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Is the HRC program for Substance Use Disorders Inpatient or Outpatient?

Health Recovery Center is an intensive outpatient treatment center licensed by the State of Minnesota. This means that clients are not confined to our facility, nor do we supply meals. What we do provide is a biomedical treatment program combined with therapy to help clients rebuild their health and regain control of their life.

Does This Program Offer Housing Assistance for Out-of-State Patients?

Should the need arise, clients can rent one-bedroom apartments within walking distance of Health Recovery Center. A six-week stay in our apartments costs $2,800, with additional days outside of this period costing $75.00 per day. Other housing options may also be available. Check with the HRC business office for more information.

Are There Additional Expenses Beyond the Cost of the Program?

Nutritional supplements are an important component of our biochemical approach. A generous supply is provided to all clients when they begin.

However, clients will need to purchase more supplements as their program progresses, and lab results comes in. The cost of additional supplements varies between $600 and $800, depending on individual client needs.

In addition, because our program is outpatient, food and day-to-day needs are also the clients’ responsibilities. These costs can also vary significantly.

What is the Length of the Program?

HRC’s treatment program cover an intensive six weeks (36 days). Repairing the brain and establishing biochemical balance makes for a long list of things to do in this short amount of time; you will find that the six weeks flies by.

Complications, such as weaning off psychiatric drugs, may require additional time within the program to stabilize some clients. These matters are determined on an individual basis after you check in.

Should Someone Stay with a Client When They Go Through the Program?

This answer is determined on an individual basis. Because some of our clients are very sick, they often require assistance to effectively progress through our program. Regardless, the support of friends or loved ones is always beneficial to a difficult healing process.

Does Health Recovery Center treat mental health problems not associated with addictions?

Yes, HRC successfully treats many clients with anxiety disorders, clinical depression, and schizophrenic symptoms. However, our 6-week recovery program is exclusively for clients with substance abuse problems.

Are There Programs Similar to HRC Closer to Where I live?

When Health Recovery Center was started over thirty years ago, it was the only program of its kind in the country. Since then, a growing awareness of the need to repair addiction’s physical damage has spawned more holistic programs for drug and alcohol recovery. However, the term “holistic” is a broad term that encompasses many types of treatments; it does not necessarily mean orthomolecular. Some holistic programs, for example, use psychiatric drugs, whereas an orthomolecular-based (non-drug) program uses only natural substances. Be aware of this terminology when choosing recovery options for your substance abuse or mental health problems.

Why is This Program Only Offered in Minnesota?

It’s because this is where Joan Mathews-Larson lives. She developed the orthomolecular model for treatment at Health Recovery Center in response to the failure of conventional treatments to stabilize her son.

His suicide shortly after completing a traditional 12-step program drove her to search for a better way to treat alcoholics and addicts using biochemical interventions to address addiction’s physical causes. She shares her knowledge in her bestselling book Seven Weeks to Sobriety.

Most treatment approaches for addictions and mental health problems focus only on symptoms and psychological aberrations, rather than correcting their underlying physical causes. Health Recovery Center has set the bar for orthomolecular treatment of addictions using many methods not yet taught in schools or available in other programs. Our outstanding success rates prove it and provide a long-term-impact.

For those who want the HRC experience, but can’t come to Minneapolis for six weeks, we suggest using the books written by Joan Mathews-Larson (Seven Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free Naturally) in conjunction with a competent holistic/naturopathic doctor. Your best bet to find a holistic doctor in your area is to look at www.orthomolecular.org, www.naturopathic.org, www.ahha.org, or www.acam.org.

Does Health Recovery Center Promote AA in its Program?

No. The 12 Steps of AA conflict with 21st century scientific concepts.

For example, step one and step two state, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol”, and “we came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” HRC does not teach clients they are powerless; we empower clients with the knowledge they need to regain their health and enjoy a chemical-free future.

HRC also does not instruct clients to pray to a power “greater than themselves” to save them. We provide our clients with the tools they need to control their own journey to health.

Finally, many of the lifestyle changes HRC promotes to restore well being are impossible in the chemically toxic environments (smoking, caffeine, sugar/junk food) characteristic of many AA meetings.

All that being said, we support the freedom of choice for clientele. If you choose to attend AA meetings while participating in our 6-week program, we will help you to find a local chapter.

Real People with Real Results

One thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety-Three days I have been sober thanks to HRC.

Best Regards,

- M.H.

I came into this program sick, broken, and much stressed! Hopeless!! I feel very confident in my future knowing I have the tools to live healthy physically and emotionally.


Thank you for your kindness, wisdom, and guidance for J. Especially for the extra effort, it appears to be working as he is sleeping better. He even said he had clarity this morning.

- G