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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,...

Primary Care Doctors to Learn more about Addiction at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Conference
April 14th, 2014 / Media / 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...

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...

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 / Media / 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 / Media / 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 / Media / 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 / Media / 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...

Training Opportunity Available at Betty Ford Center
March 4th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
'Private Practice Training for Drug and Alcohol Professionals:  Getting Started in Private Practice' is the topic of a day-long training session scheduled Saturday, March 9, at the Betty Ford Center's Gateway Office in Palm Desert, CA. Pete Nielson, LAADC, CADC II will present the training, and 8 Continuing Education Hours will be awarded at the end of the day. Information on a variety of aspects will be shared, including: Generating referrals Financing your start-up Setting fees Minimizing risk The registration deadline is March 6, and more information may be...

Dr. Kitty Harris to Speak at Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium
February 28th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Woman Unbroken; Putting the Pieces Together through Recovery” will be Dr. Kitty Harris’ topic at the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium , scheduled March 21 at UCLA in Los Angeles.  Dr. Harris is currently the Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement in the College of Human Sciences and holds the George C. Miller Regent's Professorship at Texas Tech University.  Since 2002, she has served as the Director of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) at Texas Tech University and currently holds LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) and LMFT...

Food Addiction to be Addressed at Women’s Symposium
February 26th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Tennie McCarty, founder and CEO of Shades of Hope treatment center, is a featured speaker for the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium , scheduled March 21 at UCLA in Los Angeles. Ms. McCarty entered the field of addiction treatment over 30 years ago and has dedicated her life to helping those with food and co-occurring addictions, as well as their families.  She has been featured on both ‘Addicted to Food’ on the Oprah Winfrey Network and ‘Ruby’ on the Style Network and has also made numerous visits to the ‘Dr. Oz’ program. Her book “Shades of Hope…A Program...

Women’s Symposium will Feature Dr. Peter Levine
February 22nd, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Peter A. Levine is a featured speaker for the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium , scheduled March 21 at UCLA in Los Angeles.  His topic during the day-long event will be:  “In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.” Dr. Levine received his Ph.D. in medical biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of SE (Somatic Experiencing.) We recently asked a few questions...

‘It Happens to Boys Too’ Conference Features Jerry Moe
February 21st, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, Vice President and National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Programs , will be a featured speaker at the Fifth Annual ‘ It Happens to Boys Too’ Conference March 1-2, 2013 at the Doral Desert Princess Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. The conference is designed for therapists, social workers, nurses, physicians, recovery counselors, abuse survivors and partners of survivors. Additional speakers include Dave Pelzer, John Bradshaw, John Lee, Michael Meade, Judy Crane, Cindy Carter, Patrick Haggerson, Bobbi Carlson, Jasmin Rogg and Eric Carlson. The event...

Betty Ford Center Admits 100,000th Patient
February 20th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Betty Ford Center, the world-renowned addiction treatment hospital, admitted its 100,000 th patient late last week. The 100,000 figure represents the total number of patients admitted into the Center’s Inpatient, Residential Day Treatment (RDT), Intensive Outpatient and Family programs since the Center opened its doors October 4, 1982. The announcement was made by the Chair of the Center’s Board of Directors, Dr. Mary Pattiz, who said, “This is another important milestone in the Center’s commitment to provide access to quality care to as many people as possible.  It seems...

Jerry Moe Honored During Conference
February 12th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, Vice President and National Director of the Betty Ford Center Children’s Programs , received an unexpected accolade during the recent Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference in Los Angeles. As the February 9 keynote speaker on the topic “Kids' Power: Healing for Children from Addicted Families,” Jerry was onstage when Conference Chair Allen Berger, Ph.D., surprised him with a special honor. Jerry was presented with the McMillen Outstanding Counselor Award – 2013 for his outstanding contributions to teaching children and families. "I am honored to...

