Bridges of Canada is non-profit organization that was founded in 1982 in New Brunswick, Canada. Bridges provides a continuum of therapeutic care for adults who are currently incarcerated or in transition from prison, as well as those struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders and/or criminal behavior. In June 2014, Bridges of Canada opened the Sarah Tracy Centre for Women, a residential substance abuse treatment facility in Tracy, New Brunswick. It welcomes women over the age of 19 and has the capacity to serve 21 women for a nine-to-12 month program.
Accommodations and Food
The Sarah Tracy Centre is a large estate in rural New Brunswick. Its grounds feature a greenhouse, manicured lawns, outdoor prayer and meditation areas and walking trails. Residents are housed in the home-like treatment facility’s dorm-style bedrooms, where they can have up to five roommates. As clients progress in the program, they can move into double-occupancy shared rooms. The house has modern, traditional décor and comfortable, well-appointed common areas like a TV room and meeting rooms for rest and recreation. The facility also has an industrial kitchen where three healthy meals a day are prepared by staff and residents. Fresh veggies grown on-site in the greenhouse are often incorporated into the menu.
Treatment and Staff
The primary modality of the Sarah Tracy program is the therapeutic community approach. With staff supervision, this peer-led environment encourages clients to take personal responsibility for their lives and become active participants in their recovery. The first phase lasts three to four months. Residents work with the counseling staff to acclimate to the program. They participate in individual and group therapy as well as psycho-education classes. Clients also attend 12-step meetings in the community and work the steps. Clients with co-occurring disorders are provided with specialized groups for additional therapy and medication management.
Phase two is the employment phase and also lasts three to four months. Clients may also begin earning privileges in the facility for successful participation in the community. Clients continue to work their recovery program and search for work outside of the treatment community and/or become peer mentors to those in earlier stages of recovery. Residents earning income begin paying rent.
Phase three is the final stage of treatment and lasts an additional three to four months. This is when clients make a plan for independent living off-site; including housing, employment and recovery activities. All women who complete the program are invited to return to the community should they need support in the future.
In the final phase of treatment, residents can apply for passes to visit family overnight.
As part of the larger Bridges of Canada organization, the Sarah Tracy Centre for Women offers a unique long-term care community for women battling substance abuse. By asking clients to contribute to the community’s daily functioning and make a significant investment in learning new life skills, Sarah Tracy helps women build a stable and productive foundation for independent living in recovery.
Sarah Tracy Centre for Women
4285 Heritage Dr
Tracy, New Brunswick, E5L 1B2
Sarah Tracy Centre for Women Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Sarah Tracy Centre for Women by phone at (506) 368-2477. Find Sarah Tracy Centre for Women via Bridges of Canada on Facebook
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