The Orlando Bridge Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Program Beds:
91 Male
Director: Alice Powell

Alice Powell

Alice Powell was a Facility Director in New York before moving to Florida and joining the Bridges of America team in 2008. She has worked in the substance abuse field since 1996 and has extensive training in the Therapeutic Community Modality.

Ms. Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Addiction Professional in Florida and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania. She began working at Bridges of America as a counselor and has been promoted three times.

As Facility Director, she looks forward to the challenges as well as the rewards that come from working with clients as they address their addictions, their fears, and begin to hold their heads high as they enter recovery.

Program Description

The Orlando Bridge is a 91 bed Residential Therapeutic Community for adult male 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.

This six to eight month treatment program is established on the Therapeutic Community (TC) Concepts, which are essential to maintaining a drug-free lifestyle in social contexts. The peer-led, peer-driven environment encourages the clients to become active participants in their recovery.

Programs and Value Added Services
  • 12 and 12 Workshops
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Study
  • Bridge Builders
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Arts
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employability Skills
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • General Equivalency Diploma
  • Grief Counseling
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • National Career Readiness (Florida Ready to Work)
  • Nurturing Parent Group
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Certification)
  • Organized Recreation
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life
  • Save Our Selves
  • Self-Esteem
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Victim Awareness
Community Partners

Florida Department of CorrectionsSesame Street - Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
  • Al-Anon Recovery
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Central Florida Workforce
  • CriminalThinking.Net
  • Faith-Based Partners
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakeside Mental Health Services
  • Men’s Wearhouse
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Northeast Florida Prison Ministries
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Orange County Health Department
  • Orlando Chamber of Commerce
  • Salvation Army
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • University of Central Florida
Highlights of the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year
  • Clients volunteered a total of 2, 200 hours at Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Clinical staff had seven interns from the University of Central Florida
  • Tours by the Georgia State Board of Pardon and Parole; Deputy Secretary Michael Crews and Deputy Assistant Michelle Pyle
  • Job Fair & Bi-Annual Graduations