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Hazelden Names Leadership Team for New Recovery Center in Naples, Florida

CENTER CITY, Minn., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Hazelden, the internationally renowned nonprofit addiction treatment center, today announced the leadership team for its new recovery center in Naples, Florida. Hazelden's 47-bed facility in Naples is scheduled to open in late March 2010, and will initially provide addiction treatment programs for adults, including a full array of family and outpatient services.

Michael Demask, Ph.D., will serve as executive director of Hazelden's facility in Naples, with Brenda Iliff, M.A., L.A.D.C., as clinical director, and Heather Burton, M.A., L.A.D.C., as outreach manager.

"We are pleased to announce this outstanding leadership team for our new Naples program," says Mark Mishek, Hazelden president and CEO. "With leadership in place, Hazelden is now only a few months away from being able to reach and help individuals and families in the Florida area find lasting freedom from addiction to alcohol and other drugs."

  • Demask currently serves as dean of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies based in Center City, Minnesota. In addition, he has been a professor at the graduate school for nine years, teaching and supervising masters level students. Prior to joining Hazelden, Demask held clinical and leadership positions in a variety of addiction treatment centers in Florida, including programs in Aventura, Bartow, Miami Shores, Orlando, Bowling Green, and Tampa. He completed his doctoral work in Counseling Leadership and Administration at Barry University in Miami Shores, and his master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
  • Iliff currently serves as the clinical director of Hazelden's Women's Recovery Center in Center City, Minn. Prior to that role, she was executive director of Hazelden's Fellowship Club in St. Paul, Minn., and has held clinical and leadership roles with Hazelden since 1994. Iliff also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.
  • Burton has been serving in an interim outreach position for Hazelden in Naples since September. She is a long-time Naples resident, returning now after having received her master's degree in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2006, and subsequently working as a counselor at Hazelden's Women's Recovery Center in Center City, Minn. Prior to joining Hazelden, Burton enjoyed a successful 30-year career in corporate technology sales.

"Hazelden is deeply committed to the Naples and west coast Florida region, and we look forward to bringing Hazelden's unparalleled addiction recovery solutions to the community," says Mishek.

Hazelden's recovery center in Naples, located at 950 Sixth Avenue North, will provide integrated community addiction treatment and recovery programs with a lifestyle approach ideal for intermediate-level addiction treatment needs. Based on Hazelden's unparalleled model of care, the center will feature innovative use of technology to integrate recovery principles and practices into everyday life and work. Hazelden's program will also integrate community partners in delivery of care to reduce treatment costs and provide a continuous system of recovery support for clients at work, home, and in the community.

About Hazelden-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, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, and Florida.

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