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Vinland’s outpatient chemical health program, located in Minneapolis, recently increased its size by expanding into office space adjacent to its existing office. The expanded space includes a new group room, additional offices, and a new client lounge.
“By adding another group room, we are able to expand specialized programming to include anger management, stress management, music therapy, art therapy, yoga, aroma therapy, mindfulness, and trauma,” said Outpatient Services Manager Annette Pearson. “Administrative staff, interns, counselors, and mental health therapists can use the additional office space for individual, family, and professional meetings.”
“In addition,” Pearson continued, “we were able to make the space more functional for participants to spend their day at Vinland. We added a client lounge area for time between groups for eating, socializing, and playing games. We installed computer stations designed to increase comprehension skills.”
Vinland is honored to introduce our new board members!
Honorable Judge Jana Austad
Judge Austad was appointed to the bench by Governor Dayton in 2013. She is chambered in Cass County, Minnesota. Prior to her appointment, she was the Managing Attorney for the Brainerd Regional Office of the Public Defender. Jana sees many individuals in the court system struggling with cognitive impairments and chemical dependency, often inadequately treated and undiagnosed. She is looking forward to working on Vinland’s board and to supporting Vinland’s mission of treating the whole person.
Brigadier General Neal Loidolt
Brigadier General Neal Loidolt was born and raised in the Saint Cloud area. As a traditional soldier, Brigadier General Loidolt is Commanding General of the 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard. He commands more than 10,000 soldiers of the storied “Red Bull” Division.
In his full-time capacity, he serves as Deputy Adjutant General, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. He provides guidance, leadership, support and oversight to the Department on matters pertaining to the effort of relationship integration and the supporting actions of Sustainable Infrastructure, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and Diversifying the Force. He represents the Adjutant General for state and government matters as the Deputy Commissioner.
Steve Novak served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1975 to 1982, and then spent 17 years in the State Senate. During his terms in office, Steve was a strong champion of Vinland. After retiring from the Senate, he worked for Anoka County as a Division Manager of Government Services until 2012. He currently works for the Minnesota Inter-County Association.
Don Samuleson was born and raised in Brainerd and has never left. In 1968, he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, and, in 1982, to the State Senate. He served as Chair of the Health and Human Service Finance Committee for 26 years and President of the Senate from 2000 to 2002. Throughout his political career, he was a staunch supporter of Vinland.
Don currently serves as Chair of the Crow Wing County Historical Society, the Brainerd Public Utilities Commission, and the Brainerd Charter Commission. In 2012, Governor Dayton named him Chair of the Minnesota Board of Aging. He also finds time to deliver for Meals on Wheels once a week.
Ted L. Suss
Ted L. Suss is a retired school superintendent. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for two terms during the 1970s. Ted previously served on the Vinland board during the 1990s, and he was the driving force behind our prairie restoration project.
Ted serves on the board of the Redwood Falls Community Theatre, the Redwood Hospital Foundation Board, and two local community foundations. He is an active member of the Wabasso Lions Club and the Wabasso American Legion Post.
Chemical Health Graduate Mike Shares His Story of Success in Recovery
Mike grew up as part of a large family of seven brothers and two sisters in Crystal, a suburb of Minneapolis. In high school, he started drinking beer with friends. Drinking was a problem from the start, however, and he received his first DUI when he was 19 years old.
After high school, Mike got married and had two children. He worked as a drywall finisher for 30 years. His drinking continued to be a problem. After receiving two DUIs in one month, Mike spent 60 days in jail.
Over the years, Mike went to two treatment centers and to detox several times. He once stayed sober for two years, but then he started drinking again.
“I don’t know why it didn’t work,” Mike said when asked why he didn’t stay sober.
Eight years ago, Mike began suffering from seizures. After he was diagnosed with dementia, he moved into a nursing home. A staff member at the nursing home realized Mike had a problem with alcohol, and recommended he receive treatment at Vinland Center. Mike was open to entering treatment again because he understood he had a problem.
