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  • Writer's pictureShelly Peterson

Pioneer Recovery Center - Exploring the Wilderness Within

Pioneer Recovery Center located at 241 Hwy 33 N, is a 20-bed inpatient residential chemical dependency treatment facility that provides assessment and treatment planning, screening for mental health concerns, and integrated trauma treatment for women in a homelike setting.

The Center is owned by Jennifer Nyakundi. Pioneer Recovery started in Palo, MN in 2009, as a 10-bed, medium-intensity program for women. The Center moved to Cloquet when Jennifer bought the old Regional Realty Building from Marty Ketola in 2013, and turned it into a 20-bed facility with a commercial kitchen to serve customers from south St. Louis County, Carlton County, Isanti County, Itasca County, Koochiching County, Lake County, Cook County, and Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Boise Forte, and Mille Lacs Bank Reservations.

At Pioneer Recovery, women will experience and learn to overcome the challenges of recovery within an atmosphere of compassion, dignity, and respect. The in-home-like setting focuses on relationships to help women learn to overcome the challenges of recovery.

There is help out there. Do not be ashamed to get help. If you are struggling, get the help you need. - Jennifer Nyakundi, Owner - Pioneer Recovery

Women who have experienced trauma often struggle with trust and interpersonal skills, which makes them highly sensitive to group dynamics and interactions with men. In addition, addiction and trauma are often interrelated for women, so an effective substance abuse treatment approach has to address all of these issues at once.

The mission of Pioneer Recovery Center is by challenging and inspiring women to awaken within themselves a desire and commitment to change, and they can build the foundation necessary to begin the journey of self-recovery.

Pioneer Recovery Center provides the following services:

Assessment & Treatment Planning - assessment services provide a comprehensive evaluation that identifies the potential client's needs, abilities, strengths, and preferences. The evaluator reviews the assessment and recommends an individual treatment plan that best suits the client's needs. All clients receive a diagnostic assessment if one hasn't been performed within the last six months. All the curriculums incorporated are in the National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Historical-based practices, such as the 12 Steps, are a central foundation but can be built upon to better provide for clients.

Screening for Mental Health Concerns - screening services to identify the complexity or severity of addiction along with any possible mental health disorders. Often, clients have been in what many refer to as a revolving door with chemical dependency and mental health services. To help, they need to address core issues and root causes and treat them simultaneously.

Integrated Trauma Treatment - Services are specifically designed to address violence, trauma, and related symptoms and reactions. The intent is to increase skills and strategies that allow survivors to manage their symptoms and reactions with minimal disruption to the quality or obligations of daily life and reduce or eliminate debilitating symptoms and prevent further traumatization and violence.

Dual Diagnosis - Diagnosis for Co-Occurring Disorders. This step helps identify co-occurring disorders such as mental disorders and an alcohol or drug problem for some patients. These conditions frequently occur together, but each needs to be addressed and treated separately. For example, depressions, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, all conditions need to be considered for treatment to be effective.

Group Sessions - Members experience support, understanding, empathy, and encouragement from one another. Group members learn how to accept support from others and start to understand the difficulties in other peoples' lives. Participating in group sessions gives clients purpose, responsibility, and a sense of belonging.

Do you know someone that needs help? Reach out to Pioneer Recovery Center today.

Pioneer Recovery Center (218) 879-6844 Phone

241 Hwy 33 N (218) 879-6844 Fax

Cloquet, MN 55720

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