Health Matters Conference Draws Strong Response
February 12th, 2013 / BFC Insights / Betty Ford Center
The infographic below shows the impressive reach of the recent #HealthMatters2013 conference held in La Quinta, CA. Betty Ford Center CEO Emeritus John Schwarzlose moderated a panel on Mental Health and Addictions during the day-long event. The vision of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) is to improve the health and well-being of all United States citizens. CHMI’s ultimate measure of success will be a reduction in the prevalence of preventable disease, a reduction in health care costs associated with preventable disease and an increase in well-being indicators across...

Women’s Symposium Features Dr. Dan Siegel
February 8th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Dan Siegel will be the keynote speaker at the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium at the University of California, Los Angeles on March 21.  “The Mindful Therapist: Presence, Attunement and Resonance in the Clinical Relationship” is the subject of his address at the event, which is held to provide innovative tools that help professionals care for women affected by addiction. Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the...

Betty Ford Center to Co-host Professional Development Summit
February 7th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
Registration is now open for the Third Annual Professional Development Summit, hosted by Betty Ford Center and RecoveryView.com. The event will be held Thursday, April 11, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA. Speakers and subjects for for this year's event include: Mark Schwartz, Sc.D. - "Intimacy and Intimacy Disorder:  The Pathognomonic Feature of Addicton" Nancy Waite-O'Brien, Ph.D. - "One Moment at a Time:  Mindful Therapy for Those in Early Recovery" John McAndrew, MA, MDiv - "Spirituality and recovery for the 21st Century: ...

Comfortable Detox is Important
January 24th, 2013 / Programs / Betty Ford Center
The thought of detox from alcohol and drugs while in chemical dependency treatment can be daunting, but the process is handled with care at the Betty Ford Center. As a licensed chemical dependency hospital, the Center has the capability of offering on-site detoxing for patients who need it. The detox protocol is created and monitored with patient comfort as a priority. Dr. James Golden, Betty Ford Center Addiction Medicine Physician, discusses alcohol and drug detox while in treatment at Betty Ford Center. Alcohol and Drug Detox

Registration Now Open for Symposium for Women
January 17th, 2013 / / Betty Ford Center
“Journey to Wholeness” is the theme of the Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium scheduled Thursday, March 21, at the University of California at Los Angeles.  Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:00 am, and the final presentation of the day concludes at 4:00 pm. The one-day event features leaders in the fields of addiction , behavioral health and women’s issues, and participants will be able to earn up to 5.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs.) Ali MacGraw will open the event with a keynote address at 8:15 am.  In addition to her many memorable movie...

Betty Ford Center to Participate in Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference
January 14th, 2013 / Media / Betty Ford Center
“Clinton Health Matters is focused on increasing access to healthcare for all,” said John Schwarzlose, CEO Emeritus of Betty Ford Center .  “During their National Healthcare Conference this week, there will be a focus on access, including the important topic of Addiction and Mental Health Treatment.  We look forward to contributing to this important dialogue.” There will be several panels focusing on health issues during the day-long conference, which will be live-streamed from La Quinta, CA. To RSVP and participate in the live stream, click ‘RSVP to Watch’ at...

Galletta Award Goes to Jerry Moe
December 20th, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Dr. Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award. He accepted the honor December 13, 2012 at the Hemet Valley Recovery Annual Luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. Jerry, left, is pictured here with last year's recipient of the award, Jerry McDonald. Jerry is Vice President, National Director of Children's Programs at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and Denver, Colorado. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), he is internationally known as an author, lecturer and...

Betty Ford Center Receives Major Gift to Fund Groundbreaking Medical Education Initiative
December 18th, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Betty Ford Center, the licensed addiction hospital co-founded 30 years ago by former First Lady Betty Ford, announced today the receipt of a generous grant that will enable it to significantly expand its efforts to educate the nation’s healthcare professionals – especially medical doctors – on the disease of addiction, the treatment process, and the promise of recovery. The Scaife Family Foundation, headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, is awarding $1.2 million toward the Medical Education Initiative.  Additionally, the Foundation is awarding $100,000 to the Summer Institute for...

