Founded in 1948 and incorporated in 1950, Brighton Center for Recovery Foundation was one of America’s first addiction treatment hospitals and also the first in Michigan. Brighton’s founder, Harry Henderson, had much help and involvement in the establishment of Brighton Center for Recovery from Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
By 1950, the founding trustees of Brighton Center for Recovery, made up of community and political leaders, lawyers, judges and physicians, had amassed nearly a decade of 12 step substance abuse experience. This made Brighton Center for Recovery a pioneer in the treatment of addictions in North America. Brighton preceded other rehabilitation centers by at least seven years. It was open and actively treating soldiers returning home with serious drinking problems and suffering from post traumatic stress from World War II.
Brighton’s predecessor institution was the Bloomfield Hills Sanatorium, founded in 1943. It was established by the same board with the full support of the Michigan Alcoholic Rehabilitation Foundation. However, with its success and growth, a new location was needed. Demand was so strong that the Michigan Alcoholic Rehabilitation Foundation board foresaw the need for a spacious campus, and acquired the present 92 acres east of the city of Brighton. The site was originally home to Glen Lore Manor, a women’s home established in the 1930s. However, from that point on, it was known as Brighton Center for Recovery. The rest is history.