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1 A new magazine for alumni, donors, friends and colleagues of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation TOGETHER Sharing the hope and strength of recovery SPRING 2015 VOLUME 1 : ISSUE 1 Raising Hope Children s Program empowers kids who grow up with addiction at home Read one family s story, page 6 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 1

2 CONTENTS 4 Raising Hope Embracing and empowering kids who grow up in families with addiction 10 A Booming Concern Taking a closer look at aging, addiction and new life in recovery 14 The Power of We Alumni explain why recovery isn t a solo venture 16 Instant Inspiration There s an app for that 18 An Education in Addiction Graduate school alumni master the art and science of hope 22 In It Together Fellowship Club expansion opens more doors to recovery 24 Hope Just Got Closer Betty Ford Center opens outpatient site in Los Angeles Join us and thousands of our best friends When you become a member of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation s social community, you re part of a worldwide group of people helping people, 24/7. HazeldenBettyFord.org/Social Online meetings Live chats Discussion boards Podcasts Membership is free. You control your anonymity settings. Designed for people in recovery as well as family members and friends. Our shared vision Welcome to the first issue of Together, a publication of the newly merged Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The title Together is a one-word version of our Foundation s bold and ambitious vision statement: Together, we will overcome addiction. It s a word that carries profound meaning for us, on several levels: Literally, in the uniting of two of the world s most-respected nonprofit addiction treatment organizations Collectively, in working with other clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates to most effectively address a pervasive and devastating disease Symbolically, in recognition of how recovery is sustained, through the mutual support of one addict helping another Our stories, your stories In this first issue of Together, we share the hope and strength of recovery through a variety of perspectives and voices from a child s-eye view of how a family heals from addiction to a baby boomer s take on experiencing treatment later in life. You will also hear from alumni of our graduate school, who discuss the science of addiction treatment, and you will learn about the latest apps to inspire and support lasting recovery. Whenever, however, wherever we can help one more person find freedom from addiction, that s where we ll be and what we ll be doing at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. We look forward to sharing our work and discoveries with you along the way and celebrating your stories of courage and redemption, too as we bring healing and hope to our hurting world, Together. Mark G. Mishek President & CEO, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation BETTER TOGETHER 2 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 3

3 RAISING HOPE Children s Program reaches out to help kids growing up in families with addiction We tell them, You can do this, you re capable and we ll walk with you every step of the way! Jerry Moe National Director Children s Program FAMILIES HEAL Through their artwork, stories, and letters to Addiction, children share with parents what it s like to grow up in a home with addiction and what it means to find recovery. What s going on? Why isn t anyone talking to me about it? Have I done something wrong? Why can t I make this better? These are the questions that children living in families with addiction ask themselves over and over again. Jerry Moe, national director of the Children s Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, remembers how it feels to search for answers to these questions. He grew up in a family with alcoholism. Fortunately, Moe found help and answers when he was 14 years old, through the Twelve Step Alateen program. But he always wondered how his life might have been different had he received help at a younger age. That was the basis of the Children s Program, Moe explains. Not wanting boys and girls to have to wait for help to have to endure more pain, heartache, suffering and confusion. The problem of children growing up with addiction is pervasive and pressing. Nearly one in three children nationwide comes from a family with alcoholism or other drug addiction, according to Moe. And studies indicate that children of alcoholics are two to four times more likely than other children to become addicted to alcohol themselves. Seeing addiction as a no-fault disease For children who grow up in a family with addiction, home where they should feel safe and protected becomes a place of unpredictable behavior, conflict, broken promises and sometimes violence. The grown-ups in their lives don t talk about what s going on, and so the children learn early on to keep everything to themselves, too. Without a safe place to share their feelings and fears, children tend to internalize their worries, thinking that somehow the addictive behavior is their fault. If only I were different, smarter, better, they think, maybe the addiction would stop. For the thousands of young people who ve participated in the Children s Program over the past 17 years, learning that addiction is a no-fault disease opens the way to healing, says Moe. The program teaches boys and girls that addiction is not their fault, they are not alone, and there are healthy ways