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Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall
Our high level of expertise has convened with the singular purpose of reimagining treatment and recovery. We implement research-based, holistic best practices for clinical delivery of benefits. These include extensive inter-family communication work, mindfulness education, personalized fitness programs, nutritional counseling, spirituality, health, and education for patients and their families. In short, our multi-disciplinary team treats the whole patient. At Recovery Centers of America, we commit to practicing evidence-based principles in all our approaches – helping every patient transition to a life in long-term recovery.
Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall Reviews and Ratings Details
The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.
Reviews at a Glance
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
- Individual Therapy
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
- Family Program
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
- Holistic Therapy
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Dr. Barbara Kistenmacher - Chief Executive Officer
A clinical psychologist, Dr. Kistenmacher earned her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees at the University of Oregon. She completed her clinical internship at Weill-Cornell College of Medicine and her post-doctoral fellowship in addictions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Kistenmacher has over 15 years of experience in the addiction and mental health field.
Dr. Mark Harris - Medical Director
Dr. Mark Harris joins Bracebridge Hall with over 20 years of experience in family and addiction medicine. After earning his Doctor of Osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a Family Medicine residency at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Harris is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has practiced as a family care physician and addiction treatment professional throughout the mid-Atlantic area region for the last 20 years.
Dr. Kristine Hitchens - Clinical Director
Dr. Hitchens earned her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University. Dr. Hitchens has 21 years of experience working with those recovering from addiction, as well as their family members, in multiple settings.
Joyce Bilski - Director of Nursing
Joyce Bilski is joining the Recovery Centers of America team as the Director of Nursing for Bracebridge Hall in Earleville, Maryland. She has over 10 years of experience serving patients and their families who suffer from the disease of addiction. Joyce served on the state of Delaware’s governor’s advisory committee for mental health and substance abuse, as well as the barriers to substance abuse treatment subcommittee.