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Chat with former Seahawk Bob Newton
September 18th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Bob Newton was an offensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks during their inaugural NFL season in 1976. He was drafted in the third round of the 1971 NFL draft by Chicago and went on to play 11 seasons with the Bears and Seahawks. In college, Newton played on the undefeated 1970 Nebraska national championship team and was an AP consensus All-American. After retiring from football, Bob has worked in the chemical dependency field since 1986 and is currently the director of the Residential Day Treatment Program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Bob answered...

Under the Influence of Parents
September 18th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
PLYMOUTH, Minn. (Sept. 18, 2014) Children of parents who have used marijuana are more than three times more likely to use it themselves. That's according to a new nationwide survey of youth ages 18 to 25 commissioned by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Center for Public Advocacy. “We commissioned this survey to get a better understanding of marijuana using habits and attitudes among young adults,” said Mark Sheets, interim executive director of Hazelden at Plymouth, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “This information allows us to better educate people about the...

The Family Disease of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction: A Healing Way Out
September 10th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
A long-held fact in the treatment and recovery world is that alcoholism and drug addiction are a family disease. Everyone in the family, including children, gets hurt by this cunning, powerful, and baffling illness. All too often it becomes a family legacy that gets passed from generation to generation. Where does it stop? Tuesday, October 14 8:00 a.m. to noon Huddle Campus 31416 Agoura Road, Suite 105 Westlake Village, CA  91361 3.5 CE's provided for: CAADAC, APA, BRN and BBS Cost is $25.00, parking is free. Jerry Moe, MA , is the National Director of...

Series of Conferences for Women Begins October 8
September 4th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
The first of three new professional symposiums on women and addiction treatment presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will be held Wednesday, October 8, at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, MN. ‘Grit & Grace – the Science and Art of Personal Transformation’ will focus on the latest thinking and best practices in addiction treatment for women. Presenters at the event include the following: • Brenda Iliff, MA , executive director of Hazelden in Naples, Florida, and author of A Woman's Guide to Recovery • Harry L....

National Recovery Month is Underway
September 1st, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Betty Ford Center, A part of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, recognizes September as National Recovery Month, an opportunity to emphasize the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help....

Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies Launches Online Degree
August 21st, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
CENTER CITY, Minn. (August 21, 2014) – The Higher Learning Commission recently granted approval to launch the new online master’s degree offered by the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies (HGSAS). With applications for the Winter 2015 semester being accepted now, the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders focuses on the science of addiction and mental health and can be completed in as little as two years. This innovative program utilizes evidence-based approaches to promote integrated recovery designed to transform the lives of...

Recovery Management – Moving from an Acute to Chronic Care Model
August 19th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
'Recovery Management: Moving from an Acute to Chronic Care Model’ is the subject of a webinar hosted by Janelle Wesloh (LADC/MBA) on Wednesday, September 17. The hour-long, free webinar will be held at 1 pm Eastern Time, Noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, and 10 a.m. Pacific with a certificate of completion available. Research indicates better long-term outcomes for patients who participate in structured, post-treatment recovery programs that promote adherence to the continuing care plan, encourage commitment to a recovery lifestyle, provide on-going support and instill personal...

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Teams with ABA for Research Study
August 13th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
CENTER CITY, Minn. (August 13, 2014) – The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation are pleased to announce their collaboration on a groundbreaking new research project to survey the current rates of substance use, depression and anxiety among licensed attorneys throughout the United States. The survey is designed to capture current data on these critical issues, with the results expected to impact all sectors of the legal community. From law schools and law students to the judiciary and disciplinary committees, the entire...

Brenda Iliff Set to Host ‘Women and Addiction’ Webinar
August 5th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
A webinar hosted by Brenda Iliff, executive director of Hazelden in Naples, FL, will be held Wednesday, August 20 on the topic 'Women and Addiction - Why Gender Matters.' The informative presentation will explore the unique addiction issues that women face and how professionals can effectively address these issues in treatment. The hour-long, free event will be held at 1 pm Eastern Time, Noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, and 10 a.m. Pacific with a certificate of completion available. Ms. Iliff, author of 'A Woman's Guide to Recovery,' notes that "Women are wired for...

San Diego Professional Networking Luncheon Scheduled July 23
July 10th, 2014 / BFC Insights / Betty Ford Center
Art Mattox, Outreach Manager at the Betty Ford Center, is hosting a luncheon in San Diego on July 23 for professional associates in the area. The event will be held at Buca Di Beppo, 705 6th Avenue in San Diego. from noon to 1:30 pm. "Betty Ford Center has long appreciated strong alliances with clinicians in the San Diego area," said Mr. Mattox. "We have formed great partnerships over the years, and I welcome this opportunity to meet with professionals in the area and exchange ideas and thoughts. I would like to make this a regular event and continue having discussions about...

Free Conference Slated in Atlanta July 19
July 10th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
‘The Family Disease of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction: A Healing Way Out’ is the topic of a free conference offered by the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, on Saturday, July 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. A long-held fact in the treatment and recovery worlds is that alcoholism and drug addiction is a family disease. Everyone in the family, including children, gets hurt by this cunning, powerful and baffling illness. All too often it becomes a family legacy that gets passed from generation to generation. Where does it stop?...

Jerry Moe Travels to Africa
July 7th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children's Programs , has traveled to many places during his 36-year career, but his most recent trip to Ghana set a flight time record. He left Africa at 4:00 pm PST on June 8 and landed in Palm Springs a little after 11 pm PST the following day. “I was in the air for over nineteen hours,” he said, “but the trip was worth every minute of it.” In his position working with children, Jerry has had the opportunity to travel to every state in the U.S. as well as to several foreign countries. His work includes lectures as...

Recovery Rocks at HazelFest August 2
June 30th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
The second annual HazelFest will be held Saturday, August 2, from 11a.m. to 8 p.m., on the campus of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, Minnesota. The outdoor community summer festival will be complete with a huge tent, live entertainment, area food trucks and family-friendly activities including an expanded petting zoo and more than 40 recovery-focused and art exhibitors. This year's event welcomes four well-known musical acts: The Jayhawks, the influential American alternative country and rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene in the 1980s; Trapper...

