We treat patients 18 years and older with drug and alcohol addictions, including co-occurring disorders. Our personalized approach to care addresses the needs of individuals who are entering treatment for the first time and those who have been through rehab before and are seeking a more sustainable path to long-term recovery. Wellbridge is an LGBTQIA+ friendly organization.
We recognize that the family suffers alongside the patient and integrate treatment and support programs for the family.
The clinical term for what we treat is substance use disorder, or SUD for short. More commonly known as addiction, SUD is a medical condition in which the use of one or more substances impacts your brain function and quality of life.
It is not uncommon for people struggling with SUD to have underlying mental health issues. Effective treatment for SUD requires a holistic approach where treatment plans address both addiction and co-occurring disorders.
We believe that addiction is a chronic, treatable illness rather than a stigmatized personal condition. Our approach examines the causes of addiction and the effects of addiction on the brain. It focuses on the development and application of treatments that target the physiology as well as the psychology of addiction—and involves strategies to heal the brain and change behavior. At Wellbridge we give you the time and the tools to repair, rehabilitate and restore your wellbeing.
Medical interventions help restore healthy functioning and deter relapse during the healing process.
Therapies change the behaviors that have caused damage to your brain, and the unhealthy ones that have resulted from it.
Support and counseling aids physical healing including healthy sleep hygiene, good nutrition, and physical activity.
Training helps your brain regain and retain flexibility and resilience.
Wellbridge is dedicated to providing leading-edge health care and world-class resources that meet the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied (LGBT/LGBTQIA+) community.
Daily community meetings provide focus, unity and camaraderie, and build a sense of peer support. The purpose of this meeting is to integrate all patients together, welcome new residents, voice achievements or concerns, and celebrate those with successful program completions.
Within 24 hours of admission, every new patient is paired with a “buddy,” who is a patient who knows the program and the campus and is in their third or fourth week of treatment. Buddies provide peer support, ease the transition to treatment and help reduce the worry and anxiety that comes with the first steps of recovery.
Within 24 hours of admission, new patients are introduced to the facility, campus, program, and community by a peer advocate or counselor assistant. They review schedules, responsibilities, policies and protocols, and receive a guided tour of the campus. Many patients arrive on campus stressed and unsure, and orientation goes a long way to acclimatizing them to the comfort, reassurance and security Wellbridge provides.
A Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CPRA) assists all patients with community relations, treatment engagement, peer support, and individualized program development. Peer advocacy is an integral part of treatment, as it helps to bridge communication and understanding, and humanizes the treatment experience.
Withdrawal from a substance can be a challenging and debilitating process. At Wellbridge we use proven interventions, including medication management, to help alleviate the physical symptoms of what is commonly known as “detoxification.” Psychotherapies and family involvement are also introduced early in this phase to foster the coping and relapse prevention skills that lay the groundwork for a successful recovery.
The next step in your recovery
Withdrawal from a substance is not the end of your journey, but the beginning. Returning to your home environment immediately after stabilization can undermine the momentum gained during that process and lead to relapse.
Our residential rehabilitation program is designed to support you and your family as you continue with treatment and build on the momentum you gained. It is the place where you can focus on getting well with the aid of continued medical management and a variety of individual and group therapies. Family involvement is also a key component of our residential program.
Assuring your return to the life you want
In order to make sure you have a secure foundation for full recovery before you re-enter the world, we offer an extended program. During this time, you will continue the treatment begun during your rehabilitation stay with expanded goals that address your specific family and work life needs while you continue to reside on campus.
Returning to your world anew
Once you have built a solid foundation for your recovery and are ready to leave Wellbridge, we will create an individualized discharge plan. We will coordinate and collaborate with your healthcare provider to ensure a smooth transition and establish a supportive network to maintain your recovery.
We provide remote life coaching services that protect against relapse and focus on sustained recovery.
Our Alumni Program meets on-line regularly and offers opportunities to connect, encourage others and receive support to sustain your recovery.
