Two of the most well-known names in the drug and alcohol addiction treatment field include the Hazelden Foundation and the Betty Ford Center. The two had recently announced plans to merge, and the final approval from the State of California came yesterday to make it official.
Hazelden’s primary location is in Center City, MN, while Betty Ford’s is in Rancho Mirage, CA. The new name for the organization is the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. They both have several facilities totaling 15 centers throughout the United States. Their combining reportedly makes them the largest non-profit addiction treatment organization in the United States.
According to the new company’s President and CEO, Mark Mishek in a news release, “It’s a new year, and we have a new organization. With that come high hopes and a certain thrill in the infinite possibilities. Our merger is also taking place at a time, historically, when recovery communities are beginning to coalesce around the idea of taking action to reduce the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking help. More people in recovery are sharing their stories so that the general public can see the other side of addiction. I credit Mrs. Ford, more than anyone in history, with beginning the effort to chip away at stigma by publicly sharing her own recovery experience, and now is a great time to be carrying her legacy forward.”
The Foundation offers recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. 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.
Many recovery-related organizations and treatment centers have tried to model themselves after these two iconic 12-step-based programs throughout the years, which is a testament to their greater value in the field.