Rappler Goes Inside Bridges of Hope



In a feature titled “What’s a day like inside a private drug rehab center?” published last September 10, 2016, Rappler goes inside Bridges of Hope Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. The social news network takes a look at what goes on inside a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

Written by Jodesz Gavilan, the Rappler article visits Bridges of Hope’s Quezon City branch, which is tucked in Mariposa St. in New Manila, Quezon City.



Rappler describes the facility as “a big white house” that “does not look like a temporary home of people suffering from drug addiction.” The author, Gavilan, interviews BH Program Director Guillermo Gomez.

According to Gomez, Bridges of Hope “tries to simulate a structured life” under its “eclectic therapeutic community modality.” The residents are encouraged to dress up well and maintain good grooming habits even if they are just inside the facility. This is in order to emphasize “self-love and self-care.”

The article furthers with Gomez’ explanation of the activities inside the rehab, “Residents are grouped into several departments and work to keep their minds occupied. For example, the maintenance department takes care of fixing broken home furniture, while the stocks department looks after the food and non-food supplies inside the center. Residents assigned to the kitchen department take care of cooking meals. They are, however, assisted by staff as they are not allowed to use knives.”

Weekdays consist of a structured schedule, while weekends allow residents to relax a little bit more, with activities such reading, writing letters to families, and movie viewing, to name a few.

Throughout their stay, residents can consult counselors, social workers, nurses, and doctors.

In the interview, the Program Director further elaborates on the various activities and expectations from residents in order for them to have a more meaningful time in rehab as they recover from various kinds of addictions.

The article also mentions about families who are being educated by BH in order to counter the stigma that comes with their loved ones’ involvement with illegal drugs and alcohol.

To read more about the Rappler article, go here.

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