Betty Ford helped us talk about substance abuse

July 13, 2011

Betty Ford made it socially acceptable to seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. By going public with her own story of addiction, she opened the door for thousands of others to admit they had a problem.

Her commitment to drug and alcohol treatment, with the Betty Ford Clinic, was a model for others to follow. At a time when drug abuse is growing faster than ever, we sure could use her leadership.

Mike Gimbel, Towson

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