Betty Ford Center

4.4 (110 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
39000 Bob Hope Dr PO Box 1560
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
8884140832 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Betty Ford Center has provided world-class addiction treatment services in Rancho Mirage, California, since 1982. With the opening of an outpatient center in West Los Angeles in February 2015, Betty Ford Center now offers the full continuum of services based on the 12 Steps, including assessment and evaluation, residential, detox, IOP, mental health, day treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient and sober living housing. We also specialize in treatment for professionals, young adults and those suffering from chronic pain, as well as prevention and education programs for families and children. Insurance options are now available at the Betty Ford Center, making treatment more affordable for patients. The Betty Ford Center is a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. We offer individualized addiction treatment for every individual with the length of stay dependent on the patient’s needs.

Betty Ford Center Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Mr. X

I highly recommend Betty Ford STRICTLY for SINGLES ONLY! Pros: 1) CO-ED (enough said). 2) Your allowed to keep your cellphones (even during detox). 3) Unlimited & unmonitored internet access to any & ...

DK

Betty is top notch from a treatment perspective and a great place to start your sober journey. The 1 issue is a big lack of 1:1; however Betty stablizes you and get you in the right path. Not sure you...

Vince

the night staff are stupid and the nursing staff is pretty much useless.. There is no therapeutic value of this entire program at all. The biggest waste of time of my entire life

CP

Beautifully executed programs. Cutting edge research!! They know thier stuff. Unfortunately I’ve been to a variety of treatment centers. This is the Harvard of them all. They brought me to a higher ...

Christophe

I love the Betty Ford Center. Likely, upon arriving, an indidual is not in a happy state of affairs, to say the least. One doesn’t make it to Rehab “on a winning streak,” as they say. Turning on...

Jonathan

Attended the Family Program. I was alone. I had an amazing experience and learned a lot about �The Family Disease & Dynamics�. I saw what my family has gone thru while I was absent and �Out Ther...

Tracy

Less than 48 hours after admission at the Betty Ford Foundation in Rancho Mirage, for a 1 month stay to address substance abuse, our 30 year old daughter was kicked out of the detox unit for being rud...

Anonymous

Treatment was consistently solid and was constantly upgraded til 2010.Since 2010 Betty Ford Center has cut its budget, reduced its length of stay and length of the Family Program and I cannot in good ...

Anonymous

Very well trained personnel

Anonymous

excellent. coping skills was a strength.

Anonymous

E,cellent treatment for alcoholism and addiction. Highly professional.

Em

The front office is a mess with paperwork. Wrong birth dates on ppwk, wrong diagnoses, disorganization. Also lack of communication with medications and the pharmacy. The schedule overlaps and they don...

Melaine

Total crap. Residents were warned "The Bartender from Houston" was to arrive. Yes, I was that bartender. I was court ordered to attend a rehab. I was also sponsored by someone else. I guess that's why...

NW

This place is awsome

MR

I stayed at BFC for a total of 5 months. From detox to inpatient to day treatment to intensive outpatient. I was lucky to have been able to come through Betty Ford. For me it took this long just to be...

Penny

Our son was in BF rehab for 30 days for opioid addiction. 12 step program was basis of this program. Program does not use Vivitrol or ReVia as treatment option. Good luck trying to obtain this afte...

LC

My son was at Rancho Mirage in August 2016, he walked out and left his suitcase behind, he was not his self, We went on to get him into another facility immediately and when he come out he phoned the ...

Anonymous

helped my friend get better expensive

Anonymous

Comfort, concern, compassion. Time management wasn't great. It was said to be a transitional experience and not to expect certain goals from the beginning to eliminate disappointment.

Anonymous

Nice qulity made the exprince a pleasent one Expensive Just do it

Anonymous

Organized and friendly staff Not much to do boredom is high and moral is kinda low it helped my loved one get clean but it seemed like they were not motivated enough

Anonymous

in patient treatment, counselors. I liked that they had family portions of counseling and had adequate outdoor space for the person that was staying in the facility

Anonymous

Counseling staff. Food Hot environment in summer Really care for your needs. Have a plan

Anonymous

One on one counseling, very clean and nice, great food, very structured Not enough staff, very expensive, not long enough Great place if you have the money for it. Bottom line, if you want to get cle...

