Bridges of Hope - Louisville
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Jim-

Dallas, GA

#21 Feb 3, 2013
All I can say is this- from one parent to another. I did not know what to do or where to turn.. My daughter stayed at BOH Morven for 6 months.. It changed her life!! It forwarded her an opportunity to have a clean, safe, drug free environement and helped her learn responsibility and consequence.. Yes- no therapist are there, however the road to sobriety is a long one- after they complete the program, get the person involved in local AA and also seek therapy for reason that cuased self medication.. My daughter is 12 months clean- thanks to a new beginning at BOH..
Jeff r

Grayson, GA

#22 Oct 1, 2013
I was at Bridges-Chauncey for three weeks. I highly recommend the facility if your family member has had no discipline . There is no one on one professional counseling and the program relies heavily on residents. Promotion is based upon length of time at facility. There is a slight "gang" or "clique" mentality that the administrators let exist. It is a six month program with most residents being mandated. Recovery depends upon the individual once he has left Bridges.
Melissa roberts

Phenix City, AL

#23 Jan 27, 2014
For the womens BOH in alamo ga. This place is a world of its own thats for sure. I won't bash this place by any means but if u ask me the new management needs to be reevaluated and needs to focus more on recovery and have their "managing skills" reevaluated as well. Recovery is not the main focus at the moment in my opinion. Just saying.
Russ Flowers

United States

#24 Mar 10, 2014
I am a former resident at the BOH in Chancey. I will tell you now I owe my life to BOH. The people who complain are more than likely spoiled and have been babyed thru recovery. Yes it is tough love, you do have to get up early, make your bed, and work around the facility but im pretty sure thats what grown ups are supposed to do. I went to some of the country club rehabs and and talked about my feelings and felt good enough after the two months to go back to my old ways. Recovering addicts need Structure, disapline, and someone to tell them there full of it. This illness doesent form over night and it cant be addressed overnigh either. I am a firm beliver in long term programs. Addiction is a KILLER and you cant be sweet talked and love thru it. I have been Sober over six years and BOH helped lay that foundation. I am now a successful manager for a large company when before I wouldnt even get out of bed. The BOH does care about recovery and makes no bones about being firm on there rules.I have refered multiple people to BOH and fore the most part those who wanted to change there lives have. The Steps work
Matt

Smyrna, GA

#25 Apr 5, 2014
I went through Chauncey as well and I can corroborate a lot of what Russ has said. It isn't a boot camp and if you think that, you have never been in the military. Yes, you will wake up at 0545 five days out of seven but you work from eight to three with an hour lunch and a 15 minute morning break. Half the week it is a hot lunch from the previous dinner if there were leftovers (some people go out to work depending on the season). It beats the hell out of an MRE. You have meetings in the late afternoon and evening. The work really isn't that difficult. In the winter, you might spend half the day shooting the shit around a fire barrel. It is hotter in the summer but you are not picking cotton and nobody forces you to go out and work on the outside farms. It's voluntary and you get paid though under minimum wage due to the fact you have to contribute half back to Bridges. Id really think twice before equating Bridges to Bergen-Belsen.

On Tuesdays you have ice-cream and cake at the late meeting. On Saturday you are basically free after 1000 with movies and delivered pizza if you pony up 8.00, which most people split. I will admit the meals on the weekends did suck if you didn't have money for pizza or your family/friends would not visit Sunday. I have eaten very few hot dogs since my stay, I will admit that (but that was only on Sundays).

It is 12-step based so you have to be willing to subscribe to that or at least be willing to learn about it and practice it. It isn't for everyone and I myself have plenty of issues with 12-step based recovery. Addicts do recover on their own in many cases but one thing about Bridges is that it removes you from your environment and temptations, if only temporarily.

I did learn a lot about addiction and where it can lead. There are some dirt bags but I would say the vast majority (90%+) of the residents are not out there to harm or scam you. I left my wallet in a top drawer in a dresser and nobody ever bothered it in six months. Yeah, I cancelled the bank cards but the point still stands. Like any rehab, I think it is mostly filled with people who have made some really bad decisions due to alcohol/drugs.

