Treatment Center Setting
Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall Philosophy
Our addiction treatment philosophy centers around offering evidence-based, individualized treatment solutions for individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as well as co-occurring disorders. With an individualized approach to addiction treatment and a comprehensive continuum of care, we heal patients and their families from a life of active addiction and alcoholism to a life of hope and healing.
We deliver comprehensive addiction treatment services in a safe and comfortable environment. Our addiction treatment services include drug and alcohol detoxification, individual and group therapy, family counseling services for both patient and family, case management, life skills training, 12 Step education, psychiatric care, individualized aftercare planning, and recovery resources designed to support patients for life. With evidence-based treatment practices at each one of our neighborhood-based locations, we offer each patient and their family the highest quality addiction treatment services and an opportunity to heal, regain hope, rebuild and recover – for life.
Areas of Specialization
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Domenica holds the unique perspective of a person who has recovered from significant behavioral health challenges, a domestic violence survivor, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. She is a Trauma Informed Care Trainer and Master Implementation Specialist, and Overdose Prevention Trainer, Mental Health First Aid USA instructor, and trainer of Recovery Based Peer Support Programs. Mrs. Personti has over 18 years of experience in behavioral health and specializes in program development, implementation, quality assurance and consultation. Mrs. Personti obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College, after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a Criminal Justice focus. Mrs. Personti is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional-Diplomat, and a Certified Prevention Specialist. Mrs. Personti has worked in the field of Behavioral Health since 1998, within many different modalities of treatment, and is currently the CEO of Bracebridge Hall. Mrs. Personti has specialized training in trauma informed care, medication assisted recovery, forensic mental health counseling, crisis management, criminal justice and justice involved populations, adolescent treatment, disease education, harm reduction, substance abuse and violence prevention. Mrs. Personti was trained as an Overdose Prevention Trainer and Naloxone Educator through the DOPE Project in San Francisco, California, which is a model Overdose Prevention Program that is part of the National Harm Reduction Coalition. Her ability to connect with the population she serves is what makes her successful.
Dr. Mark Harris
Dr. Mark Harris joins Bracebridge Hall with over 20 years of experience in family and addiction medicine. After earning his Doctor of Osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a Family Medicine residency at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Harris is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has practiced as a family care physician and addiction treatment professional throughout the mid-Atlantic area region for the last 20 years.
Heather Frye, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MSN, MBA
Director of Therapeutic Services
Heather Frye is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and serves as the Clinical Director at Recovery Centers of America, Bracebridge Hall. Heather came to RCA from Drexel University, her alma mater, where she served as the Track Director for the PMHNP Program. Heather specializes in the assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders and collaborates intensely with the clinical team to individualize patient care. She has co-presented Give Power to Word of Mouth: Adding a Clinical Education Component to a Community Service Program on Heroin at the International Nurses Society on Addiction conference and presented Spread HOPE (Heroin Opioids Public Education): Nursing Pearls for Patient Education at the Delaware Nurses Association Annual Conference.
Associate Medical Director
Teedo joined Bracebridge Hall, RCA in September 2016 as a nurse practitioner and quickly moved into the Associate Medical Director position by February 2017, becoming a strong advocate for addiction recovery.
Entering the field through paramedicine in 2010, Teedo soon found her passion in nursing and finalized her formal education from Wilmington University in 2013 as a Board-Certified Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practice.
Through her work as an Emergency Department Travel Nurse along the east coast, Teedo is passionate about giving back to communities in need. Teedo has traveled and used her professional skills to provide care to outlying villages in Managua, Nicaragua with the Nicaraguan American Nurses Association. Teedo carries that same dedication into her daily interactions with patients, focusing on the best interest of each of them.
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ABOUT RECOVERY CENTERS OF AMERICA AT BRACEBRIDGE HALL
Part of Recovery Centers of America, a nationwide network of upscale rehabilitation centers, Bracebridge Hall is one of five residential programs operated by the treatment network. Located in the community of Earleville, Md., in the Chesapeake Bay Area, Bracebridge Hall provides an upscale residential program for adults struggling with chemical dependency, as well as individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. If necessary, medical detoxification is available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in an initial biopsychosocial assessment to help clinicians form a highly individualized treatment program. If necessary, the resident may undergo detoxification to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and help ensure the safety of the resident. To treats its residents, Bracebridge Hall's treatment curriculum blends evidence-based treatments, 12-step participation, and holistic treatment approaches.
Bracebridge Hall's programming is largely founded in the principles and practices of 12-Step. During residential treatment, clients are fully immersed into the peer-led fellowship. Clients attend on--site meetings, study fellowship literature (Big Book), perform associated “step-work,” and attend workshops that help guide residents through the 12-step process. According to the facility's website, the spiritual principles of 12-Step are incorporated into other aspects of programming.
Along with an introduction to and participation in 12-Step, core programming includes a schedule of one-on-one therapy sessions, group counseling, and educational classes concerning improving coping skills, relapse prevention, and developing communication skills. Loved ones are also invited to participate in family and/or couples counseling sessions. In addition, dually diagnosed clientele receive ongoing psychiatric evaluations and medication management.
In addition to its evidence-based treatment, Bracebridge Hall incorporates a number of holistic treatments into programming. During the residential program, clients participate in mindful meditation, creative arts therapy, psychodrama, adventure and experiential therapies, and spiritual counseling sessions. The facility also conducts a nutritional assessment to help clients formulate a diet and exercise plan.
In between treatment sessions, clients receive free time for recreation and leisure activities. Clients may participate in therapeutic recreation, hiking,book club meetings, spa services, waterfront yoga, and bird watching outings. Before discharge, case managers form comprehensive discharge plans to provide guidance and support for community re-entry. Bracebridge Hall also facilitates an active alumni program.
Bracebridge Hall employs a multidisciplinary team comprised of physicians, psychiatrists, substance abuse and mental health counselors, nurses, case managers, an on-site chef, and a support team.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Bracebridge Hall's treatment facility is an elegantly-appointed mansion situated on Chesapeake Bay. Residents enjoy either spacious double-occupancy bedrooms or private rooms. Each room features ultra-soft pillowtop mattresses and bedding, as well as HDTVs. The facility's grounds feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-sized basketball and tennis court, a yoga studio, and a 150-foot dock overlooking the Chesapeake.
The facility provides farm-to-table cuisine prepared by an on-site chef. Optional amenities include personal trainers and spa services. Unique to Bracebridge Hall, the facility also allows clients access to computers and phones.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
While Rehabs.com has yet to receive alumni feedback to date, secondary sources revealed polarized opinions of the facility. On the facility's Facebook page, which the facility can manage, 11 individuals gave the facility an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars. Positive reviewers tended to praise the luxurious accommodations and the facility's staff. "Fantastic facility, supportive & dedicated staff,"Carrie, a representative reviewer, wrote. Many of the negative reviewers did not elaborate on their experience.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, Heather, was overall critical of the facility. Out of five stars, she gave a perfect five-star rating for the facility's accommodation and amenities, but gave a two-star rating for its overall effectiveness, reporting issues regarding communication with staff. "To me this place spends more money making the facility into a luxury rehab than it does hiring trained competent people!" Heather wrote.
Bracebridge Hall accepts most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Magellan. If necessary, the facility also offers financing options.
Published on November 2017
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