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Chronic Abuse of Prescription Drugs Skyrocketing

Addiction is a disease that has been spreading throughout the population at an exponential rate.  The amount of individuals falling into addiction has been growing at an unacceptable pace.  While many are struggling with illicit substances such as cocaine or heroin, legal substances such as prescription medications are just as much of a concern.

Prescription painkillers tend to be one of the larger issues when it comes to addiction.  Since these are used for many medical purposes, some individuals fall into addiction after being prescribed them for chronic pain or post surgery.  Prescription opiates have become one of the most abused drugs in our country.  In fact, according to a testimony to congress from Nora D. Volkow, M.D. on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s website, “It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.”  The numbers of individuals addicted to these medications continue to increase as the years go on.

Even though prescription painkillers tend to be a majority of the problem when it comes to addiction, there are other types of prescription medications that can be an issue as well.  According to the 2013 NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), “there were 6.5 million non-medical users of prescription-type drugs (2.5 percent), including 4.5 million nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent).” So as stated previously, painkillers are the majority of the issue when it comes to dependency, but about 2.5 million individuals according to the above statistics are using other types of prescription medications for nonmedical purposes.  This could include drugs meant for the purposes of treating anxiety, depression, or other co-occurring disorders.  Many of these can become just as addictive as prescription opiates are.

Over Prescription is a Large Part of the Problem

A large part of the issue when it comes to prescription medications is the leniency with which many doctors prescribe these medications.  Some doctors tend to prescribe them much too easily, or at the slightest hint of any symptoms.  What could help to curb this is a much more thorough and comprehensive assessment of each patient’s need in regard to these medications.  Another issue arises in the individuals being prescribed the medication for too long.  The longer they are on the substance, the more likelihood of developing a severe dependency to them.  Oftentimes, not enough effort is put into taking the individual off of the medication, but rather is continued to be prescribed when no longer truly needed.

Due to the massive number of individuals who are struggling with addictions to prescription medications of different types, there should be a large push toward the prevention as well as treatment of these addictions.  When it comes to prescribing these drugs, more forewarning needs to made in regard to their addictive capabilities.  This may help to curb the amount of individuals who are ending up with addictions to these medications after receiving them for medical purposes.  For the people who have already developed addictions to them, it is critical for them to receive the treatment needed.

It can be difficult to find the proper treatment center for an individual struggling with an addiction.  Since every person who is dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol has their own particular underlying issues they are struggling with, it is critical that they receive personalized treatment.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we ensure every person that comes into our facility receives a tailored treatment program so that these particular difficulties are addressed.  Give Best Drug Rehabilitation a call today so we can help get you or your loved one onto the road to sobriety.

5 Ways to Prevent Accidental Overdose

Addiction can lead to a great many serious repercussions as an individual continues to abuse that substance, whether it be prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, or other illicit drugs.  An addict’s life can begin to function purely around the substance, while everything else is neglected.  When a person is so enveloped by a substance, they can begin to consume it to the extent that it becomes dangerous to their health.  This can lead to a word that no one ever likes to hear – overdose.

The Prevalence of Overdose

Overdose is unfortunately a condition in which many individuals struggling with an addiction end up in. In fact, according to a report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “During 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, representing a 1-year increase of 6.5%, from 13.8 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 14.7 per 100,000 persons in 2014. The rate of drug overdose deaths increased significantly for both sexes, persons aged 25–44 years and ≥55 years, non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, and in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.”  The fact that the rates of overdose have increased so significantly show that there are many individuals out there not receiving the help they need.

While overdose can sometimes be brought upon intentionally, it many times is not.  A person using drugs or alcohol does not always realize how bad their addiction has gotten until it is too late.  Since accidental overdose tends to be more common, better prevention of it could be key in reducing overall overdose rates.  Due to that, here are 5 Ways to Prevent Accidental Overdose:

  1. Communication – Having open communication with your loved one can be critical in preventing them from overdosing. This provides them a safe person to reach to or ask for help with their drug use so it does not go too far.
  1. Watch for Signs of Addiction – Being aware of and watching for the signs of addiction can help to catch and treat it early on. If you suspect an addiction in a loved one, educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of addiction.
  1. Have the Talk – When you begin to observe the signs of serious drug dependency in your loved one, it is important to talk to them about it. This intervention could be the tipping point of them seeking help or passing into the realm of overdose.
  2. Utilize Counseling – If you or a loved one are dealing with a difficult addiction, seeking counseling can assist with it. Counseling can help a person to sort through the issues and difficulties that are conducive to addiction so that they can be addressed and handled.
  1. Seek Inpatient Treatment – If the addiction in yourself or a loved one has gone too far, it may be the best option to seek inpatient addiction treatment. Treatment can be the best option in helping an individual to overcome their addiction so it does not lead to overdose, or death.

