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The 10 bed Withdrawal Management unit provides a medically supervised, secure residence to facilitate the safe withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs, including prescription drugs.   The unit is housed at the property on Highway 33, and – with an average length of stay of 7-10 days – has supported more than 500 people in 2015/2016. The Withdrawal Management Service utilizes the medical model and established medical protocols in the treatment of withdrawal, and supplements this with reflective listening, education groups, relapse prevention strategies, relaxation alternatives, naturopathic services, and effective discharge planning. Withdrawal Management Services presents information to participants that assist them in understanding the process of addiction and its consequences if left untreated, and introduces participants to community resources and programs that will help them maintain sobriety.  Withdrawal services are not withheld because of doubts about the individual’s commitment to long-term abstinence or reduced use: while withdrawal may well be an opportunity to initiate lasting sobriety or controlled use, the primary goals are the individual’s safety, quality of life determinants, and harm reduction.



The Bridge WMS provides 10 medically supported community based Withdrawal Management beds, for both men and women. Participants will be monitored by a physician and receive 24 hour a day care by a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The Bridge Withdrawal Management Services provides effective and safe withdrawal management services based on best practices and ethical codes of conduct.  This program is strictly voluntary and participants are free to leave at any time.


Not everyone with substance abuse problems needs to go through a withdrawal management process. Our WMS staff will determine your level of need and immediacy based on a triage system. Participants will be helped to withdraw from substances (including prescription drugs) and alcohol.


Prospective male and female participants will be admitted if:

  • the participant is experiencing alcohol and/or drug toxicity and health complications are probable
  • the participant requests admission
  • the participant is 19 years of age or older
  • the participant is medically stable

Intake & Orientation

A thorough intake assessment will be completed by staff immediately upon arrival. This is an in-depth, one-on-one process aimed at gathering important information used to guide the withdrawal process.  Participants will then be provided with an orientation, including a tour of the facility and location of fire exits, and given a key to their assigned room.


A complete physical assessment by a physician will be done within 24 hours of admission. During the withdrawal process, residents will be able to see the physician as needed (with nurse’s’ discretion) up to once a day and prior to discharge for discharge assessment.


Groups: Participants will be encouraged to attend small educational groups facilitated by staff that address addiction, coping skills, symptom management, and learning about community resources.


Naturapathic Doctor: A professional naturopath will be providing a variety of holistic health services to participants such as consultation, acupuncture, nutrition, spinal adjustments, and more.


Transition Planning and Discharge: Transition planning will begin as early as admission, particularly for those residents in need of housing. Staff will regularly communicate with and help participants to make a plan for what they will do after discharge. All participants will be made aware of their discharge date 1-3 days in advance.


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