Statement against Legalization of Marijuana
June 25th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has a responsibility to comment on the effects of marijuana use, which we see daily among the people served as our 15 locations. The full white paper on this topic is located here .

‘Boomer’ Webinar Set for July 16
June 20th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
A free, one-hour webinar on "Recognizing Chemical Use, Misuse, and Addiction in Older Adults (55+) and What to Do About it" is available July 16 (1 p.m. Eastern Time, Noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, 10 a.m. Pacific.) If needed, a Certificate of Completion available. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers a variety of online learning opportunities on the topics of substance use disorders, alcohol and drug prevention, violence prevention, behavioral health issues, and more. An increasing number of adults ages 55 and over are misusing alcohol and other drugs, and the use of...

Meet our Doctors
June 20th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
The team of professionals who care for the patients at Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA includes years of experience in a variety of fields. Read about them here . About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation...

New Leaders Named for Betty Ford Center
June 13th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (June 12, 2014) –Jim Steinhagen today was named Vice President and Administrator in charge of the Betty Ford Center, and Steve Eickelberg, M.D., was appointed Medical Director of the Center. "The Betty Ford Center has been a special place since it opened in 1982, providing a beacon of hope and a practical solution to thousands of people suffering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs," said Mark Mishek, President and CEO of the newly merged Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, who announced the hires after an extensive nationwide search. "It deserves the very best...

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in St. Paul Holds Groundbreaking on $25 Million Expansion
June 10th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation put the “spade in the ground” June 5 on a $25 million expansion at its long-time Fellowship Club campus in St. Paul, MN. The groundbreaking program featured Mark Mishek, President and CEO; Terri Hayden, Executive Director of the facility; and William Moyers, Vice President of Public Affairs. Councilmember Dave Thune also delivered remarks, and the event was followed by a reception at 4:00 pm. The current campus is at maximum capacity and unable to meet the additional demand for outpatient addiction treatment. The addition of a new 55,000 square...

‘Tools for the Journey’ to Guide Those Who Help Children
May 28th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
The workshop ‘Tools for the Journey: Healing for Children from Families Hurt by Addiction’ will be held Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT) at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. Presented by the Betty Ford Center Children's Program , the event will offer participants the opportunity to learn effective strategies, tools and techniques used in the Betty Ford Center Children's Program. The objective is to make a difference in a child's life and help children positively cope with the challenges in their lives. Five CEUs will be available, and a Continental...

California Professionals Networking Luncheon Scheduled
May 26th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Professionals are invited to join hosts from the Betty Ford Center at a complimentary Professionals Networking Luncheon on Thursday, June 19 from 12:00 noon - 1:30pm at Buca di Beppo, 7979 Center Avenue in Huntington Beach, CA 92647. The topic, 'Developing your Leadership Style while doing Purposeful and Worthwhile Work,' will be presented by Desiré Washington, M.A, Director of Staff Development, Betty Ford Center, a part of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The objective is for participants to gain practical tools to promote leadership development to avoid professional burnout....

Judy Collins Headlines Benefit for Hazelden in Chicago
May 23rd, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Event Honors Board Chair and Member; Draws over 300 CHICAGO, Ill. (May 22, 2014) – Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Board Chair Susan Fox Gillis and Board Member Harve Ferrill celebrated their own recoveries from addiction as more than 300 people gathered to celebrate their leadership, honoring them with the Visionary and Lifetime Achievement awards at a benefit in Chicago on May 20. a Grammy Award-winning singer Judy Collins provided musical entertainment for the event, sharing stories of her own family’s battles with addiction between songs and concluding with a beautiful...

Primary Care Doctors to Learn more about Addiction at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Conference
May 14th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Opioid epidemic, marijuana, Affordable Care Act among pressing topics CENTER CITY, Minn. (April 9, 2014) – The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Professionals in Residence (PIR) program, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Scaife Family Foundation, will host a special conference June 20-21 in Minnesota for primary health care providers to learn more about the issues surrounding addiction. Primary care doctors, who receive limited addiction training during an otherwise rigorous medical education, will gain...

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Rolls Out Specialized Substance Use Treatment for Nurses
May 6th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Addresses Their Complex Recovery and Return-to-Work Issues CENTER CITY, Minn. (May 6, 2014) – During "National Nurses Week," the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is unveiling its first-of-its-kind Nurses Professionals Program, an adjunct to Hazelden's well-established and nationally acclaimed Health Care Professionals Program. Some 92% of nurses in America are women, and the nursing profession is historically ranked near the top of the most admired and respected professions in the country. The combination of being one of an elite group of professionals, entrusted with high levels...

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation To Sponsor Recovery 2.0 Global Online Conference
April 15th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
CENTER CITY, Minn., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider, will sponsor the "Recovery 2.0" free online conference May 3-7. The web-based event will present one-on-one, in-depth conversations between yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert Tommy Rosen and a wide variety of recovery and wellness specialists. "The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is pleased to partner with one of the most energetic and thoughtful advocates for embracing lifelong recovery, Tommy Rosen," said Nick Motu,...

Alcohol Awareness Month Recognized by Betty Ford Center
March 28th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
This April marks the 27th Anniversary of Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.) and recognized each Spring by the Betty Ford Center. "Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow" is the theme selected this year by NCADD. More than 18 million individuals or 8.5% of Americans suffer from alcohol-use disorders. In addition, there are countless millions of individuals, family members and children who experience the devastating effects of the alcohol problem of someone in their life. In fact, 25% percent of U.S....

Lecture Series Ends with ‘Living in the Now’
March 18th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Sister Geneva Berns, OSF, MAT, will close out the 2014 Alcohol & Other Drugs Awareness Hour on March 29, discussing “Living in the Now.” The annual series of lectures in the Annenberg Center on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus in Rancho Mirage, CA is hosted each winter by the Betty Ford Center. Refreshments are served at 9:00 am, and the lecture begins at 9:30 am. A Franciscan nun for over 50 years, Sister Geneva has worked in the fields of education, leadership and addiction. Her work has taken her to 28 states and five countries. Sister Geneva has ties to both...

