Mayo Clinic

By The Fix staff 08/22/17

With the scientific clout of the Mayo Clinic behind it, the Intensive Addiction Program touts care that is at the forefront of substance addiction science.

Mayo Clinic
Location : 200 First St NW Rochester, MN 55905
Phone : (507) 266-5100
Price : $55,000 - $58,000 (30 days); with $40k deposit
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Introduction and Basic Services

Part of the Mayo Clinic, a large, formative science and medical research group in Rochester, Minnesota, the Intensive Addiction Program is a residential treatment option for adult men and women. Programming aims to address substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The Mayo Clinic has been treating addiction since 1972 and is located about an hour and a half south of Minnesota’s capital, St. Paul.

Facility and Meals

Despite a hospital setting, bedrooms are warm and inviting, each complete with a twin-sized rolling bed, an armchair with a lamp, a small wardrobe and a window looking out onto the surrounding Minnesota forest. The rooms are private and come with private bathrooms. There are never more than 18 clients in treatment at any given time.

The grounds are peaceful and lined with thriving hedges. A courtyard area has benches on which clients can relax and appreciate the calming surroundings.

Clients eat nutritious meals in the Mayo Clinic’s cafeteria. Vending machines offer coffee, tea, soda and snacks.

Treatment Protocols and Team

The program lasts for 30 days. It begins with a medical evaluation by a Mayo Clinic internist, during which residents are given health recommendations and, if needed, referrals to additional specialists. The program may begin with a detox if necessary.

Individualized care is evidence-based and rooted in the most up-to-date research available about substance abuse treatment. Therapeutic approaches include Motivational Interviewing (MI) and CBT. Clients can also expect to learn relapse prevention techniques throughout their stay. When deemed necessary, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to ease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal can be facilitated. Additionally, spiritual support, mindfulness training, relaxation and alternative therapies are all implemented.

Mornings at the Mayo Clinic’s Intensive Addiction Program begin with meditation and mindfulness training. Then residents participate daily in one-on-one sessions with a counselor or psychiatrist, group sessions, addiction education and special programs. Afterwards clients may have evening programming, recreational time or participate in community groups including 12-step meetings. Schedules may include craving and trigger group discussions, skills groups for those with depression or anxiety, spirituality lectures, individual sessions with the chaplain, nutritional education, smoking cessation support, SMART Recovery sessions and alumni meetings.

Clinical staff includes psychiatrists, addictions counselors, internal medicine specialists, recreational therapists, dieticians, neuropsychologists, LCSWs and nurses with training in addiction. There is a ratio of one addiction counselor or LCSW to every four or five clients.

The “open unit” facility allows clients to leave the campus (first with other residents and then alone). This is meant to help them build confidence and learn how to cope with sobriety outside of the structure of the Intensive Addiction Program’s residential setting. Clients also self-administer medication, another way that they are treated with respect and given the independence to display management of their own treatment and sobriety.

Aftercare may involve moving on to outpatient programs at the Mayo Clinic or elsewhere. Clients are encouraged to continue participation in 12-step or SMART support groups. Monitoring is provided in the form of mail or phone contact every three months for a year after finishing the residential program. There are alumni meetings on-site.

A family day is offered, which teaches family members and friends 18 and older about addiction, how to develop coping skills and how to use problem-solving skills in the context of the client. Any questions that loved ones have will also be answered during this period. Family day occurs every other week and families may attend more than one session. Those with younger family members can arrange for a special session with the client’s primary counselor.

Bonus Amenities

Recreational therapy is available. Cell phones and computers are allowed in the residential program during free time; wireless Internet is provided.


With the scientific clout of the Mayo Clinic behind it, the Intensive Addiction Program touts care that is at the forefront of substance addiction science. Private accommodations and the freedom to leave the hospital grounds make it unlike most other rehab programs, helping clients maintain their space while also building self-confidence about being able to succeed after completing the program.

Mayo Clinic: Intensive Addiction Program

200 First St NW

Rochester, MN 55905

(507) 266-5100

Mayo Clinic: Intensive Addiction Program Cost: $55,000 - $58,000 with $40k deposit upon admission (30 days); accepts insurance. Find Mayo Clinic: Intensive Addiction Program on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube

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