The only issues I had with Hazelden, was that they did not thoroughly check my bag when I arrived. I had to go to them and let them know that they had forgotten to open some pockets, so I could have easily snuck anything in. Also, they do not follow up with their patients. I see it as, \"we did our job, it is now up to you to flourish, we love you, and good luck.\"
When I walked into Hazelden in 2018, I was scared and confused, but on August 15th 2021, I will be 3 years clean and sober. I look back at my experience and I smile and sometimes close my eyes and pretend I am there. I met a lot of amazing gentlemen and I have memories that will last me a lifetime. I read some of these comments and I am shocked with all the negativity. I was probably the only African American man there, and yet it never fazed me because of how welcoming everyone was. I went from eating nothing outside of Hazelden, to eating three full meals a day, exercising, and finding a spirituality hidden deep within me that I had no clue was there. This place is obviously not for everyone, but I would reccomend it for sure.