In 1978, the Ford family staged an intervention and forced Betty to confront her alcoholism and an addiction to opioid analgesics, which had been prescribed in the early 1960s for a pinched nerve. “I liked alcohol,” she wrote in her 1987 memoir. “It made me feel warm. And I loved pills. They took away my tension and my pain”. She went into treatment for substance abuse.
In 1982, after her recovery, she established the Betty Ford Center (initially called the Betty Ford Clinic) in Rancho Mirage, California, for the treatment of chemical dependency.She served as chair of the board of directors. In addition, she co-authored with Chris Chase a book about her treatment, Betty: A Glad Awakening (1987). – Source: Wikipedia