to cope with the challenges they face at home. During the program, children ages 7 12 spend three to four full days with caring counselors and peers to gain a healthy understanding of how they ve been affected by their loved one s addiction. The family member in recovery also participates during part of the program. Discussions, age-appropriate instruction and experiential activities help kids understand how to separate the person they love from the disease that consumes him or her. We help boys and girls understand that people with addiction aren t bad people, but they often do bad things when they re trapped, explains Moe. One of the most important concepts children learn is this: They didn t cause the addiction, and they can t fix the addiction; only the person struggling with the disease can do that. Other goals of the program include teaching kids about the nature of addiction; providing opportunities to share feelings, worries and concerns; brainstorming self-care and coping techniques; and practicing prevention strategies. And just as important as any of these lessons is a daily schedule that includes lots of time for putting worries aside and just having fun doing what kids are supposed to do playing games, swimming, laughing and being silly. Supporting kids, every step of the way The Children s Program not only introduces kids to a whole new world of healing and hope; it provides them with the tools to continue their journey back home and beyond. Children graduate with their own personal self-care plan for getting through tough times ahead. Each child is given an 800 number to call at any time, day or night, to speak with a counselor. And there are weekly follow-up meetings and annual reunion events, where kids can reconnect with staff members and with others who went through the program. Along the way, Moe and his staff take every opportunity to remind children that they never have to go it alone. We tell them, You can do this, you re capable and we ll walk with you every step of the way! The Children s Program began offering a full range of services in 1998 at the Betty Ford Center. Programming is designed for kids ages 7 12 and is offered at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation locations in three states: California, Colorado and Texas. The Children s Program is open to the public; parents or family members do not have to be alumni of a Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation treatment program in order for their children to participate. No child is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org/Childrens-Program. 4 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 5

4 Stephanie Horns, a family counselor at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, has been sober since March 10, Her son, Wes, attended the Children s Program when he was 11, in Here, she shares her recollections about Wes s experience. Wes was 11 when we participated in the Children s Program, about two years ago. I had been sober for about five years. But even after all that time, the program was life altering for him. It s a place to meet other kids, to learn that they re not alone dealing with these feelings, that they didn t do anything or not do anything to cause their parent to drink or use. A child s-eye view of addiction Lots of people say, My kids are too young to remember when I was drinking or using. But Wes remembers me hiding things when he was 4 or 5 years old. He was scared; he knew something wasn t right. He may not have had the language to say, Mom s drinking something she shouldn t be, but kids know a lot more than we give them credit for, even very early on. While I was drinking, Wes became a very careful child. He watched his actions. I think the worst thing for him was not knowing what Mommy was going to act like he didn t know which mommy he was going to get. He couldn t count on consistency. My behavior was not stable. He worried that he was doing something wrong, that maybe he was a bad boy. He was afraid of doing something to cause me to drink. He started to personalize it. FAMILIES HEAL SHARING OUR STORY So other families can get better like we did By Stephanie Horns Mother and Family Counselor Feeling safe enough to open up My strongest memory is of the sharing exercise on the third day of the program. The kids were divided into small groups, and each child had a turn to share his feelings with his parent in front of the group. When they called Wes s name, he didn t even have time to get on the chair in the center of the circle before he was flooded with tears. He was supported by the other kids. Jerry [Moe] was there. For the first time, Wes felt safe to speak about his feelings. And he was able to tell me how he really felt. It was so built up I had no idea. I never really understood what he was going through until then. He told me that he was scared and how much he loved me. Just saying that was difficult for him. Because addiction is filled with secrets, and for a kid who is used to bottling all this stuff up, just saying it out loud was huge. About four months after the program, Wes came up and told me, nonchalantly, Mom, I haven t had a nightmare about you drinking since the program ended. Lessons that last a lifetime Wes got so much out of the Children s Program. He learned not to judge people because you never know their whole story. We talk about the struggles we ve gone through and how compassion has come into our family. There s always another side of the story, always another side. We talk about that. And, I know that he s proud of me. He s proud of the work I do. He knows I m trying to raise awareness so other families can as he says get better like we did. 6 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 7

