Since 1972, Mayo Clinic has provided treatment for people addicted to alcohol, prescription medications and illegal drugs. Mayo Clinic's goal is to help you, your family and others close to you with your ongoing journey of recovery.

For more than 40 years, Mayo's addiction programs have incorporated advances in the medical understanding of addiction and associated medical and emotional problems. The goal of treatment is to prevent relapse and improve quality of life by providing the most up-to-date care in a highly professional setting.

Mayo Clinic offers a variety of addiction programs to help you reach your recovery goals, including your loved ones as part of the process.

Why choose Mayo Clinic for treatment of an alcohol or substance use problem

People sitting in the atrium in the Generose Building in Rochester, Minn.

Addiction services are provided in the Generose Building at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

  • Comprehensive care. Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive assessment of your alcohol or other substance use problem, mental health concerns, and medical status. Treatment for addictions and mental health concerns are incorporated into a single personalized treatment plan. You also have access to the extensive medical and psychiatric services at Mayo Clinic, if needed.
  • Expertise. A psychiatrist with board certification in the specialty of addictions leads your treatment team and coordinates your care. You'll work closely with a licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselor or a licensed clinical social worker, and nursing staff who specialize in addiction treatment.
  • Patient-staff ratio. The ratio of one counselor or therapist for every four to five patients ensures that you receive the individualized approach you need to accomplish your treatment goals.
  • Treatment offerings. Mayo Clinic's continuum of addiction treatment services includes a state-of-the-art 30-day intensive program with on-site residence. In this highly confidential and professional setting, patients form a small community and receive 24/7 support in establishing their sobriety and developing recovery skills. Other treatment options include various outpatient program levels of care, including a one month outpatient treatment program and continuing care programs to assist with extended recovery efforts.

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