Florida Rehabilitation Center’s CEO Preps For 9th Year In Long-Term Recovery; Facility Marks 4 Years Of Guiding Patients Toward Better Lives

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Lighthouse Recovery Institute in October 2017 celebrated its fourth year of operation and throughout those years, CEO Brittany Ringersen has worked tirelessly to spread the word regarding the disease that is addiction. Given that Ringersen will mark her ninth year in recovery this spring, her dogged determination when it comes to helping those stuck where she once was shows no signs of slowing down.

By integrating these elements into our treatment episodes, we are striving not only for improved outcomes for our patients but for enhanced quality of care.

For those who’ve clawed their way out of the jaws of addiction, every single day is a gift. Lighthouse Recovery Institute, which is run by a CEO in recovery, recently marked its 1,460th day of helping those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Along that four-year-long path, Lighthouse head Brittany Ringersen has taken to media outlets across the country to spread the word about the disease of addiction and her efforts show no sign of slowing down.

From the onset of the facility’s founding, Ringersen sought to establish an operation that would cover the vast array of needs men, women and families alike. Backed by a team of doctors, therapists and treatment specialists, people from all walks of life were welcomed with open arms. Ringersen’s own struggles --stemming from opiates prescribed after a routine dental surgery -- shows just how easy it is to slip up in a sea of oft-prescribed painkillers. In 2015, an estimated 33,000 Americans died as a result of opiate overdoes. The trend is so significant that National Public Radio reported in December 2017 that it has driven down life expectancy averages in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

Along her road to recovery, Ringersen wanted to spread the word on this topic and reach those still struggling – and spread the word, she did.

  • In June 2014, Lighthouse spoke at LakeView Health’s “Spotlight on Women’s Substance Use Treatment.” Given that Lighthouse is a huge proponent of specialized treatment programs for men and women, it’s no surprise that this approach remains part of the program. “Gender-Specific Treatment allows us to create an environment where individuals can focus on themselves and actually heal,” Ringersen said at the time.
  • The headline of a July 2014 Sun-Sentinel article says it all: “From addict to entrepreneur: Woman opens recovery center to help others.” As Ringersen told a reporter, "I knew if I didn't do something, I would die.” Those are the stakes when failing to confront an addiction; fortunately, Ringersen did confront it and has gone on to improve the lives of countless patients since 2014.
  • As Lighthouse’s successes mounted, so too did the profile of the Florida facility. For a July 2016 NBC Nightly News segment, Ringersen spoke with one of the station’s national correspondents, stating that “There is a lot more work to be done and the educational piece where we educate physicians on what to prescribe and families on what to look for is important.”

Come May 2018, Ringersen will celebrate nine years clean of drugs and alcohol. Lauded by media outlets for her inspiring journey, Ringersen says that the coming year will be one filled with more meaningful interactions with those who are ready to put an end to their self-destructive lifestyle.

“As Lighthouse Recovery Institute relentlessly continues to address the underlying issues contributing to the recidivism rate in drug and alcohol addiction treatment, we continue to explore and incorporate more effective psychotherapeutic, medical and social services components,” said Ringersen. “By integrating these elements into our treatment episodes, we are striving not only for improved outcomes for our patients, but for enhanced quality of care. In 2018, we continue to forge the way towards more evidenced-based treatment.”

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute:
Lighthouse Recovery Institute is a licensed and accredited drug and alcohol treatment center that offers a therapeutic environment for those recovering from drug or alcohol addictions. CEO Brittany Ringersen, whose own struggle with addiction started with painkillers prescribed after a dental surgery, will mark nine years in recovery come spring 2018. To learn more about her and this respected community resource, visit lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com.

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