About Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
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.
Residential Addiction Treatment
Hazelden's addiction treatment programs are based on years of research and study. Our philosophy is to treat each person who comes to us with respect and dignity while providing a safe and comfortable place in which to heal. Our programs include integrated mental health services for co-occurring mental health issues. Each patient's length of stay is truly individualized and based on the client's needs. Males and females are provided care on separate gender-specific units. Because of its intensive nature, the course of residential treatment may range from 2-26 weeks based on individual clinical needs.
College Bound Track
We know that completing treatment is only the beginning of getting well. By addressing the problems that arise at the crossroads between college living and recovery, Hazelden's College Bound track gives young adults the best chance of achieving academic success while working a recovery program.
- Outpatient Addiction Treatment
- Parent Recovery Group
Mark SheetsExecutive 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.Show Bio
Joseph Lee, MDMedical 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.Show Bio
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ABOUT HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION – PLYMOUTH
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation campus in Plymouth, Minn. offers residential and outpatient treatment for young people ages 12 to 25 who are struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Medically assisted detox, opioid treatment, and family support services are also available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Residential clients at Hazelden Betty Ford in Plymouth begin with a comprehensive assessment process, lasting up to five days, during which clinicians establish an individualized treatment plan, which is typically completed in one to three months.
The core of Hazelden’s residential treatment is an evidence-based, 12-step abstinence program. Treatment is highly structured and includes group therapy, educational sessions, dual diagnosis treatment, and various holistic activities such as animal-assisted therapy and mindfulness exercises.
Known as COR-12, Hazelden’s specialized opiate treatment program incorporates 12-step concepts with medication-assisted treatment. One-on-one therapy is available, along with a four-day family program.
Both intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programming (PHP) involve the same principles and practices as residential treatment. Groups meet as many as 24 hours per week. Recommended aftercare through the Hazelden network includes digital and in-person sessions.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Plymouth employs a 24-hour nursing staff, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, and master’s-level therapists. According to information provided by the facility to Rehabs.com, the medical director is triple-board certified in general and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents sleep four to a room in gender-specific units with privacy structures for each individual. In addition to art and music rooms, residents have access to an on-site gym, a rock climbing wall, and weights. Clients eat in a cafeteria-style dining hall and are expected to participate in chores. The facility coordinates with each teen's home school to provide on-site schooling.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six former clients polled by Rehabs.com to date provided overall favorable feedback for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Plymouth facility. Limitations on treatment approaches were the most commonly cited weakness, with alumni characterizing the program as too focused on the 12-Steps or inadequate for dual diagnosis treatment.
Counseling Options: 3.3/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.8/5
Three of the four asked about the staff’s level of training and experience were positive and comments represented staff as friendly and supportive. Two alumni complimented Plymouth’s food while all alumni approved of the facility's cleanliness. Several reviewers cited the facility’s family program as a strength.
Family Participation: 4.8/5
Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4/5
On Google, 16 individuals contributed to an average rating for Hazelden Plymouth of 3.5 out of five stars. Reviews tended to echo those on Rehabs.com, including four who noted that the program was geared toward younger clients (teens, not residents in their 20’s).
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the 14 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com, 11 provided positive feedback for Hazelden Plymouth and three were critical. Twelve were polled more extensively, with results mostly in line with alumni. One exception was a lower average rating for family programming (4.8 stars from alumni and 3.9 from loved ones).
About one-quarter characterized the treatment overall as too inflexible, not individualized. Most reported that the cost was high, but worth it.
Counseling Options: 3.6/5
Dual Diagnosis Treatment: 3.6/5
The staff and facility’s maintenance received the most compliments, although more than one reviewer expressed concerns in each area. A single loved one cited a good ratio of staff to clients as a strength, echoing one alum.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.1/5
Both parents who reviewed Plymouth on Google offered positive feedback.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Both Indeed and Glassdoor had six staff reviews apiece for Hazelden Plymouth at the time of this writing. They tended to agree that the “frontline” staff were committed to supporting clients’ recovery. Nevertheless, two reported inadequate training and one Glassdoor reviewer concurred with alumni and parent perspectives on the facility’s unpreparedness to treat co-occurring mental health disorders. A representative Indeed reviewer described coworkers and clients as “wonderful” to work with, but staff as overworked.
