Tallgrass Recovery & Sober Living Homes Philosophy
Tallgrass Recovery embraces a spiritually based, 12-step program that emphasizes the common ground. As part of its 30-day residential program and extended stay Sober Living Homes, Tallgrass offers a community-based, mentor-focused curriculum. 150 volunteers share their experiences with residents, and provide guidance into how to apply the tools for recovery to everyday life.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
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ABOUT TALLGRASS RECOVERY & SOBER LIVING HOMES
Situated on the rural outskirts of Sioux Falls, S.D., Tallgrass Recovery & Sober Living Homes provides community-based, mentor-focused programming for adults struggling with substance abuse. The nonprofit organization offers a 30-day residential program and gender-specific sober living accommodations. Medical detox services are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Tallgrass Recovery’s 30-day residential program is community-based and deeply rooted in 12-step principles. A typical day includes scheduled meditation, mandatory chores, educational workshops, and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, both on- and off-site. Unlike other facilities, Tallgrass Recovery does not administer psychological counseling or medical treatment as part of its services. Instead, the facility offers a community-based program to help guide recovery; each client is assigned a mentor (often a program alum) who meets with them three times a week.
Tallgrass Recovery’s sober living facilities provide extra support and structure for clients who are early in their recovery. The organization runs two gender-specific homes: Norton, a women’s residence, and Doodler, a home for men. According to the center’s website, there is often a waiting list for both sober living homes. During their stays, clients continue attending 12-step meetings and working with sponsors.
Tallgrass Recovery is governed by a board of directors and managed by a small administrative team. According to the center’s website, the facility is staffed by 200 volunteer members of the recovery community, about 25% of whom are former clients of Tallgrass Recovery. Staff also include culinary workers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Tallgrass Recovery's sober living facilities located on 10 acres of naturally landscaped property. Each features shared bedrooms and a common space furnished with a fireplace and upholstered chairs. Clients are expected to complete chores during their stay.
The center’s sober living facilities are located in residential neighborhoods that offer easy access to bus lines, shopping, and local recovery meetings. Each client shares a bedroom with one other client. The monthly rental fee includes utilities, local phone service, and cable.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Each of the three alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date noted that they would recommend Tallgrass Recovery’s program to a friend or family member seeking help. All three individuals rated the center’s treatment effectiveness five out of five stars, and two alumni highlighted the helpful recovery tools they received while enrolled in the program. “They gave me the tools to stay sober for 5 years now,” Alum Mark wrote in his review.
The respondents also rated the facility four and five stars for its accommodations, meals, and cleanliness. The center’s holistic offerings, its leisure options, and its connectivity received mixed reviews from the surveyed alumni. However, all three alumni offered high four- and five-star ratings for the staff's level of experience and training.
On the facility's Facebook page, which may be curated, 57 reviewers to date rated it an average 4.6 out of five stars, with 46 perfect reviews. Three reviewers who left commentary spoke positively about treatment and staff. Reviewer John wrote: "A wonderful organization with deeply caring staff."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com rated Tallgrass Recovery four stars in nearly all evaluated categories, including the program’s treatment effectiveness, family participation, affordability, and staff’s level of training and experience. The only category to receive three out of five stars was the program’s holistic treatment options. “Very nice local facility,” the anonymous loved one added.
Tallgrass Recovery charges a flat rate of $7,500 for its 30-day program. A few private insurance plans are accepted. Financing is available through the Sioux Empire Federal Credit Union. Residence in one of the sober living facilities costs $500 per month and includes utilities and local phone calls.
Published on September 2018
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