SOURCE: Hazelden


February 24, 2010 09:15 ET

Hazelden Acquires Popular Online Recovery Site,

CENTER CITY, MN--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) -  Hazelden, a national nonprofit focused on addiction treatment and recovery support, and also the leading publisher of evidence-based addiction prevention and treatment curricula, is pleased to announce the acquisition of from Guideposts. Since 1945, Guideposts has offered inspirational products and services to millions of people and through was able to build this outreach to the new online generation.

The Web site, provides online fellowship based on Twelve Step programs, and is designed to help people stay on the path of recovery in today's world of instant communication. Anyone who desires to enhance his or her sobriety may become a member, free of charge. Persons seeking online recovery may share their story, participate in online discussions, join a live chat room, or connect to articles and blogs.

"It was important to have Hazelden continue the mission of Sober24, which is to benefit people from all walks of life impacted by the disease of addiction," said Evan Balzer, vice president of Business Development at Guideposts. "Both of our organizations understand the need for people to continue the fellowship that starts in a treatment program and to carry it forward in their lifelong recovery program."

"Hazelden is proud and excited to acquire the Sober24 Web site from Guideposts. It's a powerful recovery management resource to help all individuals in recovery," said Nick Motu, senior vice president at Hazelden. "Our organizations' missions are aligned, which makes this an effortless transition."

Hazelden is committed to carrying on the legacy of the founders of in providing a trusted and reliable platform for recovery information and support.

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. Learn more at

About Guideposts

Guideposts is a nonprofit organization that touches millions of lives every day through products and services that inspire, encourage, and uplift. Its flagship title, Guideposts, has a paid circulation of two million. Its Web site now offers consumers greater control in choosing content appropriate to their stage in life and key interests. Ideals Publications, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is the retail book sales and distribution outlet of Guideposts, including Guideposts Books, Candy Cane Press, Williamson Books, and Ideals Press. Learn more at or follow and visit

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