At New Bridge Foundation™, our long-term residential program (START) is designed to help residents overcome their addictions. The severity of an addiction varies dramatically from person to person. For those who require intensive treatment, have struggled with chronic substance abuse, or have relapsed in the past, START is an ideal choice.

The Duration of Long-Term Residential Rehab (START)

Typically, a short-term recovery program lasts around 30 days. In contrast, our long-term residential rehab program (START) usually lasts from three to six months. The longer duration allows residents to build and strengthen their recovery. It also helps build healthy habits and routines that become an integral part of daily coping mechanisms.

The Benefits of START

A view of our facility shrouded by autumn leaves which houses our long-term residential rehab (START) program

START is an excellent option – not only because of its 24/7 support – but because it teaches residents how to abstain from drugs and alcohol while leading happy, productive lives as described in our clients’ testimonials. Residents have the benefit of time as they learn which behaviors have gotten in the way of success and how to change them to ensure a lasting recovery and successful future.

There are several advantages associated with long-term residential rehab programs like the one at New Bridge Foundation™. For clients who have tried to address their substance use problems in short-term residential outpatient programs or on their own but have relapsed, programs like this one are often the right choice. Among the many benefits of long-term residential rehab are:

  • Long-term residential treatment generally involves more in-depth, therapy programs than other kinds of treatment.
  • In a long-term residential rehab program, the client comes into contact with others in similar circumstances and with similar recovery goals. This can lead to the formation of a strong support network, which can be a significant component of long-term recovery in that it makes relapse less likely.
  • In a long-term residential program, clients reside in our facility, consequently, they are separated from the pressures and triggers that can get in the way of healing; residential rehab allows clients a safe place to focus on recovery.
  • A long-term residential rehab program provides clients with a structured, disciplined approach to rehabilitation and recovery. 

These are only a few of the benefits of long-term residential rehab, but for some, they are essential steps on the road to recovery.

Treatment Methods to Achieve Lasting Recovery in Long-Term Residential Rehab

START, our long-term residential program, offers a variety of evidence-based treatment methods. Services provided include but are not limited to:

  • Psychological evaluation
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Group therapy and education
  • Family education and support group
  • Relapse prevention
  • 12-step support and 12-step alternatives
  • Stress reduction
  • Acupuncture
  • Vocational preparation and job readiness
  • Co-occurring disorder services
  • Exercise program
  • Health and wellness education
  • Discharge planning
  • Free aftercare for life

Clients who successfully complete the START program may be eligible for sober satellite housing.

Learn More About Our Long-Term Residential Treatment Program Today


Addiction is never something to be taken lightly. If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance use problems, it is vital to find the proper treatment, thinking through and researching your many treatment options. Weighing the benefits of long-term residential treatment and finding a program that tailors the treatment plan to your specific needs is paramount to ongoing success, especially if you have tried to achieve recovery in the past but continued to relapse. If you do this, you will have an excellent chance of achieving genuine, long-term sobriety. 

Dealing with the responsibilities of everyday life when you are attempting to get sober can feel impossible. Long-term residential rehab programs like the one at New Bridge Foundation™ offer the structure, care, and support that you need to free yourself from drugs and alcohol. Reach out to New Bridge Foundation™ today online or call us at 866.772.8491 for more information on START and our additional addiction treatment programs. New Bridge Foundation™ is located in the city of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area.