The number of opioid-related overdose deaths continues to grow. In fact, the age-adjusted rate of U.S. deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 1,040% between 2013 to 2019. And, in Ohio alone, 5,204 overdose deaths were reported in 2020 (fatalities that were exceeded only by Florida and California).
To help combat opioid addiction, we designed The Bridge, a program to meet clients where they are by supporting their personalized recovery process. This program “bridges” the gap between active addiction and recovery through Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and enables clients to choose from one of two paths:
- Discontinuing MAT through a safe and comfortable taper before leaving the treatment center
- Referral for short-term maintenance of MAT with continued engagement in outpatient treatment
To maximize the likelihood that an individual will achieve sustained recovery, MAT should be combined with psychotherapy. But, because MAT is typically only offered at a lower level of care (outpatient or intensive outpatient), clients can have difficulty managing their commitment to MAT and psychotherapy while navigating other components of their lives.
The Bridge Program is unique because it enables clients to become accustomed to MAT and psychotherapy while engaging in a higher level of care (partial hospitalization or 2.5 level of care). This provides clients with additional support and greater access to medical staff if the need arises.
Offered at First Step Recovery for females and at Parkman Recovery Center for males, The Bridge includes:
- Individualized assessment to determine eligibility for program participation
- Low-dosage pharmacotherapies to assist in addiction treatment
- Oversight and administration by licensed medical staff
- Participation in therapy facilitated by licensed counselors
- Phased clinical programming that includes a flexible continuum of care
- 30, 60 or 90-day inpatient residential/extended care programming based on the 12 steps
We recognize that recovery is a personal journey and The Bridge helps address each client’s individual treatment needs.
For more information about The Bridge, contact First Step Recovery or Parkman Recovery Center.