Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, MN

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3255 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55408

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Founded more than 35 years ago in southwest Minneapolis, Health Recovery Center (HRC) pitches itself as an alternative to traditional 12-step programs and "the world's first orthomolecular-based addiction treatment center." The center's biomedical program is provided on an intensive outpatient (IOP) basis, with optional housing. In addition to addiction, the program can treat mental-health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.


The IOP is a 36-day course conducted over an intensive six-week period. Some clients may require extra time — for instance, those who need to wean off psychiatric drugs. Because it focuses on the biochemical side of addiction, the program can help clients to detox, though it does not provide an inpatient detox program.

The program was founded by Joan Mathews-Larson —author of the successful book "Seven Weeks to Sobriety" — who lost her son to addiction and subsequently set about searching for a new, more effective form of treatment. HRC's treatment is described as "physical treatment for a physical disease," in contrast with, for instance, AA's focus on spirituality. The program is built around lab testing, genetic history evaluations, and other biomedical assessments, which are used to identify biochemical imbalances in the body and the brain. These imbalances are then addressed through intravenous and oral prescriptions of naturally occurring chemicals, complemented by gentle cranial electrical stimulation, designed to stabilize the brain.

HRC eschews the 12-step focus on establishing a "fearless moral inventory," but the center does address the mental aspect of addiction recovery, in addition to the physical. This is achieved through group learning sessions conducted twice daily, and weekly individual therapy. Family groups are also provided, and the educational component of treatment is rounded out with films.

The cost of treatment includes 50 hours of aftercare.


HRC employs a board-certified, internal-medicine physician as well as state-licensed counselors, registered nurses, and lab technicians. The founder holds a PhD, and a psychologist is employed on a consultancy basis.


The furnished apartments provided for out-of-town clients house one person each, and are located within walking distance of the treatment facility as well as the Minneapolis lakes, with their walking paths and vistas. Each apartment includes cable TV, a fully equipped kitchen, access to laundry facilities, and linens, plus access to fitness centers. Food is not provided; clients must buy and prepare their own meals. Internet access is available for a supplementary fee.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, however, secondary sites yielded exclusively positive feedback at the time of this writing: four five-star ratings, spread between Facebook and Google.[1] [2] "I am alive today because of Health Recovery Center and the rest of my family could have been had they been able to attend and receive this treatment," alum A.E. wrote on Google, in the only piece of commentary that accompanied these ratings.


The housing cost for the typical six-week stay is $2,800, and the program cost is $17,995. Should a client require a longer stay, housing costs a further $75/day. Clients are also required to buy some of the supplements prescribed as part of therapy, at a typical cost of $600–800 over the course of treatment. The center accepts most insurance policies and has a relationship with a medical loans company.

HRC appears to have formerly operated under the name Bio-Recovery. In 2014, the FDA cited Bio-Recovery for violations of various codes, including preparing dietary supplements in circumstances that did not meet regulations, and promoting unapproved new drugs. Later in 2014, the company was found to have complied with the FDA's requests in all areas.


Published on January 2018

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