The Betty Ford Center has long been considered the best of the best, blessed with a stellar reputation, a long line of celebrity alumni and a First Lady’s esteemed name. It has made some serious changes in recent years, namely merging with the pioneer of the Minnesota model, Hazelden.
Accommodations and Food
Betty Ford is located on a 20-acre campus in the desert town of Rancho Mirage, California. Adjacent to the esteemed Eisenhower Medical Center, clients can expect a somewhat clinical setting with halls of double-occupancy rooms divided gender. Each room has a private balcony attached and the serene location boasts 360 views of the surrounding mountains. Each residential hall is punctuated by a group meeting/recreational area stocked with comfy couches and a 24/7 supply of healthy snacks and beverages. Lake Hope is a fixture on the center where clients are encouraged to seek refuge and physical activity.
Fresh fare is served up daily in the Warren Family Dining Room. Clients are given the option of two hot entrees, deli sandwiches, a salad bar and a soup of the day at lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
Betty Ford has an the array of programs, which include Residential Day Treatment, Professionals Treatment, Young Adult Recovery, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Pain Management as well as clinical diagnostic evaluations for dual diagnosis and aftercare (weekly gender-specific meetings). Betty Ford has also received praise for its Family Program for kids over 13, which focuses on a holistic treatment approach to treating addiction as a family disease and educating the addict’s loved ones to help begin their own healing process (a similar curriculum is offered for kids between the age of seven and 12).
A hospital on-site has its advantages. Betty Ford assigns every new admission a treatment team consisting of a physician, nurse, psychologist, primary counselor, case manager, spiritual care counselor, family counselor, dietician, fitness trainer and chemical dependency technician.
In addition to meditation, Betty Ford has nicotine support and fitness training.
Betty Ford offers a thorough treatment program. Its decision to embrace using Suboxone for treatment has been controversial, but this is still a solid choice for those not opposed to replacement therapy and who like well-established, clinical settings along with desert weather.
Betty Ford Center
39000 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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