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Substance Use 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some behaviors to look for include: drinking and driving, increased use of alcohol or drugs, becoming secretive or withdrawn about drinking and drug use, struggling with day-to-day activities at home and/or work, spending more time with friends who drink or use drugs than with family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.

Assessment

  • 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.

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 Programs

New Choices for Recovery. This 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 therapy, motivational interviewing and 12-step supports. We also 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.

Adolescent Programs

Adolescent Community Options Program. This 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.

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

New Choices for Adolescents. This 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.

Family Programming

Canvas Health offers a five-session family program to complement our comprehensive treatment approach for clients. Topics covered in the family program include: co-occurring disorders, communication, family systems, cognitive therapy and resources.

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

Cathleen Harvieux

Substance Use Department Manager

Over the past 39 years in working with substance abuse clients, families, programs, funders, licensors, and developers I have held true to a few themes. Substance abuse is a biopsychosocial concern and recovery is an inside job. It is my first duty to make you feel as comfortable as quickly as possible.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Work with specialized populations: adolescents, women, men, incarcerated men, opioid addicted men and women, those with primary substance abuse and mental health diagnosis, East and West African, American Indian, elderly as well as professionals and the families and friends of those that received services
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Co-Occurring Disorders, Opioid Addiction, Substance Use Disorders

Professional Experience

I started working in substance abuse at the age of 19, as an overnight staff. Since then, I have delivered both clinical, management, and developmental duties within the full continuum of care: Prevention, intervention, education, treatment, assessment, and short and long-term continuing care services.

Education

  • Human Services Technical College Certificate
  • Degree in Human Services Consulting and Substance Abuse Counseling

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate

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)

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
  • Ages served: 18+

Education

  • BA-Criminal Justice-Metropolitan State University

License and Credentials

  • ADC-T
  • CPP

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

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, Rule 25 Assessment, Substance Use Disorders
  • 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 Heaser

Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Counselor

My counseling approach is derived from person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and feminist theories. It is a privilege to walk alongside my clients, utilizing evidence based practices to help guide them on their journeys of recovery.

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Specialty Areas

  • Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Counseling Services
  • Ages Served: 12+
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Co-Occurring Disorders, Substance Use Disorders
  • School-based substance use disorder counseling
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training

Professional Experience

I have experience working with adolescent clients, adult clients, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment, outpatient, intakes, and administering assessments.

Education

  • MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling - 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)

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

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)

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
  • Ages Served: 19+
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Substance Use Disorders, Rule 25 Assessment, Opioid Addiction

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)

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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