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This is the definitive history of Hazelden, a pioneer in the treatment of alcoholism and addiction since 1949. The fact-and-photo-filled narrative describes early treatment at Hazelden, how the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous were woven in, and the development of the multi-disciplinary approach known as the "Minnesota Model."
But, just as importantly, this is a book about people. People who dedicated themselves to restoring the self-worth, dignity, and the humanity of each and every individual seeking their help.
This is the real story of Hazelden, reflected in the spiritual odyssey of every individual who ever passed through its doors.
Author Damian McElrath held a number of administration positions at Hazelden for over ten years. Most notably, he was Director of Hazelden's Minnesota residential programs in Center City, Plymouth, and St. Paul.