging, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), family counseling and extensive resources for sexual therapy. While it might go without saying, anyone considering treatment at Pride Institute must be a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Facility and Meals

The clients of Pride Institute’s residential program are housed in a cabin lodge style building with dormitory style residences. Rooms are shared by three clients and include twin beds, wardrobes, desks and a sink. Clients share a hallway bathroom.

There is also a community room with a kitchenette, and a lounge with a piano and guitars. Residents also enjoy a community room with a TV, an on-site gym with an indoor volleyball court and ample outdoor space with lounge chairs, walking trails and a fire pit.

All meals are served in a cafeteria style dining hall. While staying at Pride Institute, clients can receive messages, letters, packages and gifts (subject to inspection) from family and friends.

Treatment Protocol and Team

All of Pride Institute’s programs are specifically designed for LGBTQ clients. As a result, clients have the freedom to be their authentic selves during treatment. Treatment is available for substance use disorders, trauma related issues and sexual and behavioral issues. The treatment for both addiction and dual diagnosis is centered around evidence-based practices. Clinicians utilize therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Pride Institute’s treatment also includes 24 hour nursing care, 12-step facilitation and case management. It’s worth noting, Pride Institute does not offer detox services. Those in need of detox must do so elsewhere, prior to admission at Pride Institute.

Treatment is based on the individual needs of the client. As such, the length of stay in The Pride Institute residential program usually averages 25 days but clients can stay for as long as 60 and 90 days based on their needs.

Treatment is holistic in that it aims to treat not only addiction but also the client’s whole health and well being. Individual and group therapy covers health education, issues specific to LGBTQ+ community, HIV and chronic illnesses, trauma, grief and loss. Specific group therapy includes a women’s group, body image group, transgender support, relapse prevention, anger management, spirituality, physical health, art therapy, nicotine recovery and sexual health.

Though Pride treats a wide range of mental health, emotional and behavioral issues, a client’s primary diagnosis must be related to chemical dependency in order to qualify for the programming here.

Pride Institute’s staff includes licensed drug and alcohol counselors, many with Master’s degrees. Family visitation takes place on Saturday afternoons.

As with primary treatment, recommendations for continuing care are based on individual needs of the clients. Aftercare can include continuing to Pride’s outpatient treatment, transferring to a sober living program, attending 12-step meetings or continuing individual and group therapy.

As previously mentioned, in addition to its residential treatment program, Pride Institute offers a PHP for clients who are not ready for outpatient treatment. PHP meets for eight hours per day, seven days per week at Pride’s residential treatment facility. For clients who live out of state, lodging is provided at a separate facility in Spring Hill Circle, three miles away from Pride’s main campus. The Spring Hill facility can house up to eight clients and has a backyard and kitchenette. PHP clients enjoy meals at Pride’s main residential center in Eden Prairie.

The Pride Institute IOP in Minneapolis fits the needs of clients who no longer require residential treatment. It’s generally a step-down after participating in the residential program. The IOP offers flexible individual and group therapy, sober support groups and relapse prevention. Clients are expected to attend at least three times per week. Length of IOP ranges from nine to 12 weeks.

Both in its residential and outpatient programs, Pride Institute also treats sexual health issues including sexual compulsivity, sexual trauma and sexually avoidant behaviors. A clinically-based program specific to the LGBTQ community, it covers a wide array of sexuality related issues that can co-occur with substance abuse and addiction. Clients participate in weekly individual and group therapy that explores compulsive sexual behavior, sexual anorexia, sexual dysfunction, sexual identity confusion, identity-related shame, sex or HIV-related anxiety, sexual obsessions and sexual abuse and assault.

Bonus Amenities

Pride Institute offers a Kindred Family Therapy Program that recognizes the diversity of LGBTQ familes. In addition to normal visiting hours, the Kindred Program, available twice a month, allows clients to invite their defined family to attend large group therapy, individual therapy and educational workshops.


Accredited by CARF, Pride Institute is an inclusive treatment program where “being LGBTQ is the norm and not the exception.” It’s a much needed addition to the recovery industry at large. Nestled in the bucolic woods of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the Pride Institute is a leader in offering treatment for substance abuse, and mental, emotional, sexual and behavioral challenges for the LGBTQ+ community, who often face a unique set of challenges. It’s a wonderful resource for the demographic it serves, with substantial support that ranges from residential treatment to aftercare.

Pride Institute Location

14400 Martin Dr

Eden Prairie, MN 55344

(800) 547-7433

Pride Institute Cost

Call for cost. Accepts insurance.

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