Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mayo Clinic offers several types of addiction assessment and treatment options.

Intensive addiction program

One of several treatment offerings, Mayo Clinic's Intensive Addiction Program is based on the latest research findings. The program is designed for adults age 18 or older. Individuals stay at Mayo Clinic for 30 days of treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction (including illegal drugs, narcotics and other prescription medications), and coexisting mental health disorders. Your doctor may recommend anti-craving medications in addition to traditional counseling therapies. While in the program, you're exposed to many different types of treatment, including:

  • Motivational enhancement
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Relapse-prevention techniques
  • 12-step facilitation
  • Anti-craving medication
  • Spiritual support and mindfulness techniques
  • Relaxation and alternative therapies

Respect for the individual

Mayo Clinic's intensive treatment program emphasizes respect for the individual. All rooms are single, private rooms with individual bathrooms. Wireless Internet computer access is available, and cellphones are allowed on the unit.

Structured, full-day program

A typical day in the intensive treatment program is highly structured, including personal time, group therapy, individual sessions with a counselor or psychiatrist, education therapies, and special programs. Each evening includes programming or involvement in community self-help groups. Activities vary from day to day, and may include:

  • Daily planning as reviewed in focus groups
  • Medication self-administration
  • Structured groups (addiction education)
  • Process groups (group therapy)
  • Evening programs
  • Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
  • Addiction and depression group
  • Spirituality presentations and individual chaplaincy sessions
  • Yoga and mindfulness training
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Smoking cessation counseling and support
  • Recreational therapy (leisure alternatives to alcohol and drugs)
  • Craving group (craving scale and trigger discussion)
  • Alumni meetings

Intensive Addiction Family Program

The Intensive Addiction Family Program is for family members or others who are significant in the lives of people in the Intensive Addiction Program. Its goal is to help family members learn about addictions, including coping skills, problem-solving techniques, and instilling hope and confidence in the recovery journey.

This one-day session is offered the first and third Monday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). To register, contact Addiction Services at 507-255-4151.

Follow-up care

Completing the Intensive Addiction Program is just the first step on the road to recovery. After completing the first phase of addiction treatment, patients are encouraged to proceed into outpatient continuing care programs, either at Mayo or closer to home. Mayo Clinic's team coordinates care with your hometown medical team to ensure you stay on track toward recovery. Resources for ongoing self-help groups also are provided, such as the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program.

To monitor progress and offer support during your recovery, the Mayo Clinic addictions treatment team offers follow-up email or phone contact with you every three months for one year after completion of the intensive program.

Outpatient addiction program

One of several Mayo Clinic offerings, the outpatient addiction program can be used as a step-down program after graduating from the Intensive Addiction Program. Or, many patients can enter addiction treatment at this level after their comprehensive evaluation. The coordinating psychiatrist and addiction treatment team, with your input, will determine the appropriate level of support to meet your needs.

The program offers half-day outpatient addiction services for four weeks. Sessions are held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. The program includes:

  • Educational and relapse-prevention group sessions
  • Process group psychotherapy sessions
  • Individual counseling
  • Friday family day
  • Ongoing nurse assessments and drug abuse surveys

Follow-up care

The treatment team helps you during every step of the recovery journey, because the right support at the right time gives the greatest opportunity for success. After completing the outpatient addiction program, you can enter one of the continuing care programs or the team will coordinate continuing care closer to your home.

Continuing care programs

One of several Mayo Clinic offerings, continuing care after primary treatment is just as important as your initial step on the journey to sobriety. Mayo Clinic offers several types of programs to meet your needs at every stage.

Early Recovery Program

The Early Recovery Program is a step-down treatment program after completing residential or outpatient treatment. You meet two times a week for six weeks for group therapy, education and individual counseling, as well as follow-up nurse assessments and drug abuse surveys.

Recovery Maintenance Program

In Recovery Maintenance, you meet once weekly for three or more months, as determined by your customized treatment plan. In this program, you continue with group sessions and individual counseling, as well as follow-up nurse assessments and drug abuse surveys.

Health Professionals Group

As mandated by the Health Professionals Services Program in Minnesota, the Health Professionals Group offers continuing care for health care providers (doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists) who have alcohol or drug addictions. As determined by the treatment plan and rules of the certifying board, you meet weekly for an indefinite duration. Most people participate for several months.

Family Recovery Group

Mayo Clinic recognizes that family support is a crucial part of your recovery. The Family Recovery Group meets once a week for eight weeks. It's designed for family members of people with alcohol or drug addictions, and provides disease education, coping tools and support.

Individual consultation

To have an evaluation for a substance use problem or to enter addiction treatment at Mayo Clinic, you can call to request an assessment or be referred by your hometown doctor.

The initial evaluation includes a comprehensive assessment from Mayo Clinic's addiction team. The team includes a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction treatment, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and a nurse. Then, with input from you, the team recommends an individualized treatment plan. Having a comprehensive plan at the start of treatment ensures that you have the degree of support and structure needed to establish sobriety and progress toward your goals. This treatment plan may include:

  • Addiction treatment program referral
  • Individual counseling
  • Medications
  • Goal setting
  • Progression to ongoing care programs
  • Long-term maintenance plan
  • Psychiatric or psychological follow-up care

If you wish to pursue direct admission to the 30-day program with on-site residence, the first step is an intake evaluation by phone, which includes insurance verification and precertification, if possible. Many insurance plans cover part or all of the treatment costs. Mayo Clinic provides a preliminary insurance review to help you determine your coverage. When you're admitted to the program, you receive a full evaluation by the treatment team to develop a treatment plan incorporating your specific goals.

Mental health disorders

Many people with addictions also have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or another mental health disorder. Mayo Clinic incorporates treatment for mental health and addictions into one treatment plan, addressed in the same place, by medical professionals on the same team. You also have access to other medical services at Mayo Clinic, if needed.

May. 09, 2011