At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we have the combined experience and knowledge of many different people who have successfully completed the recovery process. 80 percent of our staff, in fact, are former addicts who have formal educations in recovery science as well as degrees from the addiction school of hard knocks. That combined expertise — both scientific and practical — has created a powerful team to address the unique needs of recovering addicts.
The first major difference between BDR and other centers is that we take a holistic view of addiction. We approach the recovering addict as a whole person, rather than as a narrow set of addictive symptoms. We believe, for example, that addiction is not an illness, but rather a learned behavior. No one wakes up in the morning and decides to be a heroin addict; addiction is something that a person develops over time. The addict begins by turning to a bottle of beer or a joint to escape his problems, and then continues to use these drugs over time to avoid confronting key issues. As a result, the addict never really learns how to deal with the very real problems in his or her life. That’s where we begin the psychological and emotional work.
That holistic approach also creates a unique physical recovery process. The first thing we do at BDR is get you and your body healthy. This is the important physical component to addiction that needs to be addressed. Here too we take a holistic approach: We use amino acids, proper nutrition, vitamins, massage, and acupuncture — all of the effective alternative techniques that help the addict feel well enough to function again.
At the same time, we don’t rely on drugs to treat addiction. Our goal for our patients is to help them handle life fully and honestly without the use of further medication. While we do use medication in cases of severe withdrawal — we don’t believe in withdrawing a person from heroin without a medical detox, for example — we never use drugs as a crutch. Instead, we understand our patients’ unique needs and prescribe a personalized course of action, without relying on medication unnecessarily.
The reason is that addiction, as a learned behavior, develops when patients use a drug to mask their pain. That coping mechanism helps addicts avoid the underlying issue from the start, encouraging them to use more. Sooner or later, that drug becomes an addiction, and an addiction is easily transferable to a new one, whether it’s cocaine or Xanax. Once a patient learns to mask pain with a different drug, the addiction becomes reinforced. At BDR, we get rid of that cycle of dependence and help patients begin to confront the underlying issues that caused the addiction in the first place. That too is a cornerstone of our holistic methodology.
Finally, we don’t put recovery on an arbitrary timetable. Your recovery isn’t based on a 28-day schedule; it’s based on a successful result. That result develops in counseling sessions that are designed to help patients become more aware of their problems and discover the right way to handle them. We don’t believe in imposing a timeline on so important a process. It might take 28 days, it might take 50 days, or it might take longer — whatever the scenario, we embrace the addict’s unique timeline.
That responsiveness to our patients’ unique needs sets an important tone for Best Drug Rehabilitation. We never tell recovering addicts that they’re done with the program until they’ve actually achieved their goals and become stable, healthy and sober. When our patients do leave, we set up aftercare for a year after they get out, providing a clear next step and support structure for their recovery.
That is the BDR philosophy. Using a holistic framework, we first get the patient’s body healthy and functioning. Then we begin the important work of addressing the underlying causes of the addictive behavior. Finally, we focus on providing unique treatment options for our patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis, using a timeline that allows them to succeed in recovery. Those three pillars separate Best Drug Rehabilitation from all the other available options.