Since 1972, Mayo Clinic has provided chemical dependency treatment for people addicted to alcohol, prescription medications or illegal drugs. Through the years, Mayo's addiction programs have incorporated advances in the medical understanding of addiction and preventing relapse to provide the most up-to-date care in a highly professional setting. Mayo Clinic offers a variety of addiction programs to help you and your family reach your recovery goals.

  • Comprehensive care. Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive assessment of your alcohol or drug use problem, psychological concerns and medical status. Treatment for addiction and mental health problems are incorporated into one personalized treatment plan, managed by medical professionals on the same team. You will have access to other medical services at Mayo Clinic if needed.
  • Expertise. A psychiatrist with additional board certification in addiction treatment leads your treatment team and coordinates your care. You will work closely with licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselors and nursing staff who specialize in addiction treatment.
  • Patient-staff ratio. The ratio of one counseling staff person for every four patients ensures that you receive the individual attention you need to accomplish your treatment goals.
  • Treatment offerings. Mayo Clinic's continuum of addiction treatment includes outpatient programs and a unique 18-person 30-day intensive program, with on-site residence in single, private rooms and bathrooms. Before completion of this program, an individualized continuing care plan is developed to support you in maintaining recovery. Learn more about Mayo Clinic's treatment programs.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

Why Choose Mayo Clinic

What Sets Mayo Clinic Apart

Addiction treatment is available at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minn., location. A team of specialists from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology who are experts in the evaluation and treatment of substance abuse work together to identify the right treatment approach for you. This team may include an addiction psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, licensed independent clinical social worker, registered nurse, chaplain and dietitian.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

As a Mayo Clinic patient, you have the opportunity to participate in a leading-edge research program on addiction gene mapping (genomics). Mayo Clinic established the Samuel C. Johnson Genomics of Addiction Program with the goals of preventing addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and developing more effective treatments. The implications of these genomic studies extend to the treatment of nicotine dependence, the abuse of recreational drugs, and addictions to prescribed narcotics and sedatives.

Researchers in this program are studying how a person's genetic makeup affects vulnerability to addiction and how people respond to different treatments. They have also developed an electronic clinical database that captures key characteristics of all patients with addictions at Mayo Clinic and a DNA repository. These valuable resources should help address which genetic factors affect addiction and response to treatment.


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on chemical dependency on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

May 13, 2011