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The eight-day residential treatment program combines the best research in human behavior and medicine into an individualized program that is right for you.

Residential Treatment Program in Minnesota

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The eight-day residential treatment program at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center in Minnesota provides the most intensive treatment option available for stopping smoking. More than 1,300 people have been treated since the program began in 1992.

The residential program offers:

  • A secure, tobacco-free setting
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms
  • Doctor-supervised care
  • Long-term follow-up to prevent relapse

What to expect

The program lasts eight days, from Friday to Friday, and is based on principles of addiction therapy and behavior change. Sessions are kept small, with a maximum of 10 patients, to ensure that each person's needs are met. You are assigned an individual counselor who is certified as a tobacco treatment specialist. An internal medicine doctor oversees your care.

Services include medical assessment and daily medical follow-up, lab work, individual and group counseling, educational sessions to help with stress management, relapse prevention, wellness coaching, tobacco-related health education, and sessions to assist family members and significant others in helping in the recovery process.

The program is staffed 24 hours a day. Staff members follow up regularly with all program participants to help prevent relapse. More than 52 percent of participants report being smoke-free six months after completing the program.

Program dates | Program costs | Program guidelines

Registration requests

To submit a registration request for the Residential Treatment Program, you may use the online appointment request form or contact the Nicotine Dependence Center by phone or email.

Contact us

800-344-5984 (toll-free)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday
Fax: 507-266-7236 fax


Mailing address:
Mayo Clinic
Nicotine Dependence Center
Eight-Day Residential Treatment Program
Colonial Building, Third Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905