Hazelden does not publish its fees online. Some financial aid is available to those who qualify, and Hazelden is in-network with an extensive list of insurance companies, according to its website. The 16 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com moderately approved of the facility's cost.
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WilliamMy son was at the Hazelden Plymouth MN location (ages 12 to 25) for less than a week. The cost is astronomical. This does not include any psych diagnostic sessions or medical/lab tests. No therapy staff is present on weekends only what they call "techs" which are essentially room mothers. These techs are openly mocked by patients and treated with zero respect. They are middle aged night watchmen with very little ability to break up fights -- of which there are plenty! My son said a boy in the other group got his teeth knocked out in a fight during the day. Many of these kids have criminal records and act accordingly. There is little to no therapy going on here. These kids are severely messed up so the therapy tends to orient around conflict resolution only. You will be given literature and a book about wide ranging mental health topics. They will cover none of that during your stay. This is just a way for them to have a leadership appearance. My son was given only one session per day. It went from 10:30 to 12:00. This session consisted of a kid trying to figure out with the entire group how to break up with us girlfriend. This was the only topic in all the sessions my son attended at Hazelden. This place is just a holding cell for kids who were sent there by judges to avoid sentencing. The food was not great. You sleep on a stiff little mattress and share an open space with 3 other boys. My son roomed with a guy who ended up threatening him with a box cutter that he snuck in. This place needs to be investigated both operationally and through insurance fraud as none of the treatments they invoiced us for were ever performed.
momMy daughter was reluctant to go into treatment from the beginning. She felt she wasn't through and had not reached rock bottom. She enter Hazelden Betty Ford Plymouth and stayed for 60 days. The professionals there worked with us to ensure her treatment was individualized to her needs. She is in her early 20's, intelligent, charismatic and presents as very mature. A critical part in treatment is a therapeutic relationship; one of trust and honesty. Her counselor was knowledgeable and had the ability to develop this type of relationship with our daughter. The other counselors were also versed in their ability to listen, validate and help her see how active addiction impacted her perception. They understood that some of her helping behaviors were actually avoidance behaviors. I attended the family program and found it to useful in helping me assess my role and how to support our daughter in a consistent way that allowed her to take ownership of managing her disease and allowing us to grow in our relationship. While in treatment she she received, medical, psychological, and nursing service.I do think the advertisement for services is someone inflated. There was not individual therapy on a weekly/regular basis but there was group therapy sessions facilitated by master level practitioners. I was under the impression the facility offered EMDR therapy and trauma informed treatment/care but they did not. Their focus is treating addiction and other co existing condition but there expertise is in addiction. I also agree that they follow the AA 12 step program and did not offer NA meetings. Meeting are tricky because they are run by participants and when participants are in treatment it is difficult to follow the process in a productive manner without someone guiding the process. The treatment team including the doctor and psychologist who both contacted me in regards to treatment options as our daughter progressed. She went into a sober living home in St. Paul Minnesota and attended the Intensive outpatient Program at Hazelden St Paul. for 6 weeks at which time she relapsed. The IOP program staff were again amazing. They understood the nature of the disease and worked with her to to manage her disease and hold her accountable for her actions. Our daughter choose to leave the program and two days later she made the decision on her own to back into treatment. She is currently back in treatment at Hazelden. In working with the treatment team and our daughter the decision was made for her to go back into residential treatment but at another location that worked with adults and not adolescence. She attended Hazeldon Center City Residential Care and was more ready to be honest with herself and accept treatment. Overall I would highly recommend both Plymouth for adolescent treatment and St Paul's IOP program; knowing the person will need outside services and supports. The biggest challenge is finding the right fit for the person who needs treatment. Each campus/facility has a different vibe.
JillThis place is horrible! $1,200/day and my daughter did 1 step in 30 days! And she shouldn’t have even gotten the first step because she’s still blaming me for “putting her in there.” The only chance of family involvement was if you committed to being there sun-wed for 8 hours a day. How are we supposed to pay for this place when we need to miss 3 days of work just to be involved. They won’t work you either on those hours! I’m beside myself on how much money they are taking for being a “babysitter.”
