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
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Connie Jacobi, MA, RSAP, MARS, SQP
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
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
Bridgeway Behavioral Health (BBH) operates a dozen locations throughout Eastern Missouri that provide substance abuse treatment to adults and adolescents. BBH runs a women's residential service in St. Charles along with the men's campus. The men's residential service serves men dealing with **addiction and co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Bridgeway Behavioral Health's men's program incorporates individual and family therapy, meditation, 12-step meetings, and medication-assisted treatment. Clients will meet one-on-one with a counselor weekly and have access to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. They will also participate in nutritional and spiritual counseling, gender-specific groups, and journaling. Educational sessions focus on relapse prevention, communication, triggers and cravings, and other issues.
Length of stay ranges between 10 to 30 days depending on an individual's needs.
BBH also provides treatment for sexual assault and domestic violence and gambling addiction.
Graduates will have access to discharge planning and community support.
Bridgeway Behavioral Health employs over 200 staff members across 12 facilities who are certified, licensed, and credentialed. BBH requires employees to meet annual certification and lisensure conditions. The men's facility staffs counselors, a resident nurse, a community support specialist, and other technicians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Bridgeway Behavioral Health's men's facility is located near the Mississippi River. Clients have access to an on-site weight room and a fully equipped kitchen with meals served three times daily. They can also take group hikes down the nearby Katy Trail.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni responding to a Rehabs.com poll to date gave BBH average marks. Four alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars to the staff's level of training and experience and family participation and 3.25 out of five stars to the counseling options available. Holistic offerings were the lowest rated by alumni with 1.33 out of five stars. Exercise and leisure activities were ranked low as well, with 2.25 out of a possible five stars.
Two individuals noted problems with the facility's accommodations. "Caring staff but Filthy conditions. Old building and resources," wrote an anonymous reviewer. Bret added that "Apartments need a facelift."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Six loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at this time of writing gave mixed feedback. Many loved ones praised staff and indicated that they'd recommend treatment at BBH. "I think that they do a good job on educating users on skills that will aide them upon release," wrote one anonymous reviewer.
One anoymous reviewer gave four out of a possible five stars to the facility's level of family participation but felt communication was lacking. “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.
Loved ones gave the staff's level of training and experience 4.75 out of five stars. Parent C.S. called staff "dedicated" and "caring."
However, one loved one indicated that while staff did a “good job on educating users on skills that will aide them upon release,” it seemed like treatment was too rigid. “I, personally, believe that trying to cram classes down someone while they are detoxing or are freshly clean is a bit ridiculous,” they wrote.
BBH doesn't publish specific details on the facility's website. The company does accept donations, though it is unclear if those donations benefit programs.
Published on October 2017
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