From Parents:
"My son has been sober and thriving for 15 years, he was 17 when I landed with him in Larry Fritzlan's office. His treatment is brilliant and compassionate and focuses on the whole family to treat addiction and codependency.  The result has been a sustainable healthy lifestyle for my son as well as me.   I have referred my closest friends and their families to Larry over the years and each of them echoes my profound trust and gratitude for the treatment Larry has created.  I have also worked in the field of addiction for years and with no hesitation I can say his work is among the most outstanding and effective in the field."
(Nita Gage, DSPS, MA, ICSAC, Executive Director, Integrative Medicine Consortium, and Founder and Director, Healer Within Retreats)
Our daughter just celebrated 1000 days of sobriety, 6 months before her 21st birthday. Larry Fritzlan and his team helped save my daughter's life and were absolutely crucial to launch of her recovery.  Our daughter's commitment to this program helped her maintain sobriety plus learn valuable life skills like responsibility and accountability for her behavior, owning her feelings and communicating them in family and relationship scenarios. Our daughter's success is based on our entire family doing our part in recovery and growth; which means unveiling where we as parents may be contributing to the problem. Larry's approach treats the entire family system and is a small price to pay for a lifetime of healthy communication and connection. This program helps all members, especially parents, navigate the rough waters of transitioning teenagers into adulthood and provides the language and skills parents need to apply in order to allow our children to take flight. Larry's Program addresses the entire family system and provides help to the teenager and the family surrounding the teenager. Through Larry's program and Alanon, I learned key parenting skills, namely allowing our daughter to live own journey, feel her own pain, make her own choices and feel her own consequences. But beyond, parenting, I learned about how was contributing to the problem and this awareness helped me change and build a lasting, healthy relationship with both our children.
Larry Fritzlan and his staff were a vital part of my daughter’s recovery. Larry's unique approach of treating the addict/ codependent family system provided the structure, the guidance and the accountability for success. My daughter is 3 1/2 years clean and sober and attending college (With a 4.0 GPA!). I am also in recovery from my codependent behavior, allowing my daughter to make adult decisions and living with her consequences. I can highly recommend his proven successful therapeutic treatment program. (C.W., Mother of a daughter who came to us from Second Nature in 2011)
(C.W., Mother of a daughter who came to us from Second Nature in 2011)
“When my daughter was 9 weeks away from turning 18, I had real thoughts we might lose her. She was an addict and had several years of stunted mental and emotional growth because of drug use. I was going through a divorce at the time that made her crisis even more complicated. After several months working with Larry Fritzlan AND HIS TEAM together with my daughter, we were advised to send her to Second Nature immediately. Second Nature is an amazing resource for recovery located in the high desert of southern Utah. Second Nature was a good proactive start but the real work began after she returned to live in a recovery house and start her group and individual work with Larry Fritzlan and his team. It is important to note that our daughter was not the only one who needed to commit to a program -- her parents did as well. Her mother and I went to Al-anon meetings and to Larry's Family Group meetings and we found sponsors to take us through the 12 steps of recovery in Al-anon. This commitment we made as parents greatly helped heal the family, heal our daughter and heal myself. I cannot recommend Larry Fritzlan highly enough and the importance of the parents’ involvement in the program. This works, and we are all involved and we are all responsible.”
(Thomas H. – father of a daughter who was 16 when she entered treatment a little over 3 years ago)
“A little over a year ago, we engaged Larry Fritzlan and his program when we discovered that our bright and sensitive 20-year old was using heroin. He had been difficult to deal with for the previous two years, when all it seemed like we could do was fight over his chronic use of pot and other substances. When we discovered the heroin use, we contacted Larry in a real panic. Through Larry’s WHOLE FAMILY treatment program, we were able to watch our son get completely sober, and mature into a sensational young man. I revel every day in the adult relationship that we now enjoy with this sensational young man, and I give full credit to Larry’s work with him and Larry’s program and approach. This is not easy work; it took the WHOLE family working together with Larry’s help to understand everyone’s role in how we got where we were: addiction, codependency, and the fundamental breakdowns in the family system, including divorce and the associated issues that come with that. With Larry’s long-term program, consistently working with everyone in the family, we have been able to watch our son become an independent, functioning adult with superlative relationships with everyone in the family. I never thought that I would be able to enjoy our son the way I do, and relate to him and his mother as well as I do today. I used to watch advertisements on TV about “curing addiction” and simply did not believe that it could be accomplished; what I have learned with Larry’s program is that addiction is a family problem, and when you cure the family relationship issues, the addiction CAN be stopped.”
