Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Hazelden is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider with a reputation for comprehensive and quality care.

For over 65 years, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been saving lives and restoring families from substance abuse and addiction, including those in need of dual diagnosis support. It offers its patients the best possible chance of lifelong recovery, based almost exclusively on abstinence and the 12-step program in what has become known as the Minnesota Method. Its opioid treatment program adds medications, plus psychological and psychiatric care, in treating that population.

Its 17 facilities address different combinations of specific populations and means of delivery of care (inpatient, outpatient, etc.). Hazelden believes that age matters in treating addiction most effectively and offers programs for children, teens, adults and older adults.

Because men and women over 50 have distinct emotional, physiological, spiritual and mental health needs, it has established its Recovery@50Plus inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment program in Naples, FL, designed for the active Baby Boom generation and older.

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Ease of enrollment 9/10
Customer support 9/10
Treatment method 8/10
Types of facility/program 10/10
States covered 9/10
Number of facilities 9/10
Certifications 9/10
Payment 9/10
Detox 10/10
Seniors 9/10
Cost 8/10
Ease of enrollment
Ways you can enroll
Phone and online form for email follow-up, both 24/7
Customer support
Is access easy?
Phone M-F 8-4:30 and patient portal
Treatment method
12-step, medication and/or psychosocial therapy?
12-step, medication protocols for opioid withdrawal and drug cravings, and psychosocial therapy as needed
Types of facility/program
Facilities/programs offered?
After care, family support, continuum of care, day treatment (PHP), extended care, inpatient detox, intensive outpatient (IOP), outpatient treatment, primary residential and sober living
States covered
Where located?
CA, MN, OR, IL, NY, FL, MA, CO and WA
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Who certifies them?
The Joint Commission, NAATP and LegitScript
What are payment options?
Insurance, personal funds and scholarships
Detox service available?
Special senior programs?
Yes, in one facility
What is the cost of the service?
Depends on level of care needed and location
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50-64 Years
65-74 Years
75-84 Years

Hazelden Betty Ford offers a rehab program for seniors at its Naples, FL, facility where age-specific addiction issues can be addressed related to physical health, mental acuity, career, family structure and financial security. Whereas laypeople may confuse the signs of substance abuse with those of aging, here they are less likely to be overlooked.

Rehabilitation is undoubtedly possible for seniors in others of its facilities. However, the Recovery@50Plus program reinforces Hazelden’s regular multidisciplinary programs with experts in dealing with age-related isolation, plus loss of purpose and connection. Substance abuse is often triggered or aggravated by the types of destabilizing life events that occur at this life phase, such as loss of a spouse, a grave medical diagnosis or the end of a career.

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The Hazelden treatment program looks at health and wellness concerns that might include medication management, chronic pain, nutrition, and sexual health, as well as co-occurring diseases or disorders. Each location has a different combination of physicians, addiction treatment nurses and psychiatric support professionals. Be sure to ask.

The more our health declines, the more vulnerable we are to some of the side effects of substance abuse, whether that includes falls or cross-addictions to multiple medications taken for chronic conditions. The resulting vulnerability can be significantly minimized by a treatment team that has expertise in uncovering and countering such issues.    


  • Its Recovery@50Plus program increases the chances of an older adult being successful in achieving recovery.
  • Hazelden offers gender-specific addiction treatment in its inpatient (and some outpatient) programs, which could increase an older patient’s comfort level discussing highly sensitive and personal issues.
  • Its Family Program helps family members begin their own healing journeys.
  • Hazelden treatment centers are in-network with many major insurance companies; patient financial aid may be available to the uninsured who qualify.
  • Hazelden’s LegitScript-monitored website provides vast amounts of information to help in the decision process.
  • Hazelden is fighting vigorously to establish needed protections and enforceable standards of care in the industry in response to many unacceptable online marketing practices.