“I enjoyed Vinland a lot. It was a turning point in my life. I realized I could have been facing prison time, but I was lucky not to be.”
When asked what was different about treatment at Vinland, Mike said, “I just made up my mind to do it. I had been through so much hell before I got there.”
Mike enjoyed the structure of groups at Vinland, and he appreciated the recreation time. He fondly remembers taking walks down to the lake shore and playing pool in the Stordahl.
After graduating from Vinland Center, Mike moved into an assisted living house owned by Sojourn. He enjoys the small group setting at the house, which he shares with 6 other residents.
Mike’s health has also greatly improved, and he is feeling good. His seizures are under control thanks to medication, and he has not had a seizure in two years.
“I’m doing great. I’m proud to be a graduate of Vinland! It really helped me a lot. Today I’m free from alcohol, and I no longer crave it.”
Three months ago, Mike started an AA group at Sojourn Day Center, a center for aging individuals and individuals with special needs. Mike continues to have a good relationship with his son, who recently moved to Arizona to work at the Mayo Clinic. •
Vinland is offering a paid summer internship for the right marketing student. The intern will focus on one primary project, assisting with other projects as needed. The primary project will be to develop and implement a marketing campaign to expose our residential chemical health program to level I, II & III trauma centers throughout the country. The project may include, but is not limited to, direct mail, email marketing, list development, cold calls, writing, and graphic design.
Vinland National Center is an award winning, nationally recognized company in our field. We are proud to be a StarTribune Top 100 Workplaces for the last two years. Vinland is located in Loretto, MN, 30 minutes west of Minneapolis and 60 minutes south of St. Cloud.
Vinland is proud to announce that we are now a NAADAC Approved Education Provider with a two-year provider status. This status identifies our chemical health conferences and webinars as meeting nationally approved standards of education developed for the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field.
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.
Join our e-mail list to learn about upcoming trainings at www.vinlandcenter.org.
Vinland is expanding opportunities for its clients and staff members to practice mindfulness-based meditation. This effort is made possible by a series of grants from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation supporting contemplative practice among Christians and encouraging dialogue among all contemplative traditions.
Expanded opportunities include a four-part video series, an eight-week Mindfulness in Motion program, and certified adapted yoga classes. Vinland continues to offer mindfulness meditation groups to chemical health clients and residents at LivingWorks’s lodges. In an effort to encourage individual practice, clients can borrow guided meditation CDs and portable CD players to practice mindfulness on their own.
Mindfulness fits well within the complementary care programming offered in Vinland’s chemical health program. Vinland is grateful to the Trust for the Meditation Process for their continued support of our adapted mindfulness meditation program.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that focuses on simply paying attention, without judgment, to what is happening with your mind and body in the present moment. An individual’s ability to “come back” to the present moment over and over again changes the mind’s relationship to stressful thoughts and body sensations.
This practice offers a way for people with chemical use disorders to improve their ability to recognize stress reactions in the body and cope with their feelings in a new way.
This spring, Vinland will launch a web-based video series as a resource for clients to continue their practice after leaving Vinland. The first two videos in the series will provide an educational overview about how the brain works, how addiction affects the brain, and the benefits of meditation. The final two videos will be guided meditations.
Mindfulness in Motion
Last summer, Vinland Chemical Health Case Manager Tom Beckers was invited to attend a training course for Mindfulness in Motion (MiM) at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing. MiM is a research-based program that offers pragmatic resiliency tools easily implemented in the workplace to reduce daily stress and increase productivity and work engagement. Participants learn mindful awareness principles that are the key to embodying the benefits of mindfulness. The eight weekly sessions emphasize bodily relaxation with soft background music as well as discussion of mindful awareness of cognitive habits.
Several Vinland staff members recently completed a MiM program facilitated by Beckers offered on-site at Vinland’s main campus. Staff members are able to incorporate what they learn in the MiM program into their counseling groups and their daily lives.
Made Possible By
Learn more about the Trust for the Meditation Process online at www.trustformeditation.org.