What to Expect in Addiction Treatment

A patient’s guide to our programs and services.

Addiction treatment at the Betty Ford Center is holistic and integrated, meaning that we combine medical and mental health care with research-supported practices including a Twelve Step approach. Treatment is designed to help you reclaim your health in every respect: body, mind and spirit.

A Plan Built for You

With addiction, every person’s situation is different. This is why your care plan will be developed to meet your specific needs. We begin with what’s called an assessment. When you first arrive, you will meet with a clinician to review and discuss your physical and mental health, types of drugs abused, family history and many other variables related to the disease of addiction. Understanding your personal situation helps us develop the best possible plan to help you get well and stay well.

Designed to Meet Your Needs

We offer four program options: Day Treatment (afternoons), Intensive Outpatient Treatment (afternoons or evenings), Outpatient (afternoons or evenings), and Continuing Care (evenings). No matter your recommended course of treatment, you will be assigned a primary counselor who will work with you to identify your goals and help guide your care. The recommended length of your treatment program will be based on your input and clinical needs, along with your referral source, insurance provider and family members, as appropriate.

Living in Recovery

The changes you make during treatment - the way you think and react and care for yourself - will be new ways of living that take practice. Regaining and maintaining your health means learning to live differently; learning to manage a chronic disease. Staying connected with others in recovery is one of the healthiest moves you can make. During treatment, you will be given the name of an alumnus who lives in your area. He or she will introduce you to your local 12-Step community and let you know about alumni events and other recovery resources, activities and gatherings.

Help for Families, Too

Addiction is called “a family disease” for good reason. Families are in pain. By the time most families reach out for help, the disease has progressed to a crisis level. Family members don’t cause the disease - and they certainly can’t “cure” or control addiction. But families do need help in their own right. Our educational and support programs help families learn about the disease of addiction and how it affects them. With care and support, your family will be able to work through the fear and chaos they’ve experienced, understand how to set healthy boundaries, and begin to rebuild trusting relationships.

Your orientation packet includes a “Family and Friends” letter that describes opportunities and resources available to your loved ones, including a weekly Family Program at the Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles, a weeklong Family Program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, and a four-day Children’s Program, also at our center in Rancho Mirage, for girls and boys ages 7-12. Please share this important information with your family members. Their involvement in educational and support programs can make a huge difference for you and for them.

Extra Focus When Needed

Feeling uncomfortable will likely become your “new normal” as treatment begins. As you learn more about the symptoms and impact of addiction, many of those uncomfortable sensations will begin to fade. Learning about personal authenticity, feeling your feelings, changing negative thought patterns, and practicing stress reduction will provide you tremendous relief. Over time, however, if you remain uncomfortable - experiencing low moods, a sense of helplessness and/or ongoing anxiety - please inform a member of your care team. We can offer mental and medical health assessments as well as other resources and services that can provide additional relief.

The Journey We Share

We recognize that addiction is a chronic disease and recovery is a lifelong process. We also understand how difficult it can be to ask for help with addiction and begin a treatment program.

Our Commitment

Your care team at the Betty Ford Center is highly invested in the success of your treatment experience. We are committed to providing you with today’s most effective treatment, always leading with respect and compassion that make healing possible. We are committed to bringing you treatment that is:

  • Accessible
  • Cost-effective
  • Clinically driven
  • Individualized
  • Gender sensitive

Your Commitment

We ask for your commitment to supporting our safe, positive and compassionate healing environment by upholding the guidelines outlined below. By entering treatment at the Betty Ford Center, you are agreeing to the following:
Provide us with a history and physical report from a physician (within 30 days).

  • No use of mood-altering chemicals
  • No physical violence or threats of violence
  • No sexual or romantic relationships with peers
  • Smoke only in the outside designated area
  • Respect confidentiality - “Whom you see here and what you say here, let it stay here.”
  • Random urine drug screens.
  • Dress presentably - our standard is “conservative casual.”
  • Keep your cellphone and other electronic devices turned off during all program activities
  • Attend designated 12-Step meetings weekly, as determined with your counselor

Voicing Your Concerns

As a patient at the Betty Ford Center, you have the right to object to matters that affect the course of your treatment. Our grievance procedure will be initiated should you submit an objection, in writing, to any staff member. If the conflict is not resolved, an administrative staff person will be made available to address your concerns.  

We continuously invite input and feedback. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please speak to any member of your care team or the Center’s staff.

We're Pulling for You

The Betty Ford Center is part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. For more than 65 years, our nonprofit organization has devoted each new day to helping more people reclaim their lives from addiction. Our expertise reaches across clinical care, published resources, professional education, and research - wherever, however, whenever we can help one more person find freedom from addiction.

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