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Marvin D. Seppala, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
National expert on addiction treatment, pharmacological treatments and integration of evidence-based practices. Ability to speak in layman's terms on the complicated disease of addiction.
Marvin D. Seppala, MD, is chief medical officer at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and serves as adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. His responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices, maintaining and improving standards of care, and supporting growth strategies for residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs and services throughout the country.
Seppala attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He obtained his M.D. at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, serving his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis.
Seppala is author of Clinician's Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, a McGraw-Hill/Hazelden book published in 2002. He co-authored When Painkillers Become Dangerous, Hazelden Publishing, in 2004, followed by Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People, Hazelden Publishing, in 2005. He is also the author of Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology and Treatment, Hazelden Publishing (2010).
Seppala served as a board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) for several years and is a national expert on addiction treatment. He has appeared as a guest on CBS's The Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.
- June 21, 2014 — Hazelden’s Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider Conference, Bloomington, MN
- November 7, 2014 — Hazelden Healing Healers Retreat, Center City, MN
- October 2, 2014 — Oregon Community Forum sponsored by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
In the News
Minnesota Public Radio, Prescription painkillers can lead to deadly addictions, heroin use, 2/25/14
Designed to Drink? The Genetics of Alcoholism August 2013
Discovery News: Can court-ordered rehab work? May 2013
Wall Street Journal: Understanding Addiction: Why Do Some People Become Addicted? April 2013
Minnesota Medicine: A comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic, March 2013
Illinois Family Physician: Confronting the prescription drug abuse epidemic, March 2013
The Partnership at Drugfree.org: Commentary: Hazelden Responds to America's Opioid Epidemic, February 8, 2013
Chicago Tribune: Alcoholism and the family tree, Jan 2013 (subscription required)
KARE-11 TV: Prescription drug abuse causes changes at Hazelden, Jan 2013