Bradford Health Services - The Reprieve Philosophy
Bradford Health Services offers a wide variety of drug and alcohol treatment options at numerous locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida. The Reprieve Program, located in Opelika, Alabama, is a year-long residential drug and alcohol rehab program that helps individuals overcome their substance abuse addiction. Staff members guide residents through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, assist with employment opportunities and job placement, and create a supportive long-term community for practicing sober life skills.
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.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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ABOUT BRADFORD HEALTH SERVICES - THE REPRIEVE
The Reprieve, based in Opelika, Ala., offers men who are struggling with substance use disorders a year-long residential rehab program. It is a private for-profit facility, which make up about 31 percent of all treatment facilities in Alabama; it is one of the 18 (14 percent) of Alabama facilities that offers long term, residential treatment services.
The 12-step-based community living program emphasizes spiritual wellness, creativity, and progressive responsibility. Detox services are not available on-site. Bradford Health Services operates The Reprieve for men and A Reprieve for women, located in Tuscaloosa.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients at Bradford Health Services’ Reprieve program are typically men who struggle with chronic relapse, with 12-step progress, or with direction and transition back to school or employment after prior treatment experiences. Days begin with guided mindfulness meditation, after which residents attend 12-step presentations.
Following the first six months at Reprieve, which focus on learning practical applications of the 12-step principles and other life skills, Reprieve men move into a community living immersion setting. At this stage, residents work on job skills development in partnership with a local college career center. They obtain progressive independence throughout the year, such as use of a phone and car and maintaining a job. Second phase clients also volunteer at the Reprieve main program.
Family members are invited to participate in a three-day program with in-depth education about the 12-Steps, boundaries, management of expectations, and avoiding enabling behaviors.
The Reprieve staff, as represented on the facility’s website, brings diverse experiences to the Bradford Health Services rehab. Most staff members are in recovery themselves. One is a former owner/operator of a wilderness survival school, one a former EMT, and another a former professional musician. A former restaurateur cooks for residents. The Reprieve employs master’s level therapists and social workers, a psychiatrist, and certified addiction counselors (CAC), one of whom is a leader in the state association of CAC.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live together in a restored historic red brick house or in an additional residential building on-site. Photos of the homes feature comfortable furnishings, shared bedrooms, pool and table tennis, and a music room with drum set, keyboards, and guitars. Natural surroundings offer settings for hiking and quiet reflection.
Residents also have access to the local town’s fitness facility, which includes an indoor pool, a running track, weight rooms, and indoor and outdoor courts. The men participate in regular outings to local parks and museums. They also perform on-site household chores. Visitation is open to approved family members all day on Sundays.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the five reviews from alumni Rehabs.com has received to date, three were highly favorable while two offered mixed feedback for The Reprieve. Alumni gave a high rating of 4.25 out of five stars for the treatment effectiveness. One reviewer reported that the first 90 days in treatment were strong, but that the later life skills training section was disorganized.
Alum Christopher provided the most in-depth feedback, highlighting the value of being involved in the local community as a way of transitioning out of treatment. He awarded maximum five-star ratings for the facility’s family program and staff’s level of training and experience. The sole criticism Christopher offered was that the cost of treatment was prohibitive for some men. However, one anonymous reviewer suggested that it would be helpful to have some staff who had maintained lifelong abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
On Google, five individuals gave the facility an average rating of five out of five stars. The two individuals to leave commentary praised staff.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Five loved ones submitted feedback to Rehabs.com for The Reprieve. Two concurred with one alum’s report that the program was expensive. Three praised the family program’s educational component and two highlighted the value of the facility’s long-term treatment, also describing their family member’s success in school and life after completing the program.
According to the Bradford Health Services website, its facilities, including The Reprieve, is one of the 86 (66.7 percent) of Alabama treatment facilities to accept most private insurance plans. It also provides private pay options.
Published on January 2018
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