Family Program Questions
What is the Family Program?
The Family Program is a five-day educational program for patients' family members and friends age thirteen and over who have been impacted by a loved one's addiction. Participants learn about addiction and addictive patterns, and address their own concerns. Patients and participants may participate in a joint group near the end of the Family Program. Having a patient in treatment at the Betty Ford Center is not a requirement for participation in the Family Program. We welcome all family members and friends who want help.
Who should attend the Family Program?
Anyone who cares about a loved one with addiction. Including but not limited to a spouse, partner, parents, children (13 years+), siblings, other relatives and close friends.
When should I be there for Family Program?
If you have a patient in treatment, it seems best for participants to attend the Family Program no sooner than the third week of the patient's treatment. If you do not have a patient in treatment, any time is a good time. A family counselor will walk you through the process and assist with other related arrangements prior to your attendance.
Will I have a chance to spend time with my family member who is a patient?
Visitation occurs with patients during regular visiting hours every Sundays on the main Betty Ford Center campus. During the Family Program week there are a few opportunities for visitation. Prior to beginning the program patients meet with the participants in Cork Family Pavilion on Monday at 8:00 a.m. On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, patients come to the Cork Family Pavilion to participate in the program with their families. On Friday, patients have lunch with the participants.
*After successful completion of the Family Program and at the discretion of the patient's primary counselor, Ninety Day Program patients who have completed the inpatient portion of treatment and now reside at Residential Day Treatment may be given a weekend pass.
What will it cost to attend the Family Program?
If you have a patient in treatment at Betty Ford Center, one participant's attendance is covered in the patient's treatment fee. We have a relationship with the Holiday Inn Express in Palm Desert which provides a much-reduced room rate to Betty Ford Center Family Program participants.
Is there anything that would be helpful for me to do before I come to the Family Program?
The Family Program recommends Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, CODA, Families Anonymous, and other self-help programs for all participants in our program. We encourage you to attend at least a few such meetings before you arrive at the Center.
Am I able to smoke during the Family Program?
Betty Ford Center is a smoke-free campus for all visitors, outpatient and educational program participants.
What can I expect from the Family Program?
The Betty Ford Center treats Chemical Dependency as a family disease. Medical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease are covered. Participants are educated about healthy ways of coping with the disease; learn to focus on their own recovery; and, discuss spirituality and the concept of letting go. Following the program, participants are recommended to develop a recovery plan, which includes Al-Anon attendance.
Help is available. So is hope.
Call our Admissions Counselors and allow our team to discuss options and walk you through the process.