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The Brighton Center for Recovery is a treatment facility with both inpatient and outpatient treatment available under the St. John Providence Health System. Comprised of four hospitals and over 125 medical facilities, St. John Providence offers behavioral and mental health services along with many medical disciplines throughout the state of Michigan.

BCR is the second-oldest treatment facility in the United States and the first substance abuse treatment facility to be licensed in Michigan. For over 60 years, BCR has provided treatment services in the state of Michigan.

Accommodations and Food

The BCR campus has two separate gender-specific dormitories, each accommodating 16 clients in eight double rooms. All rooms are furnished with twin beds, shared dressers and have en suite bathrooms. Roommates share storage space.

All food is served in a cafeteria with a soup and salad bar. Snacks are available throughout the day between meal times and clients are permitted coffee and limited sugar. No smoking is allowed on property. Clients must bring their own clothing, medical supplies, medication and toiletries. BCR has laundry facilities but clients must bring their own soap and dryer sheets.

Treatment and Staff

All admissions are dependent upon the client’s bio-psycho-social assessment taken by an intake counselor upon arrival. BCR offers five different programs, the most intensive of program is the inpatient track which includes detox services if needed. The program length is 28 days, but most clients typically stay 12 to 14 days then step down to an outpatient track. BCR programs include General Outpatient, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Women’s Recovery and Children’s Recovery. All clients develop an individualized treatment plan with their counselors and set specific goals to work towards in recovery. The average length of treatment is 30 days.

Inpatient treatment follows a didactic program that includes group and individual therapy as well as family therapy. Group sessions typically employ evidence-based therapies that include CBT and DBT techniques.

Clients also attend psychotherapy and nutrition groups to become knowledgeable on the effects of chemical dependency and living a healthy lifestyle. Groups are facilitated daily and individual therapy is scheduled a minimum of once per week.

In addition to group and individual sessions, clients attend on-site 12-step support meetings and BCR allows trusted members from community AA/NA fellowships to facilitate meetings several times per week. Clients are encouraged to continue seeking 12-step support outside of the facility when they transition to outpatient.

After inpatient is completed, most clients transition to the outpatient programs. Most clients attend sessions at the facility three to four times per week, gradually reducing to once per week. There are specific women’s-only treatment tracks and a specific track for youth between the ages of seven and 13, both tailored to accommodate their specific needs. Groups focus on trauma-based topics and how to develop healthy coping skills. Relapse prevention skills are integrated into daily treatment. Dual-diagnosis support is available for clients who struggle with co-occurring disorders.

The staff at BCR include a wide range of Master’s-level mental health and medical professionals. A majority of staff members are in recovery themselves or have a close relationship with substance abuse recovery in their personal lives. The inpatient facilities have a 24-hour staff present with registered nurses, medical doctors and a registered dietitian. Many of the nurses are Certified Addiction Registered Nurses (CARN). Mental health staff includes LPCs, LCSWs and MFTs. Clinical staff also include Certified Addiction Counselors (CAC). All clients are regularly drug tested to ensure abstinence during the recovery process.


A friends and family group program is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Therapists use psychoeducation and teach the family about enabling behavior. Families are encouraged to create a home environment conducive to recovery when their loved one is ready to move home and step down to outpatient.

When a client is ready for discharge, two aftercare homes are available; the Henderson House for men and the Women’s Halfway Home. Clients are encouraged to continue their participation in community 12-step meetings and to build a sober fellowship.

In Summary

The Brighton Center for Recovery offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient tracks as well as specialized programs for youth and women. All therapies focus on creating healthy coping skills and relapse prevention as clients step down from one program to the next. Weekly support for families is available as well as on-campus 12-step support groups. BCR and the clinical staff work diligently to create a safe environment for clients to begin their recovery.

Brighton Center for Recovery Location

28000 Dequindre
Warren, MI 48092

Brighton Center for Recovery Cost

$10,290 to $17,000 (28 days). Reach Brighton Center for Recovery by phone at (877) 976-2371 or by email at Find Brighton Center for Recovery on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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