Marty Mann House
Marty Mann House is a safe, nurturing residential drug and alcohol treatment facility designed specifically for women. The house is located in a beautifully restored 19th century mansion situated on five wooded acres overlooking Lake Superior. It offers women, 18 years and older, a place to find the shelter, resources, stability and serenity they need to recover and reclaim their lives.
“This house and the women have taught me to live, love and have fun.”
At Marty Mann House, we use the best practices in clinical substance abuse treatment for women. We understand that women often show more severe symptoms of substance abuse. We know women have profound social, cultural and family issues that may discourage or prevent them from seeking the help they need. We provide women with a supportive therapeutic community where they can focus on their recovery and transition from treatment back into living a healthy life.
Marty Mann House was established in 1972.
It is named after Marty Mann, who was one of the early leaders in the national recovery movement and a major advocate for the elimination of stigma and prejudice surrounding alcoholism. In 1945, she founded the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism, now called the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). She also helped start the Yale School of Alcohol Studies, now at Rutgers. In recovery from alcoholism herself, Marty Mann encouraged thousands of women to get help through Alcoholics Anonymous, and was tireless in educating the public about alcoholism as a disease and public health problem and that alcoholics are worth helping.
The home was previously located in Duluth’s East Hillside and served 12 residents.
Today, Marty Mann House is located at 2211 Greysolon Road in a historic mansion built by William and Mina Prindle in 1906. The new location makes it possible to serve 24 women, offering them the opportunity to find the treatment they need in a setting like no other.
Our Therapeutic Community Approach
We use a therapeutic community approach at Marty Mann House. This group-based approach involves residents who are further along in their recovery helping those who are just beginning.
Experienced residents serve as role models, while our staff serves as facilitators and guides. Women live and work together to form a community of respect, trust, support and encouragement.
With others by your side you can find the courage you need to heal.
For many, recovery involves learning or reestablishing healthy skills and values, as well as gaining emotional and physical health. At Marty Mann House, an understanding community surrounds each woman as she develops coping skills, personal responsibility, relationship skills, self-respect and how to live a sober life.
“I am shocked by how much I have learned about myself and how much I have changed for the better. Thank you. I will never forget!”
Treatment at Marty Mann House is a medium intensity level of care. The program is for adult women, ages 18 years and older, who are alcohol and/or drug dependent. Staff members are in place 24/7 to offer assistance and support for those going through the recovery process.
Medium Intensity Treatment
- 15 hours per week of treatment programming and recovery activities
- Individual, group and family sessions
Treatment is individualized, based on each woman’s needs and is geared toward:
- Relapse prevention
- Developing a sober and stable living environment
- Learning living skills
- Preparing to return to employment and a productive life in the community
Marty Mann Staff
Our highly trained staff includes:
- Clinical supervisor
Treatment Director for Extended Care programs
“I would recommend Marty Mann House to any woman. It has been an incredible and life changing experience.”
A typical day starts out like this:
- 7:30am–large group meditation
- 8-9am– breakfast and personal time including daily house tasks
- 9am-noon– clinical /therapeutic group
Special activities during the week include time for:
- Individual sessions with counselor as scheduled
- Care and concerns group on Wednesday morning
- One-on-one meetings, off-campus
- Monday P.M. Chat & Chew (optional)
- Tuesday A.M Health Education Group with RN
- Wednesday P.M. Study Hall with Teacher
- Thursday P.M. Yara Yoga
- Friday A.M. Principals group
- Three nights a week residents attend outside AA meetings or NA meetings
- Evenings are also spent doing activities outside of Marty Mann House or visiting with family
- Friday night guest dinner where residents can invite a guest (this needs to be requested earlier in the week)
- Saturday family day and visiting
- Sunday morning in-house AA meeting for people from the community
- Sunday night Marty Mann House community group (mandatory)
Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Most health plans will cover most or all of the cost of treatment depending on what the health plans call “medical necessity.” We are a network provider for most of the major health plans in Minnesota.
How long is treatment?
We do not operate fixed length-of-stay programs. We believe people should get the help they need, no more or no less.
What is your treatment philosophy?
We believe that treatment works best when our clients choose their treatment goals. This is called client-directed therapy. There are many pathways to recovery from alcohol and drug dependency, as well as different levels of severity, length of problem and capacity to change. We value honesty and open-mindedness. We also believe in the willingness and the importance of using a variety of proven techniques to help each client achieve their treatment goals.
Are you a Twelve-Step program?
The Twelve-Step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous has helped millions of people achieve lasting recovery from addiction. These groups are entirely independent and not affiliated with ANY treatment center or program. All of our clients are introduced to AA and NA during treatment and may work the steps as part of their treatment. They usually become active in AA or NA following treatment. However, we do not require our clients to adopt a particular philosophy. We help our clients find a recovery support network that works for them.
Can people come to visit me?
Yes. There is time set aside in which you can have visitors if you wish. Your time at Marty Mann House is for you to concentrate on yourself and becoming well. Your wishes about having visitors or not having visitors are respected.
How can my family, friends or people I know contact me?
You will be given a phone number when you arrive that you can share with your friends and family and people who need to contact you. There are four phones in the house available for your use.
What should I bring with me?
Towels, pillows and bedding are provided. You should bring:
- Photo ID, medical insurance cards, bus pass, Social Security card, library card
- Non-opened (new) over the counter medications like: Ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea/gas/stomach, Benadryl, etc.
- Personal hygiene products that do not contain alcohol, like shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.
- Nail clippers, razors, tweezers
- Personal loaded music player/iPod
- Charger for all electronics
- Familiar pillow and/or blanket
- Feminine products
Please limit your personal belongings to two bags.
Is there anything I cannot bring?
As mentioned above, you may not bring opened over the counter medication or personal hygiene products that contain alcohol. You also should not bring:
- Clothes or fabrics that cannot handle high dryer heat
- Anything of great value or significant sentimental value
- Items of clothing with sexually explicit, drug or alcohol logos, i.e., t-shirts, etc.
Marty Mann House
2211 Greysolon Road
Duluth, MN 55812
For information on admission to Marty Mann House, please call the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at (218) 723-8444.
The unique setting and home environment at Marty Mann House encourages community and support. Women can spend time socializing, reading, gardening, or just relaxing in a sunny alcove. Bedrooms are shared, but offer plenty of opportunity for solitude. Almost all bedrooms have a view of Lake Superior.