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Man Enters Rehab a Drunk and Leaves with a New Life

Walking down the street, drunk and tired, Trevor felt ready to give up right then and there. As he stumbled down the street he got into an argument with an older man; the reason he couldn’t remember. He kept mumbling his thoughts and felt angry towards the world. How did it get this bad? Trevor had a family, friends and a decent job at one point, but that was pretty much all gone now. Although drunk, Trevor knew he needed to change something. Somewhere inside of him, he was aware that this wasn’t how his life was meant to be and that he can do better. As he kept walking down the street, he came across an ad for a rehab facility and saw it as a sign to take control of his addiction.

Entering Rehabilitation

The next day, Trevor made it to the rehab facility with the help of a family member. Still drunk from the night before, he walked in and told the receptionist he needed help. He went to detoxification immediately and started the process of becoming sober. The withdrawal symptoms came sooner than he thought and they were worse than he imagined. Trevor hardly slept for the next five days, but as the withdrawal symptoms became less and less, Trevor started to feel normal again. He began to think more clearly and felt brighter in general.

When detoxification was complete, he continued with his treatment program. Trevor’s treatment program consisted of therapy and classes that taught him tools he could use to handle his addiction. Therapy was what made Trevor realize that he was not alone. Several other people were in a similar situation as his. For the first time in his life, he felt he was a part of a community he could trust and turn to for help.

The classes were what he was missing all along. Trevor noticed right away the difference these tools made on his life. He started to communicate better with others, he was able to control his anger better, and he felt confident he could fix the issues he had caused with his family members. At the end of his treatment program, 45 days later, Trevor felt healthier, wiser, and confident enough to return home.

Overcoming Hardships with Recovery After Rehab

Trevor thought the hard part was over, and while he had overcome a big challenge, he realized he had more challenges to overcome. Returning to his life after rehab was painful. He had to re-create a life for himself that embodied his new values and goals to maintain his sobriety. He started with finding a new job with a company he respected. Once he reached that goal, he began to look for a new place to live. Using the tools he learned in rehab; he noticed he was reaching his goals faster than he thought was possible.

As Trevor reminisced over his active addiction, he realized how far he had come. He went from wanting to give up his life to creating a life full of happiness and sobriety in a matter of a few months. While Trevor wishes he would have entered rehabilitation sooner, he doesn’t regret anything that happened because if it weren’t for his addiction, he would have never learned the skills he now knows, and he would have never had the opportunity to have a support system that he could rely on. Rehab made Trevor feel confident that he could maintain his sobriety no matter what challenge comes up. With confidence comes security, and with security comes happiness.

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How Willie Started Over After Rehab

Willie had forgotten how to live. He forgot how to be truthful, how to be successful, how to hold onto a job; he forgot how to be himself, and that was the most upsetting part of it. Each time he used drugs or alcohol, strips of him were going away. At first, he thought it was a good thing because he didn’t really like who he was that much anyway, but now, more of him is gone than he wanted. Sick and tired of feeling lost, Willie knew what had to be done to find his way again. He knew he would hate it and feared it wouldn’t work, but drug rehabilitation was the only solution he could think of.

Finding the Rehab

Without many friends or family to do the research for him, Willie did his best to figure out which rehab facility would be a good option for him. In a hazy state, Willie lightly searched around and thought Best Drug Rehabilitation could help him get clean. As he entered the facility, he felt a sense of relief but also felt nervous for what was to come. He knew his withdrawal symptoms would not be easy.

Willie’s Rehab Experience

As soon as he signed all of the papers and got settled in, he was taken to detoxification. The first week was dreadful, and he started to doubt if he could make it through rehab. He couldn’t sleep even though he was exhausted and the withdrawal symptoms became so severe that he didn’t think it was even worth going into rehab. When he was close to finishing detoxification, he noticed that his withdrawal symptoms were finally coming to an end and he saw subtle changes within himself. He felt a clearness in his head that hadn’t been there in years, and his reactions to many things had changed for the better.

After detoxification, Willie started his treatment program that was tailor-made for him. During his treatment program, he learned tools to ensure he can be successful – something he always wanted while he was using. He has learned more about himself than he ever thought he could and understands why he got into drugs and alcohol in the first place. Willie started to finally feel as though he had found himself again and could start to recognize the person inside him.

Life After Rehab

After rehabilitation, Willie had to start and overcome a new challenge in his life. He wanted to make amends to the family and friends he had deceived and hurt while he was using. He also wanted to start taking action on his goals, some of which was to get a good job, have a nice home and to have friends and family he can trust and who can trust him. As he has started taking steps on these goals, he has been able to use the tools he learned from his treatment program to help him become successful in all aspects of his life. He has fixed the relationships of some of his family and friends so far and has started a new job that he is excited about.

