About Addiction Hope


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Our Mission

Our mission at Addiction Hope® is to support and bring hope to our vibrant online community through education and resources.  We constantly update our national treatment directory, support group listings, articles, and blogs to ensure the most accurate information is available to our community of addiction sufferers.

We host interactive social media events (Google Hangouts, Twitter chats, and webinars) for individuals struggling with addiction and their loved ones. This includes those battling substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and any co-occurring mental health concerns. Addiction Hope is a Christian organization dedicated to promoting addiction recovery for individuals of all faiths.

Our Philosophy

Addiction Hope promotes ending addictive behavior, developing healthier coping skills and living a value-driven life of health and well-being. We encourage establishing life enhancing habits to replace former self-destructive behaviors.

Addiction Hope believes that recovery is possible for those willing to engage in the profound physical, emotional and spiritual work necessary to give up the addiction and forge a new way of being in the world that embraces health, authenticity, and wholeness.

Who’s Behind Addiction Hope®

Kirsten Haglund – Director of Global Business Development and Digital Media for Eating Disorder Hope

KIrsten HaglundKirsten Haglund is an international speaker, mental health advocate and digital media strategist. Through her media and communications company, En Pointe, she works with a diverse group of clients in both the profit and non-profit sectors increasing social engagement and scalability, social listening, communications training, spokesperson work increasing brand awareness.

Kirsten serves as a media spokesperson, speaker, and Director of Global Business Development and Digital Media for Eating Disorder Hope & Addiction Hope. She is also Community Relations Specialist for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Centre and is Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation.

She also does political analysis across television news networks and radio, including on MSNBC, CNN International, Fox Business Network, and Fox News Channel. Her Op-Eds on politics, culture and non-profit advocacy have appeared in the New York Daily News, Forbes.com, Huff Post and in industry journals.

She served as Miss America 2008 and Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Kirsten graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently based in Zürich, Switzerland.


Baxter Ekern, MBA – CEO @ Eating Disorder Hope® & Addiction Hope®

imageBaxter Ekern is the CEO of Addiction Hope® and Eating Disorder Hope®. He responsible for the management and operations of Addiction Hope and Eating Disorder Hope.

Baxter began his college education at Texas Christian University and transferred to Texas A&M University where he received a BS degree in Journalism with a minor in Marketing. He then went on to earn his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Baxter enjoys watching football, playing tennis, fishing and spending time with his family.


Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC – Founder & President @ Eating Disorder Hope® & Addiction Hope®

jacquelynJacquelyn Ekern founded Addiction Hope® in January 2013, after experiencing years of inquiries for addiction help by visitors to our well-regarded sister site, Eating Disorder Hope®.

Many of the eating disorder sufferers that contact Eating Disorder Hope also had a co-occurring issue of addiction to alcohol, drugs, and process addictions (such as gambling, sex, shopping, etc).

Because she believes in holistic recovery that addresses all of the destructive patterns or behaviors engaged in by the individual, it became clear that it would be helpful to also have a site that deals foremost with addiction, for those that suffer from addiction as a primary concern.

Jacquelyn Ekern is a licensed therapist and she is President of Ekern Enterprises, Inc. which operates both the Addiction Hope and Eating Disorder Hope organizations and websites.

Jacquelyn has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from The University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology, from Capella University.

She is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).