5 FAMILIES HEAL CROSSING TO SAFETY Jerry Moe s book, Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child s Eyes, includes many stories about boys and girls he s worked with over the years. This excerpt shows how eight-year-old Amanda put the lessons she learned in the Children s Program into practice. One night, after an emotionally laden group session, Amanda hung around until we were all alone. I must tell you something now. I can t hold it in any longer. We sat across from one another separated by a long, awkward silence. Finally she found the courage to explain what happened every other Saturday when she visited her mother. In the morning, they would drive to her mom s favorite bar, where Amanda sat alone in the car waiting for Mom to return. As tears flowed she blurted out, Sometimes Mom comes out in twenty minutes, sometimes longer. Sobbing, she declared, Jerry, sometimes I wait till it gets dark outside. I pray for Mommy to come back, and I get so scared. I ve never told anyone cause I m scared I won t get to see her anymore. I love my mom. I teach kids the importance of staying safe. They identify individuals, their safe people, whom they can trust and call upon whenever they feel threatened or scared. I made sure Amanda always carried a small plastic container that fit easily in her pocket with the names and phone numbers of her safe people, along with fifty cents. Many weeks later, on a Saturday morning, Amanda waited in the car again for her mother to come out of the bar. I started to panic, but then I remembered it s important to stay safe, she would later tell her group. She crossed a busy intersection at the crosswalk and found a pay phone. There was no answer at her dad s, and she couldn t get through to her grandma. Finally, she heard her big brother s strong, reassuring voice, I ll be there in ten minutes. Amanda recrossed the street and walked into the bar to search for the mom she adored. Finding her at last, Amanda crawled into her mom s lap and hugged her ever so tightly. Amanda kissed her and said, Billy is coming to get me right now. I love you, but I can t stay with you today. I just want to be a kid. Then, hopping to the floor she said, I love you, Mommy. See you in two weeks. She navigated her way through the dimly lit bar and headed outside to find her big brother waiting. Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child s Eyes is published by Health Communications, Inc. Jerry Moe helps children understand addiction as a no-fault disease. Through discussions, age-appropriate instruction, and experiential activities, kids learn how to separate the person they love from the disease that consumes him or her. Color a child s world with healing and hope Not every family can afford the $400 tuition fee to take part in the Children s Program, but the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation never turns a child away due to inability to pay. That s because generous donors make all the difference. Please consider making a gift to the Children s Program to ensure care and support for every hurting child who needs help. Every single dollar has an impact on a child s life. An envelope is enclosed for your convenience, or visit HazeldenBettyFord.org/ For-The-kids to donate quickly and easily online. 8 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 9

6 Life gets bigger and better BoomersPlus program takes off in Naples TREATMENT WORKS A BOOMING CONCERN Facts and figures behind the growing prevalence of addiction among boomers and older adults Recovery from addiction is often described in terms of transformation. When that transformation occurs later in adulthood, growing older often means that life gets bigger and better far beyond expectation. (See Clare s story on page 12). In response to the growing need for addiction treatment for older adults, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation recently developed BoomersPlus programming at its Naples, Florida campus, offering targeted care specifically for baby boomers ages and for active adults ages 65 and older. With residential and outpatient program options, treatment is designed to help men and women reclaim their health in every respect: body, mind and spirit, says Brenda Iliff, executive director of Hazelden in Naples. We see many people who never had a problem throughout their lives yet, as they age, and as metabolism slows and losses increase, they become increasingly vulnerable to addiction. In some cases we call this accidental addiction, Iliff observes. The right fit Special-focus groups for boomers and older adults address age-related issues, including grief and loss, life transitions, physical health concerns, life purpose, spirituality and relationships while focusing particularly on the impact of addiction in one s life. Connecting with others who have similar life experiences is a cornerstone of Twelve Step recovery, and it s a key component of the BoomersPlus program, adds Iliff. The changes made in treatment the way a person thinks and reacts and takes care of herself are new ways of living that take practice, Iliff explains. Regaining and maintaining health means learning to live differently; learning to manage a chronic disease. Through mentor lunches, continuing care groups, an on-site coffee shop, recovery events and activities and a vast network of recovery support services and resources, the programming for boomers