Phoenix Group builds upon a model of resiliency, strength, and recovery to safely identify past traumatic experiences like grief/loss, adverse childhood experiences, losses to suicide or overdose, service or job-related trauma, exposure to natural disasters, etc., and how they may relate to one’s addiction. We rely on a strength-based model that empowers patients to increase awareness, and ultimately regain control. Patients process past experiences safely, learn current correlations to their behavioral patterns, and build healthy goals towards their future. Methods include Rapid Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Processing techniques, and Psychoeducation.
Patients with service-related histories will meet weekly with a trained specialist to learn about ways their service has potentially impacted identity, family, emotional regulation, stress management, and the need to self-medicate. Wellbridge recognizes that patients who have served in the military, police department, fire department, or other service-related fields have unique needs. These services are geared to meet those needs and provide avenues for awareness building and enhanced recovery.
Addiction comes in many forms, as does recovery. Wellbridge understands the complexity of the disease of addiction and is committed to providing the most diverse and progressive care to meet the needs of every patient and pave the way for healing. Once a week, patients have access to a specialty service, which may include music and recovery, drum circles, spirituality, energy work, vibrational sound healing, aromatherapy, peer-led recovery coaching, guided imagery, tai chi, and applied theater.
Wellbridge offers a comprehensive strength-based Family Program grounded in a family’s need to accommodate and support a lasting change. The program offers concrete skill-based techniques and coping skills. We strongly encourage participation in individual family sessions, multi-family sessions and support groups. The proximity of Wellbridge to the NY metro area allows convenient family visits and participation in Family Programs.
Weekly individual, evidence-based 90-minute family therapy sessions (with patient and family) and a licensed family therapist are conducted via tele-health and/or in-person with COVID precautions.
Remote life coaching services protects against relapse and focus on sustained recovery.
Recognizing that words alone aren’t always enough, the creative process can be a way in and through, promoting a sense of agency, purpose and connection. Creative Arts Therapies can mitigate risk factors in addiction and bolster the course of recovery.
Our Creative Arts Therapy program is designed to complement traditional psychotherapy and family therapy offered at Wellbridge. Licensed Creative Arts Therapists are mental health practitioners trained in psychotherapy and specific arts disciplines – art, music, dance/movement, and drama – holding daily sessions where patients are empowered to be heard, seen and understood in new ways.
At Wellbridge, our holistic approach to care means wellness is integral to any treatment plan. We believe a healthy mind is predicated on a sound body and engaged spirit. Treatment includes recreational programs that are individualized to the needs of the patient. In our Wellness Center, the many options include yoga, massage therapy, a fitness room and therapy pool.
With an individualized and holistic approach to treatment, our goal is to return you to a productive and healthy life, on the path to a sustained recovery.
Do you accept insurance?
Wellbridge is in-network with United Behavioral Health, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna for all levels of care. Our specialists will help you access all available out-of-network benefits from insurance plans you may have and will help complete any claim forms your insurance provider requires. The team at Wellbridge is always available to discuss all options available to you, including private pay.
What is the cost?
In short, cost varies based the type of program and the length of stay. Wellbridge tailors each program to the specific needs of the individual. Our admissions team and account coordinators are always available to assist by providing a cost estimate or to help verify your current insurance benefits.
How much individual therapy will I have?
Each patient will receive no less than one individual session per week with a primary therapist.
Is there group therapy?
Yes. Group therapy is a critical element of our residential treatment programs. You will have ample opportunities to participate.
Will I have a roommate?
Wellbridge offers both private and double rooms.
Is AA mandatory?
While we encourage participation in a self-help groups, participation in AA is not mandatory. Wellbridge offers 12-Step and SMART Recovery meetings on site.
Is smoking permitted?
We certainly understand the difficulties of maintaining abstinence from nicotine, and the team will work with you to manage this during your stay. The team would be happy to discuss this via phone or in person.
What about my family? Can they seek help as well?
The Wellbridge Family program is an integral part of the treatment process. Our supportive and compassionate Family Program offers concrete, skill-based techniques and coping skills that families can utilize on an ongoing basis. We strongly encourage participation and offer individual family sessions, multi-family group sessions and support groups for loved ones.
Learn more about our Family Program.