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RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS For a disease that will affect one in seven Americans in their lifetime,* addiction to alcohol and other drugs remains widely misunderstood—even in the medical community. Very few medical schools offer or require education on addiction. And yet, primary care physicians are in a pivotal position to not only screen patients for substance use disorders but to intervene before the condition worsens. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) program fills that knowledge gap by placing future physicians on our treatment units to learn about addiction first-hand, alongside clinicians and patients. Through the generous giving of John Rasor and other like-minded donors who underwrite the SIMS program, a new generation of physicians stands ready to address addiction. During the summer of 2018, a record-setting 194 medical students participated in the SIMS program, including Claire Healy, a second-year student at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences. Medical students describe the intensive, week-long experience as “life-changing.” “The program humanizes the disease of addiction and the process of treatment and recovery in a way that no lecture or textbook ever could,” Healy shares. “Addiction is such a complex and prevalent disease. No matter the area of medicine I eventually practice, I will be working with patients who are challenged by addiction—whether their own struggle or a loved one’s.” In expressing her gratitude to the donors who make the SIMS program possible, Healy says she will carry the experience forever in her heart and in her work. “I left with new insight and wisdom about myself and about the role I want to play in my patients’ lives in terms of providing compassionate support, guidance and advocacy.” *U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, November 2016. WHY I Give 4 ▪ HazeldenBettyFord.org The Betty Ford Center is a place of profound healing and transformation for my family. I am forever grateful for the expert care, the beauty of the campus and the genuine love we have experienced. That’s why I consider it an honor to offer my support. Put another way, how could I not help others to experience the healing and hope I’ve found? — JOHN RASOR