Bridgeway Behavioral Health - Women'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 Women’s Residential Program uses evidence-based practices and takes a trauma-focused approach to treatment, tying biology, sociology and psychology together to uncover the root causes of addiction. The highly-structured setting offers women 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
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.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
Mike Morrison, CSAC
Mike has been at Bridgeway for 15 years and been the CEO since 2009. His vision for Bridgeway is to become the treatment provider of choice in this region by ensuring that every client who enters Bridgeway leaves with the tools necessary to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
Rick Cox, CAADC, CCGC
Rick came to Bridgeway in 2000 to put together the current program for gamblers and their families.He continues to find his work in addiction to be very satisfying as well as very interesting. Working with compulsive gamblers and their families has widen his respect for individuals dealing with addiction and has learned first hand the many forms of addiction. Besides working in the gambling program, Rick also conducts a chemical dependency education for both the residential and out patient programs on a weekly basis. He has seen many positive changes in the addictions field over the years and looks forward to continuing on.
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ABOUT BRIDGEWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH – WOMEN’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
With a dozen locations across Eastern Missouri, Bridgeway Behavioral Health (BBH) is a leader in substance abuse treatment for both adolescents and adults. Their services include detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and sober living. The women’s campus in St. Charles is one of the only 102 (39.7 percent) of its kind in the state.
This female-specific programming track offers residential treatment for women and their children, and pregnant women can access care for the duration of their pregnancies. This is one of the state's 113 (44 percent) centers where treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders is available. Detox is offered at a separate BBH facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
While in treatment, residents can expect to receive one-on-one counseling at least once a week. The remainder of the week is spent in group therapy, educational sessions, recreational therapy, and health and fitness activities, such as group hiking and Zumba. Specialized treatment for sexual assault and gambling addiction can be arranged.
Treatment is intended to be structured but flexible so that clients can participate in the workshops and sessions that apply to their individual circumstances. Some of the daily education topics include triggers and cravings, anger management, parenting, co-dependency, and exercise and nutrition. Residents may also participate in groups focused on spirituality, music, and creative expression. Access to AA/NA** meetings is also available.
Residents typically remain in treatment between 10 and 30 days, but pregnant women may stay throughout their entire pregnancy and return once the baby is born. This is a unique feature offered at only 38 (14.8 percent) treatment centers in the state.
According to the facility’s website, BBH has over 200 employees from various backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, education, psychology, and social work. The women’s residential program has a full-time RN on staff to handle medical assessments, education, and referrals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The women’s facility is located in close proximity to the Mississippi River, and staff often accompany residents on relaxing walks along the scenic Katy Trail. Meals are prepared by a full-time kitchen staff and served three times a day. The children’s program includes a licensed daycare for children ages two and under and classroom/therapy space for children ages three through 12, an offering at just 20 (7.8 percent) treatment centers in the state.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave BBH's women's facility mixed ratings. On average, alumni tended to give lower ratings for the facility's exercise and leisure options, as well as mediocre ratings for the facility's counseling options.
Although many noted that the living conditions could be better, three clients wrote that the facility's counseling staff was superb. Alum Nancy representatively wrote: “I had one of the best sexual abuse counselo's ever." However, one anonymous reviewer did report a drastically different counseling experience, citing a counselor with inadequate experience with addiction and recovery and a lack of access to support groups.
Reviews on secondary sites were extremely scarce of this writing, though the sole Google reviewer to date provided the facility a perfect five stars, with no further commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave BBH's women's facility mixed-to-positive reviews. In feedback, a few of the loved ones complained about too much classwork during recovery and not enough individual counseling, but many of them felt that the staff was professional and caring. One anonymous Rehabs.com survey respondent commented, “I believe she liked the staff. I've heard they're good.”
There is currently no information provided on BBH's website or otherwise regarding its costs. However, CiteHealth reports that the network accepts state insurance and Access to Recovery vouchers and that fees are based on a sliding scale.
Published on May 2019
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