Going to through rehab at BRS turned out to a surprising great experience. I’ve been to a few rehabs in the last few years and BRS is the nicest rehab I’ve been to. I would have put up with a lot to finally get off the pain medication that I’d become addiction to but, I went to BRS and it was great there. So, there are pros and cons to BRS. There aren’t many cons and they are completely outweighed by the number of pros there are. The first thing is that BRS is in central Michigan. Not really a con because it’s beautiful there but, if you’re going in winter, it’ll be a step past freezing. The second con which isn’t really a con is the food. I only bring it up because the website made me think the food was going to be completely amazing and it wasn’t. It was good though so, not really something to complain about. Think Applebee’s, not Spago’s. The last con, which isn’t really a con for the clients is that sometimes it seemed like there weren’t enough people working there. The staff at BRS is incredibly dedication to helping others and they are good at their job but, I think they were run a bit ragged sometimes. Now, the pros. The building is really nice. BRS looks and feels like you’re staying in a ski lodge and it doesn’t have that institutional feeling that most rehabs have. You’re allowed to smoke at BRS. I’ve never been to a rehab where I couldn’t smoke but, I’ve heard a couple horror stories of someone checking into treatment only to have them take their cigarettes away. Which sounds awful. They offer different programs at BRS. Every client is about to find a program that feels right to them. The first rehab I went to only offered the 12-step program. Now, I know it works for some people. I’ve talked to people that say it’s the best thing they have ever done, it helped them so much. For me, it felt weird to do. It didn’t fit with me or my personality and honestly, I until I went to BRS and was able to look at and find a different program, I thought it was normal. So, having the different programs available at BRS really is a huge benefit. The staff working at BRS are perfect for their jobs. Some of the most compassionate and understanding people I’ve ever met work at BRS. One thing that stood out to me was that to the staff at BRS, I was a person, not just an addict. They took the time to get to know me, to understand why I’d become addicted to pain meds and when I told them how I’d become addicted, they understood. With other people I’ve talked to about my addiction, it felt like once they found out that I’d become addicted, it didn’t matter how it happened, it didn’t matter that the first time I took a pain pill it came from a doctor and that everything I took actually came from a doctor. The only thing that mattered was the fact that I didn’t stop taking the pills, which made me an addict. It wasn’t like that at BRS. They took the time to understand me and my life. They helped me feel like a normal human being again and their attitude was very refreshing. You can stay at BRS for as long as you need to. I was there for 4 months but, there was someone who came and went in 30 days there and there was someone there that stayed for almost a year. It didn’t matter, you stayed for however long you need to. All in all, going to BRS was a really great experience that resulted in me being clean, sober and able to stay clean and sober. I haven’t run into any problems staying sober since getting home. I would have put up with so much to get to where I am today, I’m just glad I went to BRS because I didn’t have to put up with anything.