OVERVIEW

Multi-Phase Focuses

KEY ASPECTS

  • -Anger / Stress Management
  • -Family Reconciliation
  • -Personal Finance Management
  • -Career Guidance
  • -Relapse Prevention
  • -Biblical Teaching

THE 4 ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM

  • -Black Out Phase
  • -Phase Two
  • -Worker’s Phase
  • -Vocational Training

KEY INITIATIVES

  • -We are a residential program.
  • -We follow a Christ-centered discipleship program.
  • -Our residents attend various Bible studies and group meetings weekly.
  • -We attend a Bible-believing church each week.
  • -We offer support to the families of our residents.
  • -We have limited transitional housing for our male graduates.
  • -We prepare and enable our residents to re-enter society.
  • -We offer a “worker’s phase” to ensure smooth transition.

The Recovery Program requires a 12-month commitment to our Christian-based residential facility. We are designed primarily for men and women with substance abuse problems who have made a decision to change their lives.

We live in a structured family setting and everyone is assigned daily chores that promote continual maintenance of the facility. We have House Managers whose primary function is to promote a healthy environment for all residents.

Residents are required to participate in all in-house Bible studies including weekly Regeneration meetings and all other counseling and group meetings.

THE PHASES

BLACKOUT PHASE:

The Blackout Phase is the time when the residents begin their experience at The Bridge. It is a 45-day “blackout” period which involves a total separation from their past lives and the start of a new beginning. Residents move into The Bridge residential facility.
During this period, they are not allowed to make or receive any phone calls. They begin participating in morning devotionals and Bible study group sessions. They are introduced to the Rules of Conduct of The Bridge and are assigned a vocational training department. Residents in the Blackout Phase are not allowed to have outside jobs or leave the campus unsupervised.

PHASE TWO:

Phase Two takes a resident from the end of the blackout phase to the beginning of the worker’s phase. This period ends at approximately ten months. It is not guaranteed. It is based on the resident’s attitude, ability to complete assignments behavior.
During this period of time, residents will be expected to complete all reading and writing assignments and community service as well as comply with all probation and/or parole guidelines. At the end of this period, residents will be evaluated. If he or she is in good standing and has completed all requirements, the resident will be released to the Worker’s Phase.

WORKERS PHASE:

During the Worker’s Phase, residents are still expected to follow all rules and curfews. This is the time for the resident to begin giving back to the program such as lending a hand when needed. He or she will also begin to take on increased levels of responsibility which includes outside work.
The residents may also be allowed to obtain a cell phone and vehicle, with approval, and may be eligible for transitional housing, if available.

QUESTION: WHAT IS “BLACKOUT”, AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Answer: Blackout is a period of time during which your family member has no contact with persons outside The Bridge, except during approved Saturday visits on The Bridge site. It lasts for up to 60 days from the date of entry into the program.

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BLACKOUT?

Answer: Blackout is for the purpose of stabilizing a new resident. This provides him time to adjust to the environment at The Bridge and the other activities of which they are now apart. Residents can, otherwise, be very distracted by concentrating on people and things outside The Bridge, to the detriment of building new relationships inside the program. Remember, he is here to break outside patterns of negative behavior and this time of separation is very important.

QUESTION: MAY I COME TO VISIT DURING BLACKOUT?

Answer: Yes, residents can be eligible for a family visit approximately the 3rd week of the program if program requirements have been met. Friends and family may visit beginning the 3rd Saturday after the new resident begins the program. For the first visit, the resident will contact you. Future visits can be scheduled by friends and family members by calling 707-280-1686. Visits during blackout are on site only.

QUESTION: MAY I CALL THE BRIDGE AND TALK TO MY FAMILY MEMBER?

Answer: Not during blackout, direct all calls to 707-280-1686, the office phone. Residents do not have telephone privileges during blackout. After blackout, the resident can give you a phone number where they can be contacted.

QUESTION: MAY I SEND LETTERS?

Answer: Yes, residents may send and receive mail during any portion of the program. Send your initial letter to PO Box 3453, Napa, CA 94558. Residents will provide you with a house address in their initial correspondence. Residents may need stamps and envelopes.

QUESITON: HOW DOES VISITING WORK AFTER BLACKOUT?

Answer: On specific days each week, residents are allowed to leave the residence for visits off-site. Saturdays for a maximum of four hours. All visits must be approved in advance.

QUESTION: WHERE MAY RESIDENTS VISIT AFTER BLACKOUT IS OVER?

Answer: Residents may visit anywhere they choose, with the following exceptions: they are not allowed to visit places where drugs or alcohol is being sold or used/consumed. They are also not allowed to be with someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If this is violated, the resident will face consequences, which may include loss of privileges or dismissal from the program.

QUESTION: CAN I GIVE MY FAMILY MEMBER MONEY? HOW MUCH?

Answer: During blackout, residents are only allowed to have $10 in their possession at any time. You may give them money during visits but not more than $10.

QUESTION: WHEN CAN NON-EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS, DOCTOR VISITS, AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS, BE SCHEDULED?

Answer: All non-emergency appointments must be approved by the Bridge Program Manager at least one week prior to the appointment. Appointments are to be scheduled by the resident. Appointments are to be scheduled after 2:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. NO appointments are to be scheduled on Wednesdays.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions. Our desire is that friends and family feel informed of what is happening and when they may and may not expect to see their family member. Please direct all questions to 707-280-1686.
Thank you!