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About the Bridge Program

About the Bridge Program

Please read the program guide above for detailed information on The Bridge Program and The Salvation Army's addiction services in Australia.

The Bridge Program* has been in use in Australia for over 40 years, providing for the recovery needs of people with gambling, alcohol or other drug addictions.

The Bridge Program is part of The Salvation Army network of specialised therapeutic services. It complements the work of a range of The Salvation Army health and social service personnel who are working with individuals and families, in residential and day Therapeutic Communities.

An important element of the Bridge Program is The Salvation Army’s culture of caring, supporting and understanding, which creates a non-judgemental environment that has proven to be beneficial to the development and maintenance of recovery.

The person is the central focus of the Bridge Program. They are never alone and are always in intentional and purposeful relationships with the therapeutic team as they move along their own personal path to recovery.

Family and significant others are encouraged to participate in the person’s recovery, even though the relationships may have been tested by the person’s past behaviour.

Model of recovery

The Bridge Program model of recovery has been developed over decades of practice. It is externally reviewed and evaluated by the University of Wollongong on an ongoing basis, to provide The Salvation Army with an informed evidence base on which to base future recovery model developments.

The Bridge Program model of recovery is a purposeful, whole of life, person-centred, coordinated care approach, that combines a number of key elements into an integrated, high quality, evidence informed recovery program.

*The Bridge Program has been designed by and is the property of The Salvation Army.

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