Addiction, Treatment and Recovery
Message Of Gratitude Gives Hope
Several of the walls in the Betty Ford Center Admissions area feature letters of gratitude written to Betty Ford. Recently, an anxious father bringing his son to treatment asked to have a copy of the letter written by alumna Cini R., saying her words gave him both hope and comfort:
Dear Mrs. Ford,
It is with deep gratitude that I write this letter to you.
Over eighteen years ago, I awoke in the early morning hours in a desperate state of mind, when I realized that I had been in a blackout as the result of my drinking. I remember screaming aloud in sheer terror. Where had I been the night before and what had I done? These were two questions that, to this day, I cannot fully answer. In pure desperation, I picked up the telephone book and called the Betty Ford Center. Two weeks later–to the day–I entered the Betty Ford Center. I was still filled with fear, but determined to never drink again. With the grace of God, your vision and the staff at the Betty Ford Center, I was given the tools that have helped me to keep that promise to myself to this day.
There was never a doubt who I would call, just when I would make that phone call. I asked myself, “Why the Betty Ford Center?” What I didn’t know then, I know now. It was because of you, Mrs. Ford. You led the way, you paved the path, and you opened the door for me. Once I finally chose to walk through that door, my life was changed forever. You are my hero and my role model. The life tools that I received in treatment have enabled me to live a life of service, generosity, integrity and honesty. I have been able to help many others recover, and I have had the privilege to serve the Betty Ford Center for over twelve years.
The ultimate honor for me has been my work on the New Patient Entrance project. I have worked with your wonderful, dedicated, loyal and talented staff and board members, and I now realize another dream. Helping to create a new front door to this beautiful building will welcome many more addicts and their family members who are suffering from this seemingly hopeless and helpless state of mind. It is my sincere hope that they, too, will accept the same tools and allow themselves the same chance that I was given so many years ago. They, too, will have their God-given lives back.
God bless you and I love you.
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