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Welcome to The Bridge Centre (TBC)

Our addiction treatment centre, welcomes you to learn about our nationally recognized drug rehabs and alcohol treatment centres

Its never too late to call and get Help: +254 20 260 9402 or +254 724 830 821

Restoring Life, Hope and Dignity to people from all walks of life who suffer from addiction.

At The Bridge Centre (TBC) We offer the help you need

and time to recover

AtThe Bridge Centre (TBC) Learn about our nationally recognized drug rehabs and alcohol treatment centres.

TBC We have the best professinals and facilites.

Its never too late to call and get Help: +254 20 260 9402 or +254 724 830 821 open line 24/7

TBC:Wellness in Dignity.

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Now is the time, Make a change. Its never too late to get help

Opening Hours

We are open 24 hours a day, across the week.

  • Monday - Sunday
    8.00 AM - 8.00 AM

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Our Services

With so many different philosophies regarding how to best treat addiction / alcoholism and with claims of success that are hard to believe, Bridge Centre took a different approach to developing its "state of the art" addiction treatment center. The principals of Bridge Centre's dedicated years and reviewed the philosophies and treatment services of over many drug rehabs throughout the country and came to the following conclusion; that the most effective form of addiction treatment was found to be a multi-disciplinary approach. We believe that the "whole person" need to be treated and not just presenting symptoms.

Furthermore, we understood that through the continual abuse of alcohol and drugs, the addict's or alcoholic's brain chemistry is greatly affected. While there is years of research to support the fluctuation in brain chemistry due to drug and alcohol abuse there are practical examples of an impaired thought process such as:


  • Continuing to participate in self destructive behavior thinking each time things would be different
  • Demonstrated difficulty with recall and concentration Reported continual fluctuations in mood
  • Emotional response inappropriate to the situation


There is further research to support the findings that: Treatment doesn't have to be voluntarly for it to be successful- Many patients are brought in against their wish either by force or tricked in to our facilities and later on realise the need to go on and complete sobriety programme. Through abstinence, time and treatment, the brain can regenerate and achieve chemical balance. Lastly, The bridge Centre believes that people can be genetically predisposed to addiction, alcoholism and other associated disorders. As such, the medical and clinical staff at Bridge Centre has combined a number of interrelated services to treat all the various components of a person's addiction and personality. We view this as treating the body, mind and spirit of the individual. Components of Treating the "Whole Person"

Medical Stabilization

This is a significant level of care providing help managing withdrawal symptoms.

Psychiatric Stabilization

Psychiatric stabilization treatment can help those suffering from a depressive disorder or symptoms.

Medication Management Issues

Tpatients are provided with 24 hour nursing, a comprehensive clinical program, psychiatric support if needed and treatment for the family.

Nutritional Balance

It is noted by that tens of thousands of people suffer from an addiction to food. It is good to eat right.

Emotional Healing

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Family and Relationship Healing

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    MY ALCOHOLISM AND A WASTED YOUTH



    Isaac Festus Ndung’u 44, a recovering alcoholic lost his youth to alcohol addiction. While recognizing that alcoholism is a disease, he is emphatic that with the will power, one can recover. “I was first exposed to alcohol during family occasions in my teenage years. I started as a casual drinker and didn’t see any danger in that. When I joined the University of Nairobi Kikuyu campus in 1989 and had access to the HELB loan, commonly known as “boom” financing my drinking and smoking habits became affordable.

    Battling with Alcoholism……….

    My first interdiction by my employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), happened in 2001 when I was teaching at Gacharaigu Secondary School in Murang’a. I pleaded my case and was given a transfer, by this time my drinking was completely out of control and I couldn’t perform my duties as a teacher because I was always under the influence of alcohol. As a punishment the TSC withheld my salary for 9months during which time I turned to my family for my upkeep. Without money to afford my regular beer, I turned to cheap alcohol to sustain my needs and often drank on credit because I didn’t have cash. I was a great embarrassment not only to my school but to the community around. I was again transferred to another school and this time I was determined to stop drinking and have a new beginning. When I attempted to stop drinking I experienced withdrawals symptoms, my hands would shake, felt nervous, empty. I could not bear it any longer and went back to drinking this time with vengeance. Alcohol was the first thing on my mind when I woke up and I couldn’t function until I had my first dose, it was my lunch and my dinner. I couldn’t sustain a serious relationship because my priority in life was alcohol. I had short lived come we stay relationships which ended abruptly because no woman could stand my behavior. I lost my job in 2005 after missing work for 1 month after falling ill and even after presenting medical records my plea fell on deaf ears. I sank deep into what I was good at….drinking and I would take anything that made me high. My father died in 2006 and to pay him my last respect I decided I would not drink that day, I suffered severe withdrawal symptoms and I couldn’t even read his eulogy a role that had been assigned to me as the first born in the family. I had definitely hit rock bottom. I was emaciated, often disoriented, walked with a stoop and looked much older than my age.

