Program Types

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Bridges International has three Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs built on the Therapeutic Community Concepts. The peer-led, peer-driven environment encourages clients to become active participants in their recovery.  These are adult male and 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 offerings in each program vary to best meet the needs of the persons served.

The program includes 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
  • Re-Entry into the community

Programs and Value-Added Services may include:

  • 12 and 12 Workshops
  • AA Big Book Meeting
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Studies
  • Bridge Builders
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Arts
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employment Skills & Services
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Grief Counseling
  • Health & Fitness
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • High School Diploma
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Life Transitions
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Meditation Training
  • Mentoring
  • Money Sense
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • National Career Readiness
  • Organized Recreation
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification
  • Parenting Education/Group
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Recovery Maintenance Skills
  • Save Our Selves
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Groups
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
  • Work Source

Therapeutic Community Transition/Re-Entry Program

Bridges International’s Substance Abuse Transition Re-Entry Program is a Therapeutic Community (TC) providing intensive substance abuse treatment services for minimum custody inmates. The program assists inmates in making a successful transition from the correctional institution to their community. Designed to reduce recidivism rates in the Florida prison system, the goal of the re-entry program is to transform inmates into productive citizens.

The foundation of the program is the Therapeutic Community Concepts, which are essential to maintaining a drug-free lifestyle in social contexts. With clinical supervision, this peer-led, peer-driven environment encourages the men to become active participants in their recovery. Each program participant follows a multidisciplinary treatment plan customized to meet his or her individual needs.

Eligible inmates usually have 24 to 36 months remaining on their sentence when entering this program.  Upon completion of the Transition Re-Entry Program, inmates become eligible for the Community Release program, where they are gainfully employed during the day and continue their treatment at night.

Programs and Value-Added Services may include:

  • 12 and 12 Workshops
  • A+ Computer Certification
  • AA Big Book Meeting
  • ABCs of Finance
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • American Culinary Federation® Culinary Fundamentals
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Authentic Manhood
  • Bible Studies
  • Bridge Builders
  • Budgeting
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Computer Basics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Credit & Debt
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employment Skills & Services
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Financial Freedom
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Forklift Certification
  • Gardening in Central Florida
  • Grief Counseling
  • Health & Fitness
  • High School Diploma
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Home Builders Institute® Pre-Apprenticeship Program
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Life Transitions
  • Malachi Dads Program
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Mentoring
  • Money Sense
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Nurturing Parents Group
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification
  • Organized Recreation
  • Parenting Education/Group
  • Peer-to-Peer Academic Tutoring
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Recovery Maintenance Skills
  • Save Our Selves
  • Self-Esteem
  • Serv-Safe® Food Handler
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Groups
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Toastmasters Chartered Gavel Club
  • Transition & Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
  • Work Source Program

Community Release Programs

Bridges International Community Release programs are designed to allow incarcerated inmates nearing the completion of their sentence to acquire gainful employment within the community while safely housed at a community release facility. Community Release gives inmates an opportunity to get their lives back on track through working and participating in substance abuse treatment, education, and vocation coursework at night.

With their earnings, Community Release inmates are required to pay subsistence for room and board, which saves taxpayers money. Inmates also make court-ordered payments, send money home for family support, and are required to set money aside for savings upon their release.

Bridges International offers substance abuse treatment, diverse courses, and value-added services that teach problem solving, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and recovery maintenance skills. The program offerings at each facility vary to best meet the needs of the persons served.

Inmates who return to society from community release programs are less likely to commit another crime, reducing the state cost for incarceration. The benefits of community release programs include structure, employment, savings and the increased likelihood that the offender’s re-entry to society will have long-term success.

Programs and Value-Added Services may include:

  • AA Big Book Meeting
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Study
  • Bridge Builders
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Commercial Driver’s License Education
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Computer Basics Course
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employment Skills & Services
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Forklift Certification
  • Grief Counseling
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • High School Diploma
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Life Transitions
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Mentoring
  • Money Sense
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification
  • Parenting Group
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Recovery Maintenance
  • Save Our Selves
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
  • Work Source