The Auburndale Bridge Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Charlene Sears-Tolbert

Charlene Sears-Tolbert
Executive Director

Michele Mitchell

Michele Mitchell
Chaplain

Program Beds:
71 Female
Program Description

The Auburndale Bridge is a Residential Level II Substance Abuse Treatment Program built on the Therapeutic Community Concepts. The peer-led, peer-driven environment encourages clients to become active participants in their recovery. These are adult female felony drug offenders who have been sentenced by the local courts to participate in drug treatment as a deterrent from incarceration as a condition of probation.

The program is implemented in three phases:

Phase I – Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment (2 to 3 months)

  • Accountability and Therapeutic Groups
  • Addiction Education
  • Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Organized Recreation
  • Substance Abuse Treatment

Phase II – Employment (3 to 4 months)

  • Employment Education
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Employment in Community

Phase III – Community Re-Entry (1 to 2 months)

  • Recovery Maintenance
  • Reentry into the Community
Programs and Value-Added Services
  • 12 and 12 Workshops
  • AA Big Book Meeting
  • Addiction Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Study
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employability Skills
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Grief Counseling
  • Health & Fitness
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Meditation Training
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Organized Recreation
  • Parenting Education/Group
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Recovery Maintenance Skills
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Relationships in Recovery
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Groups
  • Save Our Selves
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
Community Partners
  • Al-Anon Recovery
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Angel Tree Ministries
  • Auburndale Chamber of Commerce
  • Bridges of America Chaplaincy Services
  • Desti-knee Place, Inc.
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Daddy’s Girls Ministry
  • Devereux Family Support Center
  • Filipino American International Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Integrity Training
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Haley Center
  • Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
  • In Touch Ministries
  • Janet Eckles Ministry
  • Lakeland Hilton Garden Inn
  • Leland Family Ministries
  • Lighthouse Ministries
  • Miracle Tabernacle of Praise
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Peace River Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Polk County Health Department
  • Polk Works One-Stop Career Center
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • St. Alban’s Auburndale
  • Winter Haven Hospital
  • Work Recovery Band
  • The Sweet Center Mental Health

Florida Department of CorrectionsSesame Street - Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Highlights of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year
  • Clients volunteered 360 hours at the Haley Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Agape Food Bank
  • Increased client success rate from 47% to 67%; 100% success rate for Phase 3 clients
  • All staff completed Therapeutic Community Immersion Training
  • 100% on Polk County contract audit
  • Consistently received zero non-compliance findings on DOC audits