Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center offers professional intervention and counseling to teenagers and adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues in the heart of Colorado Springs. Clients, many of whom are referred by the local justice system, are treated using evidence-based treatment practices. The facility is also only a short drive from local and national parks, with mountains visible from the front door.
Treatment and Staff
The first step at Bridge to Awareness is to come in for an intake interview. The intake coordinator presents the program options best suited to the potential client. Bridge to Awareness doesn’t offer medical detox, but referrals are made when necessary.
Bridge to Awareness offers four co-ed substance abuse programs and a fifth which is open to women only. The standard chemical dependency program is the first offering, and is five months in duration. Clients placed in this program are typically advanced in their addiction. The curriculum is didactic, in that clients learn about the science behind the addictive cycle, but groups also explore the particular triggers behind abuse. Relapse Prevention, Strategies for Self Improvement and Change and Stimulate Early Recovery make up the other three co-ed courses, and each lasts approximately 20 weeks. Finally, there’s the Seeking Safety course for women which lasts 25 weeks. Seeking Safety is a good fit for female addicts who are also in recovery from trauma and may be experiencing post-traumatic stress. The above groups are also divided by age, with teens treated separately.
As mentioned, the curriculum of each course is founded on a CBT model used in a group therapy format. Group sizes vary; though each can be as small as six people, Bridge to Awareness tries to cap them at 15 to ensure each client is given sufficient attention. Individual therapy is scheduled on a case by case basis, but treatment overall is geared towards those who have been court-mandated to attend. No Bridge to Awareness program requires clients to attend 12-step meetings, but the curriculum may include some overlapping philosophies or elements drawn from the 12-step method.
There are currently no psychiatrists on staff at Bridge to Awareness, but there are a few Master’s-level therapists and the rest of the staff are CADCs. The Bridge to Awareness facility is open during regular business hours during the week, and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday.
In addition to the varied program tracks listed above, Bridge to Awareness offers a supplementary course of anger management classes apart from their substance abuse programs. These last 20 weeks in duration, with clients meeting once a week for two hours a session.
In all, Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center offers affordable care for those who are re-entering society from the justice system, and for self-referrals looking for structured treatment with proven methodologies. With each class costing between $15 and $22 (after an intake meeting at $40), this could be a great fit for those with little or no income. Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center is also an intimate facility with one location and a relatively small staff, which might appeal to those coming out of larger facilities.
Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center Location
Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center
129 Costilla St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center Cost
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