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 ** adult and adolescent men seeking treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
BBH’s men's program offers clients up to 30 days of residential treatment, making it one of the 48 (18.7 percent) short-term treatment programs in Missouri. It is also one of the 51 (19.8 percent) facilities in Missouri that provide treatment specifically for adolescents.
Bridgeway Behavioral Health's men's program incorporates a series of evidence-based treatment methods that include individual and family therapy and the 12-step program. Recovery groups are encouraged as well including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.
Clients have access to various holistic care options including meditation. 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. The 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. Only 42 (16.3 percent) of the treatment facilities in Missouri treat gambling addiction.
Graduates have access to discharge planning and community support. Counselors work with clients to coordinate aftercare services so that clients can seamlessly transition out of the program while avoiding relapse.
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 licensure 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. There is also an RN on-site to address medical concerns and participate in the treatment process.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, the six alumni that gave feedback about BBH provided only average ratings.
Family Participation: 3.5/5
Counseling Options: 3.25/5
Facility Cleanliness: 3/5
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."
On Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page, Bridgeway received an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars from 54 reviews to date. Alumni generally indicate that the program was life-saving and successful over the long term. Jeffrey wrote how the center gave him “the tools to stay clean and helped me get through things in my past.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Six loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at this time of writing gave mixed feedback about BBH. Many loved ones gave positive feedback about the 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 representatively.
Holistic Offerings: 1.5/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.75/5
Family Participation: 3/5
One anonymous reviewer indicated that family 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. Another 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.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has not received any feedback from staff members of this facility. However, on Indeed, Bridgeway Behavioral Health has an average rating of 3.4 out of five stars from 33 reviews to date. While most of the current and former staff members indicated they enjoyed working with clients, negative feedback centers around the “high stress” and low compensation. One former employee summed up a lot of the other feedback by writing: “Very demanding, no raises, low pay.”
Bridgeway is funded by the BBH Foundation, a community store, and donations.
Published on April 2019
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