Hazeleden to Create a Generation of Replacement Addicts

Hazelden to Invest in Outreach, Services to Help America’s Youth Find Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, announced today it will invest $42 million to expand services to help young people who struggle with addiction find and maintain recovery.

An estimated 1.5 million American youth ages 12 to 17 meet the criteria for admission to alcoholism treatment, but only 7 percent receive treatment. Additionally, an estimated 1.4 million youth ages 12 to 17 meet the criteria for admission to treatment for illicit drug abuse, but only 9 percent receive treatment. With these staggering numbers in mind from SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies’ report, “Youth and Alcohol and Illicit Drug Treatment,” Hazelden is now launching increased efforts for youth treatment and recovery initiatives as a part of its strategic plan.

$42 million!

  • ez

    Allow me to be the first: to say fuck this. I’m still pissed about the feds givving Hazel the Navy MORE contract and now this?

    I call bull shit on the whole thing.

  • SoberPJ

    It’s um interesting. There really is a problem in this country for young women becoming addicted to a lot of different drugs. Part of a generation will be ravaged by mostly Oxy. It is really sad. What is sadder is that we are allowing a crypto-religious organization to expand in the name of helping these poor youngsters. Is this the case of future generations looking back and realizing we knew this was happening and nobody really tried to stop it? A blog is great and all, but there needs to be a high-powered organization that stands up loudly and cries bullshit on this whole disgusting mess.

  • Jonny Quest

    Now this is certainly disturbing…

    “As part of its commitment, Hazelden opens today the first collegiate sober housing facility offered in New York City, Tribeca Twelve. A first-of-its-kind collegiate recovery residence, Tribeca Twelve will serve young adults age 18 to 29 who are committed to their sobriety and who are attending college or planning to return to college. On-site services include resident advisors who provide individual coaching, education, academic liaison services, house meetings facilitation and monitoring, individualized recovery care plans, academic programming, drug testing to detect possible relapse, on-site Twelve Step meetings, and alumni activities.”

  • disclosure

    There is something wrong with a society that needs drugs to escape reality. Happy kids dont wan’t to get wasted. I remember drinking as a kid because I didn’t like the way things are but there was nowhere for me to go. I notice that people in AA were quick to commit suicide but not quick to change their situation. What makes us stuck, is it fear? I tell people who suggest suicide that ending life isn’t the good answer. I mean if you are going to blow your life why not blow it having your idea of fun. My suicide would be moving into a spider-proof shack in the desert with a horse, cigar supply, five cases of whisky, and you get the picture, I may last a day, I may last 30 years. Who cares, I’ll enjoy it one day at a time.
    The kids Hazeldud is going after are captive audience. Kids can’t escape their situation the same way an adult could if they had the courage. Kids are smart, smart enough to know they are getting screwed and smart enough to know a good buzz makes it better. Hazeldumb sucks and kids know it, any self respecting kid would take one look at that crap and know the profound lameness of it.

  • causeandeffect

    Oh fuck. That’s all I have to say. Oh fuck.

  • Sally

    42 millin bucks is a lot of “non profit” dough to be investing!!

    Is it just me, or are they making fools of the world by throwing it in everyone’s faces that they have all that fucking money? And now they are “investing” it?

    Apparently, so that they can earn more – NO profit. Is there a loophole that I’m missing that allows them to publicly make statements that in normie society would be considered incriminating?

  • disclosure, You’re so right: those kids will absolutely know how bogus this all is, but it doesn’t matter. This is a grab for a demographic that is truly, legally powerless.

  • The single-digit attraction rate to rehabs must have 12-step central panicking big time if they are willing to lay down forty million bucks for an ad campaign. All this potential business, and the clientele has no interest in buying the magic smoke and psycho-gibberish the entire industry depends upon for its continued existence.

  • oh this is so upsetting.
    They are suppose to be a non profit. Someone can contact The Attorney General in that state that they are abusing their non-profit status. IN fact more then one person can do this.

