Bridgeway Behavioral Health - Men's Residential Services in St. Charles, MO

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(3.7 of 5)
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1570 S. Main Street
St. Charles MO 63303

Bridgeway Behavioral Health - Men's Residential Services Philosophy

For more than 30 years, Bridgeway Behavioral Health has been providing men and women with gender-specific treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Located in St. Charles, the Men’s Residential Program uses evidence-based practices and takes a trauma-focused approach to treatment, tying biology, sociology and psychology together to undercover the root causes of addiction. The highly-structured setting offers men a reliable and supportive environment for recovery, as well as safe space to develop and practice healthy coping skills for lifelong sobriety.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Facility Highlights

Journaling

Gender Specific Groups

Meditation Practice

Meet the Staff

Connie Jacobi, MA, RSAP, MARS, SQP

Clinical Supervisor

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Connie was aware from an early age that counseling, specifically substance abuse counseling, was the field for her. In high school she became involved with the NCADA as a peer counselor, and became involved with prevention with her peers. She attended college at Saint Louis University with a BS in psychology, and then Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville for a MA in Clinical Adult Psychology.

Jess Davidson, LPC, ATR, MA

Clinical Supervisor

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Personal traits and the fact that she enjoys being a support to others drew her to this field. She recalls growing up wanting to be a teacher, and eventually went into teaching with her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Illinois State University. From there she went directly into graduate school and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy/Counseling. She is currently a Registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois.

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ABOUT BRIDGEWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH – MEN’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

With over a dozen locations across Eastern Missouri, Bridgeway Behavioral Health (BBH) is a leader in substance abuse treatment for both adolescents and adults. Their services include detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and sober living. The men’s campus, located in St. Charles, offers gender-specific residential treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Detox is offered at a separate BBH facility.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

While in treatment, residents can expect to receive one-on-one counseling at least once a week. The remainder of the week is spent in group and family therapy, educational sessions, recreational therapy, and health and fitness activities, such as group hiking and weightlifting. Clients may also utilize 12-steps meetings, meditation practice, and therapeutic journaling. Specialized treatment for sexual assault and gambling addiction can be arranged.

Treatment is intended to be structured but flexible so that clients can participate in the workshops and sessions that apply to their individual circumstances. Daily education topics include, but are not limited to the following: triggers and cravings, anger management, parenting, co-dependency, and exercise and nutrition. Access to fellowship as well as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in the community is also available.

Residents typically remain in treatment between 10 and 30 days, and BBH provides all graduating clients assistance with discharge planning.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility’s website, BBH has over 200 employees from various backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, education, psychology, and social work. The men’s facility is staffed with counselors, technicians, and a full-time nurse.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The men’s facility is located in close proximity to the Mississippi River, and staff often accompany residents on relaxing walks along the scenic Katy Trail. Residents may also take advantage of an on-site weight room. Meals are prepared by a full-time kitchen staff and served three times a day.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni reviews sourced by Rehabs.com suggest that BBH’s care is adequate but not without issues. Connectivity and affordability were rated the highest, at four out of five stars, according to the four alum surveyed on such criteria to date. Holistic offerings and opportunities for exercise and leisure were apparent weaknesses, averaging just 1.3 and 2.3 out of five stars, respectively.

Lukewarm ratings were given to the family participation and the staff’s level of training and experience, both gauging just 3.5 out of five stars based on four reviews. When asked, on a scale from one to five, whether they would recommend treatment at BBH Men’s Residential Services, the four alumni gave an average 3.75-star rating.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Like alumni, loved ones polled by Rehabs.com provided a mix of praise and moderate criticism. Most gave high ratings for the staff’s level of training and experience and indicated that treatment was worth the cost and recommended. Ratings fell when it came to connectivity and holistic treatment.

C.S., despite providing only an average rating for their son’s treatment, wrote: “Staff is very dedicated and caring.” An anonymous parent appreciated the “rigorous comprehensive” programming, but disliked the policies regarding communication with family members. “The only thing is, they are only allowed to use the facilities phone (no personal phones rae allowed) for 5 minuets ONCE a week,” they wrote.

Another anonymous loved one felt that the program was a bit too rigorous, to the point of rushing treatment. “I, personally, believe that trying to cram classes down someone while they are detoxing or are freshly clean is a bit ridiculous,” they said; however, this same survey respondent told Rehabs.com that the treatment staff did a “good job on educating users on skills that will aide them upon release.”

FINANCING

There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website or otherwise regarding its costs. BBH takes donations but it is unclear if those funds cover costs for clients.

Updated February 2017

Published on February 2017

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Let's get real people...they don't show pictures of what it really looks like. The women's building is very old and full of dust and mold, therefore leaving me sick for my entire stay. Tho I did receive a lot of good education during the day and alot of just study groups in the evening. The place is very short on staff and some plainly don't care. As I asked everyone I saw the whole last week I was there about my medicine w promises that it would be there only to leave w out my medicine that would keep me from using again. There's really no good communication between staff. I don't think the top dog nurse really cares because it takes someone darn near dying to send to er. To top that off she would've done any and everything to make sure I would've had that medication and shot before leaving. I almost feel like I got set up for failure. We will see tho once outpatient hits

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Staff is very dedicated and caring. My son was there. This was his 9th program.

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They in there truly care. Not nearly enough one-on-one time. The facility does the best I can. It works if you wanted to work

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They offer a rigorous comprehensive rehabilitation facility that has you going to classes for the better part of each day. I have personally never struggled with drug or alcohol addiction, but my step son does. The only thing is, they are only allowed to use the facilities phone (no personal phones rae allowed) for 5 minuets ONCE a week.

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Caring staff but Filthy conditions. Old building and resources. All in all, a good center in a bad location.

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They work with the addict to help them formulate a plan to effictivley stay clean upon release. They have classes all day with 10 minuet breaks between classes (smoke breaks) to educate the addict on multiple ways to help themselves. I, personally, believe that trying to cram classes down someone while they are detoxing or are freshly clean is a bit ridiculous. I think that they do a good job on educating users on skills that will aide them upon release.

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Good counselors, food is really poor. Apartments need a facelift.

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Wife and doctor suggested I go. The counslers were very good and so was the rest of the staff

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Too many restrictions and punishment approach to behavior.

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