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When reading some of the reviews here that seem extremely negative, keep in mind that the maturity of an active addict essentially stopped developing when they were teenagers. Because of this, when an addict doesn't get his/her way, some of them resort to temper tantrums and self-obsessed diatribes that don't reflect objective reality. With that said, allow me to tell you a bit about how Brighton actually works in pro/con format. I was going to write something more lengthy but let's be honest you don't want to read a four-page essay. PROS - The staff is extremely friendly if you act like an adult. The people who have problems with them are generally the folks who weren't going to succeed in the first place. - Beautiful locale which helps keep you relaxed during your stay which is essential. - The educational classes are VERY informative and more than once have aided me in maintaining sobriety. - You will not be hungry here. You get three meals a day and you can go up for second, third, fourth servings if you so desire. There are also snacks provided between meals and in the evening before lights out. - Well stocked gift shop with very informative books and MORE FOOD. - Group therapy is quite possibly the best thing that has ever happened to me. If you put work into it, you will get a LOT out of it. - The facilities are kept very clean. Rooms are vacuumed and bathrooms are washed every morning. - Lots of leisure activities are provided in between classes and therapy. There are TV lounges (separated by gender for obvious reasons), puzzles and games, outdoor areas with sports equipment, a weight room, and a full gymnasium (not always open, unfortunately). CONS - Although the staff does their best to monitor everyone, they can't be everywhere at once and unfortunately, you will likely encounter a fair number of scumbags who don't take anything seriously and seem to do their best to ruin the experience for you. Fortunately, they usually quit after a few days. - Despite rules about fraternization between men and women, while I was a patient there were four people (who each had spouses at home) who were sneaking into bedrooms and having sex. This is of course grounds to be expelled but nobody really wants to be a tattle-tail. If you are gross enough to be cheating on your spouse in rehab you should probably just go home as you aren't going to make it. - The food isn't spectacular. It isn't awful but for a hospital, it was surprisingly unhealthy (in my humble opinion). Lots of bread, rice, and noodles and not much of a veggie portion. There was a salad bar you could choose to use as well but the entrees themselves were very high in carbs. I suppose this is because hard liquor drinkers and opioid addicts don't eat so they needed to fatten them up. I was hoping to LOSE weight while there and I was a bit dismayed! - THE WATER. Oh my god. The showers are stained yellow from all of the minerals in their well water and if you use the sink to rinse your mouth out while brushing you might actually vomit. Fortunately, all of the drinking water is filtered. - Three people to a bedroom in the building I was staying in and it's really a roll of the dice as far as roommates go. I was lucky but there were a couple rooms in which the smell of BO and unwashed laundry was so bad it spilled out into the hallway. The only complaint I have is that there was pretty much always pee on the toilet seat and floor of the bathroom. What can you do? Overall it was a great experience. The cons sucked but considering what I got out of the experience they were worth putting up with. You'll be surrounded by a few liars, cheaters, and 45-year-old man-babies but if you follow the advice of your therapist and the teachers there you will probably have a lot of success after the program. I did. I've maintained sobriety with very little struggle thanks to what I learned at Brighton.
TO ANYONE struggling with opiate addiction... My name is chris and I was a heroin addict for 5 years. I'm here to tell my story so that all of you know there is a way out of the endless cycle of pain and suffering. I'll start at the beginning of my journey; The day I found Advanced Rapid Detox. I had hit my ultimate low and was willing to try ANYTHING. I had tried rehab and coldturky too many times to count. I just knew deep down that if I couldn't get clean it was going to kill me. So with that I put myself in ARD's hands and began a transformation that I once thought impossible. Here I am now, clean and sober for 122 days. I've quit cigarettes after smoking for 10 years. I now go to the gym 5 days a week and haven't thought about using ONCE. All I can say is ARD is saving lives daily. BUT THERE IS ONE CONDITION: You must truly be ready to quit. This procedure will only work if you are 100% ready to quit but just need help getting clean. I recommend this place to anyone who values their life and is ready to take back control. ❤
Amazing people who work there Food could be better though. Where should I start. A forever recommend very dud so much for me, they deserve a good word from me. They have greatly helped me to get on the good road towards sobriety after 10 years of addiction and many many tries, and many different rehabs. The huge difference between afr and the other rehabs? Is that it works. I feel like they were the only once who fully understood my case, and actually healed me inside out. I had a fantastic case manager, who understood me completely and got to the bottom of my case. She was so nice to me when I wanted to give up everything, but she did not let me do this, and I am great full for that! I really enjoyed the program itself too, and I feel like the other activities were very beneficial too. I enjoyed our times out, our off days. We had good outings, it helped compensate. I really enjoyed working out, it felt good to get back to it again. All the members of the staff have been very helpful and in general they are all nice people. I really liked that everyone was very caring, and they always made sure I was doing well, and if this was not the case they did everything to make me feel well. When I felt very sick at the detox, they gave me the right medications, like natural remedies too and all that. I really appreciate it. I would recommend afr to anyone.