    The turning point…. After my father’s death the family realized I needed help as it was obvious I couldn’t stop drinking on my own. My younger sister organized for me to go to rehab in 2012, I started a 6month rehabilitation program at The Bridge Centre in their Nairobi Branch, I experienced painful withdrawal symptoms but was determined to win the battle.

    My stay at The Bridge Centre was my turning point, when my time came for me to go back home I was afraid and unsure of myself. Without a job I was scared I was going to relapse because of idleness, I requested the centre to retain me as an auxiliary counselor where I could use my teaching experience. The therapeutic value of one addict helping another addict worked like magic for me.

    I am finally doing something meaningful after many wasted years and am doing something I love. My plan is to go back to school and do a Master’s program on counseling and guidance. Alcoholism is such a big problem in our country and it is my view that each county should have a rehabilitation Centre. I use my example to advise young people not to experiment with alcohol and drugs as they could get trapped as I did and end up wasting their lives. I live each day at a time and my immediate goal is to maintain sobriety and I have no doubt that the rest of my life including raising a family will fall into place naturally.” Thank you God for giving me another chance in life. Thank you The Bridge Centre for coming to my rescue.

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    I started using bhang when I was only 9 years old, I was born in coast province where drugs are easily accessible. I always used to hang out with friends who were older than me and who were already drug addicts. I was the youngest in the group and was sent to buy “weed” which is bhang for them. I used to observe how they behaved when they took the stuff and I would admire. The first time I took a puff it felt awful and I thought to myself I hated this thing. As days went on I observed the way it was puffed and i gained experience and it felt like heaven. I started getting the high the others were getting and it felt good but unfortunately I was transferred to Nairobi where it proved difficult to get the stuff so I had to stop using it. Things turned upside down when I went to high school because I had the access. I taught others how to smoke bhang and get the high one wants. My classwork deteriorated and my parents nor my teachers would not understand what was happening. I became very notorious and I thank God I was able to finish high school. I didn’t perform well in K.C.S.E and I found a college. I was forced by circumstances to stay in the ghettos of Kayole. All this time my drug of choice was bhang but here I was introduced to drinking and partying every day. This became my lifestyle and my health was affected because I was not able to eat well and I became very skinny my family and friends became very concerned. My friends knew I was doing drugs but my family didn’t have the slightest idea of what was happening.

    One day I decided enough was enough and I told my mum about my using and she was shocked at how little she knew her daughter. We sought help from a counselor and the counselor referred me to The Bridge Centre which was my turning point. I realized I had lost control of my using and I used to make excuses for my using. My using had affected my brains and instead of the 3month program other addicts go through I stayed at The Bridge Centre for 9months. I regained my self-esteem and I was able to talk about my journey with other recovering addicts. Am so grateful to God and my family for giving me another chance in life. Today am sober and am almost through with my university education. I also reconnected with my Higher Power because I had lost touch with Him.

    There are so many women suffering from the disease of addiction but are afraid to seek help because of stigma, I would advise you that you seek help because it’s all about your life. This program helps you to understand and accept yourself. Be blessed

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    I was introduced to alcohol at the age of 13yrs by my dad who used to bring alcohol at home and he also owned a pub where I would sneak and steal alcohol. By the time I was 15yrs old and in High school I was taking Chang’aa in nearby slums near our school.

    After high school I joined college and my alcohol tolerance was very high and I would drink a whole bottle of whisky of 700ml alone and would not get the high that I wanted. I joined one of the Kenya discipline forces and worked for 8years and I remember I was always high when working, when I look back I realize I had already become addicted to alcohol but I never knew because I would not function normally without drinking. I could not eat, think, sleep nor work without getting my drink. Whenever I tried to stop I would get hallucinations at night, cravings and very serious withdrawals and due to guilt and shame of drinking too much I went into depression and I knew I really needed help.

