ABOUT BRIDGES OF HOPE — MORVEN, GA
Founded in 1986 as a charitable trust, Bridges of Hope now runs five long-term residential addiction treatment facilities in Georgia, including the Morven facility, a rural center located just outside the tiny town of Morven in southern Georgia. The center treats men only.
The center does not offer treatment forindividuals or detox, though it may be able to provide referrals to detox facilities. Neither can the center admit those with a history of violence.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is strongly based on the 12-Steps, but although Bridges of Hope subscribes to the spiritual components of the 12-step program, the organization is not affiliated with any particular religious orientation or institution. Bridges of Hope’s website notes that the organization does not provide medical or professional counseling services.
Bridges of Hope describes itself as a “working facility,” meaning that all clients are required to work on-site every day: all chores, daily upkeep, and gardening are the responsibility of residents. Clients also participate in 12-Step meetings both on- and off-site, and occasionally complete community service commitments off-site, too. Also on the daily schedule are morning devotionals, sessions spent studying the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and small group meetings.
Through a rigorous routine and time spent living closely with others, Bridges of Hope aims to help its residents see the value of discipline and teamwork.
There is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff; however, the two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it a one-star rating and a four-star rating out of five.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is set on 70 acres of land, which hold a pond, a large vegetable patch, and a volleyball court. Pictures published on the facility’s website show simple shared bedrooms and a prayer room on-site. The five individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center average ratings of 4.2 stars for its accommodations, four stars for its meals, and a perfect five stars for its cleanliness.
Residents may only have reading material relating to the 12-Steps and other recovery institutions, and electronics such as cell phones and iPods are banned. The facility also bans “mood-altering” medications, such as “night-time” over-the-counter medications; the Bridges of Hope website does not specify whether clients may take mood-altering prescription medications during their stay.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the two reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, one was positive and the other negative. M.C., the positive reviewer, gave the facility five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness and its staff support and four stars for the overall quality of its group counseling, but just one star for its holistic options. The negative reviewer, J.V., also gave the facility just one star for its holistic options, as well as its family program, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. “Dont go,” J.V. wrote.
At the time of this writing, the center had three five-star reviews on Google and a single one-star review on Facebook.  “This place is truly full of hope. Best decision I ever made!” J.B. wrote in a representative positive review on Google; the negative reviewer left no accompanying commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the three reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, two were positive and one mixed. The anonymous mixed reviewer gave the center four stars for its treatment effectiveness, but wrote: “Was not very affordable.” However, both other reviewers gave the center five stars for its exercise/leisure provisions, and four or five stars for its treatment effectiveness. “Successful but old school. It was well kept, clean. The staff were friendly,” one wrote anonymously.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, Bridges of Hope (as a whole, as opposed to this facility in particular) had a one-star rating and a two-star rating on employment review site Glassdoor.  Both reviewers cited disorganization: “Patients’ files were missing notes and treatment plans,” one anonymous former employee wrote. The same reviewer described a lack of appropriate furnishings and staff being hired without adequate background checks, though these allegations were not corroborated by the other reviewer. The other reviewer did, however, note that the facility works to keep its staff up-to-date with training.
Bridges of Hope does not accept insurance, though the cost of treatment is subsidized by donations and charitable contributions. Residents must bring payment for the first month of treatment when they check in. The three individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it a two-star, a four-star, and a five-star rating.