Author: Corey Richey Interim CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall
Honoring Bracebridge Hall on the Occasion of Our Five-Year Anniversary
Reflecting on the fifth anniversary of Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall, I feel both proud and humbled by the great success made by countless patients and staff in our ongoing mission of saving lives from the disease of addiction.
I first arrived at Bracebridge Hall in May of 2017 to support staff and help with admissions. Coming from Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse, where I served as Director of Admissions and Utilization Review, I thought at first that I would feel like an outsider. But that turned out to be very much not the case. It was clear from the outset that Bracebridge Hall boasted the same healing and hospitable atmosphere that makes Lighthouse—and indeed, all RCA facilities—ideal settings to administer and receive recovery treatment.
That marked my first stint at Bracebridge Hall, after which I would return to Lighthouse. Then in October of 2020, I returned again to help as I had before, only the next month to be asked to assume the role of Interim CEO—a position I have occupied ever since. Driven by Recovery Centers of America unique vision, my guiding aim throughout has been to contribute to its realization in whichever ways I can.
The Foundation of Our Addiction Treatment Center
Inspired by the mission to save one million lives from the disease of addiction, Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall first opened its doors on October 5, 2016. Receiving Joint Commission Accreditation, the highest national standard in addiction treatment, Bracebridge Hall began life as a 39 bed treatment facility. In October of the following year, we expanded to make the total number of beds 123.
Located in Earleville, MD along the scenic Sassafras River, Bracebridge is uniquely situated within welcoming, small-town surroundings, where patients can feel like family or neighbors as part of a mutually supportive community. The serenity and calmness of the natural environment combine with close, interpersonal connections to provide a perfect atmosphere for recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Clinical Program Development at Our Addiction Treatment Center
While these combined efforts result in exceptional addiction treatment, holistically treating patients in mind, body and spirt and delivering a strong, evidence-based foundation for lasting recovery, our specialized inpatient programs are tailored to take each patient’s background and individual needs into account. Currently, our specialty programs include:
PRISE. Recognizing that a number of people who have struggled with a substance use disorder face its recurrence, i.e., relapse, RCA’s PRISE (Promoting Recovery through Intensive Support and Education) program is designed specifically to counteract discouragement and inspire the hope and commitment that comes from re-dedication to recovery.
Breaking Free. As a high number of people who face with addiction have also experienced trauma, the Breaking Free program treats trauma alongside addiction, handling the two together as part of a therapeutic approach which takes the whole person into account.
Discover. Considering the unique needs of the young adult population in addiction treatment, Discover addresses the developmental challenges of young men and women between the ages 18-34, as they intersect with their recovery, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and eating disorders.
Evolutions. While Discover treats young adults, Evolutions addresses the addiction treatment needs of adults ages 50+. With a curriculum geared toward education and practicality, patients learn medication management, sleep hygiene, and weight maintenance, among other things.
Making Bracebridge Hall the Best Addiction Treatment Center in the Region
Most recently, in February 2021, we launched the Warrior’s Program at Bracebridge Hall. A treatment enhancement service attuned to the challenges of young men in addiction treatment, the Warrior’s Program encourages team-building and leadership, cultivates rigorous physical fitness, teaches effective communication strategies, promotes community service, develops impulse control and harnesses aggression.
Beyond this, health and wellness are central to our comprehensive treatment approach. With mindfulness and meditation, art and music therapy, diet, nutrition and wellness coaching, spiritual services, fitness and yoga, we provide all the resources and guidance necessary for our patients to recover and rebuild in mind, body, and spirit.
Looking back on the development of Bracebridge Hall, I am deeply heartened by the advancements in this enduring, multipart team endeavor, and profoundly grateful for the contribution of everyone to it. Facing the future, I am thrilled at the prospect of progress to be made in pursuit of our unifying vision, working ceaselessly and as one to rescue and rebuild lives on the road to recovery.
If you would like to celebrate our five-year anniversary with us, we invite you to join us for a Bracebridge Hall open house on October 26th.
Corey brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill to Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall. She believes strongly in the power of patient advocacy, and is personally and professionally invested in RCA’s mission to save one million lives.