Parents in the Dark: Survey says parents underestimate risks of kid’s alcohol/drug use
March 7th, 2014 / / Betty Ford Center
What parents don't know about drugs and their children could have devastating impact, new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation survey finds PLYMOUTH, Minn. (Mar. 6, 2014)--As youth drug and alcohol abuse continues to grow, many parents say they are uninformed -- and largely unconcerned -- about the threat to their children. So finds a new nationwide survey commissioned by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider. "These startling findings suggest that some parents are under-concerned about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use by...

Interventionist Earl Hightower Set to Speak March 8
March 3rd, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
"Alive" is the subject of Earl Hightower's presentation at the March 8 Alcohol Awareness Hour in the Annenberg Center on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event is hosted annually by the Betty Ford Center. A Board Registered Interventionist and Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Earl Hightower has spent almost three decades working as a professional interventionist, conducting over 2,000 successful interventions. As president of Hightower Intervention Services, LLC, he currently instructs and supervises qualified individuals on how to conduct...

Kraft Nabisco Pro-Am Presented by Hazelden Betty Ford foundation Benefits the tournament’s New Principal Charitable Partner in 2014
February 28th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Strengthening its philanthropic ties to the Coachella Valley, the Kraft Nabisco Championship announced it has aligned with the newly merged Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, its main charitable beneficiary in 2014, to introduce the Kraft Nabisco Pro-Am presented by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on Wednesday, April 2 at Mission Hills Country Club. “The Kraft Nabisco Championship is delighted to partner with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation which has one of the world’s leading patient care facilities in the Betty Ford Center. This brings the iconic legacies of honorary LPGA members...

Resilience is among Timely Topics at Upcoming Women’s Symposium
February 26th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Nancy Waite-O’Brien will address “Resilience: Equilibrium during the Storm” at the Women’s Symposium in Los Angeles on March 27. The one-day event, hosted by the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will be held at the University of California at Los Angeles and feature leaders in the fields of addiction, behavioral health and women’s issues. Participants will be able to earn five CEHs (Continuing Education Hours.) Dr. Waite-O'Brien is a licensed psychologist as well as a Certified Equine Interaction Professional. She provides equine...

“Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls” Topic of Awareness Hour
February 24th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Compulsive theft, spending and hoarding is the theme behind "Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls", the subject to be addressed by Terrance Daryl Shulman at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 1 at the Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event is hosted annually by the Betty Ford Center. Mr. Shulman is the Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding and has been featured on over 100 television programs, including the major morning shows as well as ‘20/20’, ’48...

Dr. Harry Haroutunian Set to Speak at Women’s Symposium
February 20th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Haroutunian is an internationally known speaker on the topics of addictive disease and its treatment. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is the developer of the “Recovery 101″ lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention. He recently authored ‘ Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through and Living in Recovery,’ published by Rodale, and – with Louis Teresi – co-authored ‘Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The...

Promoting Excellence will be Highlighted at 2014 Women’s Symposium
February 20th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Achieving Clinical Excellence:  Three Steps to Superior Performance” is the focus of this year’s Women’s Symposium as well as the title of the keynote speech by Scott Miller, Ph.D. The one-day event, hosted by the Betty Ford Center, will be held at the University of California at Los Angeles and feature leaders in the fields of addiction, behavioral health and women’s issues.  Participants will be able to earn five CEHs (Continuing Education Hours.) Dr. Miller is a co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence , an international consortium of clinicians,...

Hazelden Betty Ford Launches New Online Bookstore, Social Community; To Host Online Screening of ‘The Anonymous People’
February 18th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Hazelden's Social Community (hazelden.org/social) and the newly redesigned Hazelden Bookstore (hazelden.org/bookstore), two enhanced features of Hazelden’s online resource center (hazelden.org), will officially launch today with a lineup of grand opening events and sales, culminating on March 1 with a free online screening of the groundbreaking documentary The Anonymous People. “The new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is committed to making it easier for people to find help and interact with our life-saving and life-enhancing resources anytime, anywhere, throughout their...

Kerri Compton Seichter
February 14th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Kerri Compton Seichter moved from Eisenhower Medical Center to Betty Ford Center in 1993. She has held positions in the Admissions Department, Information Management Systems, Alumni Services, Business Development and most recently, PR & Communications. Kerri holds a Bachelor's of Science in Information Technology. She administers Betty Ford Center website and social media accounts and is also responsible for creating professional videos and photographs for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Her videos can be found on the Betty Ford Center YouTube Channel at...

Dr. Claudia Black to Speak at Womens Symposium in March
February 12th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Clinical Considerations in Treating the Female Substance Abuser” will be addressed by Claudia Black, Ph.D., during the Women’s Symposium in Los Angeles on March 27. The one-day event, hosted by the Betty Ford Center, will be held at the University of California at Los Angeles and feature leaders in the fields of addiction, behavioral health and women’s issues.  Participants will be able to earn five CEHs (Continuing Education Hours.)   Dr. Black , a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows in Arizona, is a renowned lecturer, author...

Designer Drug Culture is Focus of Alcohol & Other Drugs Awareness Hour
February 12th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Mandy Neeble will present "What We're Up Against!  An In-Depth Look at the Designer Drug Culture" at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event is hosted annually by the Betty Ford Center. As Clinical Director of Northbound Treatment Services, Dr. Neeble draws upon her extensive background as a therapist, providing individual therapy, group therapy, crisis counseling, and developmental testing. She received a degree in Psychology at Chapman...

Betty Ford Center and NACoA Have Historic Ties
February 12th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
“The younger kids are, the closer they are to the truth.” Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, shared this powerful statement in a recent interview.  A question about the origin of National Association for Children of Alcoholics ( NACoA ) Week led to an extended conversation about children affected by alcoholism and addiction.  Following are highlights of that discussion: Q:  When did the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) organization begin? A:  The group was actually founded on February 14, 1983. ...