and older adults makes it easy and comfortable for patients to get connected with others in recovery. Guest speakers share their experiences of recovery and provide hope as well as practical advice on sustaining recovery, says Iliff. Recovery opens a world of possibilities, at any age. Misuse of illicit and prescription drugs among people ages 50 and older has become a serious health issue, and researchers predict a continued uptick in rates of alcohol and other drug abuse as the babyboomer generation ages. Studies estimate that by 2020, as many as 5.7 million adults ages 50 and older will have a substance use disorder. The March 2015 issue of Research Update, a publication of the Butler Center for Research at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, spotlights the latest findings on drug use among boomers and older adults and discusses the implications of both hazardous use and dependence. Among the highlights: Loss of social or economic support and loss or death of a loved one are key risk factors for substance abuse among older adults. Older adults are more likely than younger adults to have conditions such as chronic pain, sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression health concerns often treated with prescription drugs. Assessment tools and other screening surveys for substance abuse tend to use criteria that are not applicable to older adults. Learn more about emerging issues related to aging and addiction at HazeldenBettyFord.org/OlderAdults. Visitors are always welcome at Hazel s Cup coffee shop at Hazelden in Naples. 10 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org together SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 11

7 TREATMENT WORKS MY STORY How my social drinking crossed into dependence and how I got my life back by Clare M. An alumna of the BoomersPlus program at Hazelden in Naples Drinking is a wholly accepted part of my generation s culture. We don t think of ourselves as alcoholics or addicts. We don t use the A word. I come from a family of alcoholics and drug addicts. I grew up in the 50s and 60s, the days of two- or threemartini lunches. There was a lot of dysfunction in my family and some family members dealt with it by drinking or using drugs. As a child, I dealt with it by excelling. I was a very serious, focused student. I attended an all-girls Catholic convent school, and I did not drink. But after going to university, in my early adulthood, I began to drink socially. I worked in the hotel business. I traveled and entertained a great deal and I always made sure everyone had a lot to drink. Drinking was familiar. It was part of my world. I married later in life, at age 54. We moved to Florida, where my husband had a new job. I had a difficult time adjusting. The move had a negative impact on my professional life. I started thinking about aging for the first time, because I was surrounded by talk of retirement people my age who just wanted to pack it in and eat, drink and golf. My drinking escalated as my misery about life escalated. Turning 60 was a tough milestone When I turned 60, I locked myself in my room and cried for a week. I felt like my life was diminishing. The challenges of life became roadblocks, and my way to deal with them was to numb up. To pick up a drink or take a drug or both. If one Xanax was good, two were better and better still when washed down with a martini. Alcohol was a great way to numb my feelings. My husband got upset when he thought I had too much to drink, so I hid it. It was not uncommon for me to get up in the morning and quietly have a drink by myself. There s nothing social about drinking in the morning. It s secretive. It s not fun. It s not social drinking but even then, I never would have said I had a drinking problem. The consequences caught up with me I didn t seek treatment. But when I received my second DUI within five years, my attorney said I would almost certainly be sentenced to jail if I didn t complete an addiction treatment program. I had been pulled over by the police for driving under the influence at two in the afternoon, a block from the entrance to the gated golf community where we live, returning from a volunteer organizing meeting, with the dog in the car. All the hallmarks of the perfect citizen. I was mortified. I d already spent 72 hours in jail as the result of my arrest, and it was devastating appearing in court in handcuffs, using the one toilet in the middle of the cell block. Horrifying. Even worse were my fears about what people would think. I cared deeply about keeping up appearances. I was scared to go into treatment. But I had no other option. Treatment tailored to my generation Everything about treatment at Hazelden s BoomersPlus program was different than I thought it would be. During the first days and weeks, my head began to clear. I was so afraid of the consequences of continuing my behavior that I began to listen. And I started to understand that I actually had a disease. I knew I had the genetic predisposition for it. Once I stopped resisting and started listening, I soaked up all the information I could. BoomersPlus was an opportunity for people my age to be together and talk about the issues specific to our generation. Being in treatment with people who have similar life experiences makes everything more relevant. people of my generation hear about treatment and think, If I can t drink, I ll never have fun again. The truth is, recovery augments life. Your life gets so much bigger you won t want to waste a second of it. Cclare M., 64 Prescription medications are almost