When a person is seeking help or their family is seeking help for them, it is important to find the right type of treatment center.  Since every individual who is struggling with an addiction has their own particular issues, it is crucial that they receive treatment that is crafted specifically to them.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we ensure that every person that enters our program has their own tailored treatment program.  We want to give every person the best chance at success in long term recovery.  If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one with an addiction, give us a call today.


Red Ribbon Week at Best Drug Rehabilitation

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Best Drug Rehabilitation has agreed recently to help out with Red Ribbon Week, an annual event held in the end of October to promote awareness and work on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.  Red Ribbon Week has been a popular event nationwide for decades now, but this is the first year that Best Drug Rehabilitation has had the opportunity to participate, and needless to say the staff of the rehab center are thrilled to be a part of the campaign.

The Red Ribbon Week theme this year was initially created by Kristopher “Jeremiah” Oakes and Logan Brehm, sixth graders at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School in Claysburg, Pennsylvania, but the program itself has been around since 1985.

As for some history on the program, the National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign many, many years ago. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign all across the nation, with more and more communities and rehab centers, like Best Drug Rehabilitation, getting involved each and every year.  Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world to raise awareness on staying away from drugs or alcohol or on providing them with help and succor in their time of need.  It all started for the Red Ribbon Week in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, an act that caused angered and grieving parents and youth in communities all across the country to begin wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the mass killing and irreparable destruction that is caused by drugs in America.

This year, Best Drug Rehabilitation is helping to promote Red Ribbon Week by getting coloring pages into two local schools for the kids to fill out, also giving teachers a chance to communicate drug and alcohol addiction awareness to the children, why they should stay away from it, what to do if drugs or alcohol is offered to them, and what to do if a kid’s parent is addicted to drugs or is abusing substances.

Best Drug Rehabilitation wants to see a Michigan that does not have young people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.  Best Drug Rehabilitation itself services a lot of clients who are young adults, and the focus on prevention done by Red Ribbon Week is thusly something that Best Drug Rehabilitation feels very strongly about.  All in all, this is a powerful program and Best Drug Rehabilitation is proud to be a part of it.  Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.  If Best Drug Rehabilitation and Red Ribbon Week can get children, teens, parents, and teachers all talking about it, then some upset will be prevented and some lives will be saved in the long run.


Buzzed or Intoxicated: How Much is too Much?

There are plenty of substances that are abused daily by individuals all around the world, illicit and otherwise.  While authorities of the nation work to battle these illicit substances, the irony of the situation is that one of the most abused and dangerous substances used is a legal one.  This substance is alcohol, which is used by a multitude of individuals every day for many different purposes, whether it be to relax after a long work day or week, a celebration or to numb or lessen a painful experience.  While a drink now and then can be one way to relax for the evening or to socialize, alcohol consumption can develop into a worse condition very quickly.

The Six Stages of Alcohol Effects

Due to how fast alcohol consumption can ramp up, it begs the question: How much is too much?  Fortunately, there are certain characteristics that are indicative of six different levels or phases of intoxication that can be observed.  The brain is affected in different ways throughout the different phases as well.  These stages are below:

  1. The Euphoria Stage – In the first stage, an individual will exhibit signs such as reduction of inhibitions, more talkative, flush in the face, inability to concentrate as well, and some impairment of fine motor skills.
  2. The Excitement Stage – This stage escalates the effects the individual is experiencing. It can include such things as decreased reaction time, dulled senses, tiredness, coordination impairment, and erratic behavior can begin to come about.
  3. The Confusion Stage – This is the stage where an individual begins to become quite emotional. Other characteristics include slurring of speech, vision difficulties, pain senses dulled, and trouble with walking.
  4. The Stupor Stage – This stage is where people might begin to be concerned for the individual’s health, being that it includes inability to stand or walk, reduced response to stimuli, and nausea or vomiting.
  5. The Coma Stage – This is an extremely dangerous stage that is entered into when an individual consumes far too much alcohol. It includes unconsciousness, decreased body temperature, decreased heart rate, and shallow breathing.
  6. Death – Obviously, as most know, when alcohol consumption is taken to the extreme, it can end in death.

