Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, near the Canadian border, Bridges Treatment and Recovery was founded in 2008 by Dylan Brashear, who has continued his family’s mission of helping others recover from drug and alcohol addiction. It opened only after the facility his mother ran closed its doors. Now the two of them work together side-by-side at Bridges Treatment and Recovery to provide outpatient programs to those in need.
Treatment and Staff
At clinics in Bellingham and nearby Ferndale, Bridges Treatment and Recovery uses an adaptation of AA that covers the core principles of the 12 steps. Other treatment techniques include DBT and solution-focused therapy. Clients typically work six-month programs, though the rehab coordinates longer court-ordered programs that last between one and two years.
Treatment consists of group and individual therapy, with one-on-one sessions typically occurring once a month, though more can be added as necessary for an additional fee. Group sessions are each two hours long—group size is limited to no more than 12 at a time—while individual sessions are only an hour. Bridges Treatment and Recovery requests that their clients not bring electronics with them to treatment.
Though Bridges Treatment and Recovery doesn’t host AA meetings on-site, there are still nearby meetings available. Going to meetings isn’t mandatory for self-referred clients, but Bridges Treatment and Recovery still strongly recommends it. State-referred clients, on the other hand, are required to attend AA meetings.
In accordance with Washington State law, all staff members are licensed chemical dependency professionals. There are always counselors on-site until 9 pm, Monday through Friday.
In addition to their other services, Bridges Treatment and Recovery offers art therapy and Moral Reconation Therapy, which is a form of CBT directed at changing the behavior of those considered at risk. As a somewhat unusual bonus for an outpatient facility, they take clients hiking on Bellingham’s Interurban Trail and to softball games as recreational options.
While there’s no formal family program, Bridges Treatment and Recovery does offer family counseling sessions where family members and clients meet together with a therapist.
When clients come for group sessions, Bridges Treatment and Recovery hosts a potluck dinner—sometimes there are themed dinners such as Mexican or Italian. Both sugar and caffeine are allowed here.
As well as providing treatment services, Bridges Treatment and Recovery offers a peaceful environment to begin recovery—it even has a dog on site for clients to play with. Overall, it provides flexible outpatient care with 12-step support and even a few bonuses attached.
Bridges Treatment and Recovery
1221 Fraser St, Ste E-1
Bellingham, WA 98229
6044 Portal Way, #103
Ferndale, WA 98248
Bridges Treatment and Recovery Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Bridges Treatment and Recovery by phone at (360) 714-8180 (Bellingham) or (360) 393-4218 (Ferndale). Find Bridges Treatment and Recovery on Google+
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