Anonymous

Good quiet facility great therapy and works with the individuals needs none that I am aware of The facility was remote private and very clean. Definitely worked with the individuals needs and did no...

Anonymous

helps with addiction

Anonymous

Overall services. You won't be disappointed.

ADW

This is an excellent 12 Step based program which addresses, emotional and spiritual issues. The Betty Ford Center provides outstanding counseling, nutritional and spiritual counseling and also schedu...

Anonymous

Great facility and staff. A little pricey Great experience and it help me with my alcohol addiction. Would r2 commend to anyone with a problem.

Anonymous

Awesome facilty and treatment. There's a reason it's one of the best treatment facilities in the nation.

Anonymous

Greta facility and tratment. Would recommend it to anyone

Anonymous

Great program and facility for all rehab. They are the best. They already well known and know to be one of the best in the us

Anonymous

Everything. The Betty Ford Center save me.

Anonymous

Privacy, ammenities, food, treatment options Cost, exclusivity They were compassionate and fair, while making you feel comfortable. Didn't feel like a prison.

Anonymous

Caring staff. Expensive. Definitely worth the cost if you can afford it.

Anonymous

Great facility and rehab program. It's what it's know for

Anonymous

Pain Managment Program Holistic approach Most of the staff are in recovery, so they understand the clients pretty well Location Too much emphasis on 12 Steps. I understand and agree with the impor...

Anonymous

Great curriculum, knowledgable counsellors, very interactive. Kind of expensive. They kept me informed of all progress and concerns. They were very friendly and attentive. I never felt my loved one wa...

Anonymous

Awesome facility that would recommend to anyone in need. Known to be great rehab facility

Anonymous

Well known and great program. Would recommend it. There's a reason it's well known

Anonymous

The one-on-one therapy and the all the staff were great. I found no weaknesses in this facility. This is an excellent place for anyone with a substance abuse problem. I highly recommend it.

Anonymous

The counselors were helpful, staff was attentive and very professional, living spaces were clean. there are no weaknesses here! The staff was so helpful towards my brother and his addiction problems....

Anonymous

Close to our home in beverly Hills only 2 hours away and excellent reputation. It is expensive to attend the facility. Best place in SouthernCA with the best reputation and it is worth the money and h...

Anonymous

Excellent counseling, extremely supporting, wholesome and healthy atmosphere, Prepared me very well for the future. I would strongly recommend this facility for anyone interested in recovery from an...

MH

Excellent in terms of approach to treatment of addiction. No-nonsense, recovery first happens to be a necessity for some and that is what BFC provides. Very knowledgeable staff many of whom are former...

Anonymous

He was delusional as to how much he could afford to spend on rehab, we thought he didn't need such a Hollywood style rehab, he needed a boot camp or something, not to be coddled. He ended up bottoming...

KM

I thought that the setting was very nice. The treatment was very detailed and intense. The whole family was involved. But the people in the program did not get sober. At least the 5 people I met when ...

Anonymous

GOOD STAFF...STAFF IS CAREING...STAFF IS PROFESSIONAL...FACILITY IS EXCELLENT...FACILITY IS COMFORTABLE... THE COST OF TREATMENT IS EXTREMELY HIGH. THE EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE AND INVITING FACILITY MAKE...

Anonymous

Personalized treatment options were great. Cost is prohibitive for many who could benefit from services offered. My brother was finally able recover from his addiction to opiate painkillers with the h...

Anonymous

Strengths: Experience, large facility, multi-addiction treatment, youth programs, family programs. Weaknesses: Seems like progressing from onsite living programs to continued evening programs is consi...

Anonymous

it worked.

Anonymous

Effective treatment. It's safe and secure. There are many types of treatment activities. Costly. I thought Betty Ford center had a very thorough treatment program. The staff was wonderful. They have n...

Anonymous

Strengths: Great attention to individual needs. Weaknesses: Distance from my home. The individual attention made me feel valued.

