Treatment Center Setting
Great Lakes Rehabilitation Center 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 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
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.
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ABOUT GREAT LAKES REHABILITATION CENTER
Located on the outskirts of the small Northern Michigan town of Manistee, Great Lakes Rehabilitation Center, formerly known as Best Drug Rehabilitation, is one of the 35 (7.7 percent) of Michigan treatment centers that offer detox; it is one of the 83 (18.2 percent) of Michigan treatment centers that offer 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 Center 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 uses SMART Recovery. The center is also one of the 336 (73.7 percent) of Michigan treatment centers that uses the 12 Steps
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 Center 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 Center'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 Center 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 a high average rating.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly high ratings for Great Lakes Rehabilitation Center. 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 Best Drug 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. “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.
“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.
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.”
Detailed polling data was collected by Rehabs.com from between eight to 12 alumni.
Would Recommend: 4.6/5
Family Participation: 3.8/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 4.4/5
Holistic Offerings: 4.4/5
Family Participation: 3.8/5
Staff's Level of Training/Experience: 4.5/5
Counseling Options: 4.4/5
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.
Like alumni, friends and family members were most impressed with the staff’s level of training and experience and the program’s counseling options. “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 representative review.
Loved ones were pleased with the center’s holistic offerings and exercise and leisure options. “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. wrote.
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. Detailed polling data was collected by Rehabs.com from between five to seven loved ones.
Staff's Level of Training/Experience: 4.3/5
Counseling Options: 3.8/5
Would Recommend: 4.2/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.5/5
Family Participation: 3/5
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.
According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, treatment at Best Drug 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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