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“My counselor was amazing … caring, organized and well-read in addiction. 

She went the extra mile and invited my wife to fly in for two hours of couples counseling. 

Overall an excellent experience.”


The Day Treatment Program provides a thorough clinical and medical assessment with both primary and extended treatment services for adults 18 years of age and older.

This level of care may be recommended for individuals who:

  • Are medically and clinically stabilized;
  • Experience chronic relapse or have made multiple attempts at treatment;
  • Would benefit from extended treatment to work on significant issues related to trauma, codependency, relapse and relationships and/or
  • Need extended treatment to work on dual diagnosis issues.

Day Treatment is structured for independent living, allowing patients to share a home with five roommates who collaborate on group decisions such as meal planning and recreational activities. Free time in the evenings and on weekends provides opportunities for patients to develop sober lifestyles by participating in healthy recovery activities and establishing a sober support system in the community.

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Treatment takes place in offices located near the main Betty Ford Center campus, and the patients live on a safe and secure cul-de-sac comprised of gender-specific homes owned and staffed by the Center.

During their treatment stay, each patient is assigned a treatment team that includes a physician, nurse, psychologist, primary counselor, case manager, spiritual care counselor, family counselor, dietician, fitness trainer and chemical dependency technician. This team is responsible for assessing and working with each patient to establish both an individualized plan of care and post-treatment recommendations.

The weekday schedule includes but is not limited to individual therapy, specialty groups, fitness, educational lectures and group therapy, the core of treatment at the Betty Ford Center. In the second and third month of treatment, patients participate in intensive workshops that explore critically important issues such as trauma, relapse and codependency.

During their stay, all patients develop a foundation in 12-Step recovery and are presented with the necessary tools to enhance the progress they made during treatment. Additionally, family and/or loved ones are encouraged to participate in the Center's Family Program and Children's Program.

Upon completion of treatment, patients will possess a better understanding of the disease of addiction and recognize the necessity and importance of 12-Step involvement.

Extended Care

Many alcoholic/addicts have lived for years – possibly even decades – in a state of virtual helplessness. There has been deterioration in major life areas, such as finances, family, health, work, and possibly legal issues.

Extended Care at Day Treatment may be recommended for individuals who have completed primary care on the Betty Ford Center campus or at another treatment facility and would like to extend their treatment experience.

The end of treatment in Rancho Mirage marks the beginning of a partnership with Betty Ford Center alumni around the world. Chapters and individuals continue to support patients, their family and friends in their new lives of sobriety.

Betty Ford Center recognizes long-term treatment as the "Gold Standard" for care. Because of the many benefits associated with long-term treatment, 90 days or longer is the optimal length of stay. After completion of residential treatment, some patients may decide to participate in Therapeutic Aftercare or Intensive Outpatient, both of which are offered at Betty Ford Center as an additional step in the continuum of care.


Help is available. So is hope.

Call our Admissions Counselors and allow our team to discuss options and walk you through the process.

(800) 434-7365