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Pioneer of the Minnesota model, 12-step based alcohol and drug addiction treatment program which transformed treatment and is now used all over the world.
~Ivy Bernhardson, Bloomington, MN



The Minnesota Model becomes a symbol of hope

It was incorporated on January 10, 1949, as "a sanatorium for curable alcoholics of the professional class" based in Old Lodge, a farmhouse retreat for men only in Center City, Minnesota. Today, Hazelden is an international provider of addiction treatment, a publisher, a research center, and an educational facility with branches at several Minnesota sites and in Oregon, Illinois, and New York. More than 180,000 men, women, and adolescents have been treated at Hazelden.

Hazelden's early treatment was based on the Twelve Steps program pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. In the 1960s, a more holistic, multidisciplinary approach evolved--known today as the "Minnesota Model." A team, including nurses, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists, addiction counselors, fitness specialists, and spiritual advisors, delivers Hazelden's groundbreaking residential treatment.

William Cope Moyers is vice president for external affairs at Hazelden. He's also a recovering alcoholic and substance abuser who is living proof of the effectiveness of the Minnesota Model. When asked to explain Hazelden's philosophy in a 2006 interview following the publication of his memoir, Broken, Moyers summed it up this way: "We're good at what we do. But part of what we do is not just treat people or publish materials. . . . Our mission is to educate every generation around addiction, treatment, and recovery issues. . . . I go all over the country sharing not just my story, but the messages of hope that come from the reality that this is an illness that does have a way out. It's called treatment, it's called recovery, it's called personal responsibility."

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