a given for people of a certain age, when knees give out or heart conditions worsen or things just slow down or ache. We re taking all kinds of medications and assuming we re safe because our doctor prescribed them. And then, we re adding alcohol to the mix. I needed to be educated about how to safely manage chronic pain. It s one of the issues we learned about in our small groups. And there are emotional challenges we experience as we get older divorces, financial worries, loss of loved ones. The need to find purpose in life after retiring is a huge issue for boomers, and we discussed that in our small groups, too. The best weeks of my life I went from hopeless to joyfully hopeful. My Hazelden experience showed me how to access everything I felt in my heart and soul but had forgotten how to reach. For 40 years, my passion and avocation has been hospice work it feeds my soul. I believe today that I am a better volunteer, a better realtor, a better teacher, and an even better friend. Hazelden made the difference. Visit HazeldenBettyFord.org/Clare to watch a video of Clare telling her story. 12 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 13

8 THE POWER OF WE See hope at work in the lives of alumni What does Together, we will overcome addiction mean to you? Alumni share their take on the new vision statement for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Jenny J. 30, Bellevue, Washington We are not meant or designed to do life alone, and we certainly are not meant to do recovery alone. When it comes to getting sober and staying sober, I don t do it alone. I rely on healthy, supportive and safe people in my life. Britt S. Age and hometown? I m 32, and I live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Favorite hobbies/pastimes? Random creative projects jewelry making, home projects, art classes. And a lot of my favorite things to do are recovery oriented being a part of fellowship, service work, volunteer opportunities. Any advocacy work I can do through Minnesota Recovery Connection and Hazelden is a huge passion getting the word out, breaking the stigma. Sober since? I ve been sober for five years since December 10, That s the day I went into Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. When did you start drinking or taking drugs? My first drink was at the age of 16. When I took that drink, I felt on. I still remember it. My entire life I d always felt different, less than, not as smart, on the outside. And I remember those feelings disappearing when I took that drink. What was the toughest part about quitting? Just knowing that I couldn t go and use alcohol and drugs anymore to escape. I needed to look at life and look at myself and deal with it. Advice for someone still struggling with addiction? Start lessening that load that you re carrying inside. Let it out to someone your sponsor, someone else in recovery, a family member. As soon as I got honest and started talking about it, processing it that s what saved me. Eric C. Age and hometown? I m from Chile I emigrated when I was 4. Today I live in Plainfield, New Jersey. I m 47. Favorite hobbies/pastimes? I m a gym rat. And I like the outdoors parks, bicycle riding, camping, hiking, canoeing. Physical activity keeps me going and gives me energy. Sober since? My sobriety date is December 18, When did you start drinking or taking drugs? I wasn t using drugs for very long less than a year. I had never been in trouble before, so I couldn t believe this was happening to me. I d had a tragic loss in 2011, and I never finished the grieving process. I lost my direction in life and my connection to a Higher Power. I found myself isolated, alone and depressed, and I got involved with the wrong crowd of people. What made you seek treatment? I got pulled in for a random drug test at work I was suspended. And I was told that in order to get my job back, I had to go to rehab. But I m not sorry it happened, because I needed to find a solution for the emotional problems I was going through. I m so happy and blessed to have gone to Hazelden, because it got me where I am today in recovery and so full of life. It s as though miracles are happening every day. Advice for someone still struggling with addiction? I want them to know it works. You have to have faith that it will work if you follow the Steps! Laurie S. Age and hometown? I was born in Calcutta, India. Growing up, I lived in Zaire, West Africa, Montreal and California. Today I live in Oakland, California. I m 55. Favorite hobbies/pastimes? I like to work out. My husband and I make jewelry for fun. I like to read, and I love to travel. Sober since? On March 8, it was one year. When did you start drinking or taking drugs? I started smoking grass when I was about 12 or 13. Eventually I did all sorts of drugs. But mostly I drank. I d say I was a functional alcoholic. I went to law school, I passed the bar, I worked, I worked out. What made you realize you were in trouble? My husband hated the fact that I drank, and my liver enzymes were up. I thought, What a jerk I am how can I do this to my husband? Why am I doing these crazy, stupid things? Then I realized. It s because I m an alcoholic and addict. Advice for someone still struggling with addiction? Hope. If you do what they tell you to it might be a struggle, you might have a long road ahead of you but just put one foot in front of the other. It will work. Anthony G. 28, Chicago, Illinois Through the hope in the rooms, support of family, and the altruism of those who have recovered before us, together, we are able to live a life today we never