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Hazelden Plymouth is a branch of Minnesota-based facility Hazelden, originally opened in 1983. As a result of a recent merger, they’re also a member of the Betty Ford family of recovery centers specializing in treatment for adolescent and young adult addicts. Hazelden Plymouth was one of the first in the US to offer a youth-specific recovery program, and remains the largest program in the country specifically helping addicts between the ages of 12 and 25.

Accommodations and Food

From the outside, Hazelden Plymouth resembles a fancy suburban high school or office complex, with asymmetrical columns made of rough brick and sprawling facilities. The 15-acre campus presents a manicured, park-like setting, and sits on the north shore of Medicine Lake. All grounds are smoke-free, and smoking cessation assistance is provided.

Upon entering, residents are greeted with high ceilings with streaming natural light, as well as soothing neutral stone walls and floors. The interior design matches its contemporary architecture with common areas both spacious and well-appointed, all with comfortable furnishings. Clients are assigned quarters with three other fellows in recovery, in dormitory-style rooms with private nooks. All have plenty of storage space, private wardrobes, desks, privacy walls and single beds.

When it comes to food, there’s a spacious dining hall where three meals are served each day, cafeteria style. There’s also a a state-of-the-art gym with a rock climbing wall, a weight-lifting area and an outdoor basketball court and softball field. Other amenities include a soundproof music room with a keyboard, drums and guitars, as well as an arts and crafts room; Hazelden makes a point of scheduling daily time for creative expression.

Residents are allowed $200 spending money to use in the campus store, which is a combination book and convenience store; here they can buy recovery literature, pamphlets, snacks, personal grooming items and toiletries.

Treatment and Staff

Clients are greeted by a team of clinicians who evaluate their condition, with medical detox available when necessary. Each resident spends their first 24 hours with around-the-clock supervision in the medical unit—during that time, they also have their mental health evaluated for any co-occuring disorders. After that, each client is then assigned a recovery “buddy” from their peer group who assists in their transition into group living and recovery. The campus is divided by gender, with men and women pursuing treatment separately. As part of cooperative cohabitation, all roommates participate in housekeeping and chores for their shared units.

The program at Hazelden includes individual and group therapy. They guide their clients through four phases of treatment at their own pace, passing “core competencies” along the way. Progression from one phase to the next is based on evidence of their comprehension of the program’s core principles, and their application of the corresponding tools and assignments. Each phase uses the 12 steps as the core of all recovery work. After 28 to 120 days in primary care, residents can develop an aftercare plan with Hazelden’s counselors and move into transitional care.

Along with the recovery work, clients also keep up with their academics; there are classes offered on-site with local school district teachers to ensure nobody falls behind in their studies. All teaching staff correspond directly with each client’s home school, so that credit completion and transfers can be as seamless as possible. Hazelden even offers a College Bound program specifically designed to prepare residents for higher education.

Perhaps most important of all at Hazelden is their family program. Using intense education sessions, families are encouraged to discover their role in their loved-one’s addiction and recovery. Family members will participate in group discussions, personal goal-setting, reading and reflection, fellowship with other families and counseling services. The three C’s of addiction are offered as healing balm: “You did not cause it, you cannot control it and you cannot cure it.” Families are also encouraged to get involved with Al-Anon and Families Anonymous.

The only slight programming change since the merger is a step away from their abstinence-only stance when it comes Suboxone.


One unique bonus about recovery at Hazelden Plymouth is Willow, their certified therapy dog. Selected for her gentle temperament, Willow is a hypoallergenic Australian Labradoodle who helps clients cope with anxiety. Additional wellness activities include yoga, meditation, biofeedback and stress management.

In Summary

For those who might respond well to being “schooled” in an old-school but tired and true model of recovery, Hazelden might be the right fit. They are a reputable organization with a well-known recovery system, all on a campus that’s both beautiful and modern.

Hazelden Plymouth Location

11505 36th Ave
Plymouth, MN 55441

Hazelden Plymouth Cost

$33,500 (30 days). Reach Hazelden Plymouth by phone at (877) 685-1414 or by email at info@hazeldenbettyford.com. Find Hazelden Plymouth on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest

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