The Bridge to Recovery – Bowling Green

The Bridge to Recovery – Bowling Green


Set on over 100 acres in Western Kentucky, in the community of Bowling Green, The Bridge to Recovery is a unique residential treatment facility for individuals struggling with substance abuse, compulsive behaviors, and mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression.

The program is based on the belief that trauma and unresolved pain are at the root of addiction and counterproductive behavior. Therefore, the center employs a variety of treatment modalities to address deeply rooted childhood wounds. No detox services are offered on-site.


Prior to admission, clients participate in a 45-minute phone consultation with a member of the center’s admissions team. This assessment covers the client’s current condition, trauma history, substance abuse history, medical history, and basic demographical information.

The Bridge to Recovery runs from two to 12 weeks, depending on each client’s needs. Designed to help individuals resolve deeply rooted trauma, the core curriculum consists of therapeutic modalities that are primarily experiential in nature.

Program components include equine therapy, yoga, narrative therapy, meditation, body movement therapy, empty chair work, shame reduction, grief work, and boundary building. Clients are also introduced to 12-step principles. According to the center’s website, Bridge to Recovery was “founded in the Christian tradition” but does not promote or discourage any religion.

The center also offers a specialized “accelerated” track for behavioral health professionals. A seven-day, intensive workshop, the accelerated program focuses on improving vocational effectiveness by working on boundary issues, caretaking, burnout, or other personal issues.

To involve loved ones in the recovery process, the facility offers a three-day family workshop, and family members are encouraged to work on their own healing process, whether that be via individual therapy or Al-Anon meetings.


According to the facility’s website, Bridge to Recovery maintains a 1:3 staff-to-client ratio. The treatment team includes a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed professional clinical counselor, executive chef, and trained equine therapists. Many staff members have a master’s-level education.


The facility’s expansive, wooded grounds provide clients with a safe and secluded environment for emotional healing. Residents stay in gender-specific housing; Lorne’s Place, the women’s residence, houses up to 15 women, and Denski House, the men’s facility, can accommodate 12 men. Photos on the center’s website show large, cabin-like buildings with simple, shared bedrooms, comfortable group rooms, and cozy common areas that include fireplaces, exposed wood, and brick accents. Amenities include a sauna, workout facilities, and a recreational room.


The two former clients surveyed by at the time of this writing gave The Bridge to Recovery positive reviews. C.M. submitted mostly perfect, five-star ratings in the 15 evaluated metrics, including the center’s holistic offerings, the program’s alternative therapies, the facility’s cleanliness, and the center’s accommodations. “Not only did I leave a changed person but my stay there was wonderful. The staff, counselors, the lodging, the chefs, just everything was wonderful,” C.M. wrote.

The other surveyed alum was also satisfied with their experience, noting that they hadn’t had a drink in 20 years, but that they had been experiencing depression. “The Bridge dealt with many issues on different levels and worked the AA program out of the big book,” they wrote.

On Google reviews, seven individuals provided an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars.[1] Most reviewers found the center’s staff to be well-trained and the program’s treatment to be effective. “I had an excellent experience and was able to achieve recover and sobriety with the help of the bridge,” L.A. wrote in a representative review.

Only one Google reviewer expressed dissatisfaction with the center’s treatment approach. “If getting screamed at and scream spittle on you till you beat a cushion to death with an oversized wiffle bat and ‘give your shame back’ is something you think can help in your recovery, this is the place to go,” Patrick wrote.

On the center’s Facebook page, which the facility can edit, The Bridge to Recovery received an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars, based on 37 reviews.[2] Multiple reviewers characterized the program as life-changing and life-affirming. “I am greatful for the Bridge to Recovery not only for helping me understand my own issues that surrounded my growth but also to use them as a resource for my professional life,” Stacy wrote in a representative review.


The three loved ones polled by at the time of this writing offered drastically different feedback, warning others to avoid the center. Each respondent characterized the center’s treatment as ineffective and ultimately damaging. “They were rude, aggressive and completely uncaring with me as a significant other,” Mark wrote. L.B. also felt that the family programming was sub-par. “The Bridge To Recovery does not support the healing of family relationships,” they wrote in their one-star review.


According to the facility’s brochure, program fees at the time of this writing are as follows: $8,900 for two weeks; $14,900 for four weeks; $12,000 for an additional four weeks; and $11,000 for a third month. Clients who make a 12-week commitment upon admission are offered a discounted rate of $32,000. Some opportunities for financial assistance are available.


Reviews about The Bridge to Recovery – Bowling Green

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  • Before entering treatment I was unsure if I wanted to live or die. I spent 2 months in the Bowling Green Ky center, and my life has been forever changed. I am the happiest I have ever been. I have a sense of serenity I never even knew existed. Not only did I leave a changed person but my stay there was wonderful. The staff, counselors, the lodging, the chefs, just everything was wonderful. My only advice is to bring sweatpants because the food really is that good.
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    had been without a drink for 20 years but had not worked steps of AA and was untreated. My husband left and I sunk into a deep depression, unable to function. The Bridge dealt with many issues on different levels and worked the AA program out of the big book .
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    The Bridge To Recovery does not support the healing of family relationships. I hope nobody else has to go through the experience that our family has with this treatment facility.
    The Bridge To Recovery did a horrifically poor job of working with my former fiance' - she showed up as a sex addict and obvious borderline/anti-social personality disorder patient and these rescuing, biased, clueless therapists managed to be completely conned and manipulated by her to the point that SHE was the victim. They were rude, aggressive and completely uncaring with me as a significant other. DO NOT USE THIS TREATMENT CENTER - They were out of their depth She was a good liar but this treatment center was bias from the beginning.
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  • I had a horrifically bad experience with 'The Bridge to Recovery'. The Clinical Director, is a capable, insightful and caring person but she wasn't really in touch with the work of the staff members under her. I drove my former fiance there to deal with her off the charts love and sexual addiction but she was able to con the very biased treatment staff that she wasn't the perpetrator, she was the poor victim. I had been traumatized by her history that she told me about in graphic detail and I was understandably hurt, sad and angry. The Bridge to Recovery very unprofessionally enabled my ex. There was zero remorse or empathy. The sexual addiction was not addressed. She picked her addiction over a man who loved her and was more then willing to do the work. I would NOT send anyone to The Bridge to Recovery. They are easily conned, unprofessional, biased and uncaring unless you are the one paying the bill directly. Truth, honor, integrity and care for the family member and the family system were eliminated in favor of protecting and enabling my fiance. Stay away from them - they are clueless.