  • Only one facility has a special seniors-oriented program.
  • While insurance is accepted, it may not cover the entirety of the costs.
  • Treatment is considered expensive but is justified by many, due to the success and quality of the care.
  • Those hoping to use the medication in the treatment of non-opioid addictions may be disappointed. Most (but not all) programs are based on total abstinence and 12-step.
  • Therapy takes place predominantly in groups, with limited individual counseling sessions.  

Bottom Line:

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has a long history of pioneering the treatment of substance abuse, from young to old, across the entire continuum of care. While not inexpensive, its 17 sites in nine states offer recovery solutions that are ‘in-network’ for most major health insurance companies, which reduces out-of-pocket expenses. It also has some scholarship funding available to qualified patients. 

As the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider, it is proactively fighting to improve the fragmented addiction-treatment industry that has few consistent operating principles or regulatory requirements. It is also concerned about the increase in for-profit centers that make promises of ‘guaranteed success.’ Rehabilitation is a very complex process that treats a vulnerable population dealing with physical, mental and spiritual conditions – all compounded by co-addictions and co-occurring disorders and diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How all-inclusive are the services provided? Hazelden Betty Ford offers differing services at its various facilities. Where necessary, it begins with a medically monitored detox. Beyond that, in inpatient rehab or outpatient programs, activities in its core treatment will include group and individual therapy, educational presentations and workshops, mental health aspects (psychiatric consultations, medication management, and family therapy) and mindfulness and relaxation practices.

What types of facilities are available? At its various locations, Hazelden Betty Ford can offer aftercare, family support, continuum of care, day treatment (PHP), extended care, inpatient detox, intensive outpatient (IOP), outpatient treatment, primary residential and sober living.

Is any financing available? Most major healthcare insurers consider Hazelden Betty Ford as an in-network addiction treatment center. However, its programs are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Once you call, one of its financial case managers will work with you and your insurance company to find the best funding plan for you. Any available patient aid will also be researched. As a nonprofit treatment provider, the company provides funds for Patient Financial Assistance as scholarships, on a limited basis, to offset the high cost of rehab for qualifying patients. 

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Product Details

Overview: The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers a comprehensive range of alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs and services for individuals and family members of all ages. Specialized services target chronic pain and addiction (i.e., opioids). Populations include young adults, older adults, LGBTQ individuals, health care professionals, lawyers and other professionals.

Because it accepts TRICARE managed by MHN, medical and behavioral health coverage is accessible for active duty, reserve and retired military and their families. Military service can sometimes cause trauma to soldiers and their families. Substances used at first as stress-reducers can escalate to full-blown addiction with time. Hazelden Betty Ford’s experience providing the care this population needs and deserves lets them reclaim their lives from addiction.

Package Details: The company offers standard and specialty programs: Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring, Family Program, Gender Separate, LGBTQ, Medication Management, Opiate Detox, Professionals and Psychiatric Services. It offers Recovery@50 Plus and a First Responders Program in its Naples, FL, facility. Also, post-treatment web-based recovery support and Connection, a recovery coaching service.

Other Services: None.

Additional Company Details

Contract Details: The company follows a detailed pre-admission procedure which results in a recommended recovery plan. The patient has the option of accepting – and committing to – that plan, which in turn triggers financial responsibility.  

Warranty: Hazelden does not guarantee the success of treatment in its facilities since it cannot control the effort made by the patient.

Accreditations: Hazelden’s facilities are licensed by the state in which they are located, accredited by The Joint Commission, and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and 42CFR compliant. Hazelden is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). Its staff is made up of experienced professionals licensed in substance abuse counseling or the professional discipline they represent (medicine, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, marriage and family therapy, social work and more). Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau but holds a rating of A+. Its website is monitored by LegitScript.

Company Details: Hazelden began in a Minnesota lakeside farmhouse in 1949. It grew into one of the world's most respected private not-for-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment providers, setting it up to merge with the Betty Ford Center in 2014. Except for its opioid treatment protocols, the program focuses mainly on total abstinence and the 12-step program, and has been referred to as “straightforward and no-nonsense.” It is the origin of the Minnesota Model of Care.


Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
PO Box 11
Center City, MN 55012
Phone: 800-257-7810
Website: https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org

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