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2014 Annual Report

Click below to open the Brighton Center for Recovery 2014 Annual Report. (Report is in pdf format)

Heroin: The Hidden Crisis

Scott Masi, Brighton Center for Recovery community outreach and referral specialist, was part of a special broadcast on WDIV-TV 4 titled ‘Heroin: The Hidden Crisis.

Suburban Collection Showplace Donates $25,000 to Assist Brighton Center for Recovery Education Program for Children

Warren- The Brighton Center for Recovery is the beneficiary of $25,000 in additional funds for the Children’s Addiction Prevention Program, thanks to a donation by Blair Bowman, owner of The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The program is a free educational, therapeutic and addiction prevention program for children ages 7 to 12 who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug problem.

“This generous support from The Suburban Collection Showplace, combined with a recent gift of $50,000 from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, will enable us to significantly expand this program at Brighton,” said Raymond Waller, director of the Brighton Center for Recovery.

Brighton Center for Recovery, formerly known as Brighton Hospital, is one of America’s oldest and most experienced substance abuse treatment facilities and is a member of the St. John Providence Health System.

“We are pleased to support this unique program designed for children who’ve been directly affected by the addiction challenges faced by a parent, sibling, grandparent or other family member,” said Blair Bowman, owner, The Suburban Collection Showplace. Bowman is also vice chair and treasurer for the Board of Providence and Providence Park Hospitals (St. John Providence Health System West Region Board) and a longtime supporter of St. John Providence Health System.

Brighton Center for Recovery believes that addiction and prevention education between the ages of 7 and 12 can have a dramatically positive impact on young people’s futures.


Information on Canine Detection

Q: Why are dogs being used at Brighton Center for Recovery?
A: Canine detection is being used to help us keep our campus safe. Ours is an open campus that has hundreds of people coming into our buildings each week. We know that the vast majority are coming to the campus for the right reasons and are invested in helping to support our patients as they deal with their addictive disorder. We also know that a few do not have that same regard. We have decided to take this new step in order to better detect situations that we feel pose a threat to the safety of others.

Q: What are the dogs looking for, what can they detect?
A: The dogs are trained to identify a variety of things that the staff of Brighton feels could place patients and/or staff in danger.

Q: Are the dogs aggressive, and are they trained to attack people?
A: No. The dogs are specifically trained in detection, and are not here for any other reason. The dogs are friendly, but they are also here to do their job, so we expect staff, patients, and visitors to maintain minimal contact with the dogs while they are here to sweep our buildings and grounds. A trained handler as well as a member of the BCR staff will always accompany the dogs.

Q: Whom will the dogs be searching?
A: The sweeps the dogs do will include areas in which visitors are present, and many sweeps will be done at times when visitors are on the campus. The dogs are very sensitive in their detections and are trained to identify things that an individual, be it a patient, a visitor, or a staff person, has in their possession that would be considered dangerous. Since Brighton Center for Recovery is private property, it reserves the right to address this type of situation and to ask any visitor to leave the campus any time. This will be done if it is determined an individual may pose a danger to the facility and/or to keep the campus free from illegal or unwanted substances.

Michigan Synthetic Summit

The Synthetic Summit is a collaboration of Michigan substance abuse organizations working together to provide information about the epidemic of synthetic drugs. We welcome parents, students, key leaders and representatives of community groups, government, the judiciary, law enforcement, youth-serving agencies, school districts, higher education, the faith community, business, parent organizations, the medical community, and others concerned about synthetic drugs.

Our Summit will provide valuable information on ‘The Next Step’:

  • Life after the Emergency Order
  • K2 and Bath Salts after the law is passed
  • Community impact…what are we seeing?

Since the laws were signed into effect making synthetic drugs commonly known as K2, LOL, and Bath Salts category 1 substances (illegal to produce or sell) Michigan has been celebrating. The aftermath and remnants of these dangerous substances are long from gone however.

Please join us to hear from the DEA, local law enforcement, hospital staff, and the treatment/prevention front-line clinicians. Lunch will be provided during the professional session, RSVP required. Refreshments will be provided at the night session, No RSVP needed. Please come and learn about the local facts, new details that are coming out, signs and symptoms, as well as solutions

For more information visit our Facebook page.





Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk & Rally

We are excited to invite you to join us as a participant of Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk & Rally XIV on September 20, 2014 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids, MI. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be family fun, food and music! Join us in celebrating the reality of recovery and communicating the need for services and support. In doing so, we can make it possible for even more of our friends and neighbors to get the help they need to recover while simultaneously giving back to our communities.

More Information Here: michigancelebraterecovery.org










Brighton Center for Recovery Names New Medical Director

Brighton, Mich. – Brighton Center for Recovery has named Dr. Jeffrey Berger as its new medical director. He will assume these responsibilities in early September. Dr. Berger is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has been a member of the Brighton Center for Recovery active medical staff since 1998.

“Brighton Center for Recovery is extremely fortunate to attract someone the caliber of Dr. Berger to this leadership position. He has a strong commitment to the field of addiction treatment and recovery,” says Dan McCormick, president, Brighton Center for Recovery.

In addition to his work at Brighton Center for Recovery, Dr. Berger has worked with the Henry Ford Maplegrove Center, a chemical dependency treatment facility. He has lectured in the region on topics pertaining to addiction and recovery.

Dr. Berger assumes the role of medical director at a very exciting time in the history of Brighton Center for Recovery as well as the field of addiction treatment and recovery. The need for quality treatment and recovery services continues to escalate here in Michigan and nationally. The demand for services at Brighton has never been stronger. Best practices in the field continue to evolve and Brighton continues to be at the forefront of responding to these challenges.

Dr. Berger resides in Howell with his wife and the two youngest of their six children.

Brighton Center for Recovery, a member of St. John Providence Health System, was founded in 1950 and continues to be a standard-bearer and innovator in chemical dependency treatment based on the medical model and 12-step program participation. Brighton Center for Recovery is fully licensed and accredited by the Joint Commission and is staffed by addiction-medicine physicians and addiction-credentialed clinicians.

For the latest news and information surrounding Brighton Center for Recovery, check out current and past issues of the “Brighton Beacon” newsletter, as well as our latest press releases.