EXPERT CARE AND SUPPORT
In 2018, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation served more patients than ever across all levels of care,
with the most dramatic growth—a 28 percent increase over 2017—in outpatient treatment programs.
Expanding outpatient capacity has been a major strategic goal in our efforts to reach and help more people, especially
adolescents, young adults and their families.
Through the generosity of Debby and Tim McKenna and other transformative donors who have supported major expansions
at our St. Paul and Plymouth, Minnesota, and San Diego, California treatment centers, teens and young adults have greater
access to lifesaving care and recovery support.
We’ve seen demand for outpatient programs increase significantly in recent years, due in part to health care reform requiring
parity insurance coverage for addiction treatment. Outpatient care can be the only feasible option for people who have the
motivation to get sober but can’t take leave from work, disrupt school attendance or step away from other responsibilities
in order to participate in residential treatment. Outpatient programs have also become an important “next step” for patients
transitioning out of residential care, especially patients with opioid use disorder who benefit from more intensive case
management and extended recovery support.
Our patients often describe outpatient care as having one foot in the real world and one foot in treatment. That means
cravings and relapse triggers happen under real-world conditions—at home, while socializing with friends, after a rough day
at the office or when driving by the liquor store. It also means patients have the opportunity to work through these challenges
of early recovery with the guidance of a counselor and the support of treatment peers.
We understand that addiction doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does recovery. Patient-centered treatment is about
ensuring that every person who comes to us for help has the care, support, structure and time to get into healthy recovery.
All of the warning signs were there, but when addiction hit
our family, we couldn’t believe it was happening to us. We
felt helpless, lost and terrified. It’s not an exaggeration to say
that Hazelden saved us, not only in terms of providing expert
addiction treatment but also in keeping our family together
through it all—and stronger for the experience.
— TIM AND DEBBY MCKENNA
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