CENTER CITY, Minn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, announced today that it will provide the BUMED, Headquarters Navy Medicine, with a new Web-based continuing care support system. Called Navy MORE (My Ongoing Recovery Experience), the online system will be available free of charge to thousands of Navy substance abuse patients in recovery anywhere in the world. The contract was awarded on August 20 with four one-year options. The Navy MORE program is expected to go live in Mid-2010 and will be available to Navy personnel anywhere in the world where Internet access is available.
“Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a chronic condition often characterized by relapse. Initial treatment is only the beginning of a lifelong journey of recovery, and continuing care is critical to maximizing a person’s chance of sustaining long-term sobriety,” stated Mark Mishek, Hazelden’s president and CEO. “Many active-duty Navy personnel don’t have access to support resources following addiction treatment because they are fulfilling their military duties. The Navy MORE program will connect sailors with the tools, support, and fellowship they need for lasting recovery.”
Based on Hazelden’s exclusive MORE program, Navy MORE will feature weekly online support groups facilitated by a licensed addiction counselor serving as a recovery coach; links to helpful Web sites including AA and other Twelve Step programs as well as Navy-specific resources; and encouragement to set and reach personal commitments each week. All sections of the Navy MORE Web site will be presented in Navy-specific language and communications styles.
Additionally, Navy MORE will provide a 24/7-suicide prevention hotline. Hazelden also will train Navy clinical staff, who in turn will teach Navy personnel how to use Navy MORE.
Research has shown that continuing care is related to improved outcomes following treatment (Donovan, 1998; McKay, 2001; Moos & Moos, 2003). Especially relevant for the Navy is a large-scale study conducted by Ouimette, Moos and Finney (1998), which examined outcomes among 3,018 male veterans. The study revealed that veterans who participated in continuing recovery services for nine months or longer after initial treatment had the best outcomes.
The Butler Center for Research at Hazelden has conducted statistical analyses of outcomes data for MORE program participants. The data suggest that MORE program participants who regularly use the program modules have a significantly higher abstinence rate at 6 and 12 months post-treatment than those patients who use the modules infrequently or not at all.
Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, higher education, research, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Florida, Illinois, and New York. For more information, visit www.hazelden.org
SOURCE Hazelden Foundation