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TriBeCa Twelve

A Shiny Failure, Reborn as a Rehab Center

With buffed hardwood floors, a fireplace in the living room, marble in the bathrooms and Silestone in the kitchen, the 2,200-square-foot, full-floor apartment on West Broadway looks exactly like the luxury condo it was meant to be. The furniture is plush and neutral, original artwork hangs on the walls, there is a Wii console hooked up to the flat-screen television and, when the sights of TriBeCa’s bustle from the second-floor windows are not enough, there is a planted, furnished roof deck upstairs, with views stretching from the Empire State Building to ground zero.


The project, called TriBeCa Twelve, is a collaboration between Hazelden, the Minnesota-based network of rehabilitation centers, and the Columbia University psychiatry department, and it represents an unusual resolution for a high-gloss condo development that went belly up.

The apartments did not go to buyers at fire-sale prices or to a new developer, nor did they simply stand vacant until the economy rebounded. Instead, the project is becoming a sober residence that combines a clinic and treatment programs solely for a college population.


Hazelden looked at about 35 properties in New York, said Ann Bray, vice president for strategic initiatives, and purchased the building for just under $8.3 million last year, according to property records.

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And read the follow-up, in which the NYT asks:

Have you or has someone you know been in rehab or a similar situation and found the temptations of city life hard to resist? Or do you think that treatment centers need not be remote to be effective? Please share your thoughts and experiences.


Related: Hazelden to Create a Generation of Replacement Addicts

h/t Stanton Peele


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!

Women Really, Really Need AA

Hazelden Study Signals Importance of Twelve Step Meeting Attendance for Young Women in Early Recovery

The frequency of attending Twelve Step mutual support meetings following addiction treatment can help predict success in early recovery for young women, according to a data analysis study conducted by Hazelden’s Butler Center for Research and reported in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. Meeting attendance frequency predicted both abstinence from substance use and number of drinking days at six months post-treatment for young women studied, reports Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., who authored the study with Butler Center for Research colleague, Valerie J. Slaymaker, Ph.D.

Analysis focused on 139 young women, age 17-23, attending Twelve Step-based residential treatment for a substance use disorder. They were statistically compared to a sample of 237 young men who attended the same treatment program during the same time period. The analysis showed young women were as likely as young men to attend Twelve Step meetings and engage in prescribed Twelve Step practices. However, whereas frequency of meeting attendance predicted abstinence status and number of drinking days at six months post-treatment for women, Twelve Step experiences—such as getting a sponsor or considering oneself an Alcoholics Anonymous member—predicted drinking days for the men.

“These results contribute to knowledge of substance use disorders and treatment among young women, a population that’s understudied in the research literature,” says Klein. “Further studies focusing on factors affecting the course of substance use disorders among young women are needed.”

Klein notes that little is known about young women and addiction even though women experience a faster transition between initiation and heavy substance use and admission to treatment, and women suffer more adverse neurological and physical abuse from substance abuse. Women are also more likely than men to have a co-occurring psychological disorder.

The Butler Center for Research, research arm of the national nonprofit Hazelden foundation, is dedicated to improving recovery from addiction by conducting clinical and institutional research, collaborating with other research centers, and communicating scientific findings. The study on substance use disorders and young women, titled “12-Step Involvement and Treatment Outcomes among Young Women with Substance use Disorders,” was published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 29, 204-281.


Also: Why Addiction Recovery Should Be A Feminist Issue

h/t Sally. Thank you!


Dear Abby: For some, a gift of alcohol could be devastating

DEAR ABBY: You advised “Susan in Southern Oregon,” who asked about the appropriateness of giving alcohol as a gift at an office party, that “the only time that alcohol would be an inappropriate gift is when the giver knows the recipient doesn’t use it.” As a former psychiatric social worker, I would say that the only time alcohol would be an APPROPRIATE gift is when the giver knows the recipient would use it, and do so responsibly.

People aren’t always forthcoming about their views and experiences regarding alcohol, so it’s best to play it safe. Many people abstain from alcohol because they are recovering alcoholics or have seen the devastating results that alcoholism has had on a loved one’s life. Others have religious reasons for not imbibing.

Giving alcohol as a gift may not only dismay the recipient, it could also lead to worse results if the giftee is someone who is struggling to stay sober.

– Amy in Dover, Del.

DEAR AMY: You have raised many valid points. Most of my readers disagreed with my answer, and their reasons have made me reconsider my advice to Susan. I was wrong. (Mea culpa.) Read on: Continue reading Choice

Boutique AA

A couple days ago, AnnaZed talked about exclusive AA meetings, where professionals like doctors and lawyers can sip their boutique spirituality™, which bubbles forth from the secret mountain wellsprings of pure mineral serenity — instead of out of the tap from the treatment plant like everyone else. So, what’s so amazing to me about this story is only that it took Hazelden so long to exploit this Concept Sobriety. But I guess they’re doing a little diversifying these days, for some rea$on.

Now, the institution is launching a program that specifically targets the legal community, with Rice as one of the counselors. “Attorneys have high-stress jobs. They have unreasonable expectations on how much they can hoist on their shoulders,” said Rice, a chemical dependency unit supervisor at Hazelden. “Some of the qualities that attorneys have that make them good attorneys, make them really bad at self care.”

Attorneys entering Hazelden’s program would go through the same treatment as others but would have additional services specific to their profession. They would attend a legal professionals group therapy session once a week and go to the Twin Cities for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings consisting of people primarily in the legal profession. Minnesota Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers, an assistance group, would also provide mentors.

Addiction experts said the lawyer-centric program, costing $28,300 for 28 days of treatment, is probably the first of its kind in the state. And unlike other programs, Hazelden said it offers clinicians who are licensed attorneys. The program’s director is Link Christin, an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and a former alcoholic.

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