(Douglas D., father of 20-year-old son who is nearing the end of his first year in treatment.)
Hey guys, so a year ago today, I showed up in St. George, Utah, a scared and confused child, and started the hardest, best, most important journey in my life. It's not been easy, but we've all grown. I just wanted to thank you all for the role you played in my recovery. It couldn't have happened without every one of you. I love you all, with all my heart. LOL, I'm crying now :-)
(C.D. age 21)
"Working with Larry provided me and my family a much needed safe space for honesty, consistency, and confrontation. His intentionally holistic and consistent approach working with me individually as well as working with my family was exactly what was needed to diagnose and directly address the issues within our family and the reasons for my extreme lack of self-care. Given the one-year minimum requirement for the program, it successfully gave us time to slowly but surely hash out these deep-rooted and neglected issues that were at the very root of the problem, to work through them,and to grow to become a more independent yet supportive family system."
(Client from 2008)
“I came to Larry Fritzlan as a 16-year-old girl with major behavioral issues and drug-abusing habits, and with parents that were enabling and co-dependent. Less than a year later, Larry sent me to Second Nature Wilderness Program where I learned the value of life, recovery, and self-awareness. Upon returning home, I learned that my family had been doing their own work with Larry’s team as well, which to this day has kept me as sober as any AA or NA meeting. By my parents’ focusing on their own recovery and being continuously educated on the disease of addiction and co-dependency, I was able to start my adulthood by taking care of myself without having to rely on the help or enabling of my parents. Since the time that Larry Fritzlan helped my parents send me to treatment, I have not taken a drink or used a drug. I thank my parents every day for making that decision for me when I was too sick in my addiction to make it for myself. Today I work at a treatment facility for substance abuse as the business office manager and go to school full time as a psychology major with hopes of becoming an addiction counselor. Without the help of Larry Fritzlan and his team, I would not be sober, I would not have a career as a 20-year old, and chances are, I probably wouldn’t be alive. Thank you Larry Fritzlan and your team for showing me a better way of living and for allowing me to take a second chance at life!”
(Camille H., age 20)
Young Adult
“As a therapist in this industry, I believe whole-heartedly in collaboration. We have to work together to help emerging adults dig in, soul search, struggle, and discover their greatness and ability to heal. In the last four years, I have worked in collaboration with Larry with six young adults, all of whom have had difficult but beautiful stories of success and continued growth. Larry’s style is direct and honest. I find that his clients consistently feel supported and empowered by him. Larry and his program stand out in that the program does not focus just on the identified patient but works diligently to treat the addictive, codependent family. Larry facilitates a process in which families learn to disentangle and differentiate. The young adult is allowed the opportunity to grow up and make his or her own mistakes without being rescued or shamed. His program is built to manage ups and downs and allows the client to face consequences and learn from them. Both the client and the family members are expected to get sponsors and attend regular 12-Step meetings. Larry is also willing to refer families and clients to other programs for specialized treatment if needed. This is how we have come to work together, and the collaboration has created a powerful and dynamic process. For me, this process has been incredibly effective and inspiring.”
“I have worked with Larry and his treatment team as a collaborating therapist for many years. I have seen many people achieve full, ongoing, recovery after engaging with the direct, family-focused, 12-Step, clinical recovery approach that this team practices. The heart-felt commitment to honesty and responsibility is the essence of this program’s success. I have also witnessed Larry’s persistence, and his never-give-up, do-whatever-it-takes attitude has led to success with difficult cases. Larry and his team are unique and dedicated. I strongly recommend this program for all families with addiction.”
(Bill Arigi, LMFT, Former Clinical Director, Henry Ohlhoff Recovery Services.)
Collaborating Professional