ABOUT BRADFORD HEALTH SERVICES - THE REPRIEVE
Positioning itself as “a spiritually sound environment where recovery is positive, creative, caring, and fun, The Reprieve helps adult males struggling with substance abuse. Based in Opelika, Ala., the facility offers a one-year residential treatment program, which is based on 12-step principles and practices.
A private, for-profit center, which comprise 31 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state, The Reprieve also is one of 18 (14 percent) there that offer long-term (30+ days) of care. Established in 2009, The Reprieve does not offer detox services on-site. Within the state, The Reprieve is among 36.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities with specially tailored programs for adult men.
Founded 40 years ago, Bradford Health Services, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., has assisted thousands of individuals. The organization operates facilities in six states in the southern rung of the country, including The Reprieve for men and A Reprieve for women, located in Tuscaloosa. Other Alabama Bradford facilities include a residential center for adolescents and adults in Madison and Warrior Lodge, which offers residential and intensive outpatient programming near Birmingham.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
When a client comes to The Reprieve, they are greeted by a “Gatekeeper,” who is a senior resident that acts as a mentor. The Gatekeeper introduces and orients the client to the community, process, and program, and stays with the new arrival in their room to smooth the transition. Clients typically are men at least 19 years of age who struggle with chronic relapse, with 12-step progress, or direction and return to school or employment after prior treatment experiences.
Days begin with guided mindfulness meditation, after which residents attend 12-step presentations and receive therapeutic support. The plan of action for clients rests on spirituality, community, and self. Following the first six months at The Reprieve, which focus on learning practical applications of the 12-step principles and other life skills, clients move into a community living immersion setting.
At this stage, residents work on job skills development in partnership with a local college career center. They obtain progressive independence throughout the year, such as use of a phone and car and maintaining a job. Second phase clients also volunteer at The Reprieve main program.
Family members are invited to participate in a three-day program with in-depth education about the 12-Steps, boundaries, management of expectations, and avoiding enabling behaviors.
At The Reprieve, most staff members are in recovery themselves. As represented on the facility’s website, the staff brings diverse experiences to this Bradford Health Services rehab. One is a former owner/operator of a wilderness survival school, another a former EMT, and yet another a former professional musician. A former restaurateur cooks for residents. The Reprieve employs master’s level therapists and social workers, a psychiatrist, and certified addiction counselors (CAC), one of whom is a leader in the state association of CAC.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
At The Reprieve for men, clients live in a stately, restored 120-year old historic red brick house on an attractively landscaped plot of land. Photos on the website depict shared bedrooms, a clean and bright kitchen, comfortable shared space, pool and ping pong tables, and a music room with keyboard, guitars, drums and sound equipment. There is an outdoor barbeque and picnic area for cookouts as well as natural surroundings, conducive for hiking and quiet reflection.
While at The Reprieve, residents perform household chores and go on regular outings to local parks and museums. Clients also have access to the town’s fitness facility, which includes an indoor pool, a running track, weight rooms. On Sundays, they may receive visits all day from approved family members.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, five former clients who reviewed The Reprieve for Rehabs.com submitted largely favorable impressions. The four who rated the major categories of the survey, including treatment effectiveness, consistently awarded positive ratings from the top five stars to three out of five stars. One of them, an anonymous reviewer, wrote: “It worked for me.” They praised the surroundings and the staff, one describing these factors for Rehabs.com as “Good facility and staff.”
Several pointed out the inclusion of recovering addicts and alcoholics on the staff, such as C.B.C., who rated the staff’s level of experience and training as well as facility cleanliness and upkeep, family participation, likelihood to recommend, and 12-step practices the maximum five stars. C.B.C. highlighted various aspects of the program for Rehabs.com: “It offers many therapies and an atmosphere of brotherhood. Wonderful immersion into 12-step recovery and assistance with real world reintroduction.”
On secondary site Google, The Reprieve received consistently outstanding coverage to date: the top five stars based on five reviews.  Although only several posted commentary to accompany their five-star rating, reviewer Jeremy summed it up: “Awesome place with awesome people. If you want recovery then this is the place for you!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Seven loved ones who reviewed The Reprieve for Rehabs.com to date submitted mostly favorable feedback. Those who evaluated the major categories of the survey, from treatment effectiveness to accommodations/amenities, and meals/nutrition, mainly awarded them the top five stars with a sprinkling of four and three out of five stars and an isolated two stars.
They lauded the staff’s commitment and support, one referring to them as “awesome,” and appreciated the family education and weekend, which a reviewer noted “changed everything about how I thought about addiction.” Several highlighted the life-changing experience and results this program helped produce.
They pointed out the benefits of the 12-step regimen, long-term treatment approach and their likelihood to recommend the facility. In a representative review, the sister of an alum wrote: “This facility helped my brother stop abusing alcohol and gave him the tolls to help keep him sober.” Another loved one added: “Words can not adequately express the gratitude for the Reprieve and all of their awesome staff!"
At the time of this writing, according to its website, “A Reprieve for Men does not accept insurance assignment or reimbursement.”
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