Bear River Health at Walloon Lake in Boyne Falls, MI

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(4.7 of 5)
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2594 Springvale Rd.
Boyne Falls MI 49713

Bear River Health at Walloon Lake Philosophy

Northern Michigan's premier center for drug and alcohol detoxification and addiction treatment services.
BRH creates an atmosphere perfect for addressing our patients’ individual addiction needs. Bear River Health at Walloon Lake acknowledges that each person has a uniqueness all their own and provides treatment personalized to meet those unique needs. Our program based on the 12-steps, provides exposure to multiple pathways to recovery that nourish the mind, body and spirit ensuring long-term recovery.

Our compassionate, empathetic and caring professionals have years of experience assisting in detoxifying individuals from drugs and alcohol. We treat drug and alcohol addiction as a chronic and progressive medical disease that affects the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of individuals and their families.

At Bear River Health, we offer a medically supervised detoxification program that safely manages the painful symptoms that accompany withdrawal. Our twenty-four hour medical staff utilizes the Evidence Based Practice Protocols established by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

Our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs offer several different, well established, individualized treatment modalities aimed at improving compliance and reducing the risk of relapse.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Facility Highlights

Personalized Treatment Plans

Chef Prepared Meals

Campus Freedom and Lifestyle

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ABOUT BEAR RIVER HEALTH AT WALLOON LAKE

On a five-acre campus surrounded by the natural beauty and tranquil waters of Walloon Lake in Northern Michigan, Bear River Health offers medically monitored detox, residential care, and outpatient services for individuals struggling with substance abuse.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the center's website, Bear River Health's detox program is supervised by medial staff 24-hours a day. The treatment center utilizes medicine to help residents safely and comfortably detox. Detox typically lasts three to 10 days.

Bear River Health's residential program is offered at durations of 30, 60, or 90 days. The treatment center's goal is to treat each clients' physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Residents attend group classes every day, and programming includes individual therapy sessions and family therapy. The center’s program is built around the 12-Steps, which it supplements with group therapy, weekly family days, and unspecified evidence-based methods.

The center’s holistic offerings include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and art therapy, as well as the more unusual offerings of spiritual development sessions and talking circles. The center’s website also lists such treatments as “Wellbriety” and “Integral Recovery,” but does not describe what these are.

Individuals in the intensive outpatient program (IOP) meet for a full day, three days a week. IOP is a good options for clients who lack insurance or financial resources for residential treatment.

Bear River Health also offers group and individual counseling on an outpatient basis.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Bear River Health's website notes the treatment team includes a licensed physician, nurses, clinicians, therapists, and support staff. The lone alum surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave five out of five stars for the staff's level of training and experience. "The staff is great," they wrote.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Bear River Health at Walloon Lake can accommodate up to 25 residents at a time. According to the center's website, residents sleep in simple, modern bedrooms, some of them private, and food is prepared by an on-site chef. Since the facility is on a remote, rural campus, residents have the freedom to wander the grounds unsupervised.

Smoking is permitted in designated areas. Residents may also keep their phones with them, and there is free WiFi on-site.

To date, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com provided an average 4.7 out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The five alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive feedback. Four alumni gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness.

The other alum didn't provide a rating, however they left positive commentary. "We had fires at night, and I met lots of great people. Nothing like a jail. I love this place, and it saved my life," they wrote.

The only alum who rated multiple metrics gave four stars when asked if they would recommend Bear River Health at Walloon Lake. They also gave five stars for multiple metrics, including the staff's level of training and experience, its treatment of co-occurring disorders, and counseling options.

"Great help from all the staff. food could be better. If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol this is the place to go. Very helpful," an alum wrote in a representative review.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. They all gave four or five stars for treatment effectiveness.

"Saved my son\'s life very compassionate and knowable. Half the worker,s are recovering Alcoholic\'s or addicts. They were able to relate to the patients problems," a parent wrote in a representative review..

The only loved one who provided a somewhat negative review gave three stars when asked if they would recommend the treatment center. "I wish i had had the option to see other options first, i would have chosen dufferently," they wrote.

FINANCING

According to the center's website, Bear River Health offers financial assistance covering up to 80 percent of the cost of treatment. The program also accepts a range of major insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and Value Options. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of four out of five stars.

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Published on August 2017

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Seeking help for detox services I found myself at Bear River Health. Scared, still using, and very concerned for my health. I felt safe after arriving in detox. They have a full time nursing staff to monitor for safety and do everything necessary to provide comfort during this difficult stage. The Dr. is regularly on site and has a bedside manner unlike I've ever seen. Treatment itself is thorough and covers everything from emotions to relapse prevention. The campus like facilities provide an environment that promotes outdoor activities as well as indoor. The staff is very informative and attentive and the food is much like home. I could go on and on...

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my therapist was the best therapist ever

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Saved my son's life very compassionate and knowable. Half the worker,s are recovering Alcoholic's or addicts. They were able to relate to the patients problems.

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works. takes a while. the treatment was a little slow.

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You feel like you're on a campus, you are allowed to walk around outside. I like to sit outside and play my guitar. We had fires at night, and I met lots of great people. Nothing like a jail. I love this place, and it saved my life.

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I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to go through Bear River Health's 28-day residential program, and I can't say enough about how much it has changed my life for the better. If you want to really heal the underlying problems in your life that cause you to behave in an unhealthy or destructive way, this is the place for you. Most other programs I've heard about only address getting you sober and letting you go, which can lead to relapse whenever a problem comes along. But BRH addresses all four directions of growth – spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, which lead to permanent healing. They gave me the tools I needed to stay well, not just get well. Some of my favorite things about BRH were: • Everyone there treated me with warmth, respect and dignity, as they would treat a member of their own family. As one of the other participants in the program said: "they love us until we can love ourselves". • As a woman, I actually felt a little spoiled because the food was wonderful (and no dishes!), the rooms were kept clean, and the laundry done for me. There were programs in yoga, energy healing, nutrition, and even a group class with a personal trainer, to name just a few, which were taught by amazing, loving people who were happy to answer all my questions. • The people working there are some of the wisest people I've ever met. Many left successful private practices because this was their calling, and it shows. They're great examples of how you can lead a beautiful, fulfilling life of joy without using drugs or alcohol. Just being in their presence made me feel good. I filled most of a notebook with words of wisdom from this program, but I'll just share a few with you as examples: • We're not bad people getting better, we're good people getting well • Cleaning up one area of your life automatically cleans up others • If you don't confront it, you can't conquer it • You can't run from the truth – it's faster than you • Humans are designed to learn by trial and error. Mistakes are sacred. • Your past was necessary to fulfill your purpose I think everyone who feels stuck in their life should try this program. Don't let money concerns stop you. You can't afford to continue with your life in this way, and they went out of their way to work with me to try to make it possible. With the addition of one particular doctor to their staff, I'm sure it will only get better. They have some amazing evening programs open to the public, so you can just stop in and see how it feels to you with no obligation. My favorites are the Wellbriety Talking Circle on Tuesday evenings and the Chanting and Meditation group on Thursdays, both at 7:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

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great help from all the staff. food could be better. If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol this is the place to go. Very helpful.

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Treatment plan was a strength of the facility but the atmosphere was a weakness. I wish i had had the option to see other options first, i would have chosen dufferently.

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Comfortable rooms, Great atmosphere.

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