Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Burkwood Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Burkwood Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Minneapolis’ & St. Paul’s Preferred Way of Life Programs & MAAEZ

Understanding Our Approach

Learn more about our approach to drug & alcohol addiction & abuse treatment

One of the many benefits of participating in treatment at Burkwood is that we integrate both time-tested techniques and emerging evidence-based therapeutics in order to provide the best possible care. This blending of old and new is perhaps most apparent in two specific interventions that we employ, Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier (MAAEZ), and the Way of Life System.

What is MAAEZ?

Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier (MAAEZ) Program near Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN

Through direct guidance from the Public Health Institute’s award-winning senior scientist, Dr. Lee Ann Kaskutas, we implemented the evidence-based MAAEZ Program at Burkwood near Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota. Research shows that clients completing the MAAEZ Program have evidenced 10% higher abstinence rates (over usual treatment) at the 12-month follow-up mark. An action intervention in group format, the MAAEZ Program (see publications on MAAEZ Effectiveness in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment [2009], the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Addictive Behaviors [2012], and others) was presented at the 45th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in Chicago in April 2013.

The MAAEZ program was developed in 2002 by members of the Alcohol Research Group with funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Based on research which shows the effectiveness of TSF (Twelve Step Facilitation), MAAEZ helps facilitate a successful transition into the recovering way of life.

What is our Way of Life Program?

Our way of life system near Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN

The Way of Life System incorporates a 315-page manual that was designed specifically for men and women who receive care at Burkwood near Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota. It was developed over a 13-month period with significant input and feedback from addiction program participants, who advised which components were most helpful for them.

We added a Way of Life System audio accompaniment complete with 115 audio files that feature guided imagery meditation practices and other recovery-focused materials. The Way of Life System specializes in TSF (Twelve-Step Facilitation) utilizing cognitive and Gestalt therapeutics combined with a number of other evidence-based didactic modules. The ultimate outcome is that participants receive step-by-step guidance through treatment and into healthy lifelong recovery.

For More Information

Learn more About MAAEZ for drug & alcohol addiction & abuse treatment

For more information about MAAEZ, Way of Life System, or any other aspect of addiction treatment at Burkwood, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We are happy to answer all of your questions and help you decide if our addiction program is the ideal place for you or someone you care about.

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