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Appreciating New Life – Best Drug Rehabilitation Goes Skating

Taking a day to relax and have some fun, patients and staff from BDR visited West Shore Community Ice Arena for some winter fun

Recovering from addiction is often difficult and stressful. Reemerging emotions can be overwhelming, and digging deep to uncover the underlying causes of a person’s addictive behaviors can be painful at times. While progress in the treatment program is the first and highest priority, there is also a need for some time to unwind and simply relax, blow off some steam, have a little fun, and maybe share a few laughs. As often as we can, we try to bring this opportunity to our patients.

As winter entered its last few weeks across the Northern Midwest, staff members at Best Drug rehabilitation thought it would be nice to take a few of our patients who have made significant progress in their recovery program out for some seasonal fun. Travelling to the nearby town of Ludington, MI, just a short drive from our home in Manistee, we paid a visit to the West Shore Community Ice Arena, where the day was spent gliding, and sliding, across the ice.

This day trip wasn’t just about relaxing and having fun. As our patients progress in their recovery, it is important for them to relearn how to create healthy and functioning relationships. The time that they spend with one another, both in and out of the halls of our rehabilitation center, helps to create a strong foundation for the support system that will continue to carry them along the path of recovery long after they graduate from our treatment center.

Taking time for things like this skating rink excursion also helps to reinforce one of the most important concepts in overcoming addiction – that it IS possible to have fun and enjoy the world around us without drugs or alcohol. That we CAN tolerate and even enjoy the company of others without being high or drunk, and that we make much better company ourselves when we are clean, sober, and free from the bonds of addiction.

Throughout their stay at our recovery center, the patients at Best Drug Rehabilitation are offered many opportunities to get out and enjoy their newfound appreciation for life and the beauty that the world has to offer us. Our results-based program does not adhere to any 30-, 60-, or 90-day timeframe but rather focuses on progress in recovery and allows plenty of time for the patient to fully absorb the treatment process. With this kind of flexible and dynamic program, taking a day here or there to experience the world with the refreshed vision of sobriety doesn’t impact the patient’s progress in any way. Instead, it supplements it and gives them a stronger sense of confidence and a more positive self-image, and helps them to feel more comfortable with themselves around other people. They discover that they can in fact function as a member of society and help make the world a better place for everyone.


  • Didi Smith

    Oh what fun! It’s good to see that Best Drug Rehab takes all aspects of a person’s like into account when getting then through their rehab program. While being in a distraction free environment is important for the person to be able to concentrate on themselves and address all the things they need to address in order to be successful. They do also need to see that once they have completed their program, they can go out and have fun in a public environment and not feel bad about it. The fact that BDR see this and as they get close to the end of their programs, they take them out and have them interact with each other and the public so they can see for themselves that they can do well in society again.

  • carcol

    What a great idea. Getting the person in and started on their recovery program is a big step. Working with them to get through that program and teaching them skills they can use once they’ve completed their program in order to stay on top of their addiction is very vital. Its good to see that Best Drug Rehab takes things even a step further than that and takes their recovering patients out into the environment to places like this where they can experience being out in public and having fun without the use of drugs or alcohol. I can see how this would help the person even more as this is what they would be most afraid of – getting out there and dealing with their environment clean and sober.

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