Brighton Center for Recovery

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Brighton Center for Recovery is located in Brighton, Michigan. Brighton Center for Recovery has become a national leader in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Brighton Center for Recovery’s staff is caring, compassionate and dedicated to those afflicted with the disease of addiction.

Brighton Center for Recovery Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Rehab Services:

Medically Assisted Detox

Detoxification (detox) is the process in which a patient’s body is safely withdrawn from the substance(s) to which it is addicted. When a person uses drugs or alcohol for a period of time, toxins build up in the body. These toxins can cause a range of health issues including death. Freeing the body of these toxins is often the first step in substance-abuse treatment at Brighton Center for Recovery. They have a first-rate medical detox unit that helps patients through withdrawal using effective techniques and medications.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.


Naltrexone is often used along with psychiatric counseling and social support to treat individuals undergoing drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Brighton Center for Recovery offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Drug Treatment at Brighton Center for Recovery offers more support and guidance than traditional outpatient addiction counseling. Sessions are held three times a week and consist of three-hour group therapy and education sessions. To accommodate a wide range of schedules, Brighton provides day, afternoon, and evening rehabilitation sessions. In addition to the various outpatient rehabilitation options, patients are given the opportunity to attend many Brighton-sponsored family support programs, and related events.

Outpatient (OP)

Some people may be better served by one of their outpatient programs. Through customized group counseling and educational sessions, they are able to focus on substance-abuse rehabilitation while the patient maintains employment and family life outside of the hospital setting. By participating in their outpatient services, people can not only receive the vital care they need, but also maintain their employment and family lives outside of the hospital setting. Brighton’s Outpatient Treatment Programs are viable and cost-effective alternatives for patients who do not require more intensive treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

When dealing with addiction, it is often necessary for a patient to receive 24-hour care in an inpatient setting. Inpatient treatment allows patients to be removed from their previous environments, away from any negative associations to drugs or alcohol, and allows them to avoid temptation and to focus on recovery. Patients who reside at their rehab facility receive round-the-clock care and support. At Brighton they have found that this positive atmosphere promotes a healthy transition to a clean and sober life.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

At Brighton Center for Recovery, they understand that addiction is different in each patient. So they customize each treatment approach to meet the needs of the individual patient, making sure they are providing the best possible care. They closely monitor patient progress, and they have an expert team to assist in the recovery process. They help their patients develop new skills to adjust to this new direction in their lives, to help prevent relapse, and to continue recovery once they transition to their home environment.


Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong process, so they encourage their patients to participate in appropriate 12-step programs following their discharge. They also suggest that friends and families attend programs that are designed to offer support to those affected by a loved one’s substance abuse. Research shows that continuing in 12-step programs after treatment for addiction promotes a higher rate of success.

Family Program

Many family members are affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol use. Therefore, effective treatment must include the family. Brighton makes this commitment as part of their basic programs. And they provide additional outpatient therapy sessions for families where needed. Brighton is committed to keeping the next generation of your family out of their facility. They know that effective efforts at prevention go beyond mere tutoring and childcare. So they include counseling for young people. This is most important for those who have watched a parent struggle with addiction.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. Recovery does not happen in a few months. So Brighton programs include plans for year-long engagement after a patient leaves their facility. They work with substance-abuse rehabilitation centers in their home communities to create coordinated plans for aftercare. They schedule outpatient post-rehab care prior to discharging our patients.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

A new, active routine can reduce stress levels and keep the mind clear. This can include exercise, time outdoors, and fresh air. As a part of their commitment to effective care, Brighton has staff who are dedicated to recreation therapy. Healthy activity promotes a sense of normalcy and reduction of stress — both of which are important in starting and sustaining true recovery.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Replacing harmful substances with a healthy diet is essential. This is because a healthy diet lessens the physical craving to return to drug or alcohol use. Therefore, Brighton broadly emphasizes good nutrition. They employ a staff dietitian who works with their patients on an individual basis. There is no need to have a diagnosis of nutritional deficiency or an eating disorder.

Animal Therapy

Animal therapy (aka pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy) can be very healing, as it allows patients to bond with animals, who give unconditional love. This is particularly useful for those who suffered trauma by the hands of people, who may be able to trust and form closer attachments to animals than humans at certain stages of rehabilitation.

Brighton Center for Recovery Highlights:

Theirs is the first addiction treatment center to be licensed in Michigan and the second-oldest alcohol and drug treatment facility in the United States. For more than 60 years, Brighton Center for Recovery has been helping equip our patients with the tools they need to live clean and sober lives.
Recovery depends on self-reflection and self-evaluation. The rural setting of their campus provides many places where a person can reflect and plan a successful recovery.
Recovery often demands that a person make many changes in deeply ingrained areas of life, all at once. It may be necessary to change friends, routines, and manipulative ways of thinking. Making such large scale changes is inherently a spiritual process. Understanding this, we’ve made spiritual approaches to recovery available as a part of our abstinence-based approach to care.
The security of a halfway house gives recovery time to really take root. So Brighton offers separate facilities for women and for men on campus. It’s another part of their complete approach in a familiar setting.
Women in recovery have specific issues related to substance abuse that can be freely and effectively explored only in the company of other women. The Women’s Recovery Program at Brighton Center for Recovery brings women together to address these connections. Women in this program can expect to be empowered to assert their own healing preferences and to be validated by the experiences of other women on similar journeys of self-discovery.
Brighton Center for Recovery’s Early Recovery Program is designed for people who have shown extreme progress and promise in their sobriety and abstinence from drugs and alcohol addiction during an inpatient program here. They are ready for the next step. This program of group counseling and educational sessions provides patients the opportunity to integrate back to their lives, where they can continue treatment on an outpatient basis.
The doctors and nurses at Brighton Center for Recovery understand that drug and alcohol addiction can happen to anyone, even those in the healthcare professions. They know that physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who deal with trauma as part of their profession may even be at higher risk for drug and alcohol issues. Nearly half of Brighton’s current drug-treatment clinicians are in recovery themselves and are dedicated to meeting the needs of their fellow professionals through this specialized program.
Brighton Center for Recovery offers a monthly program for children. It is designed for children who have been directly affected by the drug or alcohol addiction of a mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, or other loved one — whether these relatives or friends are in recovery or still struggling with an active addiction.
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For any patient, returning home too soon can be detrimental to the success of recovery. By choosing a transitional housing option, patients are assured of a highly structured environment that can consolidate the gains made during drug or alcohol treatment. Such a stay is often the final step in successful treatment. Responding to the increasing need for a transitional, sober-living environment for women, they opened a 16-bed home on the Brighton campus. The Henderson Halfway House is a 16-bed facility located on the Brighton campus for men.

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  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • All stimulants, including tobacco, affect the nerves of the brain. This makes it more difficult to quickly access parts of the brain where decisions are made. As a result, making healthy choices becomes more difficult. For this reason, Brighton is a tobacco-free campus. They provide treatment options, medications, and support for helping people move away from such stimulants.