Treatment Center Setting
Great Lakes Rehabilitation Philosophy
Great Lakes 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. Great Lakes 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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ABOUT GREAT LAKES REHABILITATION
Located on the outskirts of the small Northern Michigan town of Manistee, Great Lakes Rehabilitation (formerly called Best Drug Rehabilitation) offers detox and residential treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse. According to the center’s website, its inpatient programs are “open-ended,” allowing clients to remain in treatment for as long as needed. Great Lakes Rehabilitation can also assist friends and family members with interventions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
If deemed necessary, clients begin their treatment with a period of medically-monitored detox. A team of medical professionals is available to treat any complications that may arise, while staff administer individual and group counseling.
Once stabilized, clients move on to the center’s residential program, which utilizes the 12-Steps and SMART Recovery. Clients participate in group and individual therapy, as well as a variety of alternative and holistic modalities, including art therapy, music therapy, yoga therapy, and martial arts therapy. The center’s addiction education curriculum covers relapse prevention and anger management, and clients without a high school diploma may enroll in GED classes while in treatment.
Great Lakes Rehabilitation offers a dedicated treatment track for Native American clients that incorporates traditional teachings and ceremonies, as well as holistic offerings, including massage therapy and acupuncture.
Great Lakes Rehabilitation’s website indicates that the center’s treatment team includes physicians, nurses, counselors, case managers, and other health and wellness professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Great Lakes Rehabilitation can accommodate up to 100 individuals, and some private bedrooms are available. A video posted on the facility’s website shows a fitness room, a basketball court, a game room with a pool table and table tennis, and a beach volleyball court. On weekends, clients take day trips to the movie theater, the beach, bowling alleys, and other local attractions. The 12 alumni polled about the center’s cleanliness provided an average rating of 4.17 out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly high ratings for Great Lakes Rehabilitation. When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, eight alumni provided a rating of 4.63 out of five stars. In a representative review, M.N. praised the center’s individualized treatment plans, writing, “If you are looking for a rehab I can highly recommend Great Lakes Rehabilitation. No matter what your needs they will find a method that works for you.”
Respondents were most impressed with the staff’s level of training and experience, which received a rating of 4.45 stars based on feedback from 11 alumni, and the center’s counseling options, which received 4.42 stars from 12 alumni. “The supportive staff was available to me 24/7 and were with me every step of the way to my recovery; from one-one-one talks with my counselor to supportive and safe, group meetings… The possibility of choosing from different programs just made things easier. I was not forced to do a program that I did not agree with, I have the possibility to decide for myself,” James told Rehabs.com.
The center’s exercise and leisure options and its holistic offerings both received ratings of 4.42 stars, based on 12 reviews. “I was on 13 different types of those meds the 1st time and they showed me other options such as vitamins and other holistic approaches that worked for me,” B. wrote in their five-star review. Although the center’s connectivity and visitor policy received a rating of 4.11 stars, based on feedback from nine alumni, the program’s family participation received the lowest (but still above-average) rating of 3.75 stars, based on 12 alumni responses.
The handful of negative alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com noted a variety of issues, including unclean conditions, ineffective treatment, and manipulative staff members. Joe compared the detox unit to “lockdown,” and Kelsey told Rehabs.com that the program “consists of sitting in a chair and staring at someone else for sometimes hours at a time.” While most alumni praised the center’s treatment team, P.K. told Rehabs.com that “staff is manipulative and will say anything to get your money.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones polled by Rehabs.com provided above-average ratings in most evaluated categories; however, their ratings were generally lower than those submitted by surveyed alumni. When asked how likely they were to recommend Great Lakes Rehabilitation, the five survey respondents provided an average rating of 4.2 stars. “They truly saved his life and I don’t know or even want to think about what would have happened had my husband not gone there,” Joanna wrote in her glowing review.
Like alumni, friends and family members were most impressed with the staff’s level of training and experience and the program’s counseling options, which received respective ratings of 4.33 and 3.83 stars, based on feedback from six reviewers. “The staff are some of the friendliest, yet also some of the most well structured and firm individuals I have ever met in the rehabilitation field,” B.J. wrote in their review.
Seven surveyed loved ones gave the program’s family participation 3.14 stars, and center’s affordability received 3.29 stars. Loved ones were also pleased with the center’s holistic offerings and exercise and leisure options, which received respective ratings of 3.5 and 3.4 stars. “They have great activities there to help you while you are in recovery… They even go out on weekends.I like the idea of outside activities that they do for them,” L.L. told Rehabs.com.
The center’s connectivity and visitor policy and its cleanliness received the lowest ratings overall: 2.6 stars and three stars, respectively. Only a couple reviewers submitted negative reviews, which contained mostly vague criticism. “He did not stay and did not have successful treatment,” A.C. told Rehabs.com.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Of the three staff 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, and V.J. echoed former clients’ appreciation of the center’s counseling options. “Patients are allowed to chose from several different modalities that fit their treatment needs.”
One anonymous staff member used their review to issue a warning to potential clients. “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,” they wrote.
Treatment at Great Lakes Rehabilitation costs $1,000 a day, or $30,000 a month. The center does not offer financial aid, but it accepts insurance, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, United Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Published on January 2018
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