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Bridges of Hope GAThe Basics

Bridges of Hope is a non-profit addiction recovery organization that operates four long-term residential facilities for men and one for women. The program exclusively uses the 12-step philosophy. The Bridges of Hope founders developed the concept for the program in 1987, when they bought and renovated an old farmhouse in Argyle, Georgia, with the intent of creating an AA-based recovery program for men. Bridges of Hope has grown over the past 30 years to include several other locations, including the one for women.

Accommodations and Food

The five Bridges of Hope facilities are located throughout southeastern Georgia in the towns of Alamo, Chauncey, Homerville, Louisville and Morven. The facilities accommodate about 250 clients altogether, with about 50 beds apiece. Each location is set on at least 30 acres (some are much larger) and feature cabin-like dorms that generally offer spacious quarters without an institutional feel. There are shared bathrooms throughout the facilities and lounge areas with large couches. The grounds provide serene settings, with each location offering unique features like meditation areas, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a working farm, vegetable gardens, a greenhouse and a fishing pond. Cigarettes and smoking are allowed in designated areas.

All food is provided by the program and prepared on-site by residents with the guidance of a kitchen staff. The menus are designed by dieticians with a focus on providing healthy, home-cooked meals. Food allergies can usually be accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

Residents are required to make a minimum 60-day commitment to the program, but may stay as long as six months if needed. Bridges of Hope considers itself a recovery program—not a treatment center. As such, it does not offer dual diagnosis support or detox services, although referrals are provided for those needing that level of care. Medical, psychiatric and professional counseling services are not available and insurance companies will not pay for services. Clients are permitted to bring prescribed medications in their original containers, but the meds are subject to the approval of intake staff.

Residents are required to participate in a structured schedule of chores, community service, on and off-site 12-step meetings and daily small group therapy, which includes education about addiction and the Big Book. There are groups that focus on applying the principles of the 12 steps, developing communication and coping skills, as well as relapse prevention planning. The women’s groups also addresses past traumas, sexual abuse, domestic violence and parenting issues.

The staff of Bridges of Hope is comprised of men and women in long-term recovery and peer counselors who are alumni of the program. While some have accreditations, there are no professional counselors or psychiatrists on staff.

Extras

Bridges of Hope organizes occasional outings and recreational activities for residents; like attending sporting events, hikes and team-building exercises. It also has an on-site store where clients can purchase notebooks, snacks and necessities for personal hygiene.

In Summary

The Bridges of Hope organization has spent the past three decades building safe spaces for residents to learn how to heal from addiction. Bridges’ programs may not be a good fit for those with co-occurring disorders, as its primary emphasis is on the Big Book and a practical application of the 12 steps. Still, it could be an excellent choice for those with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse who are seeking an affordable, 12-step based recovery program in southeastern Georgia.

Bridges of Hope
Main Office
1326 Antioch Church Rd
Homerville, GA 31634

Bridges of Hope Georgia Cost: $800 (per month, for six months). Reach Bridges of Hope by phone at (912) 487-3645 or by email at [email protected]. Find Bridges of Hope on Facebook

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  1. Virginia Conlyn on

    I would love to be able to say that Bridges of Hope was the answer to my son’s 20 year addiction cycle, BUT I CAN NOT. The people who were allowed visit were not family members, but people he had been using with. They obviously didn’t have his sobriety and children as their #1 priority. They were the very people that had been enabling his downward spiral for the last 8 or 9 months.
    Be aware (or should I say beware) that Bridges of Hope’s visitor policy is that the addict is allowed to choose who gets to visit.

    My son eventually left the program, after only 4 months, to be picked up by the co-dependant girlfriend, who was fresh out of jail for probation violation on a felony meth charge, and her family, their enablers.

    I wholeheartedly believe this would have had a different ending if they had restricted his visitors to only family members.

    I had hoped that this was not another drug addiction recovery facility that was primarily in it for the money. I can’t say that any more.

  2. Bridges of Hope literally and figuratively saved my son’s life. After extended treatment in Ridgeview and Blue Ridge Rehab Centers, with minimal success, desperation was the overwhelming emotion. Bridges of Hope accepted my son and this brand of treatment, fellowship, and personal commitment led to sobriety and peace. My son has been clean and sober for over a year, and is now helping other on this lifesaving journey.

  3. Phillip Tanner on

    Bridges of Hope will afford you the opportunity to get closer to God and secure your sobriety. The days start early and the rules are many. But you will never find another group of people as sincere about your recovery then the staff at Bridges of Hope. I was dismissed after 1 month in the program for bringing narcotic pain medicine (that was prescribed for me) back into the rehab from the hospital. That was bad enough in itself however, I also allowed access to this medicine to fellow residents putting their recovery and lives in danger. After being dismissed one might think I would have ill feelings towards The Bridges of Hope, just the opposite. This has allowed me to step back and see just how dangerous being in the grips of addiction can be for myself and those around me. Having been there only one month, I still left in much better shape than when I arrived thanks to everyone at The Bridges of Hope. So I am now starting over more determined than ever to grab onto my sobriety and hopefully help someone else down the road. I hope to be able to return to the Bridges one day and finish what I started, that’s how important and meaningful the Bridges are to me. The only time that I seen this program not work was when the people involved had other motives other than their recovery, or as in my situation, could not man up and be honest with myself or others. Lesson learned. For those of you “thinking about it” or “not sure”, The Bridges of Hope will give you a chance at a life with God, and recovery, please don’t wind up a statistic.

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