It’s Official: Hazelden, Betty Ford Center have merged
February 10th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Media Contact: Christine Anderson, Hazelden, 651-213-4231, canderson@hazelden.org It’s official: Hazelden, Betty Ford Center have merged CENTER CITY, Minn. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Leading addiction treatment providers Hazelden and Betty Ford Center announced today their merger has been approved by government regulators, making the new “Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation” the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment organization. The latest approval came from the California Attorney General. Her approval is the final regulatory hurdle and the merger is now...

National Children of Alcoholics Week Recognized in February
February 9th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The week of February 9-15, 2014 is National Children of Alcoholics Week .   Helene Photias, Manager of the Betty Ford Center Children's Program , said that children of alcoholics are at risk for emotional and behavioral problems that can affect their lives at home, school and can affect other relationships.  This week is dedicated to bringing awareness to the needs of those children living with addiction in their family. The week also celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of children (of all ages) who have received the help they needed to recover from the pain and...

Horror of Heroin Hits Home
February 4th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
“ I really convinced myself I could use heroin recreationally.  The first time I tried it, I got sick to my stomach, had a miserable headache and was hooked.  I couldn’t wait to use it again .” – Leslie H., Betty Ford Center Alumnus Heroin moved into the headlines last summer when the death of a young actor was attributed to a combination of this drug and alcohol.  It returned to the headlines this week with another tragic, high-profile death. Why has heroin – an opioid often considered a back-alley drug – become popular with ‘mainstream’ drug users? One school...

Women’s Symposium Set for March 27 at UCLA
January 29th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Clinical Excellence:  A Path of Discovery” is the theme of the Women’s Symposium being held Thursday, March 27 at the University of California at Los Angeles. The one-day event features leaders in the fields of addiction, behavioral health and women’s issues, and participants will be able to earn five CEHs (Continuing Education Hours.) The opening keynote speaker is yet to be announced, but confirmed presenters at this year’s event include Scott Miller, Ph.D; Dr. Harry Haroutunian; Claudia Black, Ph.D.  and Nancy Waite O’Brien, Ph.D. Scott Miller, Ph.D. is a...

Personal Tragedy Spurs Awareness Efforts
January 27th, 2014 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
Linda Chapman and her husband Dan lost their daughter Tiffany in July of 2004 from complications of liver failure – a result of her addiction to prescription pain medications prescribed for her when she broke her neck in a car accident. Linda will discuss this tragedy and its ramifications on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage, CA.  To help prevent this tragedy from happening to other families, Linda speaks at treatment centers telling ‘Tiffany’s Story,’...

Tonya Meeks ‘Flying Standby’ at Awareness Hour
January 14th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Tonya Meeks has combined her clinical expertise on addiction and her performance background to create a one-woman show called ‘Flying Standby,’ which reveals how the determination to escape her alcoholic mother carried her through a turbulent ride of addiction, lost love, and a final desperate flight toward reconciliation. She will present this show at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage, CA. Tonya Meeks holds a BA in Performance and an MA in Depth...

Michael Walsh Slated to Discuss Health Care Reform
January 13th, 2014 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Michael Walsh MS, CAP, BRI 1, President/CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), will speak on the topic "Health Care Reform:  Impact on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment"  January 21, 2014 in Torrance, CA as part of the Frontiers in Addiction Treatment Series presented by the Thelma McMillen Center and Betty Ford Center.   Registration/breakfast begins at 8:30 am for the event, which is scheduled from 9 am to 11:30 am at Torrance Memorial’s Health Conference Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd. in Torrance. No RSVP is required, and there is no...

College Students Find a Haven of Support
December 31st, 2013 / Recovery News / Betty Ford Center
As part of the recent Parents Weekend at the University of Southern California, The Haven at College provided an open house to continue to raise awareness about their residential and extended recovery communities. Founded in January 2012 by Sharon Weber and Holly Sherman, The Haven at College is a growing “national fraternity” of residential and extended recovery communities on college campuses to support recovering college students and to counter the stigma that often prevents students and their families from seeking treatment. The Haven staff works closely with therapists,...

Dr. Harry Haroutunian to Launch 2014 Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour
December 31st, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
'Being Sober' is the topic of Dr. Harry Haroutunian's presentation at the January 11 Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Hospital, Rancho Mirage, CA. There is no fee for the annual educational series , which begins with refreshments at 9 a.m. followed by a lecture from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Dr. Haroutunian, is an internationally known speaker on the topics of Addictive Disease and its treatment.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is the developer of the "Recovery 101" lecture series on...

Proposed Merger Notice
December 20th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The Attorney General is reviewing the proposed transaction involving the Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower, a 100 licensed bed chemical dependency recovery hospital located in Rancho Mirage, California.  The Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, and the Hazelden Foundation, a Minnesota not-for-profit corporation, have entered into a merger agreement.  The Hazelden Foundation currently owns and operates 11 treatment facilities in five states. The terms of the proposed transaction are set forth in a written notice to the Attorney General.  A...

What is Alcoholism Addiction?
December 12th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
What is alcoholism addiction? Dr. Harry Haroutunian, Physician Director of the Residential Treatment Program at Betty Ford Center, first explains that addiction is a disease. "The criterion of a disease is that it has a cause, an effect and a target organ," he said. "A disease is a loss of function of an organ or organ system. It has a known or unknown cause and produces a set of symptoms in each person afflicted. “To inquire about ‘alcoholism addiction’ is redundant in a way – alcohol is just one of many substances that can result in addiction." With this...

‘Hope and Help for Adolescents and Families’ Conference Scheduled
November 19th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Betty Ford Center and Social Model Recovery Systems are hosting a one-day conference on “Hope and Help for Adolescents and Families” on December 6 at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, CA. The fee for the event is $65 and includes five CEUs for professionals, a continental breakfast, lunch and valet parking. Presenters for the conference include Jerry Moe, Vice President , National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center; Mark Baumgartner, Clinical Director of the Betty Ford Center Inpatient Program and Garett Staley, Program Director of...

