Mash-Ka-WisenTreatment Center, Sawyer, Minnesota

Canal Park Lighthouse, Duluth, Minnesota
1150 Mission Rd.
Sawyer, MN, 55780

Mash-Ka-Wisen Treatment Center Overview

Mash-Ka-Wisen Treatment Center, based in Sawyer, Minnesota, is a treatment facility that provides inpatient treatment services to individuals (Native American male and female clients) suffering from chemical dependency issues. With two inpatient treatment facilities for both men and women, the treatment center which was founded in 1977, is dedicated to providing culture relevant programs to both genders seeking treatment. With a minimum intake age of 16 years, clients are treated using 12-step treatment modalities as well as, implementing several other activities such as culturally practices and physical activities. Clients with Native American Indian heritage seeking holistic support will find the facility to be the best choice as programs are catered to that demographic.
All treatment plans and intake admission process begins with an initial assessment. This assessment is done to evaluate the client in order to create the best individualized treatment plan. The assessment is conducted by a drug and alcohol counselor and all program following after are facilitated and managed by qualified therapists, incorporating appropriate treatment modalities to meet each client’s need. Support for medication management as well as dual diagnosis is offered to clients using therapy and other treatment methods.
The average duration of a lengthened stay at the facility is 90 days and services such as evidence-based treatment (dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing) incorporated into group and individual therapy is offered. Clients are required to attend on-site meetings where the counselor or therapist will such client to 12-step. Clients are also offered addiction education and topics discussed include relapse prevention, the addiction disease, coping skills, and many more. Clients are given assignments after lecturing which pertains to the topic discussed.
The facility emphasizes incorporating cultural activities while healing the spirit as Mash-Ka-Wisen is a Native American Facility. Cultural activities include talking circles, mindfulness meditation, piping and drumming ceremonies, powwows, and many more. The staff team comprises of qualified licensed clinical social workers, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Accommodation & Food

The treatment center currently offers two separate building for both male and female clients at the main campus. The facility for men can house up to 28 men at a time and the women’s facility can house up to 18 women at a time. Maximum of 2 clients at a time can share a room in the facility and all rooms come fully equipped with closest spaces, desks, and twin beds.
Bathrooms are made available in halls as all rooms in a hall share the bathrooms. Both lounge areas are offered at both facilities including a living room for clients to relax, interact, and work on assignments. The center also offers a gym which clients can use during the week and it’s available on-site. Gym time is compulsory for all clients and as such, times have been set aside for both men and women. Mandatory gym time for men from Monday through Friday is 2:45 pm and for women is 8:45 pm.
All meals served in the cafeteria is prepared and vetted by on-site kitchen staff. Clients are entitled to 3 meals a day and also a night snack. Residents with allergies and restrictions are put into consideration as well.

Treatment & Therapy

The facility offers different therapy and treatment programs to women and women based on their specific needs. Some of these are:

  • Treatment Options
  • Inpatient treatment

Inpatient Treatment

The facility offers inpatient treatment to both men and women, 16 years and older, suffering from chemical dependency disorders in a structured environment. Treatment approaches commonly used include cultural programming as it is most suitable for Native American Indians and also 12-step principles.
The following are conditions treated at the facility:

  • Chemical dependency
  • Co-occurring disorders

Therapy Options

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Group therapy
  • Cultural programming
  • Individual therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family therapy
  • Addiction education
  • Aftercare


Mash-Ka-Wisen costs differ slightly as the price is dependent on the treatment type and services offered. It costs approximately $7,458 for a 30-day treatment at the facility and $7,778 for clients suffering from co-occurring disorders, for 30 days as well. Price is subject to change and quality of care increases. Clients with more questions or verifications are encouraged to contact the facility.


All programs offered at the facility are accredited by the CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

Mash-Ka-Wisen Treatment Center Advantages

The treatment center currently offers family programs to clients and their loved ones in form of counseling sessions. Native American women and men can benefit from the halfway house program offered at the facility, but clients must be 16 years and older to be eligible for admission. The halfway house, otherwise known as the Thunderbird Halfway House, currently has the capacity to house 12 men at a time and the female-only halfway house called Wren House, has the capacity to accommodate up to nine women at a time.
Both male and female clients in the halfway house are required to abide by all ground rules which include daily chores, 12-step meeting attendance (off-site and on-site), therapy sessions, educational group sessions, and many more.
Clients interested in receiving treatment at a facility that combines evidence-based practices, physical activities, 12-step principles, educational lectures as well as Native American rituals will find Mash-Ka-Wisen treatment center to be a good option.

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