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ABOUT RECOVERY NETWORK OF PROGRAMS, INC.
Recovery Network Programs, Inc. (RNP) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the behavioral, mental, and emotional health needs of families and individuals throughout Bridgeport, Conn.
Established in 1972, RNP has grown to a large organization spanning 18 unique programs including one of the 34 (2.6 percent) medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Connecticut and several of the state’s 29 (13.8 percent) residential and transitional living facilities.
While the administrative office is based out of nearby Shelton, RNP programs and facilities are scattered throughout the historic seaport city of Bridgeport.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At its core, Recovery Network of Programs aims to restore the “hope, health, and well-being” of its clients, primarily men and women above the age of 18 who are seeking assistance and support in one form or another. Services provided by the agency are available not only across a variety of levels of care - including acute, long-term (30-45 days) residential, and outpatient - but are tailored by clinicians to address each client’s specific needs using assessments and individualized treatment planning.
RNP runs three separate MAT programs for clients requiring detoxification from alcohol, opiates, and/or benzodiazepines. Each MAT is overseen by a team of physicians, nurses, and counselors who collaborate in providing counseling, referral, and other needed support services.
The nonprofit also runs over half a dozen residential programs, each unique in their purpose as they are in their name. At the Iranistan House, a program that requires “medical necessity” for admittance, adult men and women receive assistance in developing better habits of self-care and skills essential for independent living, generally within four to six weeks. Individuals in need of more acute, short-term residential care can find the structure and support they need at the nonprofit’s CARF-accredited Horizons.
Counseling for substance use (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders utilize evidence-based practices like motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and the Seeking Safety Program. Treatment is also trauma-informed and gender-specific when appropriate. The nonprofit also has capacity to address the needs of clients affected by HIV/AIDS, (one of 97 Connecticut facilities with these capabilities), and can assist those with problematic gambling issues, and those intent on smoking cessation.
Individuals who are homeless can find daily relief at Prospect House, the nonprofit’s emergency shelter and case management program. Prospect House participants benefit from transportation services, life skills training, and individual, group, and family sessions. Free medical services are also provided here in collaboration with a local hospital.
The leadership team at RNP includes an executive director who is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a trilingual medical director with over 20 years’ experience serving individuals with addiction and mental health disorders. Residential programs, such as First Step Detox, are medically monitored by a team of physicians and nurses and offer 24-hour on-call staff support.
As a nonprofit, RNP also works with recovery coaches and peer support specialists on an ongoing basis.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the nonprofit regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, the minimal feedback provided across secondary sources on the matter was negative.
On Google, former client S.S. described the nonprofit’s First Step Detox facility as “worn down and dirty.” S.S. also complained of having difficulty acquiring “basic things such as food, cups, and juice.”
While Rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, seven Google reviewers chimed in on their experiences at First Step Detox. Collectively, reviewers painted a nuanced perspective of the facility, indicated by an overall rating of 2.3 out of five stars and first-hand accounts filled with both complaints and praise for staff.
S.S. found the counselors and technicians “horrible and unprofessional,” while another reviewer lamented this as the “perfect place” for those who “like to be treated like an animal.” Despite her criticism, S.S. celebrated the nurses and other staff as supportive and “nice but extremely busy.”
Recovery Network of Programs offers few details on its treatment costs. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, RNP is partially supported by tax-deductible gifts via a link on its website.
In addition, more than 80 percent of all treatment facilities in the Connecticut accept some form of private health insurance, while more than 70 percent make use of a sliding fee scale.
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