The idea of starting over was an obstacle Willie had to overcome, and while life after rehab has been challenging, he is full of hope and promise for the future. He is grateful that he can have a second chance at living a sober life where he can redeem himself and redefine as spiritually and mentally, as well as physically. Rehabilitation has made Willie confident that he can be successful in his life again.

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How Zackary Overcame Drug Addiction

It was the weekend, and he was out with friends. This time had been the third time he had tried to stop using drugs on his own, but his friends always got him to use again. He knew drugs were destroying him slowly, but he felt weak when it came to saying no. “I’ve already taken them before, they won’t do much more harm if I use again,” is what Zackary thought to himself right before he gave in to his friend for nagging at him about taking a hit. That last hit felt weird to him; it didn’t feel like what he had taken before. As Zackary was about to ask if it was laced with something, he started tripping harder than he ever had.

He couldn’t remember much of what had happened when the drug finally started to wear off. All he knew was that he was upset, tired, and stuck in a trap he didn’t know how to get out of. He whipped out his laptop and typed in “best rehab centers near me” and clicked search. He scrolled until he came to Best Drug Rehab and decided to check it out. He read over the entire website and thought if he ever wanted a chance to find peace with himself again, he would need to go here.

Zackary’s Rehab Experience

Zackary made an appointment to visit the facility and toured it. He decided he was going to enter rehab that day. He felt proud for taking this big step on his recovery journey, but he also felt scared, nervous, and anxious. Soon after he signed in and got acquainted with the facility, he was brought to the detoxification center. He could tell that this was going to be the hardest thing he had ever done so far in his life. The first week and a half of detox felt like he was stuck in a nightmare. His withdrawal symptoms were intense, and he couldn’t stop it. He kept reminding himself why he was doing this in the first place and that it would be worth it in the end. When detoxification was over, the withdrawal symptoms were gone, and he already felt 100 times better.

Zackary then started his customized treatment plan. He learned a lot about himself and got to have conversations with others who had very similar situations to him. Zackary used to feel alone when it came to feeling trapped by drugs, especially since his friends didn’t seem bothered by it. He was happy to meet people who felt the same way. Zackary learned the tools that he was missing to help him remain sober and live a successful life. During his treatment program, he learned how to control his anxiety and face his problems so he wouldn’t have to use drugs as a crutch anymore. The best part of rehab for Zackary was that he finally started to have self-respect and love for himself again. He hadn’t felt that in many years and he never thought he’d be able to gain that back.

Re-entering Society After Rehab for Drug Addiction

Zackary felt ready to re-enter the world when his addiction treatment program was over. He felt confident enough to be able to handle any challenges that came his way and to remain sober for a very long time. Life after rehab wasn’t a walk in the park; it was hard work, and there were many challenges he had to overcome. While he knew he had changed, it had to be proven to many people he had lied to and deceived while he was using. Now, Zackary has gained back the trust of his family and many of his friends and is on the road to a successful life and recovery from addiction.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Celebrates National Recovery Month

Anybody who has gone through the process of overcoming addiction can tell you, it isn’t easy. For many, it is the hardest thing that they have ever had to do. But, ask those same people if it was worth it, and they will always tell you that it was.

Recovery is possible, and recovery is worth it.

That’s what makes National Recovery Month so important. Every September, we observe National Recovery Month. Every year has a different theme. The theme of the 2016 Recovery Month is “Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!”

addiction treatment program. These tesIn keeping with that theme, we wanted to share some of the stories of the thousands of people who have found a brighter and more productive way of life with the help of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s multi-modality timonials are proof that recovery from addiction is possible, no matter how bad things might seem.

“I found myself here. I found things that will make me happy again, without drugs.” – Ben M.

“Instead of running from my problems, they taught me how to confront them. I now deal with it instead of using drugs to cover them up.” – Cary H.

“My head’s in a great place. I feel really comfortable. I feel like I’m a lot more confident now. I’m aware of what’s going on.” – Raine P.

“It took me coming here to learn what alcoholism and drug abuse is. I can see it in myself.” – Isaac W.

“For someone like me who was on heroin as bad as I was, for me to have 12 years free from heroin, it can be done. It’s something that you have to work at. There is hope out there, you have to want it and be ready to make that change.” – Cerisse B.

