Independence Blog

Updates on Addiction, Mental Health, Recovery, & Vinland Center

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 […]

7th Annual Winter Walkabout A Success

  It was a beautiful, sunny day for the 2016 Winter Walkabout. So many happy faces were seen at the Vinland Center in Loretto, especially the raffle prize winners. Thank you to everyone involved for making the event a success! Thanks to the support of sponsors, raffle donors, fundraisers, and attendees, we raised nearly $41,000! We […]

Your Brain in Love

Valentine’s Day is considered the day to celebrate love. But what is love and how does love change when you have traumatic brain injury or TBI? According to, there are many different ways the brain can change after a TBI. One of the areas includes behavior and, in turn, how we deal with relationships. […]

New Chemical Health Case Manager at Vinland

April Van Isgehem is a new Chemical Health Case Manager at Vinland National Center. April has a degree in community psychology and chemical dependency from St. Cloud State University. She is a Licensed Alcohol Dependency Counselor or LADC. April said she is applying to get a masters degree to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor or […]

Ready to Make Some Tracks?

Vinland Center is excited to announce its Seventh Annual Winter Walkabout, which will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2015.   “This is a fun opportunity for our supporters to get outside in the winter and see the beautiful property at Vinland’s main campus on Lake Independence,” said Mary Roehl, Vinland’s executive director. “The music, bonfire, […]

Vinland Employees Take on New Roles

Vinland National Center continues to work hard on behalf of its clients and helping new clients who walk through the doors each day. Every staff member at Vinland has a special and important role in helping Vinland fulfill its mission everyday. Here are a few employees who have taken on new roles in the Vinland […]

Measuring Brain Speed in Recovery

Brain speed. It’s one of the seven parameters used to assess Vinland clients’ health. But how can you measure brain speed exactly? It simply takes a pegboard, timer, and some numbers. Vinland Fitness and Wellness Manager Jeff Willert administers the Purdue Pegboard test for clients twice while they are at Vinland’s residential campus in Loretto. “We […]

Vinland Employees Take on New Roles

Vinland National Center continues to work hard on behalf of its clients and helping new clients who walk through the doors each day. Every staff member at Vinland has a special and important role in helping Vinland fulfill its mission everyday. Here are a few employees who have taken on new roles in the Vinland community. […]

New Nurse Hired at Vinland

Andrew Lake, LPN, comes to Vinland from a long career in education. Andrew has been working at Vinland National Center’s residential facility in Loretto, Minn. for over two months. Previously, he worked as a special education teacher for 20 years. He then decided to go into nursing as a private duty nurse, which he still does part-time. […]

Donate Your Winter Clothes

Do you have gently worn winter clothing that you no longer use? Donate those items to Vinland! We are looking for coats, sweater, hats, gloves, and scarves for our clients. For more information and to donate, click here.

Familiar Face Returns to Vinland in New Role

If Don Raasch looks familiar, it’s because he’s not new to Vinland National Center. Don first came to Vinland as a chemical health intern in early 2015. But he has since returned as a new Chemical Health Case Manager. From January to May 2015 Don was an intern at Vinland’s residential chemical health program. Don hopes to […]

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