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Substance Abuse Services

Alcohol and drug use is one of our nation’s most serious public health problems. Canvas Health’s counselors and treatment professionals are trained to provide intervention, support, and treatment to those struggling with alcohol or drug dependence.

Concerned about yourself or someone you care about?

If you are concerned about drug and alcohol use in yourself or someone you care about, some behaviors to look for include: drinking and driving, increased use of alcohol or drugs, becoming secretive or withdrawn about drinking and drug use, struggling with day-to-day activities at home and/or work, spending more time with friends who drink or use drugs than with family members, having money problems, borrowing  money or running up charges on credit cards, or committing an alcohol or drug-related crime or crimes.

How to get started

If you believe that you or someone you care about could benefit from outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol use, request an appointment at one of our clinic locations by calling (651) 777-5222.

Substance Use Assessment

  • Canvas Health is able to provide substance abuse assessments to individuals from all Minnesota counties.
  • All members of our staff are licensed alcohol and drug counselors, and are available to evaluate and help manage substance use problems. We perform Rule 25 assessments, a type of assessment mandated by the state of Minnesota, and use them to develop care management plans for adults, adolescents, and their families.
  • During an assessment, one of our licensed alcohol and drug counselors will use interviews and diagnostic screenings to collect personal biological, social, psychological and historical data.
  • The substance use assessor uses the data to make formal recommendations about treatment.
  • A substance use assessment contains confidential information. This information is only released to third parties after the individual has provided his/her consent by signing a release of information form.
  • Our staff assess and recognize issues beyond just substance use, including mental health disorders and other addictions. As necessary, we provide referrals for these services, most of which are also provided by Canvas Health. Our services include assessment, consultation, education, family programming, and outpatient treatment.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Canvas Health offers several treatment programs for adults and adolescents having problems with substance use to help bring about substantial and lasting change. Our programs emphasize the importance of reshaping a view of substance use issues into a more strengths-based perspective by providing holistic, effective and culturally relevant programming.

Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Assessments: Canvas Health currently offers substance use assessments for adults at our Bloomington, Stillwater, and Forest Lake clinics.

Group/Individual Outpatient Treatment: Our New Choices for Recovery program helps adult men and women take action to change their thinking and behaviors to both prevent relapse and to form a more positive relationship with themselves, others and their community. Our approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which teaches those recovering from addiction and mental illness to find connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions and increase awareness of how these things impact recovery. Our groups also use motivational interviewing and 12-step supports. Additionally, we address co-occurring mental health issues.

Our outpatient substance use services meet the high-quality standards of the state of Minnesota and have been licensed as a Minnesota “Rule 31” substance dependency program that is recognized by insurance companies.

To join a group, you must have a recent substance use assessment, which can be provided by Canvas Health or an outside agency. Group members also attend individual treatment with a Canvas Health substance use counselor.

Groups are currently offered at Canvas Health’s Forest Lake, Cottage Grove, and Stillwater clinics.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs

Assessments: Canvas Health currently offers substance use assessments for adolescents at our Bloomington, Stillwater, and Forest Lake clinics.

Group/Individual Outpatient Treatment: Our Adolescent Community Options Program is a long-term, cognitive behavioral, non-traditional outpatient treatment program for adolescents (age 13-18) who are at high risk for out-of-home placement due to substance abuse. Participants often have a history of unsuccessful treatment attempts, instances of legal involvement, or other identified risks such as combined mental health issues. The goal of this program is to keep adolescents in their home community. It includes group sessions, intensive case management, consultations, individual, and family sessions.

To join a group, you must have a recent substance use assessment, which can be provided by Canvas Health or an outside agency. Group members also attend individual treatment with a Canvas Health substance use counselor.

Adolescent groups are currently offered at Canvas Health’s Stillwater clinic.

East Central Regional Juvenile Center Treatment Program: Canvas Health’s New Choices for Adolescents is a program for adolescents (age 13-18) who are in the secure population at East Central Regional Juvenile Center in Lino Lakes. The program utilizes a cognitive treatment model based on research and evaluation that has been found to be effective with substance-abusing juvenile offenders. The program provides service coordination across systems and gradually incorporates informal community supports to prepare youths for transition to their home community.