We Celebrate Recovery with our Clients

These graduates also show how effective our treatment program for those struggling with addiction. We understand that every person we see is a unique individual, and that each patient will respond in a different way to any particular method of rehabilitation. They find a happier, healthier, and more positive way of life, and a sense of confidence and optimism for a brighter future.


Cerisse’s Recovery Month Review

“There is Hope”

Drug Addiction isn’t hopeless. Best Drug Rehabilitation can Help. Call Today.

This National Addiction Recovery Month, Best Drug Rehabilitation is providing hope where there wasn’t hope to be found. Cerisse and BDR are celebrating her recovery from alcohol and heroin addiction this September.

Cerisse came to BDR 12 years clean of heroin, but suffering from alcohol addiction. She started out drinking a glass of wine at night, but soon began hiding vodka from her husband. On Easter, Cerisse’s husband reached his breaking point and kicked her out of the house.

This Recovery Month, we’re celebrating Cerisse’s sobriety and safe return home to her family.

With Best Drug Rehabilitation’s help, Cerisse now understands the underlying issues contributing to her addiction. Through our residential, individualized addiction treatment programs, Cerisse and all of our graduates learn and develop the coping and life skills they need to succeed during and beyond our addiction rehabilitation program.

For Cerisse, being able to focus on the things she loves and enjoys doing was crucial to her addiction recovery. In her recovery month review video, Cerisse offers advice to those suffering from substance abuse and/or chemical dependency. She wants you to know: “There is hope. You just have to want it and be ready to make that change.”


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6 Incredible Rehab Success Stories

Posted by Myra Davis to Success Story

Do you feel hopeless about overcoming your addiction? Do you love someone who can’t seem to stop using drugs? There is help and hope. Six rehab success stories provide inspiration you need to keep moving forward and working to achieve the addiction recovery you crave.


1. Jeanette

At the age of 33, Jeanette tried drugs for the first time. Eventually, she became a meth addict with legal trouble, medical challenges, and family estrangement. After asking her family for help, she entered rehab. Today, she’s been sober for 14 months and is repairing the damage caused by drugs.

Jeanette tells people how addiction took over and ruined her life before she noticed what was happening. However, she reports that regaining her purpose is the greatest part of recovery. Not only is her self-esteem growing every day, but she’s working in a drug rehab and finding fulfillment helping others live addiction-free.

2. Paul

By the age of seven, alcohol and marijuana use were so commonplace in Paul’s home that he joined in. At 17, he needed whatever drugs he could get to survive every day. After smuggling drugs, he got into legal trouble and lost everything by age 28.

The next few years saw Paul move from being clean to being in jail for heroin possession. He finally realized in 2002 that he needed to change. Drug rehab helped him get clean. It also taught him how to handle life without drugs and alcohol, and Paul is excited about moving forward into a new life.

3. Keith

Keith remembers his first drug binge in 1970. In 1999, he realized he didn’t care whether he lived or died. That’s when he stopped in at a rehab. The intake counselor suggested he stay a few days. Fortunately, he agreed. He also learned that he could choose to return to active addiction or choose recovery.

Through the ups and downs, Keith recovered his physical well-being, mental faculties, and spiritual understanding. He now encourages addicts to keep trying to overcome their addiction. Everyone is worthy of love and deserves to be clean.

4. Caitlin

When her parents found out that 14-year-old Caitlin was smoking marijuana and using benzodiazepines, they sent her to therapeutic wilderness camp. She responded by using harder drugs, finding bad friends and getting into legal trouble. In and out of jail, she also kept using off and on for several years. Her family eventually cut her off. Even though she was isolated, she felt stuck and unable to change.

After cooking meth for several months, Caitlin decided to enter a drug rehab. She failed the initial fitness test. However, her trainer encouraged her to exercise, lift weights, and run. Today, her body and relationships with family members are on the mend. She says it feels good to do things together and be close again now that she’s clean.

5. Burnell

By the age of 44, Burnell had been in and out of rehabs several times. He had first started using crack to lose weight. The drug did help him lose weight, but he found that he couldn’t stop using, was broke, and started to steal from family.

Unfortunately, his drug use became worse after each attempt to get clean. His Good Friday 2013 relapse led him to attempt suicide. He finally decided to try rehab once more and make it stick. His persistence helped him regain self-respect and start loving himself.

Burnell is proud to say that he now has more confidence in himself. He admits that he has to work hard, but the effort is worthwhile. Being clean feels amazing.

