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Joan Mathews-Larson

Author of Seven Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free, Naturally

Seven Weeks to Sobriety | Depression Free, Naturally | Health Recovery Center

Joan Mathews-Larson began her work over 40 years ago following the loss of her son. He took his own life shortly after completing a top rated, 12-step treatment program. Joan’s loss fueled a passionate search for more effective solutions to treat addictions and mental health disorders. Convinced that alcoholism is not the result of emotional triggers, willpower weaknesses, or character flaws (the features most traditional programs dwell on), Joan turned to scientific research. There she found the answers she had searched for, based on scores of studies that clearly establish a genetic / biochemical connection to alcoholism and addiction.

Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson went on to apply her knowledge founding Health Recovery Center®, the first psychobiological model for treating addictions and emotional disorders, in 1981. Her clinic combines therapy with physical intervention at a molecular level to repair the biochemical damage that manifests as impaired mental functioning and behavior problems. Her research, published in the International Journal of Biosocial and Medical Research in 1987 and 1991, describes this work.

Today, after treating thousands of people from around the world, Health Recovery Center is internationally renowned for its high recovery rates. Dr. Mathews-Larson still serves as Executive Director of this unique, one-of-a-kind program, which remains unparalleled in successful outcomes compared to other conventional, or so-called “holistic” approaches. Clients not only stop drinking, they no longer crave alcohol, nor do they suffer from depression, anxiety, or the myriad of symptoms that drive most alcoholics back to drink. Most importantly, these changes come about without the use of psychiatric drugs. Dr Mathews-Larson says, “Orthomolecular medicine is the key.” Yet, after 40 years, no other program has been skillful enough to adapt the full range of Dr. Mathews-Larson’s innovations. Within the treatment field, which seems to always cling to the status quo, her ideas are still seen as revolutionary. Nevertheless, Dr. Mathews-Larson continues to defend the logic of her innovations while getting people well. Not surprisingly, it has been those suffering and needing help (not the treatment industry) that have embraced Dr. Mathews-Larson’s work and supported her efforts for improving treatment. Perhaps someday the treatment industry will see her ideas for what they are: true innovations that enhance the success of treatment.

Joan Mathews-Larson holds a doctorate in human nutrition and is the author of the national bestseller Seven Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free, Naturally. Her books have led the field into new ways of understanding chemical addictions and mental health problems. They have both been translated into several languages. Her breakthrough, bestseller on alcoholism, Seven Weeks to Sobriety, has served as a textbook in upper level nursing classes, and continues as a manual for other treatment centers wishing to incorporate cause-based healing strategies into more progressive programs.

Articles about Joan Mathews-Larson and her work have appeared in:

• Psychology Today
• The Townsend Letter for Doctors
• The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
• Let’s Live
• Harper’s Bazaar
• Prevention Magazine
• Common Boundaries
• Natural Health
• Mpls St. Paul Magazine
• Minnesota Monthly
• Minnesota Physician
• San Francisco Chronicle
• Los Angeles Times
• Chicago Daily Herald
• New Orleans Times Picayune
• Dallas Observer
• Denver Post
• Rocky Mountain News
• Norway Times
• Minneapolis Star Tribune

In addition to being a popular guest lecturer, she is also in high demand from the media. Her best-selling books, Seven Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free NaturallySeven Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free, Naturally—published by Ballantine in 1992 and 2000 –respectively– have led to over 500 television and radio appearances including:
• 20/20
• The Susan Powter Show
• ABC Network News
• Universal Studios American Health Network
• CBN-TV’s 700 Club Dr. Mathews-Larson’s speaking engagements include:
• The American College for Advancement in Medicine Physicians
• The 32nd Annual International Conference of Nutritional Medicine Today, April ’03
• Keynote speaker at The Toronto Health Expo, Nov. ’03
• 35th Annual International Conference of the Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, April ’06
• Keynote speaker at Beyond Talk Therapy: New frontiers in Addiction Treatment Symposium, July ’07.

Dr. Julian Whitaker’s 100th issue of Health & Healing: Tomorrow’s Medicine Today lists Joan Mathews-Larson as one of an elite group of six national researchers and practitioners who have made a significant contribution to the world of medicine.

Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, the Father of Orthomolecular Medicine, calls Joan’s clinic, Health Recovery Center, “The world’s first orthomolecular-based addiction treatment center.”


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