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388 Dakota Ave
Sisseton SD 57262

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Located on the Lake Traverse Native American Reservation in the community of Sisseton,S.D., Dakota Pride Center offers a 12-bed, short-term inpatient program for adult Native Americans struggling with chemical dependency or involved in the criminal justice system due to substance abuse. The center also provides outpatient-based treatment programs for adults and adolescent (aged 11 to 17) Native Americans.

Dakota Pride Center does not offer detoxification services or medication management, and clients are required to be drug and/or alcohol free 72 hours prior to admission. If detoxification is necessary before admission, the center does provide transportation to a social detoxification program at Serenity Hills in Watertown, S.D.


To enroll into the program, clients must meet the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for chemical dependency, which is established through an initial assessment. The evaluation also determines the most appropriate level of care. According to the program’s website, Dakota Pride Center’s treatment curriculum is founded on 12-step participation and principles. Clients attend Alcohol or Narcotics Anonymous meetings regularly, participate in Big Book study sessions, and perform associated “step-work.”

Although the program is based on 12-step fellowship, Dakota Pride Center also utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in program. CBT is a popular psychiatric approach designed to identify links between irrational thinking patterns and maladaptive behavior. To identify these underlying issues, clients participate in group counseling sessions, individual therapy, as well as attend educational classes on various topics related to addiction, relapse prevention techniques, and coping skills.

As a program designed for Native Americans, the treatment curriculum may integrate traditional Native American practices and philosophies into 12-Step and counseling sessions. Upon program completion, inpatient clients may utilize the outpatient program as a transitional, “step-down” aftercare service. Outpatient program sessions are held on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, Dakota Pride Center offers sober living facilities and a continuing care program for program alumni.


The staff at the Dakota Pride Center is comprised of substance abuse counselors, case managers, and a support staff experienced in addiction recovery. Due to the small size of the inpatient facility, clients enjoy a low staff-to-client ratio, ensuring individualized treatment.


Although information is scarce concerning the program’s inpatient accommodations, the 12-bed facility offers a therapeutic, supportive environment that promotes wellness, peer support, and recovery. Alumni who transition into a sober living facility may be required to enroll into the organization’s outpatient program, continuing care program, and/or stay actively involved in 12-Step.


Although Rehabs.com has yet to recieve alum feedback to date, secondary sources revealed overal alumni approval. On Citehealth, an alum wrote: “This was and is a dedicated and qualified treatment center. I have participated and visited this center many times.” Rating the facility with three out of five stars, the alum added: “This is a great place to start to learn to get your life back on track.”[1]


The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing approved of some aspects of the facility, while being moderately critical of other areas. The loved one offered ratings of three out of five stars for the level of family participation, the facility’s counseling options, and its exercise and leisure opportunities. However, the survey respondent gave two-star ratings for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, as well as the facility’s inclusion of holistic treatments. “They focus on the recovery of each person. Should be longer. I would send the word out to others to go here, but they only help Native Americans,” the loved one wrote.


Dakota Pride Center’s program is available for free to anyone eligible for Indian Health Service. Non-eligible clients may receive services through self-payment or private insurance. Dakota Pride Center accepts Aetna, Cigna, and United Health Care.

Updated December 2016

  1. http://citehealth.com/reviews/15652

Published on December 2016

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They focus on the recovery of each person. Should be longer. I would send the word out to others too go here but they only help native American's.

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