Substance Use Family/Concerned Persons Group

Often those addicted to substances feel alone, the loved ones around him or her are significantly impacted as they watch their loved one become someone they do not know, they disappear before their eyes, only to be replaced by characteristics that lead to a devastating breakdown in their relationships. The energy is spent trying to figure out ways to save their addicted loved one. They progressively begin to fell hopeless and helpless.

Canvas Health treatment programs include family education. Meeting as a group once per week, with other families and treatment participants, they begin to reconnect and heal, they start to feel hopeful.  Our goal is to bring the client and their family (loved ones) back together were they always wanted to be. Our weekly educational groups deliver the information and support to assist in developing an understanding of addiction and recovery. Individual family or couples therapy is available as well, for those who feel they may need extra support.

Sober Housing

SHARE (Sober Housing and Recovery Environment): Canvas Health provides permanent housing and supportive services for substance dependent, homeless, single parents and their children in Forest Lake. The goal is to help parents and their children become self sufficient and contributing members to the community. Case managers provide advocacy to help parents address substance abuse problems that have often resulted in their involvement in the legal system and child protection services.

Referrals, Appointments & Intake Forms

Download Substance Use Intake Forms

Intake Forms

Make an Appointment or Referral

Email
intake@canvashealth.org

Phone
(651) 777-5222

Meet The Team

Jaxx Wolfe

Jaxx Wolfe

Substance Use Treatment Program Supervisor

There is hope for every patient. They come to us from a position of hopelessness. We cannot “fix” anyone, we are simply tour guides. It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment where we can meet them where they are at and gently, but firmly guide them down the path of hope, healing, and recovery.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Services
  • Supervision of staff serving ages 13+

Professional Experience

My career in Chemical Dependency spans the past twenty-two years. As a primary counselor, I have worked in both residential and outpatient programs gender-specific and co-ed programs. I have served adolescents and adults in correctional and community settings. Prior to taking on the SU Staff Supervisor position, I served as Director of an LGBTQIA specific residential program for five years.

Education

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • BA - in progress

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Cynthia

Cynthia Artz

Substance Use Counselor/Team Lead

I believe it is when we are willing to face our challenges and struggles that one can experience the most growth and change regarding lifestyles and our way of thinking. I believe through support and encouragement, as well as focus on people’s abilities, one can begin to implement positive change that increases health and well-being. I believe in a holistic approach, incorporating healing to the mind, body and spirit, with in turn assists with the overall healing process.

Clinic Locations

  • North Branch and East Central Crisis Services

Specialty Areas

  • I have worked with a wide variety of populations throughout my career and have experience in leadership and training, as well as evidenced based treatment, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavior therapy and have provided treatment services for both adult men and women.

Professional Experience

I have worked as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in both residential treatment settings as well as outpatient services involving both men and women.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - School of Allied Health professions with an emphasis on Recreation Therapy - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Certificate of Alcohol and Drug counseling education - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
Molly H

Molly Heise

Substance Use Counselor/Team Lead

I believe in treating all of my clients with respect and compassion. It is my philosophy that people should be treated as a whole, and not be seen simply as their addiction. Through motivation, care, compassion, and change thinking, anyone can learn to conquer substance abuse issues.

Clinic Locations

  • Forest Lake

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Counselor
  • Substance Use Group Facilitator
  • Tobacco and Nicotine Treatment and Cessation Specialist, TSS, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center
  • Substance Use Disorders, Addiction, Alcohol Abuse

Professional Experience

I have experience working with adults of all ages in the field of Substance Dependency. In addition to substance use, I have experience treating eating disorders of all types.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience - University of St. Thomas
  • Master of Arts, Elementary Education - University of St. Thomas
  • Addiction Studies - Century College/MCTC

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
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Nicole Bettin

Substance Use Counselor

I believe that client-centered care is extremely important when it comes to working with individuals that have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Recovery from addiction is a personal journey and I want my clients to know that they are not alone and together we will find what path of recovery works for them.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Ages Served: 18+
  • Using evidence best practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and twelve step facilitation especially promoting twelve step supports. I believe that providing client education on change thinking is imperative to maintaining long term recovery. I use these specialty areas in order for my clients to recognize the difference between thought patterns and this teaches them to be aware of when their “addict” is directing their thoughts as opposed to when their “recovery” is directing their thoughts.
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Substance Use Disorders, Opioid Addiction

Professional Experience

I am currently a licensed alcohol and drug counselor through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health. I was an intern with Canvas Health from 2020-2021 and was hired as a counselor in June of 2021. I’m currently pursuing my Masters degree in Co-Occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling at Metropolitan State University.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling - Metropolitan State University
  • Pursuing Masters of Science degree in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling - Metropolitan State

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
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Kimberly Blount

Substance Use Assessor

I believe that every client is unique so I focus on the client’s needs and goals and provide the tools they need to help them on their journey. It is important that the client find their strengths and build on those to be successful. Recovery is possible!