6. Donna

After trying several rehabs, Donna felt frustrated. Nothing was working. She finally realized she needed a holistic rehab. Here, she exercised three times a week and participated in yoga, karate, acupuncture, and vitamin therapy. She also attended cognitive therapy that really got to the heart of her addiction instead of just asking her how she was feeling.

Today, Donna remains clean. She credits the holistic approach with helping her understand her addiction and deal with the triggers and challenges in a healthy way.

These six success stories can inspire you to seek the drug treatment you need. Are you ready? There’s no quick fix, but rehab and the tools you learn there will help you recover successfully. Get started today.


Drug Rehab Success Story: Sheldon from Houston, Texas


Sheldon graduated from Best Drug Rehab in November. I sat down with Sheldon to discuss his recovery and his experience at BDR.

[fontawesome icon=”comments-alt” circle=”no” size=”large”]How is Best Drug Rehab different?

[one_half last=”no”] It’s completely different. I’ve done the 12-step program.

This was the third drug rehab center I went to, and all the others were just a place to go and spend time. No one truly cared about me. But here, the staff has been through what I went through.

They know the heartache, they know the pain, and they trusted me. When I arrived at BDR, somebody was actually there to believe in me and stand behind me and help me through it. They understood me and knew what I was feeling.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]

It was excellent. I absolutely loved it. I got along with everybody. It was just an overall friendly place where everybody helped me in one way or another.

[fontawesome icon=”comments-alt” circle=”no” size=”large”]Why did Best Drug Rehabilitation work for you?

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[fontawesome icon=”heart” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Personal Care

BDR works on a personal level, and that helps a lot.

At Best Drug Rehabilitation you have to do your programs, but you don’t necessarily have to do their programs. At other rehabs, 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.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]

[fontawesome icon=”pencil” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Awesome Activities

You have groups to go to. When you do go, you get rewarded. BDR pushes you to do your work, which helps you when you get out because you have the motivation to accomplish something. Then you can participate in fun activities, like bowling and socializing, which reorient you to life in the outside world. You don’t feel that people are walking over you any more. You learn to communicate what you’re feeling, to project yourself out into society more. You actually learn those skills in your groups.[/one_half]

[fontawesome icon=”comments-alt” circle=”no” size=”large”]What was the relationship between the staff and the clients?

It was excellent. I absolutely loved it. I got along with everybody. It was just an overall friendly place where everybody helped me in one way or another. If I was ever having a bad day, I’d go talk to Nurse Kelly or somebody on staff — everyone at BDR was there to support me. Or, if I was just not recognizing what I was supposed to be doing in that moment, they’d give me a little space. They would take me outside, talk with me to figure out what was going on, and try to work through it instead of just punishing me.

[fontawesome icon=”comments-alt” circle=”no” size=”large”]How do you feel now that you are sober?

I have more energy. I have more motivation. I get along better with my family. I get along better with my son. My days are productive; they go by faster. I feel youthful again, like I have a purpose.

[fontawesome icon=”comments-alt” circle=”no” size=”large”]Would you recommend Best Drug Rehabilitation to other people?

Yes, I would.

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Steve Machat and His Daughter

Hi, my name is Steven Machat. I’m a citizen of the United States, and I met Per because he runs a drug rehab – it’s called Best Drug Rehab.  I was in need of trying to find an alternative method of helping my daughter.  I learned the hard way all these answers, when my daughter became inflicted with the need to do drugs.  She’s been in almost every (whatever you want to call it), I call it prisons, but she’s been in almost every one of these drug rehab prisons because they make a lot of money out of you.  And what they do is a pharmaceutical game – they put you on these pills and then you have to come back to get the pill.

So I love my daughter, and I’ve suffered, and she’s been looking to figure out what is her reason to be.  Hopefully, Margo will rebound and become the light  for people that are looking for a reason to be.

A mutual friend of ours, Per’s and mine, said “Steven, I may have the answer for your daughter.  This is a company that does not allow them to take pills.”  So when Margo had her latest breakdown, because she’s been on the path and she’s trying to get it together, and she’s so bright, but she fights that bright with darkness because she’s scared of who and what she can be.  But sooner or later I pray every day that she’ll step into her shoes.  And so, I met Per and Per said to me, “There’s no drugs here,”
[one_half] So with Per, my daughter went to his place, I’ll say February 1st, and she graduated from his course.  She was off drugs, and it was a very happy time when I went there in May and she was working with him.  I ran around Michigan; it was lovely; I love Michigan, I had never been to Michigan.
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She was off drugs, and it was a very happy time

So I thought Per’s company would help Margo with love, but Margo has demons – we all have demons.  And she fell into her demons again.  And she escaped from reality and she ran off and ended up in Charleston, West Virginia, and it broke my heart.  So I ended up, I ended up getting her back to Per so she could detox.  And she went back to Per, and for whatever reason the personalities and everything at this place didn’t work; or maybe Margo was basically cured.

