Through Hazelden Betty Ford, I found a community that understands addiction. The staff and volunteers treated me in a compassionate and honest manner. When I first arrived, I thought it would be a month of treatment and I would be sent on my way. I was so pleased to learn about the after-care and alumni groups offered to me. The people with whom I went through treatment are now my closest friends. Hazelden Betty Ford is a family that doesn't judge, and is always willing to open the door and accept those in distress. As the saying goes: It works if you work it.
The group sessions are not for me and did not get a lot out of them. They wanted me to quit my job and become inpatient? I never finished all my sessions and am doing so much better than when I was attending the meetings. This was paid out of pocket and was very expensive so expected much more sensitivity, than in your face tough love approach.
Betty Ford Naples is a beautiful facility with access to a great gym. The staff are generally nice although some can be disrespectful, but nothing extreme, there are people like that everywhere. Beware if you have trouble embodying 12 step programs, and fellowship. If you're strictly looking for self-help and not to join a community, this isn't the place for you. They will show you the door if you can't internalize those feelings. However, if you are someone who embodies the 12 step approach, and is more open to making new relationships, this is a perfect place for you. If you don't "suffer a fool" it may be tough, as many patients lie in usage histories, chain smoke cigs between sessions and cheat themselves with a poor diet. But if you can ignore the negative influence the good outweighs it drastically. Tons of freedom, you keep your phone/laptop. And the nursing staff is really nice. Overall a great place to get clean and improve your quality of life.