Betty Ford Center Review
The original Betty Ford Center was opened in October 1982 by co-founders Betty Ford, Leonard Firestone, and Dr. James West. Ford was the wife of former United States President Gerald Ford. Despite being a very active First Lady, Ford had an addiction to alcohol and opioid medication. Her addiction started due to a pinched nerve, but what was used to treat her pain became a cycle of misuse. After an intervention and recovery treatment, Ford co-created the first Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California.
Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, the Betty Ford Center has been the name in rehab treatment. Ford’s name cachet helped with the center’s initial growth. Now, thanks to the world-class rehab treatment offered to clients, the Betty Ford Center and the Betty Ford Clinics are sought out by individuals the world over for recovery treatment from drug and alcohol misuse.
The Betty Ford Center offers the full spectrum of recovery services based on the 12-Step model, including client assessment and evaluation, residential care, detox treatment, IOP, mental health treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and sober living housing.
The Betty Ford Clinics are a sector of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. It is the United States’ largest nonprofit recovery and treatment provider. There are 16 clinics across the USA in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Texas. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation provides prevention and treatment to young people and adults allowing them to reclaim their lives from addiction.
Each client’s stay at the Betty Ford Clinics is based on their needs. Recovery programs are individualized, meaning there is no one-size fits all approach to treatment. Residential treatment begins with clinical staff performing a medical and psychological evaluation of the client.