PRIDE Institute in Eden Prairie, MN

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(4.3 of 5)
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14400 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie MN 55344

PRIDE Institute Philosophy

At PRIDE Institute, gay is understood; being LGBT is the norm not the exception. Our highly trained and skilled staff understands your issues and will help you live a happy, healthy life as a proud LGBT person. We can offer you hope to overcome your addiction and live the life you want.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Highlights

LGBT Issues

Body Image Group

Expressive Arts Therapies

Meet the Staff

Patrick Zhao, M.D.

Medical Director

Photo of Patrick Zhao, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Zhao is the Medical Director at PRIDE Institute, clinical director at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services of Minnesota DHS and psychiatric consultant to MOFAS and VCF clinics at the University of Minnesota. Having worked in the areas of health care and health care research for over the past two decades, Dr. Zhao is certified for general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


PRIDE Institute, located in Eden Prairie, Minn. offers residential and outpatient treatment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health. The facility was founded in 1986 and has served over 14,000 clients in its more than 30 year history. In addition to substance abuse services, PRIDE also provides programming for individuals dealing with sexual compulsivity or avoidance.


To be admitted, clients begin by calling the facility to speak with a mental health admissions counselor. Most clients remain in treatment for an average of 25 days, although 60 and 90-day stays can be accommodated.

The facility’s treatment program uses the 12-Step method as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). PRIDE Institute places a particular emphasis on helping clients deal with heterosexism, which they define as “stigmatization of nonheterosexual forms of emotional and affectional expression, sexual behavior or community.” Throughout treatment, clients receive individual and group therapy as well as education on HIV and sexual health, relapse prevention, cognitive skills, anger management, spiritual resources, coping skills development, and physical exercise.

PRIDE Institute also offers unique treatments and therapy including expressive arts therapies, a body image support group, and a transgender support group. Families are included in the treatment program through specialized family programming and family therapy.


The clinical team at PRIDE Institute includes medical doctors, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, mental health clinicians, therapists, and counselors.


PRIDE Institute offers 42 beds for adult clients on a five acre property in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minn. The facility is equipped with an indoor fitness center and gymnasium to increase the client’s comfort while in treatment. There are also additional amenities for clients to enjoy including a fire pit, arbor, and creek.


At time of writing, the eight alumni polled by gave the facility positive feedback. Seven of the eight alumni said they would recommend PRIDE Institute to a friend or family member seeking treatment.

G.B., the client who had a negative experience at the facility, said that PRIDE Institute met state guidelines but failed to meet his specific needs. He thought the facility was understaffed and that staff was unorganized. The other reviewers spoke highly of their experiences there. Three alumni said they relapsed after leaving PRIDE Institute.

Many alumni mentioned that they chose the facility specifically because of its specialty in LBGT+ clients. One alum commented, “Caregivers are strong when I needed my butt kicked yet compassionate when I needed a shoulder.”


At the time of this writing there has been one friend or family member of a client polled by The reviewer said he would recommend PRIDE Institute to others. The anonymous loved one gave the facility four out of five stars for affordability, but complained about it being “very expensive!!!” He gave the facility four stars for cleanliness, and four stars for exercise options.

The loved one agreed that that facility staff are experienced and well-trained, and said he was not sure whether there are many counseling options to choose from or the facility is adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems. He felt that a strength of the facility was that they treat “gay men and women openly.” He added, “Too expensive..It's always about the $$$.”


There is currently no information provided by PRIDE Institute regarding its costs. However, the facility accepts most major forms of insurance including Minnesota state funding. PRIDE Institute does not accept Medicaid or Medicare. The facility offers to counsel clients about working with outside loan agencies and other methods of paying for treatment.

Published on January 2018

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Happiest month of my new life


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Caregivers are strong when I needed my butt kicked yet compassionate when I needed a shoulder. I couldn't name weakness I received compassionate care and strong guidance when I most needed it


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Treats gay men and women openly. Very expensive!!! It is too expensive... always about the $$$


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They were more concerned about keeping beds full then my individual treatment. Staff was unorganized, understaffed and left the clients to fend for themselves. Staff turnover seems high.


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good place to get help.


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Half-way House and out patient care I left.


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It was a very good program, and it seems to work for a lot of people. Personally I need a more holistic approach to healing versus the 12-step.


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Went to halfway house once I left.

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