Some individuals will gradually increase the amount that they drink each time as their life goes on, which can bring them into higher stages of intoxication.  In some cases, people will drink themselves into higher stages quite early on, this is particularly true of teenagers who tend to often binge drink at parties.  Obviously, as this type of drinking progresses in can end up in a severe dependency.  At this point, an individual begins to have to hide their drinking or sneak around to drink.  When it reaches this point, it is crucial they seek help so that they do not begin to drink themselves into even higher stages such as coma, or even death eventually.

Since alcohol abuse can be fallen into quite easily, many individuals end up needing help to get clean and sober from it.  The treatment of alcohol dependence requires a vigilant eye since detox can be full of difficulties.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, our detox center is properly set up and staffed with professionals so that the detox experience can be eased as much as possible.  Finding the right treatment center is an integral part of preparing the individual for long term success.  We tailor a treatment program for each individual so that they can have their particular needs addressed, which produces much higher success.  Give us a call today so that we can get you or your loved one onto the road to sobriety.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Attends Rally For Recovery

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general is a grueling mess in the nation today. Many feel the effects of it whether they are themselves addicted or whether they know someone who is. Studies show that roughly twenty-three million Americans are addicted, equating to about one out of every three American families having an extended family member who is addicted, and one out of eight families who have an immediate family member who is hooked. No matter how you look at it, this is a very real problem and, if nothing is done about it, it is here to stay.

A few drug addiction rehabilitation centers have taken to working on not only rehabilitating their clients, but also on promoting drug and alcohol addiction awareness to effectively prevent addiction from spreading. Best Drug Rehabilitation is one such center. To raise awareness and to get the message out, Best Drug Rehabilitation staff and clients alike recently attended the, “Rally for Recovery”, a local event for the raising of awareness on the truth about drug and alcohol abuse.

Tackling Addiction the Best Drug Rehabilitation Way

There are two ways to fight addiction in any given area, and both must be worked at for there to be any success. The first is of course rehabilitation, and this is the job of actual rehabilitation centers to take people who are actively addicted to and abusing drugs and alcohol and put them through detox and rehab both to clean them up and recover them for life. The other method is that of prevention. Prevention is the category of removing addiction that basically involves anything that works to get people to stay away from drugs and alcohol before they even start. Prevention also includes actions taken but law enforcement to get drugs out of an area, bust trafficking rings, or stop drunk drivers.

Prevention is usually the job of federal, state, county, and city governments. Rehabilitation is the job of individual rehab centers. This year though, Best Drug Rehabilitation is going a step above and making a commitment to not only rehabilitating thousands of drug and alcohol addicts every year, but also to make an effort at preventing substance abuse from even happening in the State of Michigan. Best Drug Rehabilitation wants to see a sober Michigan, and they have committed themselves to activities and events like the Rally for Recovery to really get their message across to as many people as possible.

Prevention and Awareness Stops Addiction

People who are addicted who make it go right to go to rehab and to get clean will find a happier, healthier, and more positive way of life, and a sense of confidence and optimism for a brighter future for themselves and for their loved ones too. But wouldn’t it be better if they didn’t have to go to rehab in the first place? Sure beating addiction makes a person stronger, but wouldn’t it be better if no one had to experience addiction at all? That is the ultimate goal at Best Drug Rehabilitation. The Rally for Recovery is only one of many major events that Best Drug Rehabilitation engages in, and this rehab center has firmly put itself out there as a rehab center that is dedicated to the cause of not just rehabilitating people, but of stopping addiction from ever occurring in its community and all across Michigan for that matter.

Now it is hoped that more rehab centers rise up and accept the gauntlet that Best Drug Rehabilitation has thrown down. This is the time for rehab centers to be more than just rehab centers. A truly effective rehab center is a rehab center that not only recovers people but that also involves itself in the community. Now more than ever that service is desperately needed.

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

Opioid and heroin addiction remains a serious public health problem in Michigan and across the United States. So much so, that President Barack Obama declared September 18-24 Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, and called on Congress to allocate $1.1 billion to expand access to treatment services for individuals facing opioid and heroin addiction. In Michigan in particular, the State Court Administrator’s Office also recently announced a $50,000 grant to establish a new drug court in the 86th District Court, and statewide efforts are being made to break the continuing cycle of incarceration for drug addicts and get them into intensive treatment programs, in order to reduce recidivism.

