Rob Mathews Memorial Foundation

Mission Statement
For The Rob Mathews Memorial Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is three-fold

  • To educate professionals in the treatment field, e.g. chemical dependency counselors, administrators, teachers, medical personnel, social workers, correctional workers, clergy, school counselors, employee assistance counselors, etc. in these new methods.
  • To restore to health the many treatment “failures” who continue to relapse because of ongoing symptoms.

A 1987 Johns Hopkins University study on 312 abstinent alcoholics found over a ten-year period addiction associated symptoms continued: depression, obsessiveness, phobic anxiety, hostility, psychosis, feelings of inferiority and inadequacy, etc. The first five years saw little to no reduction in these symptoms; at the ten year cut off point approximately half of the abstinent alcoholics continued to suffer from alcohol induced deficiencies. These people represent what the treatment industry would dub “treatment successes.” What has not been recognized is the tremendous reduction of symptoms that can occur following six-week treatment with biochemical repair.

  • To pursue promising research that offers stronger hope for stabilizing this disease by incorporating biochemical repair


Health Recovery Center has developed a method of detoxification that involves a three-hour medical intravenous infusion of ascorbate and other natural restorative substances. Its’ effect dramatically reduces cravings for alcohol and symptoms of withdrawal. Done on an outpatient basis, it far out-performs other current detox methods. We would like to research the value of adding additional IV’s over the treatment period, as well as additional restorative substances such as precursor amino acids, (they convert to the brain’s neurotransmitters to create emotions, etc), when we obtain funding for this project. 


The Rob Mathews Foundation Is Dedicated To Restoring
The Lives Of Alcoholics To Permanent Mental Stability and Health

Every day we hear about the war on drugs in the news; billions of taxpayer dollars for going to programs designed to prevent these substances from entering our borders. Meanwhile alcohol continues to devastate lives of millions of Americans.

  • Three out of four people in the US are impacted by alcoholism
  • Alcoholism is the third leading cause of death in the US
  • Along with drugs, alcohol is the major cause of domestic problems
  • Fifty percent of all accidental deaths are directly attributable to alcohol abuse
  • One in four treated alcoholics will eventually commit suicide

These grim statistics are worsened by the gruesome fact that 95% of traditional treatment programs are patterned after a model of psychological treatment whose statistics of success are dismal!
The promise of these programs is revealed in the following:

  • A Rand study of more than 900 alcoholics who underwent traditional treatment revealed that 21% were sober after one year, and only 7% remained sober after four years.
  • A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, focusing on hospital-based treatment for 1239 alcoholics found that after a five-seven year follow-up only seven percent remained sober, while 14% died, and 79% resumed drinking
  • The cost of these traditional inpatient programs is often 30,000-75,000 with many patients repeating treatment several times

Meanwhile Dr. Mathews-Larson’s revolutionary model for treatment continues to help alcoholics achieve long-term sobriety with a success rate unmatched in the industry. For more than 30 years Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis has been by stabilizing clients with its unique program of biochemical repair. HRC’s program achieves long-term success for 75% of the clients it treats. “Alcoholism is a devastating physical disease that damages both the mind and body,” says Joan Mathews-Larson, Ph.D. founder and director of HRC, “Unfortunately 90% of our nation’s treatment programs are only psychologically based.”
Director Mathews-Larson lost her son to suicide in 1975, two weeks after he returned from a traditional in-patient treatment program. The devastating ordeal launched a lifelong quest to find a better way to treat alcoholism. “In the 15 years following Rob’s death, I searched for a more effective and humane way of treating alcoholism,” says Joan. Thanks to her discoveries and innovative approaches to treatment many thousands have been able to recover from this devastating disease.
Many features of her program have been published in her book, Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism Through Nutrition (Ballantine Books). This book became a national bestseller for Random House, and has been reprinted in several languages. It is based on solid research by some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, and offers a way for others to adopt her methods into their own recovery program. The Rob Mathews Memorial Foundation supports the work of Dr. Mathews-Larson with a commitment to spread the lifesaving scientific principles now in practice at Health Recovery Center.

The Population That Needs This Treatment

Adults and teens from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe struggle with suicide ideation, and depression just as Rob Mathews did. Often they are put on anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety drugs etc…yet the effect is short-term. Often their misery increases as they slowly deteriorate to a state worse than they had known before they started psychiatric drugs. Herein lie the dangers, and the illogic of prescribing drugs to treat symptoms, rather than determining and treating the cause of addictions and mental imbalances. 

Joan Mathews-Larson and great researches that have preceded her have identified lab tests that reveal underlying causes of cravings and emotional disorders. Once imbalances have been identified, IV-therapy and specific biochemical repair is used to reload the brain with substances required to stabilize. This, in a nutshell, is the orthomolecular (cause-based) approach developed at Heath Recovery Center. Overwhelmingly the results of this approach have helped nearly everyone rise from the ashes and attain stability and wellness in only six weeks.

An orthomolecular (cause-based) approach eliminates or greatly reduces:

  • Cravings for alcohol/drugs
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Unstable emotions i.e. bi-polar, paranoia, psychotic episodes
  • The need for toxic psycho-active drugs (often they are weaned down and replaced with the real missing chemicals)
  • Lingering mistakes in the brain/body functioning
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hormone abnormalities
  • Heavy metal build up
  • Histadelia/histapenia
  • Pyroluria
  • Food/chemical allergy addictions/sensitivities
  • Candida yeast infections and more


A more complete explanation can be found in Joan Mathews Larson’s books 7 Weeks to Sobriety and Depression Free, Naturally published by Random House (a national best sellers that has been translated into many languages.


Rob Mathews Memorial Foundation
3255 Hennepin Avenue South
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55408