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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 nation’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.

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74 Overdoses in 72 Hours Suspected of Being Caused by Bad Heroin

According to Chicago officials today, a total of 74 people overdosed on bad heroin within the last 72 hours. They attribute it to some bad heroin that may have been laced with a painkiller known as Fentanyl. Doctors at Stroger Hospital in Chicago are concerned because the standard treatments for heroin overdoses aren’t immediately working in these cases. The DEA is actively assisting the police in their efforts to track down this bad batch of drugs.

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Drug-Related Celebrity Deaths

The Top 9 Most Shocking Drug-Related Celebrity Deaths

Posted by Myra Davis to News

Celebrities are no strangers to drug addiction. After all, they’re human like the rest of us. We’re still often shocked, though, when we hear about drug-related celebrity deaths. These nine drug-related celebrity deaths were certainly shocking, and they prompted us to consider the dangers of drugs.

Jimi Hendrix

An American musician, singer, and songwriter, Jimi Hendrix died on September 17, 1970, at the age of 27. The official cause of death was barbiturate-related asphyxia. Although we can’t say his name without thinking of the drug culture, his death shocked the world because he had recently headlined the 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and was quickly growing into the role of one of rock music’s most influential instrumentalists.

Heath Ledger

The Australian actor starred in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight. Unfortunately, he was addicted to cocaine and heroin. His death occurred because of a prescription drug overdose of medications including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and diazepam. The strange circumstances and numerous questions about his death made his demise especially unbelievable. His death was truly one of the most puzzling of drug-related celebrity deaths.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

At the age of 46, this actor died on February 2, 2014, of an acute mixed drug intoxication thanks to heroin, amphetamine, cocaine, and benzodiazepines. He had used drugs during his New York University days, stayed sober for 23 years following his post-college rehab stint, and then relapsed with alcohol in 2012. Prescription medication and heroin addiction soon followed, along with a visit to a drug rehab in May 2013. Because he insisted that he was clean and sober, his death shocked his family, friends, and fans. We could all agree that this was truly one of the saddest of the drug-related celebrity deaths.

Janis Joplin

After she started drinking in high school, Joplin began using drugs. Ultimately, a heroin overdose took this American musician’s life on October 4, 1970. Because she was just 27 years old and fellow musician Jimi Hendrix had died barely two weeks before her, fans reacted strongly to her passing. Her original voice, vulnerability, and captivating style left an enormous musical void.

Whitney Houston

One of the world’s most recognized and awarded singers, Houston was also a talented 48-year-old actress who drowned on February 11, 2012, as a result of cocaine and heart disease complications. Flexeril, marijuana, Benadryl, and Xanax were also found in her body. Her long addiction to numerous drugs was no secret, and she did check into rehab a few times. That didn’t stop the world from mourning her untimely death and the loss of this spectacular musician.

Michael Jackson

Don’t Michael Jackson songs make you want to break out and do the moonwalk? Unfortunately, the iconic 50-year-old American pop singer died on June 25, 2009, from cardiac arrest and acute propofol intoxication caused by prescription drugs, including benzodiazepines, midazolam, and lorazepam. His long-time addiction to painkilling opioids was well-known, but he was staging a comeback tour, and no one expected him to die. People from around the world grieved profoundly when they heard the sad news of his death.

Elvis Presley, One of the Most Shocking Drug-Related Celebrity Deaths

All of his fans remember where they were when they heard about Elvis Presley’s untimely death on August 16, 1977. The 42-year-old American musician, singer, and actor mixed illegal and prescription drugs, including methaqualone, barbiturates, codeine, and cocaine, which aggravated a heart arrhythmia. He was hospitalized several times from previous drug overdoses, and his addiction affected his performances on stage and in the recording studio. However, he never sought treatment for his addiction and may have fired the bodyguards who most strongly advised him to seek help for his addiction.

