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BASESRecoveryCenter.org • Phone: 231-547-1144
208 W. Lincoln • Charlevoix, MI 49720    


We are doing in-person drug testing services. Please review these new guidelines for our process in drug testing in-person. We will continue to provide all other services via telehealth as long as we are permitted to do so for the safety of clients and staff alike.


Effective the week of September 28, 2020, BASES will conduct our substance abuse groups on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm via Zoom.


Our HEAL groups are held via Zoom on Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm and Sunday's from 5:00-6:30 pm.

Contact BASES for more information at 231-547-1144


To access AA/NA/Alanon/OA meetings normally conducted at the Serenity House Alano Club of Charlevoix, please go to www.CharlevoixAlano.org and click on Meeting List to access the full schedule of 23 weekly 12 step meetings with the Zoom one click link under the Meeting ID# column. You can also use this link and please bookmark to be able to return to the most updated meeting list. STAY CONNECTED.


BASES Pamphlets & Brochures


Community Partner Program


BASES Overall Program brochure


HEAL Batterer Intervention Program brochure



Bay Area Substance Education Services (BASES) is accredited by CARF International

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services. BASES is proud to be accredited by CARF.

BASES is dedicated to providing a drug free environment for young people, their families and adults. We provide substance abuse prevention, education, early intervention and treatment services. We have expertise in working with high risk youth and low-income individuals and families.

Bay Area Substance Education Services, Inc. (BASES) was founded in 1993 as a private, non-profit, licensed substance abuse provider. In 1997, BASES took over the Charlevoix Teen Center to provide stability to that struggling organization. The Teen Center is dedicated to providing teens after school social and recreational opportunities as a preventative method for avoiding substance abuse and violence problems.


Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong - Johann Hari (14:42) 7/9/2015



Chris Herren's 2019 documentary: The First Day.  BASES has purchased this documentary - contact us.

You can find the trailer here: www.thefirstdayfilm.com  The video is available for individual purchase at this site.


Grace - movie about a young girl in early recovery by Cindy Joy Goggins - summer resident of Charlevoix!!

BASES has purchased this movie - contact us.

https://www.gracethemovie.us/  This video is available for individual purchase at this site.


Vaping Related Links:


Stanford University link to E-Cigs/Vapes Educational Programs



More illnesses reported (9/24/19):



Juul CEO comments:


(see 5:30 into interview for Burns comments, don't use juul if you don't already use nicotine.)


(see comments at 0:40 into itnterview, we haven't done long-term studies, we don't know...)


10 Things Juul Doesn't Want You To Know (12:00) 12/10/18



MSNBC video of Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products (4:26) 9/4/2019



CBS This Morning - Health officials probing 193 cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping (2:19) 8/24/2019



CBS Health Watch - Health officials investigate link between vaping and lung illnesses (5:46) 8/23/2019



NBC Nightly News - CDC Investigating Illness Linked To E-Cigs And Vaping Across The Country (2:18) 8/17/2019



Vaping Risks - What Vaping Can Do to Your Mouth (4:34) 1/25/2019




Marijuana Related Links:


Report From The Impaired Driving Safety Commission - March 2019

SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana - "Reefer Sanity"

SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Impact of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

Big Tobacco 2.0 = Big Marijuana (video and article from SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse

CNN article on Synthetic Marijuana - Embedded videos in the article are very good also!

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Marijuana: Facts for Teens


Substance Abuse Resources in Northern Lower Michigan - updated 3/21/19


National Treatment Locator - https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/


BASES Bracelets - Wondering what the info on the bracelets means?

(BASES 3 Rules = Be Nice, Pay Attention, Be Honest; WWHPD = What Would Healthy People Do?; 4-3-2-1 = 10 stress reducing activities from the Brain Training book - proper nutrition, journaling, reality testing conversation, support network of friends; self-help groups, balanced lifestyle, spirituality, meditation, professional counseling and exercise; TLC = Teens need to learn How to Think, How to Learn and How to Cope with Change) - memorization and utilizing environmental cues to remind us of positive affirmations is one of the Brain Training tools that we teach to everyone as a way to cope with stress.


