l had the privilege of wearing three hats at Hazelden/BettyFord Foundation at Center City, Minnesota. I was called to be their chaplain, was a student at the Counselor Traning school which the following year matriculated into the Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and attended the Family Program. It was an extraordinary experience and completely transformed my life and ministry. Ordained in 1987 in the United Church of Christ and starting my journey of sobriety in 1993, I had no idea what God wanted me to do! I was full of fear, confusion and indecision. When I was called to Hazelden, I realized that I had special gifts to work with people who had the disease of addiction. I also met so many amazing, smart people who encouraged me to be all I could be and to mature in the Twelve Step Spirituality Program. Today, after 32 years of ordained ministry, 22 of which have been devoted to work in the field of addiction as a board certified chaplain in many hospitals and treatment settings, all I can say is "Thank you, Hazelden/BettyFord from the bottom of my heart." By the grace of God, I just celebrated 28 years of recovery last April.
My time with the HAzelden Betty Ford foundation and the connections I have made through the help I received have given me a newfound hope for life, that five years ago I didn’t know existed. After meeting with the new CEO I am even more confident that HAzelden will continue to expand Their ability to handle co-occurring disorders And find the right way, not the easy way to handle our new pandemic environment.
This is the second facility I went to for alcohol addiction, and the last. I have now been sober for a year since I went here. The program at this facility is amazing, and so are the staff. If you are looking for somewhere to go that is welcoming, educational, knowledgeable, and understanding this is the place. I learned so much here, and my counselor, therapist, and psychiatrist were the best I’ve ever had.
This place has its strong suits. In particular, Hazelden is excellent at taking your money and creating repeat customers. A family member has been to this glorified "rehabilitation center" five times. Perhaps, not surprisingly, they are far from alone. During our family member's most recent visit to Hazelden they met several of their friends who have been there five or more times as well. According to the therapists "they have a lot of repeat clients" because "addiction is hard." Revolutionary insight from people with doctorate degrees. Our family member's most recent 30-day stint yielded an impressive sobriety streak of three whole days, even after following all of Hazleden’s therapists' recommended guidelines for aftercare. If you want a 30-day vacation of mediocre quality for the price, choose Hazleden. If you actually want quality treatment for substance abuse, literally go anywhere else. Its a bummer negative stars is not an option.