Addiction Treatment Programs

Abstinence Based Recovery

Brighton Center for Recovery is an Abstinence Based Treatment Program 

Brighton Center for Recovery has treated people suffering from addiction as well as their affected friends and family members for over six decades.  Brighton Center for Recovery has always evaluated new and emerging addiction treatment approaches in order to continuously offer the best treatment available for the alcoholic and drug addict.  Brighton Center for Recovery’s treatment approach is abstinence based, meaning stable and lifelong recovery can be achieved without use of any habit forming substances.  The success of individuals treated at Brighton Center for Recovery relies on the results from entering a 12-Step program of recovery (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous), and by developing recovery life skills from evidence based treatment modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family therapy.

Brighton Center for Recovery does not offer opiate maintenance treatment or other mood altering medication to treat symptoms of addictions.  The following is our position on use of medications while treating addiction.

Opiates:  While recognizing the need for narcotic pain medications for the management of some acute pain episodes, the staff of the Brighton Center for Recovery does not believe that the chronic use of any opiate is compatible with Recovery.  Our Medical and Therapy and Nursing Staffs address Chronic Pain Problems without using opiates.  We find most people using opiates chronically for pain, when admitted for treatment of addiction, will actually feel better after being withdrawn from opiates.  This includes opiates such as Suboxone and Tramadol.

Suboxone maintenance for opiate addictionThe Brighton Center for recovery Medical Staff uses Suboxone only during the detoxification process to reduce and manage the unpleasant physical reactions experienced during opiate withdrawal.  We do not use Suboxone long term to manage opiate addiction.  Rather, our treatment relies on 12-Step programs, as well as other treatment modalities, to achieve lasting recovery.

Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and other benzodiazepines:  Anxiety is a byproduct of addiction.  Many addicts are placed on benzodiazepines because of the anxiety associated with addiction while others use them for their mood altering effects.  The benzodiazepine family of drugs has been shown to be highly addictive, difficult to stop and may lead to relapse on alcohol and other substances after abstinence has been achieved (similar to the benzodiazepines are the benzodiazepine “look-alikes” such as Ambien or Sonata or Lunesta).  Many of our graduates report that the anxiety associated with addiction diminishes following committed involvement with a 12-Step recovery community

Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, & Concerta:  This class of medication has strong stimulant properties and is used for treating Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (formerly classified separately as ADD or ADHD).  Medications can have a beneficial effect on treating ADHD if a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation indicates their use and ongoing monitoring is in place.  However, these medications have become widely prescribed for reasons other than Attention Deficit Disorder.  As they activate brain pathways similarly to other addictive substances, their use can result in abuse and/or dependency or relapse on other addictive substances.  Please see our stimulant policy on this web site.

Medical Marijuana:  The Staff of Brighton Center for Recovery views marijuana as a mood altering, sobriety threatening substance whose use is counterproductive at any time, throughout the recovery process.  Our staff does not view marijuana as risk worth taking in the treatment for chronic pain or other medical conditions. There are many other effective forms of treatment that do not interfere with the recovery process.  Our Medical Staff addresses these conditions using non-habit forming treatments, eliminating the need for medical marijuana — please see our medical marijuana policy on this web site.

Psychotropic Medication: Our Psychiatric Staff, who are also certified in Addiction Medicine, recognize that anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, restlessness, distractibility and hypomanic states are often symptoms of addiction.  Psychotropic medications may be used following a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that determines that the mental health symptoms are independent from addiction or, if addiction-induced symptoms are of such severity that they will sabotage all attempts at Recovery.  Our Psychiatric Staff has the ability to treat patients without jeopardizing their abstinence based Recovery.