Anonymous

my friend was satisfied

RI

The entire program and stay was the best for us. Very positive. Very truthful. High quality staff who had themselves been in the active stage of addiction. The loved one n their addict facing each o...

Anonymous

They do get patients involved in therapy and encourage the patients to understand why they turned to drugs or alcohol and understand how to cope without them once back in the real world. It's too expe...

Anonymous

An overall good facility-- could use improved connectivity.

Anonymous

Reputation and Recognition were benefits. Cost was a downfall. Non-famous people are not always co-mingled with famous people.

Anonymous

they are very heló ful and unferstand. could do mote. i was scare at fitst but they made tour feel eaxy calm they talk to you anda unferstamd ypu.

Anonymous

Strengths: reputation, long standing employees, interesting speakers. Weaknesses: cost. Strong family program

Anonymous

very well trained staff with lots of experience and maximum education. overpriced, not quite worth the price, Betty Ford clinic still relying heavily on prior high standards and reputation, still a ve...

Anonymous

Close.

Anonymous

Caring employees. High cost. I personally did not stay at the facility but a nephew of mine. He did receive good care at this facility.

Anonymous

If you have to the money to spared this is a good place to get help, and they do work with people.

Anonymous

Best in the area all around .A very close friend went there. I went to visit one time. It was by far one of the best I had ever seen.

Anonymous

the people are a strength of the facility. great people who care.

Alicia

It was astounding that to pay what we did there with very, very little individual treatment. My son did not even see the psychiatrist until he was there three days nor did he meet alone with a counsel...

Anonymous

It was a great rehab; it helped our son get off alcohol and booze.

Anonymous

Great services for counseling on not only abuse issues but mental childhood issues. Helpful staff with great attitudes.

Anonymous

It was an effective program with a great success rate.

Kathy

They get right to the point. However, it was very expensive. They need a low cost aftercare program.

Pb

Program is wonderful, but short on staff. Everyone is doing the best they can with the number of people admitted. Counselors are great, although beware some of the staff are recovering addicts and ar...

Anonymous

The family support and interaction was wonderful. They had a strong supportive outreach.

Anonymous

It worked where others failed. However, it was expensive and far away.

Anonymous

The facility was nice but there was a lack of diverse staff.

Anonymous

It wasn't too bad; I got the help I needed. They provide treatment with care.

Anonymous

My Sister went there in Sept 2013 and passed away in Nov 2014..They had no follow up..I am not blaming them but for $50,000.00 , they need to set up after care treatment for those out of state.. The s...

Anonymous

An excellent and welcoming staff. The staff make you feel as if you have known them your whole life. They need more exercise programs.

Anonymous

It was a cool place with excellent food.

Anonymous

Individual treatment and therapy was excellent. There were not enough group activities.

Anonymous

Group counseling done by certified counselors. Other therapies: sports, aroma, massage, and withdrawal specialists. I think it's good because their success rates are above 90%, they say, well above mo...

Anonymous

Calm surroundings and best in class services. One of the best places to seek help for addiction treatment. However, it is very expensive.

Anonymous

I think can ask for finical assistance but don't think you will get it. The very wealthy come here all the time and they don't want to be known. The food and privacy found here are great.

Anonymous

They were clean and disciplined. However, it was pricey.

Anonymous

Sometimes the media attention the facility receives interferes with families seeking to contact loved ones. The attention given to patients was great. The cost was too high.

Anonymous

The group counseling sessions were wonderful. There were no weaknesses.

Anonymous

The group therapy without judgement was wonderful. Without this help, I can't say where I'd be or in what condition. They helped me in the present and prepared me for the future. However, the cost was...

Anonymous

The staff was excellent.

NLN

I enjoyed that they used the 12- steps. I didn't like that they allowed clients to use cell phones. Follow up on after care is difficult when the facility is not in home state.

Kerry

Strengths included: AA/NA meetings, staff who were in recovery, highly experienced staff, wonderful meals, great physical fitness amenities and many more strengths. I would recommend the facility (an...