John Belushi

Saturday Night Live and the comedic world was never the same after this actor, comedian, and musician died on March 5, 1982, from a speedball overdose at the age of 33. With several movie and TV projects in the works, his death chilled co-workers, family members, friends, and fans. Belushi did have a drug problem that affected his ability to show up for work on time. Although he tried to clean up to meet deadlines, his addiction won in the end.

Jim Morrison

The 27-year-old musician, singer, and songwriter anchored The Doors, who shot to fame in 1967. His July 3, 1971, death was caused by heart failure from heroin or cocaine overdose and came as a huge surprise to fans despite his severe drug addiction. It meant the end of an era for this young, charismatic, and influential musician.

Which of these celebrities impacted your life the most? From musicians to movie stars, no one is immune to drug addiction. If you or a loved one struggle, seek life-saving treatment and help today.

Best Drug Rehabilitation in Michigan

[one_half last=”no”]In response to the ever-increasing numbers of substance abusers and addicts in the state, Best Drug Rehabilitation is proud to announce their plan to open a approximately 200 bed addiction treatment facility in Western Michigan in the summer/fall of 2014. This new facility will benefit the surrounding communities in several ways.  First and foremost, addicted persons in the area can now find a treatment program that is proven effective.  Secondly, the facility will employ around 100 people, thereby boosting the economy in the area.  A third benefit relates to how the community will thrive when more and more of its citizens are healed and returned to being a contributing asset to society.[/one_half][one_half last=”yes”] [/one_half]

[fontawesome icon=”leaf” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Offering New Hope for Life After Drugs

Far too often today we hear about another death from drug overdose or from drug-related crime and activities.  Best Drug Rehabilitation offers an alternative to that outcome by providing a comprehensive approach to treatment that works, giving clients new hope for reclaiming their future.

Many addicts feel that they are beyond help, that it is too hard and they can’t help but fail.  The goal is to change this negative outlook into one of optimism and ambition.  This is accomplished by treating clients with respect and compassion while helping them heal mentally, physically and spiritually to ensure their time in treatment was well spent.

[fontawesome icon=”leaf” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Why Michigan Needs an Addiction Treatment Facility

Across the nation, statistics show that the number of addictions are steadily rising.  Also, newer and more deadly drugs are emerging, both in the illegal drug market and the prescription drug market.  Although Michigan isn’t alone in efforts to bring these numbers down, the state has ranked somewhat above national rates for illicit drug use.

Below are a few comparisons done by SAMHSA that indicate why Michigan needs a facility such as Best Drug Rehabilitation.  These statistics are based on studies done from 2006-2008:

  • 9.03% of persons aged 12 or older in Michigan had used an illicit drug. This is significantly higher than the 8.14% national average.
  • 5.99% of persons nationwide, aged 12 or older, used marijuana recently.  In Michigan the rate is somewhat higher at 6.91%.
  • 7.16% of persons nationwide, aged 12 or older needed, but did not receive, treatment for alcohol use.  In Michigan the rate is slightly higher at 7.41%.
  • In the 2013 overdose mortality rates, Michigan ranks at 18th in the US.
  • Prescription drug overdose deaths in Michigan tripled since 1999, compared to national overdose deaths which doubled in 29 states.
Although many thousands of addicts across the country have recovered and are living productive, enjoyable lives, the numbers above indicate that treatment programs have only just begun to make a difference.  For this reason, the opening of this new facility in Michigan can help those citizens who are in need of a lasting solution to their addiction problems.

[fontawesome icon=”leaf” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Innovative Approach to Addiction Treatment

Through many years of treating addictions, the people at Best Drug Rehabilitation have gained immeasurable expertise in knowing what works and what doesn’t.  They have found that creating an individualized program for each client’s needs is an effective method of ensuring that he or she will remain in treatment long enough to enjoy a successful recovery.  Each aspect of the program is in place to achieve a specific goal for each client as they progress through treatment, with the end result of exiting the program with new hope for a promising future.

To learn more about this new facility in Western Michigan, call now and a Best Drug Rehabilitation representative will be happy to answer your questions.





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