The whole court-mandated issue is irrelevant to me. Jail isn't about helping anybody; it is just doing time until you get out. There is an increasing focus in the criminal justice system on actually trying to help people rather than just locking them up. Some mandated residents might be gaming the system but not most of them.

I would say it is worth a try and very economical. If you are really in it deep, nobody is going to be able to convince you of the insanity of addiction, you have to be removed and have some time to look at yourself. I spent six months there and made it through. I often think about the other guys I was with, I hope they are ok. I'm glad Russ is doing well.

In the end, I usually say that you get what you pay for and what you own comes back to you. Bridges of Hope is the exception.
Carla

Tifton, GA

#26 Jun 18, 2014
Matt wrote:
I went through Chauncey as well and I can corroborate a lot of what Russ has said. It isn't a boot camp and if you think that, you have never been in the military. Yes, you will wake up at 0545 five days out of seven but you work from eight to three with an hour lunch and a 15 minute morning break. Half the week it is a hot lunch from the previous dinner if there were leftovers (some people go out to work depending on the season). It beats the hell out of an MRE. You have meetings in the late afternoon and evening. The work really isn't that difficult. In the winter, you might spend half the day shooting the shit around a fire barrel. It is hotter in the summer but you are not picking cotton and nobody forces you to go out and work on the outside farms. It's voluntary and you get paid though under minimum wage due to the fact you have to contribute half back to Bridges. Id really think twice before equating Bridges to Bergen-Belsen.
On Tuesdays you have ice-cream and cake at the late meeting. On Saturday you are basically free after 1000 with movies and delivered pizza if you pony up 8.00, which most people split. I will admit the meals on the weekends did suck if you didn't have money for pizza or your family/friends would not visit Sunday. I have eaten very few hot dogs since my stay, I will admit that (but that was only on Sundays).
It is 12-step based so you have to be willing to subscribe to that or at least be willing to learn about it and practice it. It isn't for everyone and I myself have plenty of issues with 12-step based recovery. Addicts do recover on their own in many cases but one thing about Bridges is that it removes you from your environment and temptations, if only temporarily.
I did learn a lot about addiction and where it can lead. There are some dirt bags but I would say the vast majority (90%+) of the residents are not out there to harm or scam you. I left my wallet in a top drawer in a dresser and nobody ever bothered it in six months. Yeah, I cancelled the bank cards but the point still stands. Like any rehab, I think it is mostly filled with people who have made some really bad decisions due to alcohol/drugs.
The whole court-mandated issue is irrelevant to me. Jail isn't about helping anybody; it is just doing time until you get out. There is an increasing focus in the criminal justice system on actually trying to help people rather than just locking them up. Some mandated residents might be gaming the system but not most of them.
I would say it is worth a try and very economical. If you are really in it deep, nobody is going to be able to convince you of the insanity of addiction, you have to be removed and have some time to look at yourself. I spent six months there and made it through. I often think about the other guys I was with, I hope they are ok. I'm glad Russ is doing well.
In the end, I usually say that you get what you pay for and what you own comes back to you. Bridges of Hope is the exception.
My son Jacob is at BOH Chauncey now. Been there almost 6 months and this place has really changed his life. Discipline and hard work are good for anyone. I highly recommended this place and can only speak for the facility in Chauncey.
Elbell

Mountain View, CA

#27 Jul 27, 2014
My daughter age 25 just arrived at Bob in Alamo. She was leading a dangerous life of meth use and heroin. She has two precious little girls awaiting her return. She had developed an entitlement mentality and blamed everyone else for things wrong I her life. I will update this site when we see her in 30 days. I think working hard there will help in these areas and getting away from the crowd pushing her deeper into despair. I am praying she completes the program and is one of the sunsets rates even if it be in the 10%.
will

