Freedom Treatment Center Offers New "Ups & Downs in Life Course" for Drug Addiction Recovery

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Southern Michigan’s Freedom Treatment Center is a drug and alcohol addiction recovery facility offering individualized treatment plans to help people start a new life of recovery. Knowing that drug addiction can be fueled by a variety of life circumstances, the center is introducing an Ups and Downs in Life course.

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Once they are outside of the treatment center, they are going to be tempted with substances and other challenges in their life. This course helps give them the tools to deal with those challenges.

Freedom Treatment Center’s new Ups and Downs in Life course is designed to help people deal with the inevitable challenges and disappointments of daily life without turning to alcohol or drugs. Although the quality of life can improve dramatically without the use of alcohol and drugs, life does not instantly become perfect once someone leaves the treatment facility. They still must face some of the same issues and problems they had prior to becoming sober, but this time without a drink or a drug.

“This course is specifically designed to help a student deal with the challenges they are going to face when they leave the center,” said Freedom Treatment Center representative Brian Kuehne.

“Once they are outside of the treatment center, they are going to be tempted with substances and other challenges in their life. This course helps give them the tools to deal with those challenges.”

Major challenges addressed in the course are the people, places and things students will encounter in their daily lives. The Ups and Downs in Life course aims to enable a student to identify true friends and isolate those whose company is detrimental to the student’s sobriety and survival. A student learns about how poor decisions regarding acquaintances and friends have damaged their past, and how they can make improved choices in their future.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says family members and friends can have a major impact on a person’s recovery. Friends and family members can play a crucial role in motivating a person to stay sober, seek or continue treatment, and make wise choices. NIDA additionally reports that involving a family member or friend in a treatment program can enhance an individual’s treatment benefits.

This course helps people recognize and surround themselves with friends and family members that are supportive and have the students’ best interests in mind. People who were once viewed as friends may not have a students’ best interest in mind, or they may pretend to care yet have an ulterior motive and agenda. The Ups and Downs in Life course helps students break free of unhealthy relationships and surround themselves with those who offer support.

Located in a semi-residential pocket of Southern Michigan, Freedom Treatment Center provides the soothing and safe environment and assistance so vital for helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Treatment begins with a natural detoxification and continues with counseling, education and lifestyle changes that help ensure an ongoing and successful recovery.

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