• Sunday, December 13, 2020 - $15 when you register online before December 9; $20 on-site registration on day of event



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Recovery and Survival: Allied Lessons from a Soldier - Second Sunday

Center City, MN

Follow your spirit—and spend your Sundays with us once a month.

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Learn how Twelve Step recovery principles helped Major John Donovan survive two combat tours to Iraq and, likewise, how military training and techniques increased the effectiveness of his recovery program. "It wasn't too long ago that many a soldier thought, 'I can't imagine going to war without drinking,'" Donovan shares. "And now thousands of soldiers, like me, think 'I can't imagine going to war without the program.'"


December 13

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Cork Center
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN 55012

—If you register online before December 9
$20—On-site registration on day of event

Registration fee includes programming and lunch.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is closed until further notice. Please check back. 

Meet Your Second Sunday Host

Major John Donovan

Major John Donovan (Ret.) is in long-term recovery with over 40 years of sobriety. Sober for seven years, he joined the Armed Forces in his twenties with the intention of only serving four years—27 years later he retired. While in the military Major Donovan learned the value of incorporating military training into his personal recovery work. 

Hazelden Betty Ford's Second Sunday is held on our campus in Center City, Minnesota. Each event includes a lecture by staff or a guest speaker, as well as relaxation and group discussions open to anyone 18 years and older. Friends and family are welcome.

Speakers and topics may be subject to change.

If you have special dietary or ADA requirements, please contact us at least five days in advance. For this and any other questions, please call us at 1-800-262-4882.

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The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and youth, the Foundation has 17 locations nationwide and collaborates with an expansive network throughout health care. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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