Betty Ford passed away last week. She is known for many things: former First Lady, champion of womens’ rights, breast cancer survivor, and advocate for breast cancer research. She is, perhaps, most well-recognized for bringing substance abuse out of the closet and into the light of treatment. It is because of her personal courage that the stigma of addiction began to be challenged-especially the stigma surrounding women and addiction. She publicly acknowledged her owns problems with alcohol and pain killers in the days after her husband left the White House. Her family gently confronted her on her issue in what we now call an “intervention”. During a later interview, Betty Ford, herself, stated that she was not happy to be told she had a problem, especially after all she had done for her family during the White House years. She was, however, most grateful for her treatment and recovery and showed that gratitude by remaining devoted to the cause. She created the Betty Ford Center which has helped countless people reclaim their lives from the ravages of addiction considering this her greatest achievement of all. What an amazing woman. She was 93 years old at her passing.
If you or someone you know has a problem with addiction call 1-866-301-0367 – the National Addiction Hotline. A Specialist will assist you.