CEO Serves as Expert for Local Clinton Health Matters Initiative
December 13th, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
John Schwarzlose, CEO Emeritus of the Betty Ford Center, was recently invited to serve as a content expert for the ‘Clinton Health Matters Initiative Coachella Valley Blueprint’ development session. The vision of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) is to improve the health and well-being of all people in the United States by activating individuals, communities, and corporations to contribute to the health of others through individual, systems, and investment actions. The Coachella Valley, along with the Greater Little Rock area, is one of the first two communities...

Betty Ford Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary
November 20th, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
The annual fall Betty Ford Center anniversary is a time for alumni to return to campus, revitalize recovery in the place where their new lives began and renew their bond with friends they made in treatment. This year, over two thousand alumni returned to the campus the weekend of November 9-11 to celebrate the 30 th anniversary of one of the world’s leading addiction treatment facilities. To date, treatment and education services have been provided by the Betty Ford Center to nearly 100,000 alumni. The event drew participants from all Betty Ford Center treatment and educational...

Jerry Moe Receives Third Annual ‘Spirit of Recovery’ Award
November 6th, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Jerry Moe, MA, has been named the 2012 Joseph L. Galletta “Spirit of Recovery” Award winner. Jerry received multiple nominations citing his professionalism and dedication in working with children of alcoholic families. Jerry is Vice President, National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas and Denver, Colorado. "Jerry is an expert in working with children of alcoholic families. He founded 'The Children's Place' in 1978 and has been running the Childrens' Program for The Betty Ford Center for nearly...

Betty Ford Center Selected as Expert by ‘WebMD Answers’
October 22nd, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
WebMD Health Corp., the leading source of health information, announced the launch of WebMD Answers, where consumers can pose health questions that can be asked and answered within WebMD’s trusted environment. WebMD Answers’ Q&As are contextually integrated throughout the WebMD experience as well as through WebMD Search, so that consumers can now access information from leading health experts, organizations and other consumers when they need it. In this new endeavor, WebMD has partnered with the Betty Ford Center, the renowned licensed addiction hospital in Rancho Mirage,...

“How Do I Make Him Stop?”
October 15th, 2012 / Programs / Betty Ford Center
Family members face a gamut of challenges before they finally reach the point where they’re ready to confront the alcoholic/addict in their midst. Conventional wisdom says family and friends are powerless until the person in the grip of addiction admits to having a problem.  The pain of the disease becomes greater than the ability to withstand it, and – if all goes well – the person in need enters recovery.  This may mean 12 Step meetings, a treatment program , therapy groups; a host of options are available. On occasion, the situation becomes so intolerable that an...

30th Anniversary Keepsakes Now Available
October 2nd, 2012 / / Betty Ford Center
Alumni and friends of the Betty Ford Center now have the opportunity to acquire a memento created specifically to honor the 30 th anniversary of the drug and alcohol treatment center . All proceeds from sales of three wearable items will go to the Center’s Patient Scholarship Fund to help those who struggle to afford treatment. The articles include a blue silk tie with the Betty Ford Center logo discretely woven in along with two scarf options.  One of the latter features a modern interpretation of the Betty Ford Center logo and the other is a more traditional style....

‘Bath Salts’ Present New Challenge in Addiction Treatment
September 30th, 2012 / / Betty Ford Center
A legal high with an innocuous name is the latest drug bringing young people into addiction treatment. “Even though they may be labeled ‘not for human consumption’, bath salts can be obtained without prescription or legal oversight,” said Dr. Peter Przekop , DO, Ph.D. of the Betty Ford Center.   “The people marketing the drug are gearing their appeal to youths – especial young male adults with a previous history of substance abuse.” The drug first appeared in Europe in 2006 and showed up in the United States three years later.  Bath salts are often synthesized...

Alumni Generosity Benefits Those in Need
September 24th, 2012 / Media / Betty Ford Center
Alumni of the Betty Ford Center are staunch supporters of the value of addiction treatment .  In fact, their belief is so strong they contributed more than three-quarters of a million dollars to support the Financial Assistance Fund in the last year. “Over $840,000 was donated in the 2011-12 fiscal year, allowing us to help many people in need,” said John Boop, President of the Betty Ford Center Foundation.   “We especially appreciate seeing that the donations came from a variety of people in a range of financial situations.  One common thread runs through all of the...

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