With former congressman Patrick Kennedy as one of its supporters, Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services was founded in a small cottage in 1975 for the men of Kent County, Rhode Island. Bridgemark has since become a comprehensive treatment center, serving men with alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions in its residential treatment program and offering outpatient services to both men and women. One of only a few facilities offering treatment programs for the deaf and hard of hearing, Bridgemark also provides a full continuum of non-medical behavioral health services, including a domestic violence intervention program, out of its facility in the historic waterside community of Warwick.
Accommodations and Food
The Bridgemark facility is located in a housing complex, utilizing renovated one-bedroom apartments for its residential program as well as its offices, meeting rooms and outpatient department. Three or four men share one of six apartments (the living and dining areas having been converted to sleeping quarters). The apartments are basically just that, sleeping quarters—the men are not to bring in radios or televisions or food and cell phone use is restricted. While smoking isn’t allowed in the residences either, there are designated areas outside of the facility to get a nicotine fix. There are larger common areas and group meeting rooms on the main floor and three meals a day are served, cafeteria style, in the treatment facility’s dining room next to the community living room where the big screen televisions are.
Treatment and Staff
Detox is not offered as part of Bridgemark’s direct services, but it does coordinate with five Rhode Island detox facilities. Once clients are clean they are ready to begin treatment in the residential facility where the program is based on an individualized length of stay, typically 90 days. A progressive system takes clients through four levels of recovery; it is Bridgemark’s philosophy that recovery is maintained through daily practice of the 12-step program’s principles so clients are expected to attend meetings, find a sponsor, work the steps and participate in the fellowship.
All residents are encouraged to maintain their daily routines with work and family while in treatment so individual therapy, group meetings and 12-step responsibilities are set up accordingly. This unique employment tract provides responsibility-focused treatment while clients continue daily routines. Treatment is made up of process groups, individual counseling, addiction education classes and videos, step meetings, and mandatory ASL (American Sign Language) classes. Specific sessions of the outpatient program are “co-mingled” with the residential schedule two or more days each week, client work schedules permitting. Counselors work with each resident in one-on-one sessions at least once a week. A staff of 20 serves the entire Bridgemark program and two of the present counselors are former clients. In addition, six addiction therapists work with outpatient and residential directors, legal staff, domestic violence interventionists and administrative staff to provide professional, experienced care for all clients.
Transitional care services such as peer networking opportunities, supportive housing and relapse prevention are part of Bridgemark’s continuing programs to ensure that clients are not left without a plan when their residential stay is complete.
Nearby Anchor Recovery Community Center offers a range of activities: karaoke, 12-step meetings, LGBT support groups, spiritual guidance, grief recovery, yoga, movies and art therapy. And while there is no exercise room at Bridgemark, after 30 days and working the first six steps, residents may join the YMCA through Anchor Recovery Community Center.
The working residential program and the aftercare planning offered here are solid recovery tools that build from a 12-step foundation at a very low cost. The additional family services and outpatient programming make Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services a viable option, especially for men who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services Location
2020 Elmwood Ave
Warwick, RI 02888
Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services Cost
$900 (30 days). Reach Bridgemark by phone at (401) 781-2700 or by email [email protected]
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