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 Residential Treatment Program for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Residential Care at Burkwood

Learn more about our residential care for drug & alcohol addiction & abuse

At Burkwood, residential care is the heart of our addiction treatment program. With evidence-based curricula, a 1-to-8 counselor-to-participant ratio, and a comprehensive spectrum of adjunctive programming, Burkwood’s residential program is the place to come for a successful indoctrination into your recovering way of life.

Our residential care includes a number of interventions. Each participant has the opportunity to meet with a counselor one-on-one for individual therapy sessions. These sessions take place at least once per week and give each participant a chance to receive support and have space to explore and process any long-standing issues that are preventing him or her from successfully maintaining sobriety. Many participants have found that this therapeutic relationship is one of the most significant interactions they have during their time in treatment. It is also important, when a supportive family member is willing to participate, to hold a counseling session with the participant and supportive family member to help facilitate the recovery process.

Individual and family counseling are important components of the treatment program at Burkwood near Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota, but groups are its heart and soul. Groups provide a chance for each participant to gather with other participants, learn recovery and sobriety skills, and support each other through their journeys. Burkwood offers a number of different types of groups, including process groups, skills groups, guided imagery groups, activity groups, and many others. Burkwood also offers groups led by Recovery Advocates as well as groups where participants create Gestalt-influenced and analogy-based plays.

Participants also have the opportunity to participate in recreational groups which include activities in nearby Willow River State Park during the summer, activities at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls’ Knowles Center during the winter, and men’s and women’s yoga throughout the year.

Our Evidence-Based Treatment

Learn more about our treatment options for drug & alcohol addiction & abuse

Combining two other elements makes Burkwood’s residential treatment unique: the MAAEZ program and the Way of Life system. MAAEZ, or Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier, is a group-based intervention that helps participants acclimate to the Alcoholics Anonymous environment and introduces them to basic principles and processes of AA. In addition to MAAEZ, Burkwood’s treatment is based on the Way of Life system that guides participants day-by-day through treatment and into a way of living that supports long-term recovery and lifelong sobriety.

Residential treatment at Burkwood can give each participant the foothold he or she needs to step into freedom from substance abuse. With the help of our caring and experienced treatment team, it is possible to finally begin the substance-free life you deserve to live.

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