Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery

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8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

In support of the effort to stay clean and sober for life, we offer ongoing programs for patients and their loved ones:  Tune Up,  Family Workshops, and weekly Chit Chat.

Tune Up

Gatherings of alumni and others in recovery

Every day, people celebrate milestones in their lives — birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and more.  At Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery, we like nothing more than to celebrate addiction recovery.  When someone achieves sobriety in his or her life, we cannot imagine a more appropriate occasion for celebration!

To honor the changes they have made in their lives, Brighton alumni and others in recovery  are invited to join together at Tune Up, held each May, August and November.  At each Tune Up event people can share time and talk with others who have faced the challenges of addiction and recovery similar to their own.  Tune Up events feature inspirational guest speakers, games, coining ceremonies, and plenty of camaraderie.


Coining ceremonies are held to acknowledge those who have successfully completed a Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery addiction treatment program and to encourage others living in long-term recovery. Coining celebrates the anniversaries of sobriety and recognizes the contributions of guest speakers.

Location: Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery, 12851 Grand River, Brighton, Michigan 48116
(Call 810-225-2531 for directions).

Cost: No Charge

Upcoming Tune Ups in 2020

  • Saturday, July 25: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. outdoors, on the Brighton grounds.
  • Sunday, November 22 : 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Medical Services Building Gym. Anyone in recovery is invited.

Family Workshops: Topic-driven educational sessions for family members

These 4 hours session are facilitated by one of our family therapists.  There is an educational session on a topic relevant to families dealing with addiction, followed by group discussion and an opportunity to share and support one another. These one-day workshops are held monthly on a Monday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Call 888-215-2700 or 810-227-1211 for additional information on any of Brighton’s ongoing support programs, or to arrange to attend Family Workshops.

Chit Chat

Therapy for families and friends of someone dealing with substance dependency

The burdens of addiction fall not only on the addict, but they affect families and friends as well.  Their lives  have also been disrupted.  They may feel frustration, guilt, shame, or a number of other emotions.  They want and need to be supportive, but they may not know what to do.  These feelings can be overwhelming, and families and friends need a safe place where they can talk about them.  That’s where Chit Chat can help.

Chit Chat is a weekly meeting designed to answer basic questions about substance abuse and to offer support and guidance to those close to a patient.  This vital program meets at Ascension Brighton Center of Recovery on Wednesday evenings, and the groups are facilitated by one of our family therapy counselors. If you have been affected by the alcohol or drug abuse of someone in your life, we strongly encourage you to attend Chit Chat.

For more information on Brighton’s family counseling groups, drug and substance abuse programs, or general information, call 888-215-2700 or 810-227-1211.  In addition to the informal weekly Chit Chat, we also offer the Friends and Family Program, a more intensive drug counseling program and addiction support group for families dealing with substance  abuse.

12-Step Programs and Support

The 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous shares its long and successful history with Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery.  Bill Wilson, the co-founder of AA, actually worked with Brighton founder Harry Henderson to incorporate the 12-step approach into Brighton Center from its start in 1950.  Still today we base our many different addiction treatment programs on the original 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong process, so we encourage our patients to participate in appropriate 12-step programs following their discharge.  We also suggest that friends and families attend programs that are designed to offer support to those affected by a loved one’s substance abuse.  Research shows that continuing in 12-step programs after treatment for addiction promotes a higher rate of success.

For a list of our support groups and their meeting schedules, click here.

Brighton Alumni: Share Your Experiences

You came here from every walk of life, at every age, determined to end your dependency on alcohol, drugs or both.  You completed treatment and began a new life of recovery.  As Brighton Alumni, you can be a valuable source of support for one another and for those who will come to Brighton in the future.

You’re already a member

The Brighton Recovery Alumni Group (BRAG) is working to keep intact the connections you have already built.  We are planning events to provide fellowship on the lifelong journey of recovery.  As an active member:

  • you will be invited to events for Alumni, such as Tune Up
  • you can attend BRAG meetings
  • you can share your personal story
  • you may refer friends or family members who need help
  • you will have opportunities to volunteer your time
  • you can share recovery community events on our Facebook page

Make It Official

Add your name to the Brighton Recovery Alumni Group. For more information about the Brighton Recovery Alumni Group, contact Scott Masi at 810-360-5779 or Cory Swann at 810-225-2527. You’ll start receiving all the news and all the opportunities the group can provide.  If you are looking for deeper involvement, the group will be discussing at future meetings the implementation of temporary sponsorship's and recovery partnerships that can put your unique experience to its best use. 

Please join us!

Spiritual Connection in Treatment

Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery strongly encourages each patient to seek a life-giving spiritual connection as part of a plan for successful recovery.  The following are offered to support each patient in that quest:

  • A chaplain on staff 20 hours per week offering one-on-one conversations on spirituality, religion, grief and loss, and guilt and shame
  • Educational sessions with themes on spirituality
  • An extensive overview of the 12 Steps which include a connection to a Higher Power
  • Two services in our chapel every Sunday morning: A Catholic Communion Service including Liturgy of the Word and a Protestant/Non-denominational Service

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, as listed here, have always included a connection to a person’s spiritual awareness:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

For more information on admission to Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery, or to start the admissions process, please click here.

Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer, written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, is a guiding philosophy in  addiction-treatment at Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery.  Often thought of as the Alcoholics Prayer or Meeting Prayer, it is recited at the opening or closing of an Alcoholics Anonymous or similar 12-Step meeting.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
he courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peacemaking,
as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
f I surrender to His Will;

that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.


Ongoing Support Programs
Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery knows that the work of addiction recovery does not stop once a patient leaves our campus.