Our story began – and lives on today – in pursuit of a simple, but slightly revolutionary, idea: that substance abuse treatment can be better and that most “traditional” treatment models have been letting clients down for years. This idea didn’t come out of theory, but one man’s practical experience in his journey of recovery. His story inspired our approach and continues to fuel the boldness and vision that helps to set us apart.
Like many who enter treatment every day, BTG founder Stan Stokes knew that maintaining long-term sobriety would be a challenge, perhaps the most difficult thing he had ever done. But he also had high hopes that professional care – and the investment it represented – would prepare him well for the road ahead. The reality he encountered after leaving a traditional 30-day treatment facility contradicted those hopes.
While Stokes was committed to his sobriety and practiced a dedicated program of recovery, strong physiological cravings continued to affect him and he continued to experience mental and emotional highs and lows long after post-acute withdrawal symptoms should have subsided. These profound physical, neurological, and dispositional peaks and valleys caused him to seek relief, sometimes in drugs and alcohol, sometimes in sugary foods – anything that helped level out the roller coaster that he felt like he was on when trying to remain abstinent. He knew it wasn’t for lack of effort or desire that he was on a rocky road full of slips and dissatisfaction. As an addict, he had a chemical imbalance, and it wasn’t being effectively addressed by anything he had learned or experienced in treatment.
An intensely curious person and a believer in science and innovation, Stokes reached out to leaders in the medical field who recognized addiction as a disease of the brain that resulted largely from neurological “mis-firings” and chemical deficiencies. Through close collaboration with experts and a commitment to bring the best of Western science – and age-old healing practices like mindfulness meditation and Reiki – to the field of addiction treatment, Stokes designed a program that recognized the close, but often untreated, connection between our brains, bodies, and feelings. The result: a pioneering program that “bridges the gap” between traditional approaches that address only the psychological and spiritual aspects of addiction – and alternative therapies which treat only the physiological components of substance abuse. We continue to draw on this legacy today, offering high- quality treatment that treats the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.