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Substance Use Disorders
  • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessments (Rule 25)
  • Ages served: 18+

Education

  • BA-Criminal Justice-Metropolitan State University

License and Credentials

  • ADC-T
  • CPP
GinaBreci

Gina Breci

Substance Use Counselor

My job is to help clients find their own path to recovery. I believe in person centered care that holds clients accountable. Empathy, support, and education are tools I use to guide clients through the stages of change. Recovery is possible!

Clinic Locations

  • Cottage Grove

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use
  • Ages Served: 18+
  • Evidence based treatment
  • Women in recovery
  • Harm reduction
  • Trauma informed care

Professional Experience

Past community organizer, women’s advocate and coordinator for people with disabilities.

Education

  • BA - St. Cloud State University
  • Substance Use Counseling Certificate - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
John Cassidy

John Cassidy

Substance Use Assessor

I believe that substance dependency is a treatable disease with treatment and support groups in the community. I’ve seen life-changing miracles take place in numerous substance dependent people and their families. I believe that treatment is an investment that benefits individual families and the community.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Pre-Petition screening for substance use commitments in Washington County
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Court-Ordered Substance Use Treatment, Substance Use Disorders
  • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessments (Rule 25)
  • Fluent in Spanish

Professional Experience

John has worked in the field of Substance Dependency since 1973. He did his internship for the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin at Human Services, Washington County in 1976. John has worked with Ramsey County Detoxification Center, Kinnic Falls Halfway House and Fairview Deaconess Adolescent Substance Dependency Treatment. He has been at Human Services of Washington County Substance Use Division since 1983.

Education

  • Bachelor Degrees - University of Minnesota and St. John’s University, New York
  • Masters Degree in Counseling - University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Fellow of the Kellogg Foundation Partners of the America’s Program in International Development, 1992

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, (LADC)
Holly H

Holly Heaser

Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Counselor

My professional philosophy is establish rapport with clients, and build mutual trusting relationships. I also utilize a variety of
perspectives or techniques from other theories and approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing,
solution-focused, family systems, feminist theory, and mindfulness.

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Substance Use Services and Outpatient Therapy

  • Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Counseling Services
  • Ages Served: 12+
  • Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Depression,
    Court-Ordered Substance Use Treatment, Mood Disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders

Professional Experience

I have previous experience working with adolescents and adults, in both residential and outpatient settings. I currently work with adults with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses in a group therapy setting. I also currently work with clients seeking individual psychotherapy in an outpatient setting, ages 15 and older.

Education

  • MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling from Metropolitan State University
  • BA in Psychology - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Education - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC)
  • MS
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Robert Jones

Substance Use Counselor

Each client is a unique individual that needs to be met at his or her own personal level of reality. I concentrate on focusing the client’s treatment using his or her own personal inner wisdom to establish a balance in the client’s psychological, physical, social and spiritual well-being to promote change.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Ages served: 18+

Professional Experience

I worked as a Substance Use Technician from 2008 to 2011 at Cedar Ridge Residential Treatment Center, a Health Realization based treatment program. After becoming an LADC in 2011, I worked as a counselor at Avalon Outpatient Treatment Program in Stillwater, MN. In 2012, I began working at Canvas Health in Stillwater with adults with co-occurring disorders.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science - University of Wisconsin, River Falls
  • Associate of Science Degree in Substance Dependency - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
John Koska

John Koska

Substance Use Counselor - Jail Program

I strive to educate and challenge individuals to develop themselves.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Counselor at Washington County Jail
  • Ages Served: 18+
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse

Professional Experience

I have worked as IOP counselor for 24 years, 17 years in a correctional setting.

Education

  • Associate Degree in Chemical Health

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
David Larson

David Larson

Adolescent Substance Use Counselor

I have been an adolescent counselor for over thirty years. I believe that young people are the future and I try to improve on their future. I have an eclectic philosophy and try and use every evidence-based tool at my disposal. At the heart of this is my belief that every child should have a chance at success.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Adolescent substance use treatment

Professional Experience

I have been a adolescent counselor for over 30 years.