Johns Hopkins Test for Alcoholism
November 14th, 2013 / Doctor's Office / Betty Ford Center
Honestly answer yes or no to each question, tally your answers and compare to the scoring results at the bottom of the test. 1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking? Yes No 2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy? Yes No 3. Do you drink because you are shy with other people? Yes No 4. Is drinking affecting your reputation? Yes No 5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking? Yes No 6. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of your drinking? Yes No 7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking? Yes...

2014 Awareness Hour Schedule Set
November 6th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour is celebrating its 38th year with a series of lectures beginning January 11, 2014 at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus. There is no charge for the lecture series, which will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates: January 11, 2014 “Being Sober” Harry Haroutunian, MD Physician Director, Professional & Residential Programs at the Betty Ford Center January 25, 2014 “Flying Standby” Tonya Meeks, MA, LMFT Therapist, Interventionist, Performer Venice, CA...

Ford Family Home Auction will Benefit Betty Ford Center
October 30th, 2013 / Doctor's Office / Betty Ford Center
Contents of the Rancho Mirage home of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford will soon be auctioned to benefit the Betty Ford Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. The auction will take place from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 16 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells  and is open to the public for a $5 cash payment at the door. Items to be auctioned will include a Faberge-style egg in a box from President Bill Clinton, a kaleidoscope, Tiffany White House china, and a large collection of Asian decorative...

Airline Employees Retreat at Betty Ford Center
October 24th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
The Betty Ford Center Business Development Department recently hosted a retreat for a group of approximately 70 employees from United  Airlines. A variety of staff attended the day and a half-long event, which was held in Firestone Hall on the Center’s Rancho Mirage campus.  Dr. Debra Reynolds, Director of Benefits-EAP Behavioral Health United Airlines, said this is the third time the group has gathered at BFC.  Attendees flew in from United hubs in Chicago, DC, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  Over the course of the retreat, they heard a series of...

Betty Ford Shared a Message of Inspiration and Survival
October 22nd, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
As a woman who spoke candidly about surviving both breast cancer and alcoholism, Betty Ford was an inspiration to millions. We honor her memory especially in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In a recent study by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, it was discovered that there is a link between drinking in young adulthood and increased risk of breast cancer. "According to our research, the lesson is clear: If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk...

Is Drug Treatment that Works Possible?
October 22nd, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
Is there such a thing as drug rehab that works? This simple question brings a variety of responses from professionals who work in the field of alcohol and drug addiction as well as alumni of rehab programs. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, addiction is a chronic disease that can be successfully treated.  Some people claim that the chances of treatment succeeding are very low, but in actual fact, relapse rates for drug-addicted patients are about the same for other chronic illnesses. Data from the National Institutes of Health notes that “the chronic...

October Is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
October 1st, 2013 / Doctor's Office / Betty Ford Center
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month , a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth and people of all ages: An estimated 10 million people aged 12 to 20 report drinking alcohol during the past month.  To put that in perspective, there are more Americans who have engaged in underage drinking than the...

Surprise Lecturer Shares Message with Patients, Family
September 26th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Harry Haroutunian, left, and Patient Advocate Jimmy Weiss, right, greet Steven T., who shared a powerful message with patients and family members September 25, 2013.

Jerry Moe Receives Father Martin Award
September 25th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, right, Vice President and National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Programs , was presented with the 2013 Father Joseph C. Martin Award for Professional Excellence by Steven Kendrick, Chief Operating Officer of Father Martin’s Ashley treatment center, during the National Conference on Addictive Disorders in Anaheim, CA. The event took place September 23 during the Awards Breakfast with many of the approximately 1000 conference attendees in the audience. As Mr. Kendrick introduced Mr. Moe, he said, “Jerry will tell you that he had the honor to know,...

Hazelden, Betty Ford Center Merger Approved by Boards
September 24th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
(SEPTEMBER 24, 2013) – Renowned addiction treatment providers Hazelden and Betty Ford Center announced today their respective boards have voted to merge. In a joint statement, the Hon. Susan Fox Gillis, Chair of the Hazelden Foundation Board of Trustees, and Dr. Mary Turner Pattiz, Chair of Betty Ford Center’s Board of Directors, said, “The integration of these two industry leaders will expand our geographic reach to help more people.  It will position us well to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by health care reform and the rapidly changing marketplace.  The...

John McAndrew Slated to Speak at NCAD Conference
September 9th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
John McAndrew, M.A., M.Div, Director of Spiritual Care at Betty Ford Center, will talk about "The Big Book,” Alcoholics Anonymous: Developing Spiritual Principles for the 21st Century" at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) September 22 in Anaheim, CA. NCAD will be held from September 21-25 , drawing  hundreds of professionals in the recovery field to the Anaheim Marriott.  Over 31 Continuing Education Units will be offered, including six hours of Ethics. NCAD provides a diverse educational curriculum on the prevention,...

National Recovery Month is Underway
September 1st, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Together on Pathways to Wellness” is the theme of the 24 th annual Recovery Month , a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The 2013 Recovery Month observance emphasizes the many ways that people can prevent behavioral health issues, seek treatment , and sustain recovery as part of a commitment to living a mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy life. The observance’s main focus is to laud...

Grateful Betty Ford Center Alumni Bring a ‘Haven’ to College Students in Recovery
August 27th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
If you have a college student in recovery from substance use disorder, you can’t help but worry. Can your son stay clean on a college campus? Is a dorm the most supportive environment for your daughter’s new sobriety? College students are the fastest growing US population segment entering treatment in the past decade (SAMHSA) and nearly 1 out of 5 young adults aged 18 to 25 suffer from substance use disorder (ONDCP, 2013) But there is hope! In January, 2012, grateful Betty Ford Center alumnae Sharon Weber – along with her best friend in recovery, Holly Sherman – founded...