thought was possible. Britt S. 32, St. Paul, Minnesota There is no way I d be sober right now if I were trying to do this alone. Fellowship, people in recovery, recovery allies. It s the importance of we not me. Eric C. 47, Plainfield, New Jersey The friends you meet in treatment are the ones who put you back together. I went from having no friends isolated, depressed and alone to having 30 best friends. At our farewell ceremony at Hazelden in Springbrook, I told my group, Together, we are a force. When darkness holds, or the urge to use strikes, remember the faces in front of you that were here to support you hold on to that. Laurie S. 55, Oakland, California I m an agnostic so the concept of surrendering to a Higher Power was hard for me. But going to meetings, seeing people help each other that s what I learned to focus on. Since the day I walked into the Betty Ford Center, my Higher Power has been the fellowship, as well as the support of fellow alcoholics and sufferers. Calling all alumni Be part of the conversation. Alumni of all Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation locations are invited to join the Alumni Network an online community available only to program alumni. Attend meetings online. Find treatment peers. Participate in discussions. Listen to podcasts of recovery lectures. To log in, visit HazeldenBettyFord.org/Alumni-Network, or contact the Alumni Office at for more 14 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org information. TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 15

9 INSTANT INSPIRATION There s an app for that By Joe Jaksha Publisher Hazelden Publishing Anyone who has been through addiction treatment knows the recovery process really just begins when treatment ends. Recovery is a daily practice, and some of those days are bound to be tough. Sixty-one years ago, Hazelden Publishing got its start by providing unprecedented access to recovery inspiration and support in the form of a pocket-sized daily meditation book. Today, we are the world s go-to source for addiction treatment and recovery resources, with mobile apps and e-books now helping to carry the message of hope and healing. Hope, on the go Our first mobile app was created in 2010, with a digital version of the recovery classic Twenty-Four Hours a Day the book that started Hazelden Publishing in The app version was an instant hit, generating enthusiastic customer reviews on itunes. My favorite app, writes one reviewer. They did such a fantastic job. Means so much to me to start my day with this app and to be able to read it again as needed on tough days. We ve since developed app versions of 14 beloved inspirational books. Mobile apps offering anytime, anywhere recovery support, explains Peter Schletty, digital editor for Hazelden Publishing. Our apps put customers favorite meditation books in their pockets, so they can access them wherever they are in a meeting, while traveling, or in stressful times. Our two newest apps offer interactive support to help people throughout the first year of recovery. Field Guide to Life is for adults, and My Sober Life was created especially for young people ages Both apps offer daily inspirational messages, videos of people in recovery telling their stories, tools for tracking personal progress, a meeting finder, and tools to create personalized relapse prevention and response plans. Apps are available for both ios and Android operating systems, for smartphones and tablets. Browse our online bookstore to learn more: HazeldenBettyFord.org/Bookstore. 24 Hours A Day MY SOBER LIFE FIELD GUIDE TO LIFE 16 together SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org together SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 17

10 Q A THE SCIENCE OF HOPE An Education in Addiction Two alumni of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies reflect on lessons learned of heart and mind Meet Manuel G. of Mexico and Ahmed E. of Egypt, licensed and practicing addiction counselors and alumni of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Manuel and Ahmed, both in longterm recovery from addiction, started graduate school with a special place in their hearts for people still suffering from the disease. What they gained was a different education in addiction recovery: The clinical skills to deliver the most-effective help. What brought you to the graduate school? Manuel: I first heard of Hazelden when I was 16 as one of the treatment options my parents considered for me. At 18, after I got clean and sober, I needed to decide what to do with my life. I realized I wanted to help other addicts. That was an important turning point for me because I was a guitarist, a performer, and was accepted at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Instead, I stayed in Mexico City to earn a bachelor s degree in psychology, with the goal of going on to become an addiction specialist through the Hazelden graduate school. Ahmed: I was working as a counselor in the addiction unit of a psychiatric hospital in Egypt. I am a recovering addict, and I d actually gone to treatment in that same hospital. I knew of Hazelden through its books and pamphlets on addiction and recovery. I had a bachelor s degree in psychology, and my supervisor suggested that I continue my education if I wanted to work as a clinician. Hazelden seemed the obvious choice. I didn t know it at the time, but our treatment model in Egypt was based on the Hazelden model of care. That s something I discovered after arriving at the graduate school. Manuel G. 18 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 19

