Bradford Health Services Philosophy
Bradford Health Services offers a wide variety of drug and alcohol treatment options at numerous locations across the country. The Warrior Lodge facility, located among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Birmingham, Alabama, provides residential substance abuse treatment for adults. The quiet, secluded, and serene environment gives clients a safe space to withdraw from alcohol and drugs, learn new coping skills, and set a solid foundation for long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Intensive Out Patient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
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ABOUT BRADFORD HEALTH SERVICES – WARRIOR
With over 30 locations in the Southeast, Bradford Health Services offers a variety of programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The facility in Warrior, Ala., referred to as The Warrior Lodge, is situated on 80 acres of heavily wooded land at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It offers residential and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for adult men and women.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prior to admission, all clients undergo a multidisciplinary assessment to help determine the most appropriate level of care. Those who opt for residential treatment can expect a highly structured, supervised environment. Treatment is founded on 12-step principles and includes both individual and group counseling. Family is a core component of Bradford’s approach, and loved ones are encouraged to participate in the recovery process. Additionally, the facility employs adventure-based therapies, such as ropes courses, to build self-confidence and teach trust and respect for others. Duration of stay varies according to the individual client’s needs; treatment may last for a few days or up to 12 weeks.
The Warrior Lodge’s IOP program may be used as a step-down treatment for clients who graduate from residential care. Designed to reduce the risk of relapse, the IOP program is primarily conducted in a group setting. Clients typically participate several times a week.
According to The Warrior Lodge’s web page, the center’s treatment team includes physicians and qualified addiction counselors. The 20 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the staff’s level of training and experience a rating of 4.35 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
With exposed wooden beams and stone fireplaces, The Warrior Lodge does indeed resemble a lodge. The campus is heavily wooded, providing a natural landscape for quiet reflection and outdoor recreation. Clients share modestly furnished bedrooms and dine together in a communal cafeteria.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
When asked how likely they were to recommend The Warrior Lodge to others, 21 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a rating of 3.86 out of five stars. However, despite this above-average rating, review commentary submitted to Rehabs.com was mixed. “This is a place that saved my life and my marriage,” wrote Frank, one of multiple respondents who credited the facility with changing their lives. Yet those glowing reviews were tempered by numerous alumni who found the staff to be “terrible” and the facility focused on money instead of treatment. “I felt as if i were being brainwashed and squeezed for money. not a good experience. i've actually had to see treatment for PTSD from going to Bradford,” J.C. wrote. Not unrelated, the center’s affordability received 2.85 stars, one of the lowest overall ratings.
Surveyed alumni were most impressed with the facility’s cleanliness and the program’s level of family participation, which received respective ratings of 4.52 and 4.05 stars. “Comfortable environment, clean, meals were great,” one anonymous alum wrote. The center’s connectivity/visitor policy and its exercise and leisure options received above-average ratings of 3.3 and 3.57 stars, respectively.
The center’s holistic offerings and its counseling options received lower ratings of 2.57 and 2.95 stars, respectively. “I also would have enjoyed other options besides the 12-step model. It wasn't very helpful to many of the patients I talked to,” E.D. told Rehabs.com.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Like alumni, surveyed loved ones submitted mostly above-average ratings alongside mixed reviews. When asked how likely they were to recommend The Warrior Lodge to others, 16 respondents provided an average rating of 3.25 out of five stars. Those who reported positive experiences found the staff and programming to be helpful. “Wonderful place! This place is a hands on with wonderful counselors and great doctors and nurses… So thankful for this place and what it did for my son,” D.J. wrote. However, multiple loved ones were disappointed with everything from the center’s billing practices to its discharge planning. “Lack of counseling, inflated prices, dishonest staff, NO communication…He had NO relapse education,” J.K. wrote.
The center’s affordability, which received one of the lowest ratings of 2.88 stars, was a hot-button issue for loved ones, many of whom felt that the facility was preoccupied with collecting as much money as possible from insurance companies. “They will do whatever they can and have too, to have your loved one stay there for the EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM (ECP) its a money pit and they have many many hidden fees,” Jeff wrote in a representative review.
Like alumni, loved ones polled by Rehabs.com were most impressed with the facility’s upkeep, giving its cleanliness an average rating of four out of five stars. Family participation was also reviewed favorably, with a rating of 3.69 stars. “They kept family well informed,” an anonymous loved one told Rehabs.com. The center’s exercise and leisure options, its connectivity/visitor policy, and its counseling options all received slightly above-average ratings of three, 3.06, and three stars, respectively.
Friends and family members agreed with alumni that the facility’s holistic offerings were lacking, giving the category a rating of 2.31 stars. “They will lie to you about everything on the phone so don't waste your time. Luxury rehabs costs as much as this place that is far from luxury,” M.G. wrote in their review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two staff members polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing indicated that they would recommend the facility. J.L., one of the respondents, characterized the treatment plan as “extensive” but “too short.” “It's expensive and 14 day treatment is not enough,” J.L. wrote.
According to review data collected by Rehabs.com, Bradford Health Services accepts most major insurance plans and offers self-pay options.
Published on January 2018
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