Newest Publication by Dr. Harry Available August 28
August 27th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Solo author can now be added to the accomplishments of Dr. Harry Haroutunian , Physician Director, Residential Treatment Program , Betty Ford Center. ‘ Being Sober:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through and Living in Recovery ,’ published by Rodale, will be available August 28, 2013 in bookstores across the country. Known by his patients and colleagues as Dr. Harry, the physician previously co-authored ‘Hijacking the Brain’ with Louis Teresi, MD. “The audience for this book includes both those looking for help and those looking to help others,”...

What is Spiritual Care?
August 23rd, 2013 / Programs / John McAndrew
The program of recovery outlined in the 12 Steps acknowledges the essential need for spirituality, but goes to great lengths to insist that there is no singular path to finding one’s own soul. It’s the traditional way of the pilgrim: reflecting on experience, we discover strength and find the source of our hope; we tell our own stories, one alcoholic/addict talking to another. As Spiritual Care staff at BFC, we come from diverse spiritual traditions. Our goal is to help patients ‘to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.’ (AA, p. 45) We...

Drug Courts Offer Positive Alternative
August 13th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
In a recent speech before the American Bar Association, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Federal prosecutors will no longer seek mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.  He also said the Department will promote drug- treatment and community-service programs as alternatives to prison time. “Sweeping reform of the prison system was the focus of the Attorney General’s speech, but a huge part of that has to do with the way addiction is perceived,” said Michela Sands, Corporate Director of Business Development/Admissions at the Betty Ford...

IDAA Draws Betty Ford Center Support
August 7th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Several members of the Betty Ford Center team gathered in Colorado recently for the 2013 International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA) conference. IDAA is a group of approximately 6000 recovering health care professionals of doctorate level and their families who help one another achieve and maintain sobriety from addictions. Dr. Harry Haroutunian is a member of the organization’s Steering Committee and will chair the 2014 conference in Palm Desert, CA.   Admissions counselor Tim McGuire will serve as Registrar of next summer’s event. Dr. Harry has participated in...

Betty Ford Center Leadership Update
July 25th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Mary Pattiz, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Jim Greenbaum, Vice Chairman of the Board, announced to the Senior Leadership Team and the Management Team of the Betty Ford Center that John Schwarzlose is assuming a new role: CEO Emeritus. John will shift out of the day-to-day operations of the Center as part of the transition to a new CEO. Such a transition is not uncommon in the business world as an organization prepares to replace a longtime leader. Meanwhile, John will soon begin writing a book about the Center's history. He and Mrs. Ford often...

New York City Welcomes Women’s Symposium
July 24th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“The Women’s Symposium was a wonderful, insightful event.  It has opened my eyes to many things about addiction and how it affects the family.” This comment by one of the participants followed the Betty Ford Center Women's Symposium in New York City in June at Fordham University.  The event drew over 100 professionals from New York and the surrounding area as well as from as far away as California. The goal of the Women’s Symposiums is to provide innovative tools that help professionals care for women affected by addiction. “This was our first time presenting the...

Registration Now Open for 31st Anniversary
July 19th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
The Betty Ford Center 31st anniversary will be held the weekend of November 8-10, 2013. Information on the weekend agenda as well as registration and other anniversary activities is now available on the alumni website . Registration information for the Children's Program reunion is available here .

Jerry Moe Returns to ‘Kids Kamp’
July 17th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, Vice President and National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Programs, took a break from a series of business trips this summer and went to … summer camp. Jerry is co-founder of the Kids’ Kamp, held each summer in different Northern California locations.  The camp is for children ages 8 to 11 who attend the Children’s Place.  Jerry and his colleague Don Pohlman began weekend retreats for kids in 1979, and those retreats evolved into a camp that began in 1985 and is still going strong.  It started as six days and five nights and is currently four...

Betty Ford Center Takes Safety Seriously
June 17th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Betty Ford Center
Safety is a top priority on the Betty Ford Center campus, and Remus is a member of the team that assures patients, family members and staff that their surroundings are secure. The two-year old Golden Retriever and his handler, Christine Schultz [pictured here with Betty Ford Center Security Professional Crystal Garrard, left] of Interquest Detection Canines, visit the campus periodically to conduct searches.  Remus – as well as other dogs from the company – is trained to detect illegal drugs, drinking alcohol, medications and gun powder. “Once Remus pinpoints the source...

Betty Ford Center Hosts Community Luncheon
June 14th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Over 50 professionals from around the Coachella Valley gathered at Betty Ford Center recently for the annual Network East/West/North Meeting and Luncheon. Attendees represented a wide variety of agencies and services, including many who work with youth affected by drug and alcohol abuse .  Among the organizations represented were Palm Springs Unified School District, Riverside County Health Department, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, the Latino Commission Counseling Center, Desert AIDS Project, SafeHouse of the Desert  and several private practice therapists. Commenting on the...

Betty Ford Center, Hazelden Foundation Pursue Possible Alliance
June 5th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
June 4, 2013 -- Hazelden Foundation and Betty Ford Center, leaders in addiction treatment, are pursuing a formal alliance. Both Hazelden and Betty Ford offer intensive treatment programs for persons addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. The boards of both institutions have approved in principle the concept of a formal alliance between the widely-respected institutions. According to Hazelden's Board of Trustees Chair Judge Susan Fox Gillis, the 2014 full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the principle drivers of the affiliation conversations. Judge...

Trauma and Addiction to be Addressed at Symposium
May 30th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Trans-generational Trauma and Addiction” will be addressed by Johanna O’Flaherty, Ph.D., during the Women’s Symposium in New York City on June 26. Research has substantiated that trauma is both physically and emotionally immobilizing; therefore, this presentation will incorporate self-healing strategies from a psyche/soma perspective.  Evidence from neuroscience demonstrates an intimate relationship between trauma and addiction. This presentation will explore new findings of conventional clinical treatment strategies couples with some alternative treatments. Dr....

Debra Jay to Address ‘Aging and Addiction’ at Women’s Symposium
May 28th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Author Debra Jay will discuss “Aging and Addiction" at the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium at Fordham University in New York City June 26. Ms. Jay is the author of ‘No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction,’ published by Bantam in 2006. She has co-authored the bestseller ‘Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention’, and ‘Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence.’ She is also a nationally renowned public speaker and has been writing a newspaper column on alcohol and...