Washington, DC

#28 Dec 1, 2014
Katy wrote:
I went to the women's Bridges of Hope in Alamo and I would not recommend it. Although it does provide alot of structure it is, in my own personal opinion, too much of a harsh environment. There are so many rules it is almost impossible, you are not free to speak your mind, and they use belittlement as a form to break your old behavior. When I was there 2 girls left for every 1 that graduated the program. Also, any medications you are on (for depression, mental issues) you immediately have to go off of cold turkey. There are any therapists or mental health doctors to talk to. Bridges of Hope states that, "They are not a health facility" and if mental or physical issues arise, you must leave. If one thinks that they (or their loved one) can handle 6 months to a year in a military type structure- then it would be perfect. But as far as the average person goes- no.
maybe you should go to jail...but I guess they at least give you some meds in jail to keep you doped up.
Lisa

United States

#29 Aug 16, 2015
I would like to reconnect with my roomates from Morven GA From 2002
lostlovedone

Rincon, GA

#31 Feb 13, 2016
A friend of mine sent there son there Saturday and he was dead Monday. Not sure which location but it doesn't say alot to me when a person goes to drug rehab and there not detoxed!!!!!
Edgar B

Riverdale, GA

#32 Jun 8, 2016
I heard they got rid of mgr John Crutchfield. Good move in my opinion. He was using residents as a labor pool for his personal tree service and forcing them to donate 1/2 their paychecks to BoH trust. The food is expired donated from food banks. Drugs get in sometimes. It is not a medical facility but they take people detoxing they have no business accepting. For the homeless meth or crack addict it is a safe affordable place to dry out but you receive no counseling on relapse prevention or coping skills for difficult times or cravings. A resident who "blessed out" shortly after I arrived decided to party on Christmas eve. His tolerance was nothing. He ODed and died. If the PATIENT wants to get clean they can do it anywhere. To send someone there who has DUIs is a mistake unless they want it and then there are a myriad of more effective and medically sound alternatives. It wasn't for me. I left, went somewhere else that fit me better and have many 24 hrs now. 20-30% is average for most rehabs. Combination of sober living and counseling have been shown to have good results and 28 days is not enough. There are no medical personnel but they insist you stop taking Dr prescribed meds with no non-stimulant alternatives. I would never send my kid there
Steven

Savannah, GA

#34 Aug 21, 2016
Edgar B wrote:
I heard they got rid of mgr John Crutchfield. Good move in my opinion. He was using residents as a labor pool for his personal tree service and forcing them to donate 1/2 their paychecks to BoH trust. The food is expired donated from food banks. Drugs get in sometimes. It is not a medical facility but they take people detoxing they have no business accepting. For the homeless meth or crack addict it is a safe affordable place to dry out but you receive no counseling on relapse prevention or coping skills for difficult times or cravings. A resident who "blessed out" shortly after I arrived decided to party on Christmas eve. His tolerance was nothing. He ODed and died. If the PATIENT wants to get clean they can do it anywhere. To send someone there who has DUIs is a mistake unless they want it and then there are a myriad of more effective and medically sound alternatives. It wasn't for me. I left, went somewhere else that fit me better and have many 24 hrs now. 20-30% is average for most rehabs. Combination of sober living and counseling have been shown to have good results and 28 days is not enough. There are no medical personnel but they insist you stop taking Dr prescribed meds with no non-stimulant alternatives. I would never send my kid there
I wouldn't send a loved one there either. I went to BOH in homerville. There's no counseling and it's a death sentence for marriage and family. Drugs do find there way in and the managers there to help you abuse narcotics or drugs themselves ( some ). You can't call your families or use a phone at all unless you've milked the BOH system and was able to work in the office. However, I completed my 6 months and met some great people there. I just think a rehabilitation facility should be run by professionals instead of newly recovered ones. If your single with no kids or wife this place might be right, but if your married with kids this place will destroy it!
Mike

Mcdonough, GA

#35 Nov 23, 2016
Judy wrote:
Is this a good place to send a son with DUI's?
Yes! If he wants to get better.

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