Through its long-term residential treatment program, Bridge House offers residents seeking recovery the time needed to become sober and productive individuals again.
The Bridge House treatment program, which is based on the disease concept of addiction, is intensive and highly structured. Residents reside in a dormitory setting and progress through several phases of treatment: stabilization, primary, independent living and aftercare.
Through these steps the previously disordered and dysfunctional individual begins to regain his self-esteem and develop a sense of self-worth.
Bridge House accepts males aged 18 and over who are able to admit to having substance abuse problems and are seeking help. The length of treatment is determined by the resident himself. An individualized treatment plan is set up for each resident in the first days of treatment. The treatment plan is created to provide the resident with the appropriate skills to facilitate his ability to develop the habits of recovery and promote positive changes and growth in recovery. In order to progress through treatment the goals of the treatment plan are met. While there is actual paperwork – or homework to be completed – the goals include a demonstration of internal change over time. The program is designed to be doable in 6 months. This does not, however, mean that everyone will complete in 6 months. That determination is made by the clinical and vocational staff. The resident must demonstrate an attitude of recovery. Length of treatment is not a fixed amount of time. Bridge House supports individuals through the process of recovery and will work with them to achieve that goal.
As a resident enters the Bridge House program he participates in a Stabilization period during which he is provided with an opportunity to become familiar with the daily routines of Bridge House. As a resident moves into primary care, he learns to live the life of sobriety one day at a time. He works with the therapeutic community, the clinical staff and the vocational staff to learn about his addiction and how to recover using what he is learning in his day-to-day life. When this phase of treatment is completed, the resident is allowed to get an outside job. At this time a resident begins to pay a resident service fee. He will demonstrate his ability to budget his money in preparation for his re-entry into mainstream society as well as his ability to maintain a program of recovery. He continues to attend therapeutic groups and vocational rehabilitation counseling.
The final phase is re-entry. The resident moves into permanent housing that meets the criteria of a supportive environment for recovery post treatment. He continues with group and individual therapy for a time determined with his counselor. When this requirement is met – the date is set for completion. There is a Completion Ceremony for the successful completion of the program. At this time, one half of the client services fees generated from employment are refunded.
For anyone (male or female) seeking treatment at Bridge House / Grace House, please call our intake department at (504) 821-7120, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at 4150 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans LA 70125