Janine

Excellent facility buildings and the grounds were nice. I thought for the money I forked out that I should have gotten more one-on-one. They tried to short cut some patients and it was one size fits a...

John

It was a life saving experience. It was a first class program with wonderful counselors.

TH

I thought it was a great facility. The staff was extremely supportive

Anonymous

This is a great facility and I would recommend it to others.

Anonymous

Enjoyed the holistic inclusions within the facility and thought the staff was very supportive.

Michael

It's flawed as every facility would be; however, they were very effective and It positively changed my life. I am still clean and sober 2 1/2 years later.

Katie

The counselors were excellent, challenged our "diseased" thinking and really got me to get down to my very core feelings, which was new for me. My counselor and the treatment I received have allowed ...

Sophie

Betty ford overall is an incredible program. Not only does it provide exceptional care for its patients, but it has the best family program in the country. Even if the rehab is too pricey, the family ...

Todd

They are no longer the Alumni Services they were when Betty was alive.

Scott

BFC is very focused on comprehensive and complete treatment. They are very thorough, the accommodations are modest. This is not a resort posing as a rehab. they have a full medical staff, nutrition,fi...

LFA

Would strongly recommend this place!

Noah

Went to group meetings and marriage counseling for 2 years for after care to stay clean.

Anonymous

After care consisted of weekly meetings for 6 months.

RJF

Patient care was the number 1 priority, and confidentiality. They give quality treatment at a reasonable cost.

James

A loving, safe, supportive, professional organization where recovery is approached positively and patients' anonymity is taken very seriously. I have referred family and friends because I received suc...

Anonymous

The country club of treatment centers is Betty Ford. They have a good success rate.

Anonymous

This facility was not only about helping the patient but it also included a day care facility that included days where the kids effected by the addiction. I had gone to the day care to understand comp...

Anonymous

It didn't work for our son.

Anonymous

They really care about the patients and family. They are amazing! My husband has been sober 10 years!

Anonymous

Staff supportive of each other.


Areas of Focus
Day Treatment Program

Day Treatment - Weekday outpatient rehab at our Rancho Mirage campus: Evidence-based day treatment at the Betty Ford Center provides you with the most intensive level of outpatient care—and surrounds you with a multidisciplinary rehab team dedicated to your recovery. Programming takes place weekdays on our main campus in Rancho Mirage, California, with patients living at home or in nearby gender-specific sober residences staffed by the Betty Ford Center. Tailored to meet your specific needs, day treatment is an especially effective rehab option if you have experienced chronic relapse, have made multiple attempts at treatment, or are struggling with co-occurring mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Key Staff Members
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    Steve Eickelberg, MD - Medical Director

    Steve Eickelberg, MD, is the Betty Ford Center Medical Director, specializing in addiction-related psychiatric and psychotherapy services. He most recently led a private practice in Paradise Valley, AZ, serving individuals, couples, families and family businesses, health professionals, airline pilots and professional athletes. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oregon and interned in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also held residencies at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

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    Mark Baumgartner, MEd, LPC, LCDC - Senior Director of Clinical Services

    Mark Baumgartner, MEd, LPC, LCDC, has over 25 years of clinical experience, including 14 years in a leadership capacity, Mark Baumgartner brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to his role as the Senior Director of Clinical Services for the Betty Ford Center. Mark’s work spans the entire addiction treatment continuum for all ages. He has worked as a counselor, caseworker, therapist, youth specialist, director of inpatient services, and, most recently, director of the new Betty Ford Center outpatient clinic in West Los Angeles. In his current role, he oversees clinical services for both the outpatient clinic and the Betty Ford Center’s flagship inpatient treatment hospital in Rancho Mirage. Mark was instrumental in developing the Young Adult Recovery Program at the Betty Ford Center and has provided key leadership in developing other clinical products, designing and implementing treatment and documentation standards, and providing clinical training. In addition to his 14 years of experience with the Betty Ford Center, Mark has worked in a variety of other addiction treatment, mental health and corrections settings in Texas and Arizona. Mark holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin (Tex.) State University. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1996 and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor since 1991.