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Awareness Hour

Rancho Mirage, CA

Awareness Hour
Saturday Morning Recovery Series

Free series. Pre-registration not required.

Welcome to the Betty Ford Center's 41st season of Awareness Hour, celebrating a legacy of recovery wisdom and strength. Our Saturday morning sessions share the hope of addiction recovery through perspectives and voices that open the way to new insights, understanding, and healing.

Come and join friends, family, and fellow travelers. You will find information and inspiration for your journey.

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences
Eisenhower Medical Center

39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.   Registration and Refreshments
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.   Presentation followed by Q&A

January 14
Healing the Hurt: Families, Addiction, and Recovery


Susan Ford Bales

The daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, Susan Ford Bales worked side by side with her mother at the Betty Ford Center. Deeply concerned about the impact of addiction on families, she helped to launch several initiatives at the center, including a highly regarded children's program, innovative training for medical students, and specialized programs for women. Elected to the center's board of directors in 1992, Ford Bales served as board chair from 2005 to 2010.
Susan Ford Bales
  Mary Bono Mary Bono represented California's Inland Empire
and Desert Region in the U.S. House of
Representatives from 1998-2013. During her 15-
year congressional career, Bono served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, House Armed Services Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Small Business Committee. Today at FaegreBD Consulting, Bono provides guidance to clients on media and strategic communications matters. She focuses her practice on legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting the technology, privacy, data security, energy and health care industries.
Mary Bono
  Jerry Moe Jerry Moe is the national director of the Children's Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Moe serves as an advisory board member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and his work has been featured in national media including the Today Show, Nickelodeon News, Time magazine, U.S. News and World Report and USA Today. He is a nationally recognized author, lecturer, and trainer on issues related to children and families hurt by addiction.
Jerry Moe

February 11
What Else Is Going On? Addiction and Related Disorders


Judi Hollis, PhD

Judi Hollis, PhD, created the nation’s first eating disorders unit and went on to train professionals worldwide using her bestselling book, Fat Is a Family Affair. Through media appearances and her own radio show, she has been offering a gentle, disciplined path away from our nation's overeating epidemic. Dr. Hollis has also maintained her own 70-pound weight loss, and became a champion of Twelve Step recoveries. In 2009, she was honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
Judith Hollis
  Gary Lange, PhD Gary Lange, PhD, specializes in helping problem
gamblers and their families. Dr. Lange is a professor of psychology at California State University where he received the "Excellence in Service Learning Instruction" award. As a certified addictions specialist, Dr. Lange supervised the Betty Ford Center's Family Program. He currently serves as a provider and supervisor with the California Office of Problem Gambling's free Gambling Education and Treatment Program. In 2016, Dr. Lange received a Lifetime Achievement Award from California Council on Problem Gambling for his work with problem gamblers and their families.
Gary Lange

March 11
Safe and Sound: Healing from Trauma and Addiction


Martha Susan Horton, PhD

Martha Susan Horton, PhD, is director of the Amate
Institute, dedicated to helping adolescents and adults achieve emotional maturity/ sobriety through the Amate Growth Work Method she developed. Dr. Horton is the author of Growing Up in Adulthood: The Journey to Emotional Maturity.
Martha Susan Horton
  Johanna O'Flaherty, PhD Johanna O'Flaherty, PhD, has dedicated her life's
work to focusing on the correlation between ancestral trauma, addiction, and healing. Dr. O'Flaherty helps patients recognize and address how their addiction and recovery difficulties might be related to current or past upheaval.
Johanna OFlaherty

April 8
Celebrity and Recovery: Can I Still Be Creative If I'm Sober?


Mystery Celebrity Guest Speakers

The myth that sobriety negatively affects a person's ability to be creative will be shattered by artists who discovered their abilities and achievements are greater than ever in recovery. Guest speakers will share the challenges and rewards of their personal recovery journeys in this special session, followed by time for audience questions.

Meet Our Moderator


Jerry McDonald

We are honored to welcome Jerry McDonald as emcee of our Saturday morning recovery series. A long-time counselor and interventionist, Jerry has been associated with the Betty Ford Center for many years. Jerry McDonald

Questions? Please contact Robin Costello by email or at 760-636-5985.


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