On the cusp of celebrating its sixth anniversary of operation, The Bridge Youth & Family Services’ adult withdrawal management services (WMS) – or detox – hit the milestone of 3,000 people admitted this past year.
The Bridge has helped over 3,200 people medically withdraw from alcohol or drugs since assuming operation of the service in 2013, including over 550 people last year.
WMS provides around-the-clock care from an award-winning team of nurses, access to physicians and community volunteers who provide a variety of holistic healing services.
“Detoxing without The Bridge is impossible for me. I don’t feel safe to do it at home and I don’t feel comfortable going to the hospital,” says an anonymous Withdrawal Management participant. “The employees at The Bridge work incredibly hard to keep me as comfortable and safe as possible. The Bridge is a place to make a plan and prepare. The staff make a huge difference. To them you are not a number but a face and a person with a story.”
“It’s a pleasure to work at detox because of the staff who work hard every day to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for the clients and also for each other,” says Dr. Jim Allison.
The WMS team takes pride at applying progressive recovery methods to be at the forefront of emerging and promising practices in substance use treatment.
“Our staff love to learn and expand their skills and knowledge, they enjoy a challenge and adapting our services to provide the best possible patient care. They are exceptionally caring and supportive colleagues,” says Dr. Megan Hill.
The facility, funded by Interior Health, operates 365 days per year and can help up to 10 adults at one time. The service is the only one of its kind in the Okanagan and is in high demand operating at full capacity.
“The excellent health care service provided by the WMS team has helped so many people to change their lives. It also has generated significant savings for the health system and our community as a whole” says John Yarschenko, Director of Recovery & Addiction Services. “Our community benefits significantly from being able to access the WMS program in Kelowna and I believe it will be funded to grow and expand in the near future.”
In recognition of this significant milestone, The Bridge is formally recognizing the six year anniversary of WMS. The Bridge is hosting a celebratory BBQ and social gathering on Friday, July 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 760 Hwy 33.