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Substance Abuse Recovery Program

Our Mission: A Healthier Community

The staff at McKenzie are compassionate and dedicated to helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction. This program was developed in collaboration with Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery.

Demonstrating our commitment to clinical excellence and providing high-quality care, our clinical team includes:

  • Staff providers with training through the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM) are authorized to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA to treat opioid use disorder.
  • Staff advanced practice practitioners with training through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are authorized to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA to treat opioid use disorder.
  • Case managers with a master’s degree in social work.
  • Medical assistants trained and certified by qualified certification entities within the state of Michigan.
  • Registered dietitians will help patients learn basic nutrition. Abuse of alcohol and other chemical substances frequently results in nutritional issues from skipping meals, which leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, organ damage, malabsorption, malnutrition, dehydration, and so on. The goal in early recovery is to establish new patterns of behavior related to food and nutrition. Our registered dietitian offers basic nutrition classes weekly. General nutrition-related questions will be answered in class. Individual or specific nutrition-related questions/needs are addressed with a one-on-one consultation with the dietitian. Patient consults also can be ordered based on a patient’s history.
  • Individual and group therapists lead therapy sessions as an important part of the success of your treatment plan. McKenzie Health System has collaborated with many professionals to provide you with options locally and via telehealth to meet all your individual and group outpatient therapy needs.
  • Family therapists help you cope with addiction as a “family disease,” as every family member tends to be affected by the user’s addiction. Family and other natural supports are pivotal to a recovering person’s success. Family involvement tends to lead to better treatment outcomes because family members become informed supporters in the recovery process, endorsing their loved one’s recovery program and the lifestyle changes that are conducive to sobriety. There is also an increased sense of accountability when a newly recovering person makes recovery commitments with the awareness and participation of close family members. Case Management will assist in finding the appropriate family therapy program.

Treatment Options Available for Long-Term Support

Medication-assisted Treatment

McKenzie Health System uses medication for the management and treatment of addiction. This may include the use of buprenorphine for the management of opioid use disorder. The care of our patients is individualized rather than taking a “one size fits all” approach. Our goal is a careful translation of the best research into clinical practice to assist our patients in reaching their treatment goals.

Maintenance Treatment

At McKenzie Health System, maintenance treatment with ongoing opioid substitution therapy with medications like buprenorphine may be approached differently than at other treatment centers. Maintenance therapy may not be suitable for patients that also have alcohol use disorder or sedative use disorder (patients on medications like Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, and others) along with an active opioid use disorder.

Patients that have multiple addictions at the same time will need a higher level of engagement in a longitudinal abstinence-based monitoring program. Fill out our confidential online admissions form for a return phone call.

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Detoxification is the process in which a patient’s body goes through safe, monitored withdrawal from the substances the addicts depend on to function. When a person uses drugs or alcohol for a period, the body adapts to substances by changing the neurological and hormone chemistry in the body. A safe medical detoxification process provides safe medication management to reduce the symptoms to a manageable level while the body normalizes to the absence of the offending substances. In this case, McKenzie staff will arrange for assistance in finding a location to transfer the patient to that is equipped to provide this level of care.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is an inpatient level of care and is recommended when a patient needs a highly structured environment. Medical and psychiatric issues and other complicated factors may require a patient to receive this level of care. Rehabilitation may also be recommended if a patient has had treatment in the past and has been unable to maintain sobriety despite these efforts. In this case, McKenzie staff will arrange for assistance in finding a location to transfer the patient to that is equipped to provide this level of care.

How to Make a Referral

For a referral during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, please call 810-648-9677 or fax 810-648-0053.

If you are making a self-referral, fill out the Self-Referral Form, call 810-648-9677, or fax 810-648-0053.

Self-referral can be made by completing the Self-Referral Form or by calling 810-648-9677.


McKenzie Substance Abuse Recovery Program Booklet
McKenzie Substance Abuse Recovery Program Brochure
McKenzie Substance Abuse Recovery Program Rack Card