Sharing a Client Interview at Vinland

John generously gave his permission for us to share his responses to our standard client interview, as we thought they were pretty cool. We thought you might enjoy, as well. What Brought you to Vinland?  A relapse and legal issues. Also, I became homeless again. How did you feel physically when you got here? Rundown; very weak. […]

Living with an Invisible Disability

After an accident, a head injury is easy to spot due to visible wounds. A shaved head with a row of stitches are the very noticeable signs of a head injury. But after the wounds heal and hair covers the scars, sometimes there are no visible signs of a brain injury. This is why a […]

The Role of Trauma in Addiction

Meet Emily, a 30-year old woman struggling with addiction. As a young girl, Emily often witnessed her parents arguing. The arguments involved a lot of shouting and pushing. If her parents had been drinking, then the arguments were especially violent: Emily witnessed her father beat her mother on multiple occasions. Emily was afraid of her […]

5 Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. We won’t stand idly by as this menacing disease claims the lives of our loved ones and independence. Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Stroke Heroes around the nation in the effort to put an end to stroke. May is Stroke Awareness […]

May is Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, is a type of brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen to a part of the brain resulting in tissue death. Strokes can be caused by a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic) or by a clot that blocks blood flow (ischemic). According to the American Stroke Association, in […]

Importance of Recreation in Recovery

Boredom. It is one of the biggest challenges people face in early recovery. If someone leaves the structure of treatment and returns home to spend all day alone and watching TV, they may be tempted to contact old drinking or using buddies to find some fun and get rid of the boredom. For this reason, it is […]

Finding Fun in Recovery

How do you help clients at Vinland Center learn how to have fun while in recovery? You start with respect. “You treat everyone with respect so they feel good about themselves,” said Tom Everett, who works in Vinland’s Fitness and Wellness Program. “We try to incorporate fun into activity. We want to find the fun […]

We’re Hiring

Vinland Center is growing and we have an immediate opening for a part-time Licensed Nurse Practitioner OR Physician’s Assistant. The open position is at our facility in Loretto, located 20 miles west of Minneapolis in western Hennepin County. Vinland is a 61-bed residential chemical dependency treatment center for adults with a dual diagnosis of MI/CD […]

A Big Walkabout Announcement

After seven years of the Winter Walkabout, we have decided to move the event from winter to fall. We will miss the snowshoeing part of our annual event, but we already have some fun new activities planned for the fall event! Here are a few reasons why we are moving the event from winter to fall: This […]

Meet Our Intern Angela Trenda

Angela Trenda is a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) intern at Vinland’s residential program in Loretto. She is working on getting her MSW through University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s University’s School of Social work. She is on track to graduate in May 2017. Why are you interested in your field of study? I have a background […]