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We’re located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where you’ll be welcomed and encouraged in your path to recovery.
“I have recently passed my 25th birthday of sobriety. Thanks for being there when I needed you. I wanted you to know this good news and to thank you for the help in the beginning.”
About Pride Institute
Our Treatment Philosophy
Pride Institute strengthens resiliency and enhances the wellness of LGBTQ+ people through mental health treatment programs grounded in the traditions of recovery while incorporating current evidence-based practices.
Pride Institute is committed to providing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people a road to recovery through evidence-based substance abuse, sexual health and mental health treatment.
Our Core Treatment Beliefs
- Understanding the negative effects of heterosexism
- Holistic approach
- Abstinence-based model
- Developing strengths and resiliency
- Wellness and self-determination
- Cultural diversity
- Social support
- Evidence-based success
- Our history
Pride Institute has been providing treatment for the LGBTQ+ community for 30 years.
Pride Institute opened its doors in 1986 as the nation’s first mental health treatment center dedicated to providing services for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Since it began, more than 14,000 graduates have graduated from Pride and hailed from every state in the country — and even some from Canada.
Minnesota was chosen as the location for Pride Institute because of its rich reputation for innovation and excellence in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. Pride opened as a 36-bed residential program and offered clients a safe environment for confronting their chemical dependency and the unique stresses they face as LGBTQ+ individuals living in a heterosexist society.
Clients at Pride Institute have the opportunity to face their internalized homophobia in both individual and group sessions. Unlike many mainstream or “ally” programs, one’s sexual identity is not an issue to be ashamed of at Pride Institute. When clients are able to be open and honest about their authentic self, they are able to focus solely on their recovery.
After all, if it’s okay to keep one’s sexuality a secret, then why not keep one drink or one pill a secret, too? At Pride Institute, honesty is a key to recovery. In 1991, the programming was expanded to include outpatient treatment programs in Minnesota.
Pride Institute now features a 42-bed residential program and Intensive Adult Outpatient Services. In addition Pride offers the only program of its kind for working with LGBTQ+ people with sexual health concerns including sexual compulsivity and sexual anorexia. The alumni of Pride Institute continue to be an active group with a regular newsletter and events happening throughout the year.
In the last 10 years, many mainstream mental health treatment programs have opened LGBTQ+ affirming programs, trained their staff to be affirming and have tried to emulate what is offered at Pride Institute. However, nothing can replace the safety and comfort of knowing the shared experience of other LGBTQ+ people during the treatment stay.