Betty Ford passed away on July 8th 2011 but will never be forgotten, will always be admired and respected for not only being the First Lady of the United States but for raising awareness about breast cancer and as founder of the Betty Ford Center.
Betty opened our eyes about breast cancer and the importance of effective treatment for chemical dependency. We realize now that the whole families are affected by the disease of addiction and the whole families need to find their own recovery not just the person suffering from dependency.
Betty Ford went through treatment for chemical dependency and when her treatment was completed Betty realized how important it was that treatment centers be available for women that not only understand but focus on their special needs. In 1982 Betty Ford and her friend Ambassador Leonard Firestone co-founded the Betty Ford Center which is a non-profit organization in Rancho Mirage, California.
Both men and women who suffer from chemical dependency have been treated at the Betty Ford Center since the center opened. Men and women are separated in separate halls. Treatment at the Betty Ford Center is gender specific which insures that treatment meets their specific needs. The Betty Ford Center also makes sure that the center is shared equally by men and women so half of the center is for women and the other half is for men.
Because the entire family is affected by addiction there are programs offered for the whole family because everyone involved needs to heal. The Betty Ford Center offers a Family Program that's a 5 day program of education and support addressing all areas of addiction which include the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual side of addiction which impacts the whole family. It's important that the family and loved ones of the chemically dependent individual find their own personal recovery as well. There is also a Children's Program at the Betty Ford Center that's for children 7 to 12 that are living with a family member that's chemically dependent.
There's a Kids Corner on the Betty Ford Center website that just warms your heart and is meant for kids who have a loved one in their family or in their life that is chemically dependent. Children are definitely affected when a parent or family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol and it's important that they understand that if someone they love has a problem, it's not their fault and they're not to blame.
Treatment Programs Offered at the Betty Ford Clinic
- Inpatient Treatment which is 30 days for adults 18 and older
- Residential Day Treatment which is 60 or 90 days for adults 18 years of age and older
- Specialized treatment for Licensed Professionals (physicians, nurses, judges, attorneys, etc.) either 30, 60, or 90 days
- Young Adult Track for young male and female adults ages 18 to 25, either 30, 90, or 120 days
- Pain Management Track for 45 days
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment for individuals 18 and older for 8 weeks
Services Offered at the Betty Ford Clinic
- Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation is a 3 day outpatient evaluation
- Therapeutic Aftercare is 90 days-Open Ended (30 days of sobriety is required in order to participate)
Treatment programs offered at the Betty Ford Center are based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and programs of treatment are gender specific. Every patient is assigned to a treatment team that consists of a physician, nurse, psychologist, primary counselor, case manager, spiritual care counselor, family counselor, dietician, fitness trainer, chemical dependency technician and alumni services representative.
As you can see, the Betty Ford Center was built on compassion, dedication, knowledge, commitment, hope, understanding, and a passion to help people suffering from chemical dependency. Family members and loved ones needs are equally important and at the Betty Ford Center the whole family can recover from the effects of addiction.
So you see, Betty Ford will never be forgotten, her dream and passion will live on forever in the lives of men, women and young people who have recovered from the pain and disease of addiction.