Prosecution vs. Opioid Abuse Treatment

“We’re not really getting anywhere by incarcerating people – it’s just raising our (costs),” says Jeffrey O’Brien, Police Department Chief for Traverse City, Michigan. “How do we treat people, heal them, and provide them with support? That’s the problem everyone’s trying to look at right now. The Recovery Court has been very successful…so I think a drug court would be phenomenal.” O’Brien says treatment and education resources, such as those offered through a drug court, are one vital component of a two-prong approach to dealing with drug-related crimes in Michigan, which have traditionally been addressed through prosecution. “That’s the problem with the law enforcement end of this,” says O’Brien. “With enough time and money, you can push the problem out of your jurisdiction into the surrounding (area) and say it’s a success. But you haven’t solved the underlying issues. Education and treatment is the missing piece.”

Raising Awareness About Opioid Use Disorders

According to statistics released by the White House, “Each year, more Americans die from drug overdoses than in traffic accidents, and more than three out of five of these deaths involve an opioid.” Even more alarming, “Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioid pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl, has nearly quadrupled.” Unfortunately, many people who die from an opioid or heroin overdose never get the help they need, due to widespread misconceptions about opioid addiction and other substance abuse disorders, which contribute to harmful addiction-related stigmas and prevent them from seeking quality, evidence-based treatment.

So, in order to better address the issue of drug addiction and drug-related crimes in Michigan and across the United States, there are several initiatives being considered on the federal, state and local level, including the proclamation of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week by President Barack Obama, which seeks to raise public awareness about opioid use disorders, recognizes the individuals who are currently in recovery, and remembers those who have died due to prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction. According to a press release issued by the White House, these new efforts to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders would “expand overdose prevention strategies, and increase access to naloxone – the overdose reversal drug that first responders and community members are using to save lives.”

Seeking Treatment for Opioid and Heroin Addiction in Michigan

There have been local efforts to expand access to treatment for individuals struggling with opioid abuse disorders as well, helping more people get into treatment instead of jail. In Michigan, for example, new legislation has been proposed that will extend prosecution immunity to individuals seeking medical help for a drug overdose, as well as to individuals assisting another person who is overdosing. There are also professional substance abuse treatment facilities in Michigan, like Best Drug Rehabilitation, that specialize in treating heroin addiction and prescription opioid abuse, and that can offer individuals the help they need to overcome their substance abuse disorder. This, in combination with efforts on the federal level, can significantly improve the chances of addicted individuals achieving long-term recovery from opioid abuse, and can, as the White House puts it, “begin to turn the tide of this epidemic.”

Oxycodone vs Hydrocodone: Differences Between Opiate Drugs

An opiate is a drug derived from opium that has a morphine-like effect, commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, especially in patients who have undergone surgery or suffered a serious injury. Despite the fact that opiates are prescription drugs, it isn’t uncommon for users to become addicted and begin using the drugs in an inappropriate manner, which can increase the risk of opiate overdose and death. In fact, many people who use opiates for an extended period of time will develop a tolerance to them, meaning the same amount of the drug no longer has the same effect on the user as it once did, which can trigger the cycle of addiction. In cases such as this, the user routinely takes more and more of the drug in order to elicit the desired response, which can put him or her at risk for opiate overdose. Some examples of widely used opiate drugs include heroin, morphine, codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

What are Oxycodone and Hydrocodone?

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate drug developed in the early 1900s as an alternative to morphine, codeine and similar addictive pain medications. Some common trade names of oxycodone include OxyContin and Percocet, which are commonly prescribed following surgery or severe injury, in order to relieve the pain that occurs as the body is healing. Medically supervised use of oxycodone is legal. However, because oxycodone is an opiate drug, like morphine and codeine, it has the same highly addictive qualities as the others, and the constant use of oxycodone can result in a tolerance that increases the risk of addiction and overdose.

Like oxycodone, hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic drug developed from codeine compounds, that is commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain among patients who have undergone surgery, suffered a major injury, or been diagnosed with a chronic condition. Some common trade names for hydrocodone include Vicodin and Lortab, both powerful narcotic painkillers that work by preventing the nerves in the body from sending pain signals to the brain. Unlike other painkillers though, hydrocodone is often combined with other ingredients, including the over-the-counter pain reliever acetaminophen.

