The Bridge

About

The Bridge is a non-profit organisation bringing hope to men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. We run three supported accommodation houses in Birmingham, providing support in recovery, right through to re-engaging with employment and establishing independent living.

How do referrals work?

If you would like to refer someone (or you want to refer yourself) to The Bridge, please contact us. Our details are on the ‘Contact our Team’ page on this site.

At the referral stage you will be required to provide minimal information allowing us to assess your/your client’s suitability for The Bridge. If The Bridge seems to be suitable accommodation for you/your client, you will be sent an application form. (If we cannot accept the referral, we will explain the reasons why).

If you/your client has any communication needs please inform us at the initial enquiry stage.

On the completion and return of the application form, you/your client may be invited for an interview and told of any conditions that may apply. After interview, the application will be assessed and we will inform you of a decision as quickly as possible. This will normally be within a couple of working days though it may be necessary for us to request additional infomation to fairly assess your application (such as a sentence report, psychiatric report, discharge report, etc).

If we decide to offer you, or your client, a place at The Bridge you will be able to move in as soon as a place becomes available.

What are the entry criteria?

The Bridge currently offers supported accommodation for up to 6 women and 12 men in recovery from drug or alcohol addictions. This support is offered regardless of colour, race, religion or age.

Applicants need to demonstrate motivation to stay free from illegal drugs and alcohol, as well as producing clean tests for both before admission. New residents have an initial period of 14 days’ regular testing as part of their recovery. After this 14-day period, random testing is then carried out.

We are unable to provide residential support to those who fall in the following categories:

Our interview process is aimed at establishing whether potential service users are likely to benefit from our services. Acceptance for entry is at the discretion of the staff team and management. We also consider self-referrals.

How long does the recovery programme take?

The average time it takes to complete the whole programme is 12-18 months, depending on the individual and their previous experience of recovery. We take a holistic approach to recovery in that we recognise that the life of addiction is more than about the substance that’s used itself. This is explored via the 12 steps and other parts of the programme.