Treatment Center Setting
Best Drug Rehabilitation Philosophy
Best Drug Rehabilitation offers a unique approach to treating drug and alcohol addiction. The program addresses all components of addiction including physical, mental and spiritual. The goal of the treatment is lasting recovery. Best Drug Rehabilitation uses several different modalities including detox, one-on-one and group counseling, 12 step, Life Skills, art and music therapy, SMART Recovery and many more.
Areas of Specialization
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
I’ve had many other experiences trying to fight my addictions, 23 to be exact. This was the first facility that treated me with respect out of 22 other facilities. I have no complaints and have nothing but good things to say about my experience here. It’s hard going through detox and withdrawal no matter where you are, but this time I was comforted by a staff that was sincerely concerned for my well-being. What a pleasant surprise for a change to not be degraded during my struggles.
I finally feel good about what I’m doing. The staff was super nice. The assistants were awesome and definitely helped me get through detox. I really appreciate everything done here to help me and all the other people struggling to get through this. I’m excited to continue on a journey to recovery
Meet the Staff
Veronica Johnson, B.A.
Veronica Johnson graduated from Western Michigan University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts of Sciences in Sociology with a Minor in SPADA (Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse). Experience includes the public service workforce and worked in areas including being a wraparound coordinator, outreach worker for homeless/runaways as well as being an eligibility specialist for state assistance programs.
Veronica has been with Best Drug Rehabilitation since 2012 and has mastered several aspects of the rehabilitation curriculum by being a Case Manager, Group Facilitator and the Director of Public Affairs by being Legal/Family Liaison for clients served.
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ABOUT BEST DRUG REHABILITATION
Located on the outskirts of the small, northern Michigan town of Manistee, on the banks of Lake Michigan, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers detox and residential treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program follows a relatively traditional model based on the 12-Steps and SMART Recovery, supplemented by individual and group counseling, relapse prevention work, life skills training, and holistic therapies.
Life skills opportunities include GED classes and financial planning classes, and holistic programming includes martial arts, yoga, and music and art therapies. The center also provides anger management classes, when necessary.
There’s a dedicated treatment track for Native American clients, which incorporates traditional teachings and beliefs as well as ample holistic offerings such as massage and acupuncture sessions designed to “allow participants to explore their spiritual inner self.”
The facility’s website indicates that the detox program provides “medical support,” but does not clarify whether there are any medical professionals on staff. Some staff members are educated to master’s level. The 12 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 100-bed facility with some private bedrooms. A video posted on the facility’s website shows a fitness room, a basketball court, a pool table, and a beach volleyball court. On weekends, clients go to the movies, the beach, bowling, go-karting, or other local attractions. The 13 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s exercise/leisure offerings and cleanliness gave them average ratings of 4.15 stars and 4.08 stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 46 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, 39 were positive and seven very negative. The eight alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 4.25 stars, 4.13 stars, and 3.63 stars respectively for its holistic offerings, counseling options, and family participation.
Numerous reviewers told Rehabs.com that the facility had saved their lives, or that they had attended several other rehabs and found Best Drug Rehabilitation to be the most successful. Alumni also repeatedly praised the center’s rich with holistic options and extracurricular activities, which helped them get to the root of their problems. “I have gone to many rehabs before but that was the first one which really helped me and I think the holistic approach really made the difference for me,” A.L. wrote in a representative review. Other reviewers praised the staff and the way the facility kept their loved ones informed of their progress.
Of the seven negative reviewers, several told Rehabs.com that they felt the facility had manipulated them to enroll them or keep them in treatment. “Although my experience at BDR helped me learn alot about myself, their program is not based on what they say it is and not at all adequate to help an addict or alcoholic recover and live a happy life… It would be one thing if i thought their ignorance was innocent, but i think they are… totally aware they misrepresent themselves,” Kelsey wrote in one representative review. In addition, reviewers Joe and C.P. described the center as “like being in lockdown” and “like walking into a prison,” and several reviewers complained of run-down, dirty conditions.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the 25 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, 24 were positive and one negative. The reviewers repeatedly told Rehabs.com that the center had helped their loved one to achieve long-term sobriety and echoed alumni by praising the center’s extracurricular and holistic offerings: “[My sister] actually had fun while she was there which is a really good thing,” Natalie wrote, and an anonymous reviewer, one of several that praised the center’s music therapy program, added: “Music is the best treatment when your body and your mind need to relax and heal.” In addition, family members repeatedly noted that they felt the center had kept them well informed and even helped to heal them: “This program has changed our whole families life in a way that we could have only hoped for and it has surpassed every expectation possible,” Betty wrote in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Of the three reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were positive and one was negative. The positive reviewers noted the staff’s dedication to clients’ needs; V.J. also echoed alumni by writing: “Patients are allowed to chose from several different modalities that fit their treatment needs.”
“As a previous registered nurse that worked there for over a year.... DO NOT GO HERE! There is so much immoral activity behind closed doors it is ridiculous… It was extremely disappointing that I was basically told to just be a nurse that pushes medications, instead of assessing the patient as a whole,” wrote a staff member under the username “Influential.”
Treatment costs $1,000/day or $30,000/month. The center accepts insurance, and is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, Humana, United, Wellpoint Inc. Group, and Kaiser. The 13 reviewers polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.92 out of five stars.
Updated March 2017
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