When checking her sixteen year old son into a 12-step inpatient program for teens, Joan Mathews Larson wished she would have asked more questions. Read more to learn about how to choose the best drug and alcohol treatment centers possible.


1. How do you view alcohol addiction?

A. Do you see Alcohol Addiction as psychological or a spiritual weakness and/or a character flaw?


B. Do the continual cravings, anxiety, and depression that alcoholics relieve by drinking signify an underlying biophysical pathway that doesn’t respond to talk alone?

Brains are physical, not psychological. They run entirely on natural chemicals not wise advice. Shortages of those natural chemicals, whether occurring genetically, or by the poisons we ingest, or by destruction from drugs (including pharmaceuticals) cause distortions within the brain. Lab tests can be used to confirm the underlying causes of depression, anxiousness, and other unstable symptoms. Without knowing what is causing issues, how can anyone hope to correct them? At HRC each individual goes through a series of lab tests to help get to the root cause of their addiction. Treatment at HRC is tailored to the specific needs of the addict.


2. Do you see it helpful to prescribe more synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs to an addict?

A. Do you add more synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs to an already unstable brain?


B. Would you be willing to restore him to health using safe, natural chemicals that humans have depended on for stability and sanity for the past million years?

Orthomolecular Medicine can successfully and safely correct all kinds of mental symptoms that go along with alcohol addiction. HRC is the nation’s first orthomolecular based alcohol rehab center and doesn’t believe in trading one chemical for another.

3. What are the alcohol rehab recovery rates?

Health Recovery Center, a 35-year-old orthomolecular treatment program, solves both addiction and mental illnesses, as well as offering therapy. Studies show they achieve a success rate of 74% over three-and-one-half years. Compare HRC’s peer reviewed journal published study with the Rand Report of US government studies of 12-step programs from 7 hospitals after 4 years: these have a success rate of only 7% not drinking.


4. Should relapse be apart of the recovery process?  

Ask the right questions before entering treatment or you are likely to become part of that revolving door of relapsing, psychiatrically damaged, alumni of traditional 12-step programs … or worse: The Archives of General Psychiatry reports on a large study Suicide in Alcoholism of 1,500 treated alcoholics, one in four committed suicide, following treatment, usually within the first year of having been discharged from a program.

My son Rob committed suicide, shortly after returning home from his 12-step treatment. (Ninety-eight percent of treatment in the US is 12-step programs). Health Recovery Center incorporates extraordinary bio-medical brain repair along with therapy. It has the highest recovery rates in Minnesota.

Joan Mathews Larson

Joan Mathews Larson is the author of two National Bestsellers,  7 Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free, Naturally. She has worked passionately to treat addicts and help them to “return to joy.”