About the Bridges

The Bridges is a residential Tier 4 substance misuse treatment centre for men. It was established in 2004 and is run by RAPt (The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust), a registered charity and the leading provider of intensive, abstinence-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes in UK prisons.

The Bridges is the only residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in the UK specifically designed for offenders and we have developed working practices and partnerships that are unique in this field. We have successfully treated men from all parts of the country, many with complex needs. All treatment episodes are tailored to the individual and we work collaboratively with the probation service to best deliver a structured programme of treatment with a clear pathway to rehabilitation and community re-integration. Of clients completing our 2nd Stage programme, 76% had not relapsed or reoffended within a year of completion (RAPt Research 2013).

The Bridges’ treatment programme uses evidence-based interventions, such as the 12 Step model of recovery as developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The programme also uses elements of Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and the Seeking Safety approach. The Bridges programme also utilises a Therapeutic Communities approach which supports staff and clients to play an active role in the running of the treatment community. We encourage collective openness and sharing in order to maintain a supportive, therapeutic environment in which individuals can achieve their goals.


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