About Bridges of America / Bridges International

Mission Statement


To provide criminal justice involved individuals and their families with comprehensive therapeutic services according to their recovery and re-entry needs.


Program Philosophy


“I believe a man can change!” Frank Costantino, Founder

Bridges International views substance abuse as a problem of the whole person, affecting some or all areas of educational or occupational skills, and interpersonal skills. We realized that moral and spiritual issues are primary problems.


By treating the whole person, Bridges International believes we are able to nurture a culture of true healing and personal growth within our Therapeutic Communities. This culture raises awareness and helps to bring about changes in the way people think, live, and function. These positive, uplifting changes are then applied to every aspect of their lives. This ultimately impacts their relationships not only with themselves, but with their souls, families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.


Bridges programs consist of multiple programs to accommodate the client’s needs; specifically those related to his/her criminal behavior. The program provides substance abuse treatment to inmates and clients with a history of substance abuse problems and/or drug related crimes. The treatment is based on a thorough assessment that identifies the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each client, followed by an individualized treatment plan to:


  1. Interrupt and Inactivate the dependence on chemicals;
  2. Initiate the rehabilitation of all related physical, mental, spiritual, and social damage and;
  3. Develop and implement with the client a plan of long-term recovery, utilizing professional counseling, and self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Bridge Builders 12 step groups.