Recovery Based on Abstinence
Out treatment programs help people achieve sobriety through abstinence
People treated here succeed by embracing a 12-Step program for recovery (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous). They develop life skills through proven treatment approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and family therapy.
We do not offer opiate maintenance treatment or other mood-altering medications to treat the symptoms of addiction. Our position on the use of such medications is consistent with our approach to recovery.
Opiates: While recognizing the need for narcotic pain medications to manage some acute pain episodes, the staff of the Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery does not believe that the chronic use of any opiate is compatible with recovery. Our professional staffs address chronic pain problems without using opiates. We find most people using opiates chronically for pain, when being treated for addiction, will actually feel better after being withdrawn from opiates. This includes opiates such as Suboxone and Tramadol.
Suboxone maintenance for opiate addiction: Our Medical Staff uses Suboxone only during the detoxification process, to reduce and manage the unpleasant physical reactions experienced during withdrawal. We do not use Suboxone long-term to manage opiate addiction. Rather, our treatment relies on 12-Step programs, combined with other treatment therapies, 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 specifically for their mood-altering effects. Use of the benzodiazepine family of drugs has been shown to be highly addictive; use is difficult to stop; and use may lead to relapse on alcohol and other substances after abstinence has been achieved. Similar issues exist with benzodiazepine “look-alikes” such as Ambien, Sonata, or Lunesta. Many Brighton graduates report that the anxiety associated with addiction diminishes following committed involvement with a 12-Step recovery community.
Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, and Concerta: This class of medication has strong stimulant properties and is used for treating Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (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 ADD. Because they activate brain pathways in the same ways as other addictive substances, their use can result in abuse and dependency or relapse onto other addictive substances. Please see our stimulant policy on this web site.
Medical Marijuana: Our staff views marijuana as a mood-altering substance whose use threatens sobriety and is counterproductive at any time in the recovery process. In the treatment of chronic pain or other medical conditions, we do not view marijuana as a risk worth taking. There are many other effective forms of treatment that do not interfere with recovery. Our Medical Staff addresses these conditions by 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, certified in Addiction Medicine, recognizes 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 to determine whether the mental health symptoms are independent of addiction or if addiction-induced symptoms are so severe that they will sabotage all attempts at recovery. Our Psychiatric Staff has the ability to treat patients without jeopardizing their abstinence-based sobriety.