To say Mitch Baumann, the founder of BriteLife Recovery, has an intense passion and sense of urgency for helping people recover from addiction is an understatement. “I’m not going to hide that this disease kills people,” he says, speaking from first-hand experience. Baumann lost a brother to an overdose, watched close friends struggle with addiction, and was, himself, in and out of recovery for years. After nine years of sobriety and a three-day relapse, he decided that it was time to come up with something unique, a comprehensive treatment plan with all levels of care under one roof.
The Power of One-on-One
BriteLife’s approach draws from modern addiction psychiatry, the “Seeking Safety” model, solution-based clinical approaches, eastern philosophy, and more, because Baumann believes in using whatever works for each individual patient. At the core of the BriteLife program, however, is one-on-one treatment. This is because Baumann believes that while groups provide many benefits, the first step towards true recovery comes from breaking people down to the root causes of their addictions. When people are dealing with the shame, guilt, and remorse that goes along with addiction, they’re not going to share all of that in a group. Through individual therapy, a primary therapist can get down to what’s really going on, helping people come out of their shells and get rid of their demons in a highly client-centered, intimate scenario.
Why BriteLife is Different
According to Baumann, “Our differences are what makes us special.” Avoiding a cookie-cutter approach, BriteLife offers highly intense therapies in a beautiful location. The amenities at BriteLife are amazing, the food is incredible, and the beds are comfortable. Group beach outings and activities are a regular occurrence, and there’s a professionally designed gymnasium, a yoga studio, a movie theater, a full recovery meeting clubhouse, in addition to group rooms and therapy rooms. The program, however, is intense. It’s a higher level of care than people are used to, and unlike most rehabilitation programs, BriteLife focuses on what people can do, rather than what they can’t do. Striving to teach people to take care of themselves, the program also provides occupational therapy and work placement guidance.
Where Comfort and Treatment Collide
The goal is to make people comfortable while at the same time treating them aggressively in order to accomplish as much as possible in the time available. Everyone in the program is at a residential level of care. There’s 24-hour nursing care, doctors, and fully licensed and certified therapists to work with. Patients receive treatment for mental health issues along with addiction treatment. The psychiatry expertise of the staff heavily influences the philosophy of the program, which offers a full continuum of care under one roof, with an extensive aftercare, alumni, and discharge planning approach.
A one-on-one approach to addiction recovery is at the heart of BriteLife’s philosophy, and it’s key to the success of the program. Individual therapy can give patients tools and help them find the strength they need to survive addiction and rebuild their lives.
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