Differences Between Oxycodone and Hydrocodone

Although there are many similarities between oxycodone and hydrocodone, the main differences between the two opiates have to do with their potency, their cost, and how they are prescribed. Oxycodone, for example, is a highly potent drug that is prescribed on its own, while hydrocodone is typically prescribed in combination with other medications, like acetaminophen. Although both oxycodone and hydrocodone are prone to abuse, oxycodone appears to be the drug of choice among opioid abusers, and one study published in the journal Pain in 2013 attributed this fact to the quality of the high individuals seeking such effects get from oxycodone, compared to hydrocodone. This remains true, despite the fact that oxycodone costs nearly twice as much as hydrocodone, probably because hydrocodone users are less likely to increase the dose of the drug in order to get high, due to the risk of acetaminophen overdose.

Opiate addiction is a major problem in the United States, with more than 100,000 Americans dying from painkiller overdoses in the past ten years, and both oxycodone and hydrocodone are now categorized as schedule II drugs, which means the government recognizes the fact that they have a high potential for being abused. Some common side effects of opiate drug abuse may include nausea, vomiting, anxiety, headaches, depression, respiratory problems, suicidal thoughts, strokes, heart attacks, and possibly even death. Unfortunately, patients can become addicted to opiates like oxycodone and hydrocodone even when they take the drugs as prescribed, and many opiate abusers eventually abuse or become addicted to heroin, as the drug offers a similar high to prescription opiates at a cheaper price. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to oxycodone, hydrocodone or another opiate drug, Best Drug Rehabilitation can help.

5 Stages of Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is a progressive disease, something that occurs over a period of time rather than overnight, with the addiction becoming more and more destructive over time, resulting in cravings, a loss of control, a physical dependence on the alcohol, and the need for increasing amounts of alcohol to elicit the same intoxicating effects as before. In the United States, it is socially acceptable to drink alcohol on a regular basis, and for many teens and young adults, it’s considered a rite of passage to drink heavily and regularly. Unfortunately, this casual attitude towards alcohol can result in a lack of understanding about just how damaging alcohol can be, and how easily regular consumption of alcohol can lead to alcohol addiction. Heavy drinking is considered alcohol abuse when it harms the health of the user, puts him or her in dangerous situations, or negatively impacts his or her work and social relationships, and research has shown that there are five distinct stages of alcoholism.

  1. Stage One: Experimentation. The first stage of alcohol addiction is experimentation, occurring when a person begins experimenting with alcohol, testing their limits to see how much they can handle. At this stage, drinking is primarily social in nature, but it’s a good time for drinkers to assess their motivation for drinking. Is it to reduce anxiety? To feel good? To escape bad feelings or thoughts? To relieve physical pain? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” there may be reason to be cautious.
  2. Stage Two: Regular Use. During this stage, users have incorporated alcohol into their everyday lives, and have become increasingly tolerant to the substance, which means they need to consume increasing amounts of alcohol to experience the same intoxicating effects as before. In some cases, regular alcohol use may not appear to be problematic, especially if the user suffers few noticeable adverse effects and continues to function as before.
  3. Stage Three: Risky Use. The third stage of alcohol addiction is risky use. Risky alcohol use can be difficult to identify, especially because what some people consider risky, others may not. However, when an individual advances into this stage of alcohol addiction, there are often noticeable changes in their behavior, and they may begin drinking at inappropriate times, like while driving or caring for children. They may also begin to experience anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, problems at work, relationship issues or legal problems. It is at this stage that the problem begins to be apparent to friends and loved ones.
  4. Stage Four: Dependence. Continued alcohol use may result in dependence, which means the person’s body and mind is reliant on the alcohol to continue to function as before. In other words, the individual no longer feels in control of when they drink or how much they drink, and during this stage, may exhibit serious behavioral changes that can become dangerous. The most noticeable sign of alcohol dependence is that alcohol begins to take priority over other things the person once enjoyed, like spending time with friends and family members.
  5. Stage Five: Addiction. In almost every case, long-term alcohol abuse will lead to alcohol addiction, characterized by a physical and psychological dependence on the substance. At this stage, the person no longer finds pleasure in drinking; rather, drinking becomes a necessity. Once alcohol abuse progresses into an addiction, it can result in chronic health conditions like liver damage, heart disease and brain damage, and the best option for help is to find a professional rehabilitation center that specializes in treating alcoholism.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism at any stage can be treated, but the earlier the disease is diagnosed and addressed, the better the chances of recovery, as it becomes more and more difficult for the addict to recognize that they need help, the longer the disease is allowed to progress. By definition, women who consume more than three drinks in a day, and men who consume more than four drinks in a day, are heavy drinkers, while women who consume more than seven drinks per week, and men who consume more than fourteen drinks per week, are binge drinkers. If you recognize any of the five stages of alcohol addiction in a friend or loved one, your best course of action is to contact a professional rehab facility to discuss the various options for alcoholism treatment.

