Bridge House/Grace House is a non-profit organization which operates a separate abuse treatment programs for men, Bridge House and women, Grace House. Both are located in New Orleans. The men’s program was founded in 1957 by a group of alcoholics who wanted to offer shelter for alcoholics and addicts. Women’s program was founded in 1958 for women who needed substance abuse rehabilitation. The two programs merged in 2006. Bridge House/Grace House has been accredited by CARF since 2013.
Bridge House/Grace House: Treatments, Programs, and Staff
These treatment facilities seek to achieve the following objectives: to provide a flexible-firm, residential program which includes group- and individual therapies, independent living skills, relapse prevention, family treatment, vocational activities involvement, etc.
Most residents of Grace House stay from three to 12 months. Each of them has an individualized, three-phase treatment plan, which helps them learn how to accept responsibility for their behavior.
- Stabilization – During the first 14 to 30 days, clients go through at least 20 hours per week of medium intensity clinical and recovery focused services. These include individual and group therapy. The objective is for residents to gain insight into their addiction, without outside influences disturbances.
- Primary – After two weeks, clients enter the second phase – one-on-one counseling and group therapies are continued, and the Gorski model of relapse prevention is implemented. This phase is a combination of low intensity clinical and recovery-focused services, based on an individualized treatment plan. The treatment is focused on applying recovery skills, relapse prevention, emotional functioning improvement, personal responsibility improvement, parenting classes.
For treating trauma, Seeking Safety groups and 12-step meetings are available.
- Re-Entry / Transition – clients search and find employment, pursue vocational training and/or future education. Aftercare is provided as a weekly group session.
The Bridge House also offers gender-specific treatment and includes similar phases of treatment – stabilization, primary phase, independent living and aftercare. The program is intended to last for six months. 12-step meetings are offered.
More than 100 employees make a reliable and effective staff at Bridge House/Grace House. A licensed medical team and resident advisers work together and offer constant, 24/7 support for the residents. Former alumni also volunteer. They drive residents to the 12-step meetings, act as sponsors, conduct bi-weekly panel discussions, etc.
Bridge House/Grace House: Facilities and Extras
Bridge House offers accommodation for 84 clients and Grace House for 70 clients. The rooms are dorm-style and furnishings are scarce. Each room has three to four twin beds, one desk and nightstand between the beds. A closet wall with shelves, a hanging rod and a cubby unit is provided for each resident.
Both Houses have cafeterias. The menu is quite humble, but it keeps the residents healthy and full.
Bridge House/Grace House organizes different events during the year, like Christmas Dinner for the homeless (three times per year), GiveNOLA Day – a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which inspires people to give donations to nonprofits, March for Recovery, Thanksgiving dinners, etc.
Rules and Regulations at Bridge House/Grace House
Those who seek treatment at these facilities should call their intake department. If admitted, Bridge House/Grace House reserves the right to search the residents and their belongings upon intake and at random during the stay.
Bridge House/Grace House cost for 30 days is set up by a sliding scale, and each resident will discuss the cost and payment options with the staff.
Bridge House/Grace House does not turn anybody who needs help, regardless of their ability to pay. Each person is welcomed and passes through the three-phase program. As a non profit institution, this treatment center is involved in community activities and earns respect, which can be seen through numerous donations made to this facility. This organization is recognized for its innovation and treats over 700 homeless, indigent, uninsured and/or unemployed men and women each year.