Bridge House - Men's Treatment Program in New Orleans, LA

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4150 Earhart Boulevard
New Orleans LA 70125

Bridge House - Men's Treatment Program Philosophy

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.

Areas of Specialization

  • 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.

  • Residential Treatment
    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.

Facility Highlights

Individualized Treatment Plan

Independent Living Skills

Individual Therapy

Meet the Staff

Else Pedersen

Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer, Else Pedersen has worked for Bridge House / Grace House since 1992. Else is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Else became the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge House / Grace House on September 15, 2011. Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Bridge House since 2004. Else has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Bridge House in that she has worked in many departments before becoming the Executive Director, in particular the Clinical Department as a direct provider of services. Else is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of all clinical programs and supporting businesses; ensuring clinical program and business objectives are met; and directing and supervising staff. As a person in recovery, Else has a unique perspective in meeting the needs of our consumers.

Michelle Gaiennie

Executive Director of Clinical Services

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Michelle Gaiennie, LCSW holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Michelle has served as Executive Director of Clinical Services for Bridge House / Grace House since 2013. Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Grace House since 2003.

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ABOUT BRIDGE HOUSE - MEN'S TREATMENT PROGRAM

Opened in 1957, Bridge House in New Orleans has transitioned from a temporary shelter to a long-term substance abuse treatment center, offering adult men the resources and structure they need to achieve sobriety. This is one of 55 (40.4 percent) treatment centers in the state with male-specific programming. Grace House, a separate facility run by the same organization, provides substance abuse treatment for women.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment is based on an individualized treatment plan. Treatment duration depends on the individual client’s needs, but most residents remain on-site for six months. Treatment is gender-specific and vocation-based. Programming is based on the disease concept of addiction and the therapeutic community model and is divided into four phases: stabilization, primary, independent living, and aftercare.

During the stabilization period, residents adjust to the highly-structured program and become familiar with the routines of the house. This lasts for the first 14 to 30 days of the program and consists of 20 hours or more of programming per week. In the primary phase, clients work with both clinical and vocational staff to learn the skills necessary for sustained recovery. In Louisiana, Bridge House is among the 34.6 percent of facilities to provide some form of employment counseling or training for clients.

In the final phase of treatment, clients move into permanent housing but continue to return to the center for group and individual therapy. They gain employment or pursue vocational training. In Louisiana, the facility is among the 22.1 percent of facilities to provide long-term, non-hospital residential care.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Bridge House’s leadership team includes a licensed clinical social worker and licensed addiction counselor. The staff also includes program graduates.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

During their treatment, clients stay in dormitory-style residences in a three-story building with a balcony on each floor. Clients are supervised 24/7. All of those surveyed by Rehabs.com provided three out of five stars or higher for accommodations, cleanliness, and meals.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

At the time of this writing, five alumni submitted feedback to Rehabs.com for Bridge House, that was overall generally positive.

Alumni repeatedly credited the program with their long-term sobriety. Former client G.D., the sole alum polled on the following metrics, gave the level of staff support, the quality of group and individual therapy, and quality of the lead counselors each five out of five stars.

Alumni didn’t agree on the quality of the holistic offerings, with one alum offering just two stars and another offering four stars. Alum S.T.R. also noted, “Bridge house claimed to have a gym but I never seen a gym when I was there.” Several alumni also thought the rehab’s policy on connection with those outside the facility could be improved.

On CiteHealth, reviews of the facility are mixed, with two one-star ratings and two five-star ratings.[1] One anonymous reviewer who left negative feedback wrote that “This program did not address core issues. It did not involve or contact family.” The other one-star reviewer commented that programming was too expensive; contrastingly a five-star reviewer wrote that treatment was free of cost. Both positive reviewers credited the center with their continued sobriety.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, the sole loved one to submit feedback to Rehabs.com expressed concern over hidden costs and wrote, “This is supposed to be a free rehab, and it's costing us over $400 a month to have our child there…We have to provide 40-50$ a month for bus fare! I'm regretting this decision more every day!”

FINANCING

The center’s website notes that treatment is provided regardless of one’s ability to pay, and some alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com reported receiving free treatment.

CONCLUSION

Bridge House is active in community engagement, and regularly holds fundraising events that promote the center's mission and awareness.

[1] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/louisiana/cities/new-orleans/bridge-house-inc

Published on December 2018

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Bridge House saved my life. I’m forever indebted..

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Bridge house claimed to have a gym but I never seen a gym when I was there. Most of the treatment was done through 12 step and meetings.

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Has allowed me to give back and stay clean. A real learning experience in how to deal with others there is 92 men in this center

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Good program although I didn't Finnish it.

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Anyone fighting addiction, i highly recommend you give bridgehouse a chance to help you. I was there for 7months free of charge. With their guidance today i am 44months sober.Best decision i eber made.

This is supposed to be a free rehab, and it's costing us over $400 a month to have our child there. Our child's addiction has already affected our finances and now more so. When I questioned a supposed counselor about it, she basically laughed saying that some of their patients have particular taste!! We have to provide 40-50$ a month for bus fare! I'm regretting this decision more every day!

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