Betty Ford Center implements state-of-the-art opioid addiction treatment at West Los Angeles facility

West Los Angeles, Calif. (August 18, 2016) – The national nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation announced today it is building on the successful implementation of its leading edge opioid treatment at its other sites by employing the Comprehensive Opioid Response with Twelve Steps (COR-12™) program at its Betty Ford Center facility in West Los Angeles, Calif.

“Four years ago, we were out front in responding to the grim reality that more and more people across the country are becoming addicted to opioids and dying from overdose,” said Marvin D. Seppala, MD, one of the nation’s leading experts on opioid addiction and the chief medical officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, of which the Betty Ford Center is part.

Dr. Seppala pointed out that addiction to opioids – the class of drugs that includes heroin and pain medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine – has increased dramatically in this country, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in America, ahead of automobile crashes.

“For us, that meant utilizing at our Minnesota and Oregon facilities a new treatment protocol that integrated the use of certain medications with our world-class Twelve Step facilitation model to form the foundation of a unique approach that we believe gives those with opioid dependence the best chance for lifelong recovery,” continued Dr. Seppala. “While we are continuing a rigorous research project so we can learn and share even more from our outcomes, the preliminary results have been promising and have encouraged us to roll this protocol out to our other sites.”

The West Los Angeles facility opened in February of 2015 to provide people with the care they need where they are and when they need it.

The COR-12 protocol offered at this site integrates the optional use of medications – extended release naltrexone (Vivitrol®) or buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) – with psychotherapies, opioid-specific group therapy and patient education, and a strong Twelve Step orientation to improve psychosocial functioning, enrich relationships and foster a healthier lifestyle – all keys to a lasting recovery. The West Los Angeles center offers day treatment, intensive outpatient, continuing care, and recovery management and support are also part of the program.

The West Los Angeles facility accepts most insurance, including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Beacon Health (formerly known as ValueOptions), Cigna, ComPsych, and Magellan.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully-accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at and on Twitter @hazldnbettyford.

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