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It’s one of the most trusted names in medicine. Does that carry over to its rehabilitation? It’s hard not to put one’s upmost faith in Mayo Clinic Addiction Services. The Mayo Clinic has been providing addiction treatment since 1972. Its overarching advantage is being able to incorporate the advances in mental health expertise continually being honed at its hospitals with the tried and true recovery tools like 12-step meetings, family support and relapse prevention education. This 30-day intensive inpatient residency is a modern, professional and caring jumpstart to anyone gunning for long-term sobriety.

Accommodations and Food

Addiction services are provided in the Generose Building at the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Patients are living in an actual hospital wing but the good news is they have the luxury of a private room and private bathroom. The program can house up to 18 adults (18+ only), all of whom are allowed unlimited use of personal cell phones and computers within the confines of their room—quite rare in most treatment programs.

The residents here eat at the Mayo Clinic patient/visitor cafeteria where there are a ton of healthy options. This place knows that food is the first line of defense against illness. Clients can expect lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, salad greens and lean protein. There are also vending machines with hot beverages, soda and snacks.

Treatment and Staff

A medicine specialist conducts each client’s initial evaluation and if necessary, an addiction psychiatrist leads a medically assisted detox. Clients continue with residential treatment once detox is completed. Clients in the 30-day inpatient residency receive individual therapy from either an addiction counselor or a psychiatrist every day they are at the Mayo Clinic. The staff-to-client ratio allots for about one therapist to every four patients. In addition to the therapists, patients are cared for by a psychiatrist, addiction counselor, LCSW and a team of nurses.

Days are relatively structured but there does seem to be a little more free time than a standard rehab. The day usually begins with meditation followed by either group therapy or group education then medicine distribution. After lunch, there is special programming and personal time for exercise or reflection. And evenings are dedicated to 12-step meetings and community recreational activities. The program also offers nutritional guidance; help with quitting smoking; depression/anxiety-specific coping tools (Mayo Clinic touts serious dual diagnosis healing) and various types of spiritual/religious seminars.

Unlike a lot of standard rehab facilities, residents are allowed to leave the premises. Initially, they must go with other residents but eventually can leave on their own or with family.


Family Day is the family program held every other week and a great option for the loved ones of those in treatment. It’s a full day of various educational lectures, Q&A sessions and advice for most efficiently living with people who suffer from substance abuse.

At the end of treatment, the staff helps clients decide on an aftercare plan, including the option for attending meetings at the Mayo Clinic and getting involved with the alumni group.

The addiction services wing is obviously part of a much larger hospital campus. As such, patients have access to a lot of other amenities such as sundry, gift and coffee shops. There is even a hair and skin care center.

In Summary

Because Mayo Clinic Addiction Services is part of a larger hospital, it definitely works with health insurance plans. With experts who are in the top of their fields and access to cutting edge mental health research, program participants, especially those with co-occurring disorders,  can rest assured they are getting state of the art treatment.

Mayo Clinic Addiction Services Location

200 First Street NW
Rochester, MN 55905

Mayo Clinic Addiction Services Cost

$40,000 (30 days). Reach Mayo Clinic Addiction Services by phone at (507) 266-5100. Find Mayo Clinic Addiction Services on Facebook and Twitter

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