  • Hazelden, with its Midas Touch towards the youth of the world,was originally started in 1947 by Austin Ripley as the “Old Lodge” retreat in Center City, Minnesota. The Hazelden Old Lodge farmhouse was converted to a retreat for the recovery of clergy from the demon rum which had consumed them. The first three years of the Hazelden Old Lodge Religious Retreat were financially unstable, to survive they had to expand to other markets and the youth of America was looked at as an untapped, and very profitable client base for the Midas Touch of Hazelden.

    Behind the scenes of all this, in the back ground was the cigarette smoking man, Bill Wilson with his ever vigilant gaze on the bottom line and profitability of “Big Book” sales promoted by his larger disciples. The smoking man Bill Wilson, like the modern day portrayal of the cancer man in the X-Files as C.G.B. Spender, has contacts in the US government, yet tries to remain Anonymous to maintain his control which can be seen in Bill Wilson’s testimony before the US Congress in July of 1969 where he refused to be photographed.

    Hazelden is growing with the help from the friends of Bill W, by this cigarette smoking man always vigilant in the background and behind the scenes in local, national and international politics and finance. Hazelden has identified 1.5 million American youth ages 12 to 17 that it views as potential clients for the friends of Bill W, running the Hazelden Minnesota model profit centers at an estimated $1000 a day. Once Hazelden can get these youth into the “free” AA program of the cigarette smoking man Bill Wilson, they are assured of a lifetime of recovery and relapse and their disciples will be able to tap into these $1000 a day clients many times and order many books from its expanding publishing arm of Hazelden Publishing, following in the Steps of Bill Wilson and his business model.

    Hazelden puts a whole new twist on the X-Files fueled meaning of “The Truth is out there.”

  • Z

    The problem with these 12 step programs is that they encourage you to find your weaknesses, no matter how small (and everyone has some) and then indulge and exacerbate them.

    I went to good schools and I always learned the opposite, which really is true: you should find your strengths and indulge and exacerbate *those* – it means the weaknesses either don’t grow or wither away.

  • DeConstructor

    There was just a case before the Supremes where they were trying to determine what constitues a lay person being a minister.


    I assume this would apply as all members of the AA faith are counseled to evangelize and recruit via the instructions of step 12.

    All monies must stop to this failed faith.

  • @soberpj A blog is great and all, but there needs to be a high-powered organization that stands up loudly and cries bullshit on this whole disgusting mess.

    I agree. We need that. I am not that yet but I am trying. You can go to the Attorney General website for NY and write a complaint about AA. I just did. All of us can do it. Its going to take alot more them blogging to change this. We need the blogs to communicate and for x steppers to find us but as sober pj is saying we need a high powered organization.

  • DeConstructor

    We need a major celebrity (and not Charlie Sheen) or a major health insurance carrier to be hyper critical of AA.

    If the flow of money to the recovery industry would stop, the whole thing would simply disappear. The AA evangelists and two hatting counselors would be lucky to get employment as carnies.

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  • ez

    Joe Dirt, Carnie

  • humanspirit

    I don’t get where the extra $42m comes from either. And maybe I’m being completely thick and missing something entirely, but I also don’t get why this is on a WSJ site if Hazelden is nonprofit.

    “Hazelden publishes over 600 trade books, distributes in the U.S., Canada and 37 other countries.” This sounds like a massive publishing operation to me. Don’t they make any profit on these books either?

    On a couple of other points:

    “An estimated 1.5 million American youth ages 12 to 17 meet the criteria for admission to alcoholism treatment”

    Rigorous honesty might suggest that it would be helpful if Hazelden said what these criteria actually are. Looks like they get to define who is in need of their products and services, which is a hugely enviable position for any business to be in.

    “As my colleague, Dr. Joseph Lee, says, ‘addiction is a disease that affects the entire family,’

    Even if you accept the premise that addiction is a “disease”, what does this often-repeated stepper claim actually mean? Does it mean that everyone in the family has the “disease” too? (I guess the answer is yes if you’re Hazelden and it means you can convince whole families that they are customers for expensive 12-step treatment .) But at the same time, if a member of my family had cancer or any other kind of real disease, that would definitely affect me and all my family members too. When my dad had a stroke, it affected all of us greatly, ditto when my mum had cancer. Does that mean the whole family should have gone into treatment for these things as well?