Education

  • Associate's Degree

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Mike Mader

Mike Mader

Substance Use Counselor

I believe that people always have positive choices even when they feel stuck. My counseling approaches are person-centered, cognitive-behavioral and narrative. Working recovery is the opportunity to rediscover the world around you to navigate the future that’s ahead.

Clinic Locations

  • Forest Lake

Specialty Areas

  • Adolescent community-based groups and intervention
  • Ages Served: 12+
  • Addiction, Substance Use Disorders, Alcohol Abuse

Professional Experience

I have experience working with adolescent clients in residential, outpatient settings, community Brief Intervention and community school based programs.

Education

  • Associate Degree in Addiction Counseling – Century College
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services – Metropolitan State University

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC)
Kelly M

Kelly Mettayer

Substance Use Counselor - Correctional

I believe that every client is unique with their own set of needs, strengths, and goals. I believe in meeting clients where they are at and helping them gain the skills to reach their goals.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Correctional Facility Counseling and Treatment
  • Ages Served 13-18

Professional Experience

I have been working in the field of addiction since 2003 with adolescents in an outpatient setting and currently in a corrections setting.

Education

  • AA in Substance Dependency - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Nelson, Jennifer

Jennifer Nelson

Substance Use Assessor

I believe it is a privilege to walk along side my clients, using client centered skills and compassion to guide them on their recovery journey.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Assessor
  • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessments (Rule 25)
  • Ages Served: Adults

Professional Experience

15+ years experience as residential treatment counselor, outpatient treatment counselor, and substance use assessor.

Education

  • B.A. - Psychology, College of St. Catherine
  • Chemical Dependency Certificate - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Gary P

Gary Paulson

Substance Use Counselor and Assessor

People deserve the chance to become aware of stumbling blocks in their life, and be given the opportunity to resolve those issues. The freedom to choose is of the highest gifts.

Clinic Locations

  • Cottage Grove
  • Oakdale
  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of substance abuse, dependency and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Comprehensive Substance Use Assessments (Rule 25)
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Substance Use Disorders, Opioid Addiction
  • Ages Served: 19+

Professional Experience

Worked in Chemical Dependency field since 1991 in various capacities including: counselor, assessment, case manager, and program manager.

Education

  • Associate's Degree - Anoka/Ramsey Community College
  • Graduate - College of St. Catherine, St. Mary’s CampusGraduate of College of St. Catherine, St. Mary’s Campus, Substance Dependency and Family Therapy

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Radich, Natalie

Natalie Radich

Outpatient Therapist, Substance Use Counselor, On-Call Crisis Clinician

Services should be individualized and client centered. I like to take a strengths-based, supportive approach while also being reality based.

Clinic Locations

  • Coon Rapids and Anoka County Crisis Services
  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Outpatient Therapy, Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Counseling Services, Scott County Mobile Crisis
  • Ages Served: All
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Transitions, Shame, Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Personality Disorders, Emotional Disorders, Domestic Violence, Depression, Parenting Issues, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Mood Disorders, Mindfulness, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness – SPMI, Schizophrenia Disorder, Eating Disorders, ADHD/ADD (Adults), Attachment Disorders, Grief, Self Harm, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Co-Occurring Disorders, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bilingual , Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Professional Experience

I have worked for the Department of Corrections for 15 years in several capacities including security, case management, and mental health. I have spent 12 years in mental health in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient mental health at a the super maximum to proving outpatient services to clients in a minimum boot camp setting. I worked for Canvas in 2017-2019 for Washington County crisis on call services. I have had my LLC and provided individual therapy for female clients in a dual diagnosis treatment program. I taught classes at Argosy online for their Masters program. I have provided clinical supervision for LPC and LPCC supervisees.

Education

  • BA - Winona State
  • MA - Argosy

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
Jenny Snook

Jenny Snook

Substance Use Counselor

We can over come obstacles in our lives by allowing others to help.

Clinic Locations

  • Cottage Grove
  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Ages Served: 18+

Professional Experience

I have worked with both men and women. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient services.

Education

  • Associate of Arts - Central Lakes College
  • Hazelden - Graduate School of Addiction Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Work - St. Scholastica

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor (LADC)

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