A Grateful Family Pays It Forward As a young mother in the 1980s, Jackie H. had a busy house filled with newborns to high-schoolers, an entrepreneurial husband who worked around the clock and a clear-eyed view of the impending threat alcoholism posed for her growing family. Jackie's husband Randy, an internationally successful businessman and incredibly loving father, had a drinking problem. She could see that his alcohol use was causing uncharacteristically bad and progressively worse decision making. So Jackie quietly started a rainy day fund. She also learned everything she could about alcoholism, paying close attention to the fact that former First Lady Betty Ford—whose matter-of-fact outspokenness Jackie greatly admired—had recently opened a rehab center nearby in Rancho Mirage, California. Jackie would be ready to act when the opportunity to help Randy presented itself. Soon enough, that moment arrived. "On that particular evening, Randy and I had a disagreement," Jackie recounts. "He had been drinking, and he left the house to get into the car. I followed right behind him. When Randy started to back out of the driveway, I reached right in and took the keys out of the ignition. He realized that this girl wasn't playing around anymore. It was a moment of clarity for Randy." Jackie informed her husband that he would be driving himself to the Betty Ford Center the next morning. No excuses. She'd made all of the arrangements. "I said, 'Off you go. Everything is paid for. They are expecting you,'" Jackie shares. And that was that. Randy went to treatment, embraced sobriety and never looked back. Seeing the Signs Jackie's brand of tough love wasn't exactly popular at the time. With the exception of two dear friends, she received no support and very little understanding from the couple's extended family and social circle for taking the actions she did. "At that time, if a person had a drinking problem, it was viewed as more of an embarrassment than anything else," she explains. "But I had done my research on alcoholism, I read about Betty Ford's personal experience and I recognized that there was more involved. That's why I was on such a mission to get my husband into the Betty Ford Center. I knew he would receive the finest possible care available." Jackie and Randy's experience with the Betty Ford Center proved all the more valuable when two of their children developed substance use disorders during their college years. Recognizing the warning signs, Jackie knew how to effectively intervene and where to turn for help and expertise. Both went to treatment at the Betty Ford Center as young adults, and both are in healthy recovery today, she reports. Sobriety-Empowered Living These days, as Jackie and Randy celebrate their big family and count their abundant blessings, an overwhelming sense of gratitude guides their charitable giving. The couple's transformational gift to the Betty Ford Center helps to ensure that the highest quality of care is readily available for other families facing addiction, especially families who are unable to afford the full cost of treatment services. As Jackie has witnessed, the right care at the right time can change a family's trajectory. "I have seen sobriety restore people to fullness and clarity of purpose," Jackie says. "From the very day I met him, I've known my husband to be an incredible human being. Sobriety enhanced all of Randy's wonderful traits and empowered him to be an even more beautiful person in every way." Through their generosity, Jackie and Randy are putting this very same gift within reach for other families: the best opportunity for experiencing sobriety-empowered living. Shown here surrounded by their grandchildren, children, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, Jackie and Randy H. share their tremendous gratitude by giving generously to the Betty Ford Center. The couple's pay-it-forward gift ensures the availability of quality treatment services for other families facing addiction. Ensuring Help for Other Families Patient Aid funds provide lifesaving addiction treatment to those who could otherwise not afford care. In 2019, generous donors, including Jackie and Randy H., provided $2 million in contributions toward Patient Aid, which covered approximately 30% of the cost to the organization.