The Mayo Clinic is located in Rochester, Minnesota, about an hour and a half’s drive south of St. Paul. It is a renowned medical and scientific research organization that has been at the forefront of addiction treatment since 1972. In addition to its separate residential program, the Mayo Clinic also offers a range of outpatient services to those dealing with substance abuse and dual diagnoses. Included in this is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the Extended Outpatient Program and the Recovery Maintenance Program.
Treatment and Staff
The Mayo Clinic’s IOP, referred to by the clinic as “the Outpatient Addiction Program,” is intended for those who have completed residential treatment, clients who require less oversight or simply those who would prefer to live at home. It is important to note, however, that clients must be approved upon admission for this level of treatment.
The Outpatient Addiction Program treats adult clients dealing with substance abuse, including those who have dual diagnoses. The program lasts for four weeks and runs 8:30 to 11:30 am during the weekday. Clients participate in group sessions focusing on education and relapse prevention, process group psychotherapy sessions, individual counseling and medications management by addiction psychiatrists. There are also regular assessments by nurses and lab tests to ensure sobriety.
After completion of the IOP, clients have the option to enter a number of “Continuing Care” outpatient programs.
The Extended Outpatient Program is offered to those who have finished either the IOP or residential program. It treats those 18 and older who have issues with substance abuse and includes those with co-occurring disorders. The program runs for three hours every weekday morning from 8:30 to 11:30 am. Unlike the IOP, it focuses more on aftercare subjects including sobriety maintenance, applying skills learned in residency or the IOP to daily life and establishing new patterns as clients re-enter the community. Structured groups, process groups, individual counseling, nursing assessments and substance use screenings are all also part of this program.
The Early Recovery Program meets twice a week for six weeks. Treatment modalities include group therapy, education, individual counseling and nurse assessments. This program is best for those who do not need frequent care or oversight and deals with managing skills and dealing with challenges to sobriety.
The Recovery Maintenance Program offers weekly meetings for up to a period of six months. The program offers group sessions, individual counseling and nurse follow-ups.
Family day is offered by the IOP and Extended Outpatient Program every other Friday. It helps family and loved ones who are 18 and older become educated about addiction and learn to cope and use problem-solving skills to help the client maintain sobriety. Families may go to as many of these as needed and special sessions can be arranged for situations where there are younger children involved.
The wide range of step-down outpatient services offered at the Mayo Clinic helps clients taper off care as they embark upon living in recovery. It’s a much more comprehensive program than most, and even though many places would consider these outpatient programs to simply be aftercare, the Mayo Clinic understands that they are a necessary part of maintaining sobriety. Considering the Mayo Clinic’s participation in up-to-the-minute substance abuse research, it’s obvious why their programs would be a great choice.
Mayo Clinic: Outpatient Services
200 First St NW
Rochester, MN 55905
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