All Paths Led to the Graduate School for Chris Patton Over the years, a series of fortunate coincidences led Chris Patton to the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies time and again. Patton uses the word "surreal" to describe the recurring role of the Graduate School in his life. In 2003, Patton first visited campus to celebrate his father's (Ross Patton) graduation from the master's degree program. In 2014, Patton returned to the Center City campus, this time as a patient. His blackout-level drinking had caught up with him—a spiral of despair that came as a consequence of being first on the scene of a fatal accident involving close family friends. In 2016, 24-months sober, Patton found himself on campus once again, as a newly enrolled student in the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice program. Learn more.