Life-Changing Lessons in Lifesaving Care

Medical and Professional Education Programs

Dear Friends,

We are proud of the incredible impact Medical and Professional Education programs at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation had in 2015. More than 500 participants from the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean attended our programs or joined us at our annual Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider conference. As you know, Medical and Professional Education program participants come to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to learn about the science of addiction—and they leave knowing the spirit of recovery as well. These life-changing lessons include

  • learning about addiction as a bio-psychosocial-spiritual disease and about how effective treatment addresses the whole person;
  • understanding how Twelve Step programs are used in treatment and become part of the lifetime recovery prescription;
  • experiencing the treatment process and seeing the human being behind the disease.

They come to understand that healing is less about thinking with one's head and more about thinking with one's heart. Returning to work or school, they are "on fire" to share what they've learned about addiction and recovery, educating colleagues, raising awareness, developing outreach programs, influencing curricula, and effecting real change in their communities and fields of expertise.


Through the generosity of donors, our Medical and Professional Education programs equipped more than 500 students and professionals in 2015 with tools, knowledge, and insight to recognize and effectively address addiction. Highlights included:

  • taking our Medical and Professional Education programming on the road as part of addiction awareness weeks, educational events, and presentations at universities and other venues in California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, DC;
  • completing the second year of our ABAM-accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship, with our second fellow joining us for the advanced, one-year training in addiction treatment and recovery;
  • expanding our online Course on Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE) to additional medical schools, educating more future physicians to effectively assess and address the disease;
  • increasing participation in the Summer Institute for Medical Students by 60 percent, now offering the program at both our Rancho Mirage, California, and Center City, Minnesota, campuses.

It's only because of your commitment and support that we can offer these life-changing lessons in lifesaving care. What an honor it is for me to be a part of something so important. With gratitude for your generosity and compassion,

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Joseph Skrajewski, M.A., M.F.T.I.,
Executive Director of Medical and Professional Education

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