ALThey will lie to get you into ther facilities. They they you everything is covered by insurance. Come to find out later after a week or two of doing nothing for you that you will be billed for your stay. If don’t pay it they kick you out and send you to collections! Worst place ever!! They don’t care about you only the money they can collect from you at your worst! I bet they remove this post for telling the truth!
anonymousFacility was clean.
ChrisThe accommodations, food and most of the staff were all great. My only complaint is that Hazelden only offers 12-Step-based treatment. The intake counselor my family and I spoke with on the phone lied, telling us that they were incorporating the latest techniques and were less 12-Step focused than in the past. This was absolutely false. I have nothing against the 12 Steps - far from it. They have helped millions of people. I’ve seen them work miracles on people I was tempted to dismiss as beyond saving. They can work for anyone. And don’t worry if you’re not that into God. Hazelden constantly reminds people that their “higher power” doesn’t have to be God. My problem isn’t with the 12 Steps, it’s that this is the only approach Hazelden utilizes. . If you question the idea that only the 12 Steps can get you sober at Hazelden, you are in for tough time. You will be told that you will relapse. You will be told that your only future is jail, institutionalization or death from your addiction. You will be described as “terminally unique.” Your way thinking will be labeled “grandiose.” And all those people who got sober without the 12 Steps? According to Hazelden, they are simply “dry drunks.” If you can’t or won’t follow the 12 Steps, Hazelden will not help you. Most nights at Hazelden, residents attend a lecture from previous patients who achieved sobriety through their program. One fellow I saw speak had been through Hazelden SEVEN times. Between his first and last visit, he lost everything - his job, his house and his family. You might think that after the third or fourth time, they would consider suggesting a different type of treatment for him. Apparently they never did, they took his money every time. I’m glad that this man is now sober, but I can’t help but wonder if, had he chosen a different approach, would he have had to pay such a steep price? If you had a different illness that was also potentially life-threatening, what kind of doctor would you seek out? Would you go to a doctor that only offers one treatment and prescribes it to everyone regardless of their symptoms? Or would you want someone that was aware of all of the possible treatments and would prescribe the one that will work best for you? A more appropriate question might be, would you seek treatment at a spiritual center? Hazelden is really a spiritual program. I don’t have a problem with that, but please realize that most of the staff are not doctors or psychologists. Their counselors typically have less training than chiropractors. One thing to be aware of with Hazelden, and this is true for a lot of other residential programs as well, is that they do not allow patients ta take certain medications, even when prescribed by a physician. In my case, I was denied access to my ADHD medicine which meant I felt physically terrible for the entire 28 days. If you take any medications, double-check that you will be allowed to have them in the program that you choose. If a person is desperate to reclaim their life from addiction and are willing to do whatever they are told, Hazelden is a great option. . If you are interested in a treatment that’s based on psychology and/or medicine, or at least would like to be offered science-based options, I would look elsewhere. If money is an issue, or you’re on the fence about residential treatment, I can sum up what Hazelden teaches with this: For the rest of your life: 1. Go to AA/NA meetings 2. Get an AA/NA sponsor 3. Work the 12 Steps In any case, know that millions of people have overcome their addictions. There is hope! God speed to you and your family.
StephanieI thought the program was excellent!! Very positve and supportive, great counselors! I'm grateful that my son was able to have the experience and the opportunity to go to Hazelden. I really enjoyed the four day family program also..as a parent.
EJHPretty facility. Cookie-cutter one program fits all. Facility caters to the self-pay wealthy client. They get your money up front and leave you to battle for any insurance monies. Do not go here unless you have big bucks. Don't be alarmed if the very drugs your loved one has an addiction to...is used by them again... as it did when our patient was in treatment.
KellyOur son was at Hazelden for 8 days before he was seen by a psychiatrist. In 24 days, he had spent less than 75 minutes with the psychologist. We were never contacted by Family Services to participate in the family program. The leader of our son\'s care team was a 25 year old substance abuse counselor who, prior to working at Hazelden, was a front desk clerk at a fitness center. Hazelden\'s marketing is great, the program is not. I would encourage parents to take their kids elsewhere.
