Betty Ford Center

By The Fix staff 06/12/19

Considered the flagship location, The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage treats alcohol and drug addiction, dual diagnosis and offers medical detox, residential and outpatient treatment, sober living, family care and after care.

Betty Ford Center
Location : 39000 Bob Hope Drive, PO Box 1560 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone : 888-430-2694
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Introduction and Basic Services

Founded in 1982 by former first lady Betty Ford, The Betty Ford Center for addiction treatment sits on 20 acres in Rancho Mirage, California, about 20 minutes south of Palm Springs. First known as the Betty Ford Clinic, it merged with the Hazelden Foundation in 2014. The umbrella organization has been renamed The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and is the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment center. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has 17 locations throughout the United States that are licensed by The Joint Commission. The Foundation also has a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, research center and various professional and medical education programs.

Considered the flagship location, The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage treats alcohol and drug addiction, dual diagnosis and offers medical detox, residential and outpatient treatment, sober living, family care and after care.

Facility and Meals

The Betty Ford Center’s residential program treats men and women in four large gender specific dormitory-style halls. Each hall has a kitchenette, common living room space with a TV, deck and patio overlooking the campus lake. All rooms have two full beds, two desks and chairs, two wardrobe and a full private bath. The large, tree filled campus offers various outdoor recreational opportunities.

Clients eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time of day with their hall members in a cafeteria. Meals are served buffet style and designed by a nutritionist.

Treatment Protocol and Team

Residential treatment first starts with a medical and psychological evaluation by clinical staff that provides a client with a diagnosis that includes substance addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions and a highly individualized, holistic recommendation for clinical care. Staff includes physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed addiction counselors and marriage and family counselors. Other staff includes nutritionists, wellness and fitness specialists, financial advocates and clinical case managers.

Medically assisted detox at the Betty Ford Center is monitored by medical staff and length is contingent on a client’s needs. Treatment includes separate group and individual therapy to address substance abuse and dual diagnosis, wellness and fitness activities, educational lectures, trauma and grief therapy, family care and aftercare. Evidence-based treatments for alcohol and drug addiction includes Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and 12-step facilitation.

Length of treatment is contingent on the individual needs of the client. The staff works with the client, family and insurance provider to craft an individualized treatment schedule. Treatment plans can also include relapse prevention and sober living skills. Prior to leaving, clients receive an aftercare plan that includes support groups, connection to AA and NA meetings and recovery coaching.

Once admitted, clients can contact family and provide phone numbers and times that they can be reached. Kiosks are available for clients to have limited access to email and account info like billing. Laptops, cell phones, tablets and email and video enabled devices are prohibited while in treatment.

A typical day begins at 7 am and includes a full schedule of group and individual therapy for both dual diagnosis and substance abuse with meals served at the same time each day. Schedules are highly individualized and tailored to meet the treatment needs of the client. Weekends include on-site and off-site recreational activities and family visitation on Sundays.

The Betty Ford Center also offers outpatient, intensive outpatient, sober living, recovery management, family and children’s program for family members of clients. Outpatient programs offer gender specific group therapy and utilize both 12-step and evidence-based treatment methods.

A three day family care program is available for family members ages 13 and older of current clients. The program focused on the issues the family has experienced with a client’s addiction. Its Children’s Program for children ages 7 to 12 is a four-day program that helps children and their parents or caregivers safely share their feelings about addiction and rebuild relationships.

Aftercare entails a personalized recovery plan that includes structured recovery support option that fit the individual needs of the client. Service include continuing care groups, mobile apps, recovery coaching, web-based tools, online social groups and retreats.

The Betty Ford Center’s alumni program, Better Together, offers opportunities to stay in touch with alumni worldwide, including retreats and online support.

Bonus Amenities

The campus features an indoor gym, walking and meditation trails, volleyball courts, frisbee golid and a pool with water polo. There is also a pool, spa and on-site gym.

The Betty Ford Center offers a wide array of wellness activities including yoga, Tai Chi and spiritual care and animal-assisted programming to its clients with its certified therapy dog, Irish, a male golden retriever who offers comfort to clients suffering from homesickness, grief or trauma.


A world-renowned multidisciplinary treatment program, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s flagship location in Rancho Mirage, California, The Betty Ford Center offers a wide array of substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment programs that include detox, residential, outpatient and sober living and family care programs. Located on a sprawling 20 acre campus, its residential program gives clients plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreational and wellness activities. Treating substance abuse like a disease, the Betty Ford Center crafts an individualized treatment plan for its clients using evidence-based models, 12-step, individual and group therapy and wellness practices. In addition to the main campus, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has 17 locations with different treatment programs throughout the United States.

Other locations in California include Los Angeles and San Diego. Colorado, Florida, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington.

Betty Ford Center Location

39000 Bob Hope Drive, PO Box 1560

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

(888) 430-2694

Betty Ford Center Cost

Insurance, Private Pay, Financial Assistance

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