Jerry Moe to Speak at NYC Women’s Symposium
May 17th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Through a Child’s Eyes” is the topic of a presentation that will be given by Jerry Moe, during the Women’s Symposium in New York City June 26. Mr. Moe is Vice President, National Director of Children's Programs for the Betty Ford Center. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, he is internationally known as an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for young children from addicted families. He is featured in the documentary Lost Childhood: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Family, and his books include: Kids' Power: Healing Games for...

“Bringing Out the Best When Women are at Their Worst”
May 15th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
"Bringing Out the Best When Women Are at Their Worst—Engaging Mothers in Treatment” will be Dr. Patricia O’Gorman’s topic at the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium in New York City on June 26. Patricia O’Gorman , Ph.D, is a psychologist in private practice noted for her work on women, trauma, children of alcoholics, and substance abuse. She is a cofounder of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics and founding director of the Department of Prevention and Education for National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. She is the author of eight books,...

Prescription Drug Use Epidemic to be addressed by Dr. Harry Haroutunian
May 14th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Harry Haroutunian, Physician Director of the Betty Ford Center Licensed Professional Program, will speak on the topic “ Prescription Drug Use Epidemic ” May 21, 2013 in Torrance, CA as part of the Frontiers in Addiction Treatment Series presented by the Thelma McMillen Center and Betty Ford Center.  Dr. Haroutunian, known by his patients as 'Dr. Harry,' developed the "Recovery 101" lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention.  As Physician Director of the Betty Ford Center, Dr. Haroutunian has contributed to...

Alumnus Finds Security and Confidence in Young Adult Track
May 10th, 2013 / Programs / Betty Ford Center
“My mom never slept a full night – she was either looking out the window or sitting on the couch, waiting for me to come home.  In a way, I think she was relieved when I was in rehab or jail because at least she knew where I was.” Jon D. is an alumnus of the Betty Ford Center Young Adult Track (YAT,) using what he learned at the Betty Ford Center to understand the impact his disease of addiction had on his family.  He is one of many young people who experienced treatment at the drug and alcohol treatment center and left with a sober, productive new life. Jon said one of...

Texas Children’s Program News – Summer 2013
April 25th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
On April 26th, Sonny McCutcheon, LCDC, LAC, Board Registered Interventionist II and John Patton, LMSW facilitated the training “Structured Family Intervention: The Power of Love.” Pulling from years of experience, they helped mental health professionals grasp a further understanding of the intervention process as well as what steps to take whenever a family is in need of help. The next training in our Professional Training Series will be led by Shannon Purtell, LPC-S from the Center for Anger and Life Skills Management on Friday, September 6th from 9am-12pm at the Five Star Kids...

California Children’s Program News – Summer 2013
April 25th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
Our mission in the Children’s Program is to help children discover and practice the process of recovery from the family disease of alcoholism and/or other drug addiction. Every day, the staff at Betty Ford Center helps to make this statement a reality by providing innovative services for affected children and their families. Collaboration with other professionals and networks is the only way to bring this vision to light. The population in the Coachella Valley is diverse, and thrives because of our cultural differences. However;, we know that these differences do not prohibit any...

A Meal to not Remember
April 25th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Jerry Moe
The Betty Ford Children’s Program serves such a richly diverse group of families hurt by alcoholism and other drug addiction. Many of our courageous children live in homes where that cunning, powerful, and baffling disease is still active. Others come from families where their loved one is currently in treatment somewhere in the United States. Still others live in recovering families and sometimes have never witnessed the drinking and/or drugging, as well as the havoc it wreaks on everyone in its path. Regardless of the circumstances, the program empowers youth with accurate,...

Helping Children Through Loss and Grief
April 25th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Lindsey Chadwick
Thomas, an 8-year-old boy with a big heart and a wonderful smile, lost his father to addiction last year. He is not the first child we have worked with to experience grief and trauma, and in families with a history of addiction, he won’t be the last. Some children will suffer the unfortunate and untimely death of a loved one, but many others will experience grief as they are separated from an addicted parent or the place they call home. As professional counselors, it is vital that we become more trauma informed in providing care for our clients. Brian Bowls, LMFT, a compassionate and...

Kids Feel It, Too: Decreasing Shame and Stigma
April 25th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Peggy McGillicuddy
The Children’s Program provides healing, hope and support to the youngest family members impacted by addiction. Other treatment centers have now begun to offer these services. Though greatly needed, it can be a challenge to fill groups for one simple reason: the guilt and shame people feel about their disease. Kids feel it, too. Think about this: If just admitting to having addiction is so shame-provoking, what a scary feeling it must be to acknowledge that my disease may have harmed my kids. This shame is the number one barrier to parents seeking help for their children. Although...

Colorado Children’s Program News – Summer 2013
April 25th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
The Colorado Children’s Program will host a Parenting in Recovery Workshop on Saturday, May 11th at our office from 8:30-11 am. It is free of charge and specially designed for the caregivers of children who have participated in the program. Upcoming Group Dates May 16th-19th Denver June 13th-16th Colorado Springs June 20th-23rd Denver July 11th-14 th Denver July 18th-21st Colorado Springs

Betty Ford Center Nurse to be honored at Chamber of Commerce Event
April 23rd, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Donna Palmer has been chosen to represent the Betty Ford Center at the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Nursing Awards of Excellence event in late April. The luncheon honors the top nurses from the four Coachella Valley hospitals as well as to a Nursing Specialty and an outstanding student nurse in the College of the Desert Nursing Program. Donna’s nursing career spans 15 years, and she holds a California Addictions RN (CARN) specialty license.  She worked in Telemetry, ICU and Med-Surg before joining the Betty Ford Center nursing staff in 2003, where she has worked nights...

