A Bridge to Growth Philosophy
Our philosophy is founded in the belief of addiction as the result of deeper, underlying core issues. And thus, we believe the most permanent, effective, and efficient way to heal, is to figure out the why behind the addictive behaviors. Whether you are dealing with an undiagnosed chemical imbalance, or having difficulty resolving deep seated issues from your past, A Bridge to Growth’s individualized treatment style will help to uncover the source behind your substance abuse.
Areas of Specialization
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
Meet the Staff
Alina Gastesi-de Armas, MA, MEd, LMHC
In private practice for over 15 years, Alina has worked extensively with individuals, couples and families struggling with addictions, mental health, life transition, and relationship issues. Recently, she has received extensive training in Core Issues Therapy. Alina has designed an exclusive program of therapy to treat a wide range of issues, including addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Together with Sobe Well™ this program is designed to assist every fiber of your being in making a full and long lasting recovery.”
Tina Rincon, CPRC
After years of successful business ownership and operation, Tina Rincon decided to shift her focus to a cause she is deeply passionate about. Thus, Tina’s personal connection to serving individuals and families affected by addiction is the primary inspiration behind the A Bridge to Growth vision and mission. Tina graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela with a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Psychology. She is certified as a Professional Recovery Coach, Family Recovery Coach, Anger Management Professional and trained in extensive Relapse Prevention techniques. Her overall goal remains to preserve and enhance the A Bridge to Growth experience for each and every client.
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ABOUT A BRIDGE TO GROWTH
Set in a commercial neighborhood of Weston, Fla. on the outskirts of the Everglades, A Bridge to Growth offers residential and outpatient care for adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Medical detox is not available on-site, but treatment is available in Spanish and English.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A Bridge to Growth is built around the philosophy that addiction is a symptom of deeper problems. As such, each program is individualized to treat the client’s core issues, whether that means unresolved trauma or medical or biophysical problems. The center’s online materials emphasize that treatment is non-confrontational and focuses on positive motivational influences and fostering confidence. This seems to include a distancing from traditional methodologies that might be seen as confrontational.
Specifically, treatment modalities in use here include experiential therapy, anger management, individual and couples therapy, attachment-based therapy, and trauma-informed therapy. Clients may also receive an introduction to the 12-Steps, treatment for dual diagnoses, and education about conflict resolution, communication skills, and coping skills.
Experiential therapies form a big part of the program. A Bridge to Growth has art and music therapy, as well as exercise and wellness offerings. Holistic options include spiritual counseling, nutritional counseling, yoga, and meditation. Additionally, the facility’s website currently lists massage therapy, chiropractic medicine, and osteopathic medicine as other forms of improving physical well-being.
Family sessions are also offered in which clients learn how to deal with emotions like grief and frustration and identify negative behavioral patterns. The facility notes that outpatient programs are offered, but does not give program specifics.
The staff-to-client ratio is 1:5. Staff includes a clinical director, medical director, primary therapist, and a nutritionist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 20-bed facility with some private rooms. Photographs published on the facility’s website show homey décor and plenty of outdoor space for walking or running.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet received feedback from loved ones or staffers, but a single alum has been surveyed. Nathan awarded five out of five stars for all three metrics polled: treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. The same reviewer wrote: “This place saved my life! Plain and simple.”
This facility accepts most private insurance policies, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and United. Financial assistance is available in the form of financing and upfront reduced rates when a client pays with cash.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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