So Margo got angry; she had to be there because I know one truth: when you’re ready to stop living on drugs, to put shadows on your lights with ceilings, you don’t need anyone.  And maybe my daughter at that moment in time was really ready, so she escaped.  With anger she was striking out that she was there.  She wrote things that one day she’ll regret, because I believe my daughter needs to live in love.

Right now she’s in LA  – I was visiting with her.  I believe, and I’m a father so besides believing, I’m hoping it to be true – I believe she’s ready to move forward. And if my daughter can teach the lessons of the misery caused by drugs, making no thought except being an animal – drugs make you an animal because you have no love, it shuts it off.  They end up robbing you; they end up stealing from you, and they end up piercing your heart.

My daughter right now, and I thank Per, because you know something?  We learned it in mathematics: a negative and a negative can make a positive.  I believe my daughter is clean: she’s at home, she’s working, she’s talking, she’s reading, and she’s engaging with me.  And I hope it’s alright, and I thank Per.

Things don’t turn out rosie, but if they turn out in light, then there’s brightness.  I’ve no problem with Per; I have no problem with what he did, and I’m speaking as the father of the Machats.

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Success Story: Donna from New Jersey

Donna’s son graduated from Best Drug Rehabilitation. I sat down with Donna to discuss her son’s recovery and his experience at BDR.

Tell us about your son’s experience at Best Drug Rehabilitation.

My son’s experience at Best Drug Rehabilitation helped him look at himself on the inside. He learned to understand how he felt about himself and discover why he kept going back to drugs. The in-depth treatment helped my son learn to change the things he was doing wrong and remain in control of them. BDR also offered a great deal of help in other areas, including work principles, financial management and planning, and behavior control techniques.

Why is Best Drug Rehabilitation different from other rehabilitation facilities?

Here’s a little bit of history. My son was in A Forever Recovery prior to Best Drug Rehabilitation, and before that he was in two other rehabs — one in Florida and one on the west coast. A Forever Recovery was very good, but unfortunately my son came back and relapsed.

Best Drug Rehabilitation has been the most successful rehab experience for my son. What we like most are the principles. It is not just a 12-step program where they instill these 12 principles in your head for you live and breathe by. The 12-step approach is not a bad approach, but it just doesn’t work for some people, just as it didn’t work for my son. Treatment at Best Drug Rehabilitation seemed to reset him from the inside and offered a great deal more than just repeating steps.

What was the relationship like with the staff and counselors?

It was an excellent relationship. The staff did a really good job of managing the program and keeping us 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.

What kind of problems did your son run into?

My son had issues handling anger, so he would get out of control if things did not go his way. At one point, he didn’t want to abide by a certain rule, and it was interfering with his and others’ progress. It was difficult for us on our end because we were hundreds of miles away from our son and couldn’t do much to help. But the staff called and told us, “Hey, we are professionals here and we’ve seen this before. Let us take control of the situation and handle it. If there is a problem, we will get back to you immediately.” The staff really took the stress off of our family and used their experience to resolve the conflict. After that, I could hear the success that he was making in his voice every time we talked on the phone.

What was the aftercare program like?

When my son got home, Best Drug Rehabilitation called every day and slowly wound down as time went on. It was obvious that the staff cared deeply about my son and that their intention was not just to let him go and be done with him after rehab. I appreciated that the counselors would continually call to talk to my son about his progress and that they were always there for him if any situations arose.

Everything my son learned from the program was useful in managing his everyday life. Best Drug Rehabilitation offered more than just the 12 step program. Their treatment involved learning internal ways of dealing with the battles and struggles of life, relationships, and stressful situations. This is what helps people when they return to the real world.

My son has been working full time for the last three months and has been able to be open and honest with his loved ones. He’s maturing now at 22 years old, and after dealing with his addiction for the past five years, we are all glad to be looking forward.

How does it feel to have your son back healthy and sober?

It’s fantastic! It’s a blessing! It’s truly a gift, because that’s all we wished for for so long. It feels wonderful to have him back in our lives. It feels great to see my son becoming successful and having a great job where everyone loves him. He’s probably going to get a promotion in the next couple of months, in fact — he’s managed to handle himself with the tools that he’s learned in order to succeed and keep moving forward.

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