Founded in 2015 by David Naylor, who has been clean and sober since 2009, BridgeWay Holistic Sober Living in Austin, Texas, provides sober living for men and women. As their name suggests, BridgeWay offers a well-rounded approach, and offers a variety of healing services. The organization also assists clients with co-occurring disorders by providing bi-weekly trauma resolution therapy. Naylor was inspired to open BridgeWay to allow clients to have a chance to work on healing shame, trauma and other issues that surface in early sobriety.
Accommodations and Amenities
BridgeWay is comprised of 5 men’s homes and two women’s with a total of 52 beds. Each house accommodates seven clients. At BridgeWay, clients are paired in comfortably furnished rooms with twin or full-sized beds, dressers, lamps, and spacious windows. Each residence has a fully equipped kitchen. While residents are responsible for their own groceries and food preparation, a nutritionist is available and provides healthy meal tips. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV, YMCA membership, and monthly maid service. Staff lives on the premises.
Rules and Regulations
While Naylor prefers clients who have a minimum of 30 days of sobriety, he occasionally accepts those with less time. Clients receive individualized recovery plans based on their personal situation and goals. Upon arrival, they must attend 90 meetings in 90 days. After that time, the minimum weekly requirement is four meetings. Additionally, clients must acquire sponsors within a week of their arrival. While BridgeWay is a 12-step based house, clients who prefer to go to SMART Recovery or Celebrate Recovery are encouraged to do so. Additionally, some residents choose attend outpatient treatment.
Requirements include attending daily yoga and meditation, participating in biweekly recovery coaching, as well as trauma resolution therapy, performing household chores and being present at the house meetings. The house meetings are at 8 pm Sundays and Thursdays. Besides discussing household issues and concerns, residents engage in processing and discuss topics including fear, shame, security and self-love. The weekly trauma resolution therapy is a two-hour phone session, conducted off the premises, with a therapist. During the first 30 days, the curfew is 10 pm. After that time, clients are allowed to come and go, as long as they are moving forward in their healing.
Other services besides housing include spiritual guidance, one on one mentoring, goal oriented recovery coaching, career guidance, and self-love and self-care work. At BridgeWay, random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Those who relapse must immediately leave the premises, but are allowed to return after a minimum of 48 hours, provided that they are willing to get back on track. Those requiring detox are provided with referrals.
BridgeWay Holistic Sober Living houses are in the prime neighborhoods of Austin, and are close to the Town Lake, recovery support meetings as well as local coffee shops.
Naylor has been influenced by the work of John Bradshaw and Pia Mellody. He really believes that after clients have gotten clean and sober, sometimes other issues pop up, and that clients should take time to heal from past wounds. BridgeWay is really hands on, and staff is very passionate about helping their clients. For those seeking a healing ambience in their sober living environment, as well as a chance to really work on themselves, BridgeWay is the perfect option. BridgeWay does not like to disclose their address, for the safety and privacy of clients.
BridgeWay Holistic Sober Living
Austin, TX 78704
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