John Pustaver to Present at Conference
April 17th, 2013 / Doctor's Office / Betty Ford Center
John Pustaver, Program Director of the Betty Ford Center Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) Program, will participate in the National Burn Association Annual Conference in Palm Springs April 23-25. The American Burn Association and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention.  Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, firefighters, and hospitals with burn centers.  Their multidisciplinary membership enhances their...

Women’s Symposium Set for New York City in June
April 17th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium “It’s a Family Affair” is scheduled June 26, 2013 on the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University in New York City. “We are honored to bring the Women’s Symposium to New York City,” said Michela Sands, the Center’s Corporate Director of Business Development/Admissions. “We’ve long had a strong connection with the East Coast through our alumni as well as other treatment facilities and licensed professionals. The Symposium has been presented in California and Texas over the past several years, and we’re excited to see...

Dr. James Golden to Direct New Betty Ford Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
April 16th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation today announced the accreditation of eight addiction medicine fellowship programs, including one at the Betty Ford Center.  The Center will welcome its first Addiction Medicine Fellow later this year. Dr. James Golden , Physician Director, Inpatient Services at Betty Ford Center, will be Director of the Program. According to Dr. Golden, “We decided to do this because we realized we can offer all the elements necessary for a graduate fellowship program like this. We have a rich teaching/learning environment here,...

Awareness Helps Erase Negative Stigma
April 11th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Betty Ford Center
April marks the 27th annual NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.) Alcohol Awareness Month. This infographic was created to spread awareness and understanding about alcoholism in order to erase the negative stigma attached to the disease, which prevents so many individuals from seeking help.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April 1st, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The Betty Ford Center recognizes April as NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.) Alcohol Awareness Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. The month-long event was conceived in 1987, and this year’s theme – “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” – focuses on the important public health issue of underage drinking , a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.   Annually, over 6,500 people under...

Addiction is not a Spectator Sport; Eventually the Whole Family Gets to Play
March 29th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Betty Ford Center
  Husband to alcoholic wife :  “ You’re the one with the drinking problem, I don’t need help.” Father to mother :  “The kids don’t have any idea that I drink too much.” Child to therapist :  “I think my mommy drinks too much because I can’t make her happy.” These three perspectives cut to the heart of why it is important to treat the entire family when the disease of addiction is diagnosed. A family whose loved one is addicted needs support for the complications that follow the patient getting help, either through rehab treatment on a 12 Step...

Women’s Symposium Draws Enthusiastic Audience
March 28th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The first Women’s Symposium of 2013 drew over 200 addiction professionals to the UCLA campus Thursday, March 21. This year, a second Women’s Symposium will be held at Fordham University in New York City on June 26. The day at UCLA began with a keynote address by Ali MacGraw, who shared candidly about her own recovery before turning the podium over to Dr. Daniel Siegel .  His topic was “the Mindful Therapist:  Presence, Attunement and Resonance in the Clinical Relationship.” Beautiful weather drew many of the participants out to a terrace during the buffet lunch...

Inaugural ‘Beamer Awards’ Focuses Attention on Betty Ford Center Children’s Program
March 18th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Over $450,000 was raised at the Betty Ford Center Foundation’s first Beamer Awards, held March 8 at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs. The event was created to promote and generate funds to help underwrite the Betty Ford Center Children's Program . John Boop, President of the Foundation, said that “Through the attention drawn to Beamer, the event helped us to maintain our commitment that no child is ever turned away because of finances. In fact, over 95% of those who participate attend on full or partial scholarship.” The first honoree of the Award was philanthropist Lois...

Limited Space Available for Los Angeles Women’s Symposium
March 13th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
There are still slots open for the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium scheduled Thursday, March 21, at the University of California at Los Angeles. Registration is $165 for the event, which begins with a continental breakfast and concludes with the final presentation of the day at 4:00 pm. The Women’s Symposium is an event that strengthens knowledge, competencies and collaborative networks for those who care for chemically dependent women and advocates the success of treatment.  It is advanced training for professionals who treat women and provides innovative tools that...

Annual Awareness Hour Program Begins in January 2013
March 13th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour is celebrating its 37th year with a series of lectures being held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus. There is no charge for the lecture series, which begins January 12, 2013. This year's season is dedicated to the memory of James W. West, MD , former Medical Director of the Betty Ford Center. Following is the schedule of 2013 lectures: January 12, 2013 Topic: “An Historic Intervention” Speaker:  John T. Schwarzlose CEO Emeritus, Betty Ford Center...

Detoxification Process Monitored Carefully
March 11th, 2013 / Programs / Betty Ford Center
The solution can become more of a problem in the case of buprenorphine hydrochloride, a drug used to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence and assist in opiate detoxification . At the Betty Ford Center, buprenorphine is sometimes used to assist in detoxification from opiates.  “Buprenorphine may be incorporated in our opiate detox protocol, but not always,” said physician James Golden.  “Other adjunctive medications are used as well.  Buprenorphine is an excellent drug for detoxification because it does not induce euphoria, it suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and it...

John Schwarzlose to Receive Leonard Firestone Award
March 7th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
John Schwarzlose, CEO Emeritus of the Betty Ford Center, will receive the Leonard K. Firestone Award during the ABC Recovery Center’s 50 th anniversary celebration in Indio March 15, 2013. The award is named after Leonard K. Firestone, co-founder of the Betty Ford Center and a close friend of both President and Mrs. Ford. Leonard Firestone took a particular interest in charities associated with alcohol abuse.  In addition to being a cofounder of the Betty Ford Center in 1982, he was also director of the National Council of Alcoholism and Eisenhower Medical Center, served on...

Jerry Moe to be Honored with Emerald Spirit Award
March 5th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, Vice President and National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program , will be given the second annual Emerald Spirit Award in New York City March 16 as part of Sober St. Patrick’s Day ® . The day was established in 2012 as a family-friendly, fresh alternative for those who want to celebrate the holiday in an alcohol-free atmosphere.  Award-winning TV producer William Spencer launched the event, which features an entertainment lineup that includes world-class Irish musicians, dancers and comedians. The Emerald Spirit award is awarded to...

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