Carry On - inspirational story about two special individuals from Cleveland (done by ESPN)


Predator & Prey: Opioids' Savage Effect on Our Community (documentary produced by Traverse City students)


This Place video by FACE Project (Facing Alcohol Concerns through Education)


Lift It Up video by FACE Project (Facing Alcohol Concerns through Education)


A Stone's Throw by FACE Project (Facing Alcohol Concerns through Education)


DUI / DWI Make This One Your Last One


Beyond "Be Responsible" - Personal Risk Management for Alcohol


How the Detroit Red Wings' Ken Daniels, the voice of Hockeytown, lost his son to drugs and insurance fraud -- ESPN


Harmful Effects of E-Cigs


Nathan's House - Sober living home in Boyne City


TC Retreat Information & Application - Sober living home in Traverse City


Digital Devices & Kids Brains - New York Post article


Secular AA in Michigan (secular = not religious)


National Geographic article - "The World's Newest Major Religion: No Religion"


Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017


Recovery Advocates 2016


Teen Sexual Exploitation video - cases from west Michigan - this 6 minute video will change you.


Family Resource Guide for Charlevoix and Emmet Counties

Social Host Law in Michigan

Multiple Pathways of Recovery Resources in Northern Michigan

Article from The Washington Post on Internet Resources to Quit Drinking

Michael Botticelli's 60 Minutes Interview

Facing Addiction

Growing Up Drug Free - A Parents Guide to Prevention

Drugs of Abuse from DEA

Ted Talk by Dr. Sara Lazar on Mindfulness and Depression

TEDMED Video about Drugs and the Brain

Students Under Pressure - article in September 2014 Monitor on Psychology

Hazelden's Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction Handouts

CNN Video about Synthetics

Common Drug Ingestions in Adolescents - Journal of Pediatric Health Care March/April 2013

Easing ADHD Without Meds - APA article

Videos from Values.com web-site:  "Greatest Hitter in the World"   "The Purse"    

                                                   "Wet Cement"      "Baseball"    "Breakaway"

Play Healthy Web-site - Drugfree.org and Major League Baseball Charities combined efforts

Children of alcoholics 22 minute video

Link to PBS video program on Kids on Medications

US Kids Represent Psychiatric Drug Goldmine article by Evelyn Pringle

Drugging Our Children to Death article by Gwen Olsen

Is US Health really the best in the world? article published in AMA Journal

Death by Medicine article

Michigan's Medical Marihuana Law - Quick Facts (Legal Spelling Uses the "H")


Concerned about Child Sexual Abuse? Please check out these helpful links:

Connecting With Students While Maintaining Ethical Boundaries

Sports Illustrated article "Stand Up Speak Out" about sexual abuse

State of Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct laws

Protecting Your Children from Sexual Predators article

Defining Sexual Assault

National Sex Offender website with search engine

Facts, Myths and Statistics about Sexual Abuse


Items of Local Interest:

Don Carey Football Scoreboard Dedication video at Kipke Field on 8/28/15

Drug Testing Services at BASES:

We do drug testing (urine lab test or instant tests), breathalyzer testing, and long-term EtG alcohol tests during all hours of operation. We are open Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday's from 10am to 5pm.



Miscellaneous Resources for various problematic behaviors:


Eating Disorder information from the National Institute of Mental Health:



Gambling resources from State of Michigan:



Gambling flyer from Michigan resources can be printed and copied:


Senior gambling issues:



For sexual addiction, this link is for Sex Addicts Anonymous which is something I have heard local sex addicts in recovery refer to as something that was very helpful to them. The homepage link has a national search engine for SAA meetings and there happen to be two meetings listed in Traverse City, MI.



This weblink covers a more generalized content of Internet Addiction. It has references to on-line gambling concerns, internet gaming disorders, internet infidelity and sexting/pornography topics. It looks like the organization has been around for a while and has some interesting books, materials and others resources for the person with the problem as well as for therapists wanting to help people with internet related addictions:



Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based program that utilizes the 12 steps with biblical references for each step and 8 principles based upon the beatitudes that reports to address all problematic issues by focusing on a Christ-centered solution. Currently their website has Gaylord and Walloon Lake as nearby active Celebrate Recovery meeting locations.