Detoxification and Pathfinder Unit

“I feel this place is great for helping people.”
–Detoxification services client


Often when addressing substance abuse or addiction, the first problem is dealing with the likelihood of withdrawal. If the thought of the discomfort involved with detoxification is overwhelming, we want you to know that our Detoxification Unit consists of 24 beds for medically managed sub-acute detoxification from alcohol and drugs. Located at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Duluth, and open 24/7.

For detailed admission criteria and other questions, please email our Program Director or call the nurse on staff at (218) 723-8444.

Pathfinder Unit

We also have 6 beds dedicated to acute opioid-related disorders that require medical management including opioid intoxication, opioid overdose, and opioid withdrawal. Great care is used to help you transition from using to sobriety—safely and comfortably.

Pathfinder is a short-term Minnesota Rule 32 program aimed at serving persons diagnosed with an Opioid Use Disorder who need withdrawal management, medication-assisted treatment and referral. In fact, it is the first opioid withdrawal management in Minnesota. Located above ClearPath Clinic, Pathfinder is the program to provide the very first step toward recovery: the detox stage.

We have a highly trained professional team that includes counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, general medicine physicians, and nurses who will monitor and stabilize withdrawal symptoms. Length of stay will be individualized based on medical and clinical needs and assessments. A typical length of stay is approximately 3-7 days. From there we can determine a clear path to a long term recovery. The Pathfinder Unit is committed to treating each client as an individual, offering hope and opportunity to anyone with the desire for recovery.

The clients we attend to are either following an opioid overdose that will require medical stabilization and clearance from the medical facility/hospital, or clients currently in or with anticipated opioid withdrawal. If the patient is admitted after clinic hours, they will be assessed for secured detox unit admission and reassessed the next business day for admission into the Pathfinder program.

Pathfinder is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Business office hours are Monday through Friday, 7am-4pm. It’s located at the Center For Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth.

If you or your loved one is ready to find the path of recovery, but need some assistance through the detox stage, please give us a call at (218) 529-3437 or email

  • Withdrawal management utilizing medications FDA-approved for withdrawal management (Subutex, Clonidine)
  • Comprehensive clinical assessment to determine clinical and medical needs, including the Minnesota Rule 25 placement tool
  • Medical evaluation/care plan (for withdrawal treatment planning purposes)
  • Care coordination, based on referral from comprehensive assessment
  • Peer recovery services, bridging the recovery support gap between treatment and the community
  • Referral
  • Medication taper
  • Medication induction

There is a screening process that needs to be completed. Referrals are accepted from physicians, family members, community agencies, and self-referrals.

Confidentiality is a practice that will always be upheld. Not only do we uphold the law of patient/doctor confidentiality, we also have the utmost respect for it. Completing the Patient Release of Information Authorization Form allows our counselors to discuss the patient with the physician or family member without breaking the trust that is instilled in our clinic.

Pathfinder admits anyone found in need, with a referral from an outside source, who wants help with opioid withdrawal and access to medically-assisted treatment. Allow our experienced staff to assist you on the journey to recovery by applying to our drug detox program, Pathfinder. Together, you and our team will get through the withdrawal stages together.

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Pathfinder Unit
Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
1402 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55805

For information on detox assistance, please call (218) 529-3437 or email

Do you need Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Call our 24/7 hotline for a screening at

(218) 336-4663

Do you or someone you know need help? Call:

(218) 723-8444