Eric Clapton could become the Betty Ford of the 21st century.

The singer-songwriter announced plans to build a 36-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, modeled after the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, on the West Indies island of Antigua.The center, called Crossroads, has already named as its executive director Anne Vance, a former Betty Ford Center administrator.

Clapton is spending $5 million of his own money on the project.

Crossroads will treat local addicts for a nominal fee while outsiders will pay about $9,000 for the 30-day treatment.

Clapton owns two homes on the island. The Antiguan government sold him the secluded 10-acre waterfront Crossroads site for about $100,000.


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Birthdays For Monday, March 30

Singer Frankie Laine 85

Actor Richard Dysart 69

Actor John Astin 68

Rocker Eric Clapton 53

Actor Paul Reiser 41

Singer Tracy Chapman 34

Actor Ian Ziering 34

Singer Celine Dion 30