    I started searching for help through internet and through friends I came across The Bridge Centre. I asked for leave from my work place and went home where I explained to my family that I needed help. They were so glad because they knew I had a problem. My mum and my sisters took me to The Bridge Centre. I felt peace and no one judged me and I felt accepted.

    My recovery journey began at The Bridge Centre and I had to accept that I had lost the battle to alcohol and I had to surrender to a Higher Power who was able to bring me back to sanity. I went through withdrawals but with the help of a doctor I was able to cope with them. I started the 12 step program and it really helped me to understand that addiction is a disease and it does not only affect the individual but the whole family. I realized how I had made my family go through hell because of my addiction. I started having hope in life and also believing in myself and regaining my self-esteem. It took me some time to get through my past and I suffered from shame and guilt and I could not believe the person I had become.

    I finished my three month program and left Bridge feeling confident. I was accepted back to work but I faced so much rejection and discrimination from my colleagues and they would call me a mad person. This shows how much the society does not know anything about addiction. I got so much pressure from work and I decided to quit my job. I went back to my old life of addiction this time taking anything that would make me high. I was staying in the slums and I would go for days without eating and my health really deteriorated....I felt so miserable and I overdosed on some drugs to kill myself but was not successful. It was an awakening call for me and I decided to go back to The Bridge Centre I was welcomed with open hands. This is one place that I always felt loved. I went through the relapse prevention and I learnt to take my recovery one day at a time. I had to make so many sacrifices in my life. The Bridge Centre helped me to get a job abroad and this is my second year sober and working. My life is now fulfilled and am thankful to God and The Bridge Centre.

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    I was born and raised up in Kiamworia location in Gatundu South. I am the seventh born in a family of nine children. My dad used to pamper me very much to a point I always used to accompany him to all the clubs he visited. My parents were staunch Catholics and they were very strict.

    I got exposed to alcohol at a very tender age owing to the fact that my dad used to brew the famous kikuyu local brew known as “Muratina”. As days went on I started craving for alcohol and I would sneak to the store and steal to satisfy my cravings. At class six I was already brewing my own “Muratina” and selling to get some pocket money. My drinking got out of hand and when I was about to sit for my K.C.P.E I was suspended from school and I was only allowed to sit for my exam.

    By the time I joined form one I was already hooked to alcohol and since my supply was cut owing to the fact that it was a boarding school I switched to bhang which was easier to access. I didn’t find much pleasure in bhang coz my drug of choice was alcohol. I decided I had to go to a day school and I manipulated my grandmother who allowed me to go to a nearby day school and stay at her place. I sat my fourth form exam in 1995 and I had already switched to “kumi kumi” because I was not able to afford the expensive alcohol. I had to look for casual work to sustain my lifestyle.

    My dad passed away due to an alcohol related disease and this really affected me since I was his favorite. I knew I had to stop drinking but every time I tried to stop I would get hallucinations and get sickly. This time I wasn’t drinking for fun but was drinking for my body to function normally. I would pass a “kumi kumi” den before going to work so that I would be able to perform my duties well.

    By now I had realized that I could not control my drinking and I knew that I had to get out of it. I tried several times but I failed. I secured a job with an NGO in Westlands and I again went back to my lifestyle only this time I would skip work due to hangovers. I was given several warnings but to no avail. After waking up with a headache and vomiting I would swear that I will never drink again but I got myself drank again. I realized I needed help but didn’t know where to get help.

    On 5th of March 2011 I was admitted at The Bridge Centre with the help of a lady who knew my story and offered to help me. At The Bridge Centre I came to know that I was sick. I was taken through the 12 Step Recovery Program. I did my program for 4months and acquired the skills. After completion I volunteered at the Centre as a counselor aid and in the process I trained as a counselor.

    I was employed at The Bridge Centre Gatundu as a counselor and am grateful to God for giving me another chance in life. I would like to encourage those going through addiction that there is hope, to all the guardians and parents…please take your loved ones to rehabilitation Centres. Thank you The Bridge Centre for making me who I am today.