Best Drug Rehabilitation is a residential treatment center founded on the principle that successful recovery depends on a full physical, mental and spiritual transformation. The center’s curriculum, facility and support program are designed to make that transformation a reality.
Using highly customized, meticulously designed rehabilitation treatment, BDR seeks to address the root causes of addiction for each individual patient. The unique needs of each patient are front-and-center here: BDR treats people, not symptoms. That customized approach has generated impressive results for the thousands of addicts who have gone through BDR’s program.
Why it’s different
While many programs offer a clear rehabilitation plan, most pay little attention to the role that addicts must play in their own recoveries. BDR, in contrast, believes firmly in “empowerment through choice.” This philosophy holds that patients’ chances of succeeding skyrocket when they have input into their treatment plans. In light of that insight, BDR cultivates an atmosphere of self-development in which addicts proactively shape their recoveries and work diligently to become more reflective, capable, prepared individuals. This transforms the addict’s experience and charts a clear path for life after rehab.
To create that environment, BDR provides a number of workshops that help patients develop important life skills, boosting their self-confidence and cultivating those hobbies and capabilities that are essential to a lasting recovery. These workshops cover topics such as music and art, physical fitness and nutrition, martial arts and yoga, resume writing and GED, relapse prevention, anger management, holistic therapy, financial planning and problem solving, cognitive behavioral therapy and 12-step AA and NA. As they engage in these workshops, patients find themselves growing as human beings and preparing for the world post-rehab. Parents of graduates confirm the real and tangible progress their children make. “I could hear the success that he was making in his voice every time we talked on the phone,” says one proud parent.
This diverse curriculum is what makes the difference for many addicts who have come to BDR after previous unsuccessful attempts at sobriety. “At other rehabs,” explains a graduate, “You’re really not required to push yourself to achieve anything. You’re often just there spending your time, without much to show for it. At Best Drug Rehabilitation, though, they encourage you to do more.”
Curriculum and philosophy
BDR is a holistic rehabilitation center. This means that the center approaches patients as whole beings (rather than merely the symptoms of addiction) and addresses addiction on multiple dimensions. BDR’s holistic approach to recovery includes treatments for the mind, body and spirit, all of which interact dynamically in cases of addiction. The center offers five main treatment options, then, to address each of those dimensions:
- The cognitive program focuses on the mental attitudes and behavioral processes that inform an addiction. This option emphasizes that true mastery of an addiction comes from within, and that patients can recover from addiction by understanding – and reshaping– their triggers, assumptions and cognitive processes.
- The holistic program treats patients on multiple dimensions. This approach includes healing, yoga, lectures by recovering addicts and counselors, guided imagery, relaxation sessions and the philosophical elements of martial arts.
- The faith-based program allows patients to recover while strengthening their beliefs and spirits in line with the Christian faith. This method encourages the client to connect with that faith during and after treatment.
- The self-help program offers a proactive, community-based approach to recovery. Patients are encouraged to attend self-help support groups, fellowships and other recovering communities.
- The indigenous path applies traditional Native American teachings to the 12-step program. BDR’s 12-step approach is based on a Native American philosophy of sobriety and well-being and empowers patients to heal themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
These programs, in conjunction with BDR’s extracurricular workshops, are designed to cut to the core of addictive behaviors. They are then coupled with a goals framework that enables patients to chart their paths to recovery. These goals begin with a supervised detoxification and end with a dynamic support structure that continues long after the patient graduates from BDR.
- Goal 1: Supervised withdrawal and detoxification.
- Goal 2: Orientation to the program.
- Goal 3: Communication training.
- Goal 4: Life improvement.
- Goal 5: Additional betterment.
- Goal 6: Recovery maintenance.
- Goal 7: Aftercare.
- Goal 8: Graduation.
- Goal 9: Aftercare follow-up.
This approach, explains a recent graduate, “is what helps people when they return to the real world.”
Staff and relationships
BDR boasts one of the most responsive and well-qualified teams in the field of addiction.
Per Wickstrom, the founder of BDR, has revolutionized the rehabilitation space with his holistic approaches and firsthand experience with addiction. His specialists, who hail from a number of excellent programs, have extensive training and patient experience. BDR also holds CARF accreditation, which signifies BDR’s compliance with internationally recognized standards for residential treatment service delivery and confirms its commitment to continuous quality improvement and a consumer-driven focus.
The BDR staff is also renowned for working directly with patients in a personalized and genuine way. Graduates frequently remark on how special their experience was with the staff. Parents of patients in the program also find the staff helpful and reassuring. The relationship with BDR is “excellent,” confirms a parent of a recent graduate. “The staff did a really good job of managing the program and keeping us [parents] at bay. They always kept us alert about how my son was doing in the program, and they also really helped us as parents on the other side of the equation to handle the experience.”
The aftercare program
Long before addicts graduate from BDR, they meet directly with BDR’s Aftercare Department to develop a plan for returning to the real world. Together, patients and BDR staff locate recovery meetings in the patient’s neighborhood, identify a support network to rely upon after leaving the center, and discuss housing, work and education decisions.
Once the patient graduates, BDR calls him or her every day for two weeks to check in, address any new thoughts or questions, and make sure that the patient’s life after BDR is healthy and productive. After two weeks, BDR makes weekly calls for the next four weeks, then begins placing monthly calls up to one year after graduation. That high-touch approach ensures that patients do not lose momentum in their recoveries after graduating. Graduates confirm how helpful and inspiring the aftercare program is. It’s no surprise, then, that BDR’s success rate is so high.
BDR is the rehabilitation center for patients seeking a full and multi-dimensional recovery. Those who have tried other rehabs in the past will find a unique experience here: The staff, the curriculum, the atmosphere and the philosophy are particularly effective for difficult cases of addiction. Parents and patients alike confirm that BDR has made a monumental difference in their lives. The aftercare program and supplemental workshops differentiate BDR from its peers in the industry. Addicts and loved ones who want a clear path to sustainable recovery should seriously consider the rehabilitation that BDR offers.