“Hazelden Connection” Helps Addicts Following Treatment

recovery.news3Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected drug addiction treatment centers, has announced a new program to help people after they leave treatment.

Called Hazelden Connection, the 18-month program offers a wide range of support for recovering addicts.

“For people who’ve been accustomed to planning their days around drinking or other drug use, adapting to life without these chemicals can feel incredibly daunting if not downright terrifying,” said Janelle Wesloh, executive director of Recovery Management at Hazelden. “Yet research tells us that those who actively engage in continuing care after addiction treatment are more likely to remain abstinent for the long haul.”

Wesloh said addiction has a high relapse rate, and she said the 18-month period is a crucial timeframe in which a person can either relapse, or lay the foundation for a lifetime of sobriety.

The program offers one-on-one coaching, accountability, random drug tests and online support. Friends and family members are encouraged to take part.

“The idea is to leverage and consolidate resources in support of the individual in recovery–to get him or her on solid footing right out of treatment¬†–¬†because we know that getting sober is the first step. Learning how to stay sober is a lifelong journey,” said Wesloh.

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