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BDR Sponsors REEL Recovery Film Festival in NYC

Best Drug Rehabilitation proudly announces our Official Sponsorship of the 2016 New York City REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium. REEL Recovery is a week-long event (Sept. 23rd – 29th) that highlights the important work of filmmakers on topics such as addiction, mental illness, recovery, treatment, and sobriety. The festival features full-length motion pictures, shorts, documentaries, and other works relevant to substance abuse issues. This event – which has been dubbed the “Sundance” of Recovery – brings together filmmakers, treatment providers, individuals in recovery, medical professionals and activists in sharing an important message: “Treatment Works.”

This year, the NYC leg of the REEL Recovery’s film festivals shares the month of September with National Addiction Recovery Month. REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium NYC is considered one of the longest recovery themed events in the country, rivaled only by its own week-long LA festival. What better way to celebrate life and recovery than by sponsoring our country’s longest recovery event

“Once a Cheerleader”

We chose to introduce and feature the film “Once a Cheerleader” on Monday, September 26th at the REEL Recovery Film Festival in NYC. Our screening of the film was met with much enthusiasm and positive feedback.

“Once a Cheerleader” is a dramatization of the true and far too common story of high school students falling into the world of drugs and crime. The film calls attention to the ease in which drugs enter and destroy the lives of our youth in the United States. It underscores the danger in stigmas and stereotypes surrounding drugs, and reminds audiences that even students who appear to have everything going for them are vulnerable to the slippery slope of substance abuse.

“Once a Cheerleader” is produced by the non-profit initiative Stopping Addiction with Family Education – a group founded by none other than our very own founder and CEO, Per Wickstrom. Mitchell Stuart directed the 38 minute film.

In light of the overwhelmingly positive audience feedback, REEL Recovery plans to show the film multiple times during their LA festival in late October.

We’re honored for the opportunity to share in this week-long event while raising awareness of the US Addiction epidemic.

Interested in learning more about or watching “Once a Cheerleader”? You can find it here on SAFE Prevention’s YouTube channel.


Celebrate Sober Living with BDR – National Recovery Month

During National Recovery Month in September each year, Best Drug Rehabilitation takes advantage of the opportunity to help educate the public about the dangers of drug addiction and share information about treatment options.

This year, the theme of National Recovery Month is, “Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery”.  The goal of this event is to celebrate recovery and honor the thousands of people that BDR has helped. Testimonials from former patients are an excellent way to show struggling addicts that they, too, can overcome addiction. The effectiveness of our programs is demonstrated each time a former client shares his or her story. All in all, there is no better way to express the joy of recovery than to hear it first hand from someone who has recently succeeded.

BDR and National Recovery Month

Your quest to find the best rehabilitation program should end with Best Drug Rehabilitation. Our comprehensive program is designed specifically for each’s unique needs. We believe each person needs to find out what works best for them. Additionally, through our open-ended program, patients are allowed to progress at their pace. In this way, they are more likely to reap the intended results. Therefore,  BDR is your best choice if you are determined to take back control or your life.  It is important to note that we think of each day of the year as National Recovery Month.  On a daily basis, we seek additional ways to reach out and convince a struggling addict to ask for help.

We Go the Extra Mile

We participate in various events throughout the year as our way of letting the public know that we take the issue of addiction very seriously. At each event, we strive to assure everyone that our program gives lasting results. Testimonials from former patients are very helpful. However, we realize some people respond more to the words of celebrities such as sports figures or entertainers. For this reason, we have sponsored and attended a variety of venues that allow us to share the stories from famous or popular individuals who have also overcome addiction.

In the past few years, we have been a part of the following events that are helping spread awareness about the dangers of addictive substances:

This list provides only a partial representation of the many events that we have attended and sponsored.  You can find out more on our website here.

During National Recovery Month this year we hope to reach out to even more people and convince them to seek treatment before serious consequences occur.  Join us in celebrating recovery, preventing addictions, and saving lives.

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