Emilystrengths: staff to patient ratio, excellent food, excellent mental health services, family program, and helpful groups. weaknesses: a couple unmotivated/rude techs, expensive And my biggest complaint is that we could only use art room equipment when the art director was there. When I was there, there was no art director. She had either quit or taken a leave of absence so in my 90 day stay I never once got to take advantage of the art room. And this place is no joke expensive. They could\'ve let me had some tempura paint. Also, all the guitars were broken in the music room. All of them. But all and all this place saved my life. I\'m grateful. My counselor was incredible. My phychatrist was lovely. Did not care for Dr.'s approach. I found him abrasive. The family program changed my parents lives. And mine. It is unparallel. The facility is clean, bright, and overall very nice. Food was great. They could be me careful hiring the techs. Some just straight up don\'t care. But that\'s any facility really. The majority of the staff is amazing.
AnonymousEmployees were good. Costly. Clean and well maintained
AnonymousVery clean and organized, staff are well-trained and very accommodating. They have to improve on their admission and check out process. This facility is quite good. Treatment programs depends on your choice and they provide excellent information prior to committing to the treatment program. The staff here are well-trained and accommodating. The cost is worth the money you pay for.
AnonymousExperienced staff. Price was high.
AnonymousStrengths: Staff/patient ratio, experience. Very good program to include parents/loved ones in process, explaining how they can help (or hurt!)
AnonymousWell run, tight ship. However, didn't quite solve all my friend's issues. Need to treat the inside of a person, not just the addiction.
AnonymousVery helpful. My brother went here. It was okay.
TAAccommodation were great but there was an inability to work with dual disorders. Excellent accommodations, well respected, family support.
JAONot enough room, need to turn clients away. Excellent facility.
AnonymousStaff was very friendly and supportive. However, staff enjoyed putting words in patients mouths to make them feel a certain way causing a sort of distrust. Out patient program was particularly ineffective.
AnonymousAn overall great facility but needs improved counseling options.
RRMy boyfriend, age 19, went to this location. He had no complaints about the accommodations, amenities, meals, or nutrition. But if your loved one is truly suffering from an addiction, his was heroin, I strongly recommend against going to the Plymouth location. From what he told me, most of the kids there didn\'t take the program seriously and had no intentions of ever getting sober. Within two weeks my boyfriend was using again, worse than before. I am not against rehab, but if your loved one is really struggling this location might not be the place for them. I would recommend Center City.
AnonymousThe providers seemed caring and helpful. They were very patient and worked hard to make sure treatment was successful. However, it was not very clean.
AnonymousThe treatment worked for my loved one but I have never been to the facility and only know about it from my loved one and by reputation. I am only aware that they have an excellent reputation and that my loved one received excellent care and has not relapsed in the last 5 years.
JPDo NOT recommend this facility to anyone over the age of 19. I found it extremely hard and nearly impossible to relate or connect with anyone there (I was 21 when I went there). ... They need to use a more open minded treatment approach to start with. Strengths: ok food, and adequate visiting for family members. Downfalls: only uses AA 12 steps, very small area for women, mixed gender facility but very strict/unfair fraternization rules, poor treatment for those with co-occuring disorders.
SDStrengths include: Co-occurring disorders, young people, family programming, food. The best facility that my family could have sent me to. Staff was helpful, supportive, and comforting during the entire process. Great medical and mental health staff. However, the cost was a downfall.
HDT... I felt that it was also horribly expensive and when I contacted them years later for help they wanted more money to treat my son.
KPMGave me and my family the education and spiritual foundation to heal during my stay and to set me up for success outside of treatment. Strengths included: aftercare recommendations, family involvement, dedication to 12-step model, guest speakers and client education. Downfalls included: not equipped to treat co-occurring disorders such as eating disorders.
anonymousWas my parents choice to go here. Helped me get clean.
anonymousIt works when addict is there. Once they get out, it starts all over again. Not effective.
ELJI do think the fee was a bit high otherwise would recommend this place. Offered parents seminar for 3 full days.
JRLI've been to better facilities, many patients did not want help.
Anonymous(My child) has stopped abusing addictive substances, engaging in harmful behavior, has a (renewed) motivation and attitude to want to change...is more self aware and confident, makes better choices and is more involved in family/social events and gatherings...I do believe the fee was a bit high.
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