Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Philosophy
Hazelden helps restore hope, healing, and health to people affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. All who seek recovery will find it, and the stigma of addiction will be overcome. Treat the whole person as well as the illness. Treat every person with dignity and respect. Continue a commitment to the Twelve Step fellowship. Be of service. Remain open to innovation.
Areas of Specialization
With the right support, young people in early recovery have the ability to thrive. Some kids need more intensive support for mental health issues that may be interfering with their recovery. That's why Hazelden offers an outpatient mental health group called Relationships, Emotions, and Living, or R.E.A.L., providing the types of services young people need to establish solid recovery.
Disordered Eating Track
Disturbing increases in disordered eating--including anorexia, bulimia, and other body image disorders--plague today's young adults, even as they enter recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Hazelden's Disordered Eating track treats the chemical addiction first while also addressing co-occuring body image concerns and disordered eating behaviors.
Meet the Staff
Executive Director at Plymouth and the Youth Continuum
Mark Sheets is the Executive Director of the Hazelden youth treatment facility in Plymouth, Minn. and the Youth Continuum at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He has worked at the foundation for 31 years as a counselor, unit supervisor, manager and director of Clinical Services, executive director of the Adult Continuum in Center City, and executive director of Regional Recovery services. He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, is a graduate of Hazelden's Counselor Training Program and received his master's degree in Human Development from St. Mary's University. Sheets is the author of the booklet, Quitting Meth, Hazelden Publishing.
Joseph Lee, MD
Medical Director of the Youth Continuum
Dr. Joe Lee serves as the medical director for Hazelden's Youth Continuum, and is the author of the new book, Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond. Dr. Lee is Hazelden's thought leader on matters related to youth, addiction, families, and mental health. A triple boarded physician, he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Substance Abuse Committee. Given his degree of specialization and powerful messaging, Dr. Lee has been featured in media venues including CNN, the Dr. Oz Show, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr.
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ABOUT HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION – PLYMOUTH
Surrounded by 15 acres of wooded land, Hazelden’s state-of-the-art campus in Plymouth, Minn., offers an array of programs designed specifically for young people ages 12 to 25 who are dealing with substance abuse, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders. Depending on their needs, clients and their families can opt for medically assisted detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, family support services, and recovery management.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission to Hazelden, all clients undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine an appropriate individualized program for their needs. According to the facility’s website, the “length and pace of treatment will be based on [a client’s] specific situation and clinical milestones.”
The core of Hazelden’s treatment is an evidence-based, 12-step abstinence program. Days are highly structured and split between individual counseling, group meetings, 12-step work, lectures, recreational time, and wellness-focused activities. Teachers are available on-site for participants who are still enrolled in school or wish to work toward a high school diploma.
Outpatient treatment incorporates the same principles as the residential program, but allows clients to participate with fewer disruptions to their everyday lives. Depending on the needs of the client, outpatient groups may meet as many as four times per week for six hours per day.
A four-day family program is offered for loved ones and includes counseling and education.
The treatment team includes a medical director, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists. Among the 16 surveys received by Rehabs.com addressing the staff’s level of training and experience, staff was rated an average score of 4.3 out of five.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Male and female clients sleep four to a room in gender-specific units. The sleeping quarters are spacious, fully furnished, and equipped with privacy walls for each client. Residents eat their meals in a cafeteria-style dining hall.
Residents also have free time to take advantage of the rehab’s many facilities. There is an on-site rock-climbing wall, fitness center, and softball field, as well as indoor and outdoor basketball courts. Other breaks may be spent in the arts and crafts room or the soundproof music room, which is equipped with guitars, keyboards, and drums.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews received by Rehabs.com are largely positive. When four alumni were asked whether they would recommend Hazelden Plymouth to others, the center averaged an overall rating of four out of five.
S.D., a Rehabs.com survey respondent, described Hazelden as “the best facility that my family could have sent me to” and characterized the staff as “helpful, supportive, and comforting.” Another alum, who went there on their parents’ request, gave nearly all the facility’s offerings five-star ratings in their Rehabs.com survey.
As far as weaknesses, a few Rehabs.com reviewers criticized the facility for subpar dual diagnosis treatment. One alum, J.P., wrote that there was “poor treatment for those with co-occurring disorders,” and found the program challenging as someone older than 19. “I found it extremely hard and nearly impossible to relate or connect with anyone there,” they said. Alum K.P.M., who overall rated the facility highly, noted a similar grievance. “Not equipped to treat co-occurring disorders such as eating disorders.”
“I’ve been to better facilities,” wrote J.R.L., another alum. In their Rehabs.com survey, they rated the extracurricular and leisure options the highest, and gave below average scores to individual counseling services.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The friends and family of alumni rated Hazelden similarly positively, with average an overall rating of 4.16 out of five from the twelve loved ones surveyed. One aspect particularly well regarded here was the staff’s level of training and experience, which received a stellar 4.4 out of five average score. One loved one wrote: “They were very patient and worked hard to make sure treatment was successful,” and another: “my loved one received excellent care and has not relapsed in the last 5 years.”
One common complaint among loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com — even for those with positive experiences — was Hazelden’s pricing. E.L.J., the parent of a former client, gave the overall experience a perfect rating in their survey response for Rehabs.com, but wrote: “I do think the fee was a bit high.” And H.D.T., also a parent, called the program “horribly expensive.”
Hazelden does not publish its fees online. Some financial aid is available to those who qualify, and Hazelden works with an extensive list of insurance companies.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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