Turnbridge (previously named Turning Point) is a high-end residential treatment program in New Haven, Connecticut that provides young men and women with comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment, as well as life skills and vocational training. Its successful men’s program opened its doors in 2003. In 2016, it started a program for young women that incorporates treatment for eating disorders that surface during substance abuse treatment. Turnbridge also has a strong family component to treatment, including support groups for clients’ parents and siblings.
Accommodations and Food
In the first two phases of treatment, women reside in a suburban mansion that features high ceilings, marble bathrooms and manicured grounds. In Phase Three, clients move to a well-appointed Victorian home near downtown New Haven. The Phase Three home is accessible by public transportation and located near numerous recovery meetings.
In both homes, which each accommodate up to 20 women, residents have roommates. However, single rooms may be available and are usually assigned as a privilege earned for progress and good conduct. Both residences have gyms and common areas with flat-screen TVs and games for recreation. Phones are not permitted in the first two weeks of treatment but there are landlines for calling home. Clients can have their laptops in Phase Three.
In Phases One and Two, a chef makes all meals, taking clients’ preferences and dietary restrictions into account. In Phase Three, clients are responsible for grocery shopping and preparing their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
Most clients stay at Turnbridge for four to six months. Phases One and Two usually last eight weeks, and the length of Phase Three depends on the individual’s goals and progress. In Phase One, clients have group therapy and life skills training each day and individual therapy at least once a week. The therapeutic foundation of Turnbridge is DBT, and groups also use CBT and Seeking Safety to help women process trauma. Individual therapy may incorporate EMDR for trauma treatment.
Often, clients’ eating disorders may get triggered in treatment, and Turbridge partners with a nearby eating disorders clinic to provide additional intervention. Additional dual diagnosis support is provided by a psychiatrist and nurse practitioner on-site.
The extensive treatment team includes LCSWs, CACs and LMFTs, in addition to physicians, nurses and psychiatrists. Much of Turnbridge’s staff is also in recovery and thus able to provide clients with motivation and peer support. Clients also attend 12-step meetings on-site and in the community and are encouraged to find sponsors.
In Phase Three, clients receive extensive counseling meant to help them set and achieve professional and academic goals. Some clients may feel best positioned to achieve their goals while at Turnbridge and extend their stay in Phase Three for an additional two to eight months.
Clients have yoga and art therapy several times each week. On weekends, clients are taken on trips such as hiking and rafting trips or expeditions to New York City to see Broadway shows. They also have self-care excursions, such as manicures, during the week.
Each client is assigned a family liaison who helps keep loved ones abreast of the client’s recovery. Turnbridge hosts family recovery workshops once a month and has support groups for parents and siblings.
Turbridge has created a successful residential men’s program that’s been in operation for over a decade. Its new women’s program features the same level of customized support and luxurious accommodations. The accomplished treatment team has also developed a specialized women’s curriculum that includes additional trauma and eating disorder treatment. Turnbridge’s women’s program continues its tradition of extensive family support, ensuring that clients leave treatment with a healthy and engaged support system.
Turnbridge: Young Women’s Program
189 Orange St
New Haven, CT 06510
Turnbridge: Young Women’s Program Cost: Phase One & Two: $13,000 (28 days); Phase Three: $5,900 (28 days). Clinical care additional. Reach Turnbridge: Young Women’s Program by phone at (877) 581-1793. Find Turnbridge on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
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