11 THE SCIENCE OF HOPE Training the next generation of addiction treatment counselors Hazelden s earliest leaders believed there were too many people suffering with addiction to keep the institution s knowledge and experience to itself. That s why Hazelden s doors have always been open to students, treatment providers, and other professionals physicians, psychologists, social workers, clergy to learn and collaborate. Established in 1999, the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, newly renamed the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, offers a range of certificate and degree programs in addiction counseling and addiction studies to the next generation of care providers. Some programs are residential, taking place on Hazelden s expansive campus in Center City, Minnesota. Others include an online education component. The graduate school s newest degree program, the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders, is a wholly online degree program with only three short on-campus residency experiences required. Latest Thinking & Best Practices Upcoming webinars for addiction treatment professionals Join your colleagues to hear from leading experts in addiction treatment and recovery solutions without ever leaving your office. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers monthly webinars, free of charge. Find more information and register online at HazeldenBettyFord.org/Webinars. May 20 The Power of Powerlessness: Coaching Youths and Families through a Life of Recovery Ahmed E. Combining the Twelve Step approach with the latest research Graduate school programs are as flexible and as accessible as possible, while bringing the latest research, treatment approaches and evidenced-based practices to students, says Roy Kammer, dean of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. We ve taken the current model of integrated care and aligned it with the Twelve Steps and other evidencebased practices. Because of our history with the Twelve Steps, I really believe that we do this better than anyone else. Thanks to the generosity of donors, 70 percent of the graduate school s students received grants in 2014, allowing them to participate when they might not otherwise have been able to afford tuition. Why do donors believe in supporting our students? Most donors either received, or have a loved one who received treatment, at a Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation location, notes Kammer. They know that having good, skilled counselors is a huge factor in a successful recovery. We are a world leader in addiction treatment and research. The graduate school is committed to making sure there are great professionals out there wherever you go, Kammer adds. For more information or to apply online, visit HazeldenBettyFord.edu. June 17 Motivational Interviewing July 15 Opioid Addiction and the Role of Medication-Assisted Treatment AUGUST 19 Chronic Pain September 16 Health Care Professionals and Addiction Does your recovery experience make you a better counselor? Manuel: A natural and important part of recovery is sharing your experience with other people who are working a Twelve Step program. Having that shared experience is still important, but now, as an addiction counselor, I m able to clinically guide people through the stages of change. Ahmed: Being in recovery gives me a better understanding of challenges the addict and family members face, but I don t think it makes me a better counselor. My education through the graduate school makes me a more-effective counselor, a skilled clinician. I have the knowledge and skills to be effective the evidence-based practices and the scientific approach to treating the disease. What does the world need to know about addiction? Ahmed: What people don t understand is that treatment works. We tend to hear and see only the bad outcomes, the news stories about famous people who get DUIs or commit other crimes or relapse and die. There are so many more people who go through treatment and are doing well. I think we will start hearing more and more of the good news. People in recovery are beginning to speak up. October 21 Women and Addiction November 18 Addiction in the Legal Profession December 16 Addiction s Impact on Families 20 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org together SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 21

12 William C. Moyers HOPE WINS Together, let s open more doors to the heart of fellowship by William C. Moyers Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation I ve discovered life after drugs and booze, life after treatment. It s called Fellowship Club. Yesterday I moved into this unusual place, my home away from home for who knows how long! There are a lot of people like me living here. So far it s okay. Who knows, I just might like it here after all! From my journal entry for September 29, 1989 On that day, never did I imagine the influence Fellowship Club would have on the rest of my life. I stayed four months at the old manor in St. Paul, Minnesota. But I really never left. Because 26 years later I live less than two miles away, and from my kids to my job to my friends and fellow travelers, many of the high-water marks of my recovery journey are inexorably linked to my short tenure at Fellowship Club. Even today it is still paying dividends to me. Recovery dramatically changes all of us me included, since It s true for Fellowship Club too. Though the ornate, iconic imagine of the building hasn t changed over the decades, what s happening beyond the front door at 680 Stewart Avenue is unprecedented. Just walk around to the back of the building to see how much has changed. It s all about access to and support for recovery In 2014 construction began on a 55,000-square-foot expansion of the site that will preserve the essential dynamic of people getting help in a communitybased program, which has always been the hallmark of Fellowship Club. Except that now there will be room for everything from expanded outpatient addiction treatment and a larger mental health clinic to individual and small-group therapy sessions, aftercare and continuing care services and a bevy of Twelve Step meetings that have always been a local beacon attracting newcomers and old-timers alike. A new dining hall and auditorium with views of the Mississippi River bluffs will enhance the experience. And the 55 beds will still be there, in a new wing with its own entry to give residents additional privacy and an all-important sense of their own place to live in the heart of fellowship, in the spirit of the first Step of the Twelve Steps: We. Mark Mishek, president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, estimates that the expansion will allow us to meet the needs of twice as many people once it is done in It all comes with a price, of course: $25 million overall, with $10 million of it coming from the generosity of donors. Mark s tapped me to make it happen, along with my colleagues in the Office of Philanthropy and others across the organization. Our team also includes volunteers from the board of trustees and the community. SAVE THE DATE Coming together, for fellowship Please join your friends and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on Thursday evening, September 10, for the Dream On Gala to benefit Fellowship Club. This very special evening will be held at the magnificent Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will feature chef, author, TV personality and Hazelden alumnus Andrew Zimmern, with musical guest Davina and the Vagabonds. Gala proceeds will fund the expansion of Hazelden s Fellowship Club in St. Paul to meet the growing need for outpatient addiction treatment programs, mental health services, structured recovery housing and recovery support services. Please contact Mollie Thompson at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation s Philanthropy Office to learn more: or Join our Fellowship Club campaign We re off to a good start against an ambitious timeline. Our goal is to raise most of what s needed by the time we gather on September 10 in downtown St. Paul for the annual Dream On Gala. Plan to join us at the gala to hear the famously eclectic chef Andrew Zimmern share his recipe of hope, help and healing that includes Fellowship Club as an integral ingredient. Please give generously to the campaign to expand Fellowship Club. Use the envelope enclosed in this magazine, or visit HazeldenBettyFord.org/Donate to donate online. Your gifts will make the old manor we love and the exceptional care and support found behind its front door available to more people who need healing and help. 22 TOGETHER SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org together SPRING 2015 HazeldenBettyFord.org 23

13 Hope just got a little closer Betty Ford Center opens outpatient site in West Los Angeles Local dignitaries, including legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr., Los Angeles councilmember Paul Koretz and Santa Monica mayor Kevin McKeown, joined Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation leaders to celebrate the opening of the Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard and offering convenient daytime and evening treatment programs, the new Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles welcomed its first patients on February 2, We ve made an investment in outpatient care, bringing treatment to people when they need it, where they need it, at the level of care they need, says Jim Steinhagen, vice president of the Betty Ford Center. The West Los Angeles location was selected for its convenience and accessibility, close to where people live, work, shop and socialize. We re excited to be located in the heart of a vibrant and growing recovery community, Steinhagen adds. In addition to specializing in outpatient addiction treatment for men and women, the newest Betty Ford Center offers continuing care services and recovery support resources for individuals and families and hosts educational workshops, professional trainings and outreach events. Healing and hope, within reach With treatment centers located in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York and Florida, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation welcomes patients from across the country and around the world. It s a place of new beginnings each day for thousands of people, from all walks of life. Together we will overcome addiction. HazeldenBettyFord.org The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation s largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children s program, and is the nation s leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. OUR LOCATIONS Aurora, Colorado Beaverton, Oregon Boston, Massachusetts Center City, Minnesota Chaska, Minnesota Chelsea, New York Chicago, Illinois Irving, Texas Maple Grove, Minnesota Naples, Florida Plymouth, Minnesota Rancho Mirage, California Springbrook, Oregon St. Paul, Minnesota Tribeca, New York West Los Angeles, California 2015 Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (5/15)

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