About Us

Learn more about The Bridge to Recovery.

Our Story

Founded in 1972 by the visionary couple, Paul and Carol Cannon, The Bridge to Recovery emerged from their unwavering commitment to helping individuals find a path to fulfillment beyond the grip of addiction. Their quest for the ideal location led them to 120+ acres in rural south-central Kentucky, where the serene surroundings provided the seclusion and privacy crucial for clients to embark on their healing journeys.

With only a Civil War-era log cabin on the property, the initial participants of The Bridge to Recovery completed the program within this historic dwelling. During this period, our iconic bridge was constructed, ensuring safe access over the creek that traverses the property.

Driven by a vision of a world where well-being is accessible to everyone without barriers to recovery, The Bridge to Recovery aims to deliver unparalleled therapy for those struggling with a history of substance abuse or mental health concerns. Our ultimate goal is to guide clients toward a newfound freedom.

In 2020, Paul and Carol Cannon, inseparable in life, passed away just months apart. Their legacy lives on through the enduring impact on our program.

We invite you to learn more about us, ask questions, or share your journey by calling (877) 866-8661 or emailing info@thebridgetorecovery.com.

The Bridge to Recovery is a distinguished residential program dedicated to healing individuals affected by trauma, anxiety, depression, codependency, and other negative behavior patterns. By addressing the core causes of emotional pain, our program facilitates emotional recovery and a renewed zest for life.

We aspire to provide accessible and affordable opportunities for individuals in pain to uncover their hidden struggles, discover their truth, and embark on a transformative journey toward a revitalized life.

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Our Values

At The Bridge to Recovery, we are committed to our clients, their families, our industry, and our community. It is our goal to nurture our innate perseverance to survive painful events, our need for human connection, and our desire to help individuals and families heal from the toxic issues plaguing ourselves, our families, our industry, our society, and our world.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and maintain the highest level of integrity in our services. We pride ourselves on being a program of excellence.

Just an hour and 20 minutes North from Nashville, Tennessee sits our healing refuge. Hidden away on 120 acres of rolling Kentucky hills.

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Discover Serenity at Our Tranquil Location

Nestled on 120+  acres of lush, rolling hills, The Bridge to Recovery offers a tranquil retreat in Bowling Green, Kentucky, just over an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee. Our program campus embraces a woodsy, rustic ambiance with natural surroundings, including expansive forests, picturesque pastures, enchanting natural caves, a serene creek meandering through the property, and a diverse array of wildlife.

Bowling Green, incorporated in 1812, boasts a rich history and is home to approximately 68,400 residents. Recognized for housing Western Kentucky University, the city remains a vibrant outlier to Nashville. The Bridge to Recovery, having settled just outside Bowling Green in the 1970s, has flourished in this picturesque locale ever since.

Explore Our Onsite Accommodations

Our 120+-acre nature setting in the rolling hills of southcentral Kentucky serves as the backdrop for our program campus, which has thrived over our 50-year history. We are committed to providing a high standard of accommodations, where each house is maintained and staffed with a gender-specific House Manager overseeing routine needs and maintenance. Far from a clinical setting, each residence exudes a warm, home-like atmosphere.

Lorne's Place (The Women's House)

Constructed in the 1990s, this three-story residence becomes a cherished home for our female clients. It can accommodate approximately 12-15 women, depending on room setup.

Dzenski House (The Men's House)

A ranch-style residence situated on the opposite side of the creek, accessible via our pedestrian bridge built in 2020. It can provide residence to approximately 11-13 men, depending on room setup.

Cannon Cabin

This Civil War-era log cabin, lovingly restored in 2013, serves as the home for our Accelerated Program for Behavioral Health Professionals and other small group workshops. It can accommodate approximately 8 workshop participants.

Expectations and Amenities for Our Guests

Our guests can anticipate the following amenities in each residence:

  • Laundry facilities (Detergent/Pods provided)
  • Pillows and Bedding
  • Additional Snacks and Beverages
  • Games and Puzzles for use during downtimes

What Guests Should Plan to Bring

To enhance their stay, guests are encouraged to bring:

  • Towels (2)
  • Toiletries for personal bath use

This harmonious blend of nature and hospitality ensures that our guests at The Bridge to Recovery experience a nurturing and transformative environment during their journey to healing and well-being.

Amenities at The Bridge to Recovery

Embarking on a transformative journey, The Bridge to Recovery offers an intensive program, ensuring clients are actively engaged in our clinical activities for the majority of the day, seven days a week during their stay. While prioritizing the therapeutic process, we recognize the importance of physical activity, self-care, and rest, incorporating these elements into our daily schedule. We encourage clients to embrace the surrounding environment, fostering a holistic and enriching experience.

Anticipating a groundbreaking moment, we are soon to commence one of our most ambitious projects to date—the Healing & Wellness Center. Envisioned as a significant resource for our clients, this facility will encompass a health and wellness gym, a yoga studio with breathtaking views, administrative offices, group spaces, and more.

Immersing ourselves in nature, our clients can indulge in walking and hiking along numerous trails, traversing grasslands, and exploring forests. Delve into area cave systems boasting waterfalls during rainy seasons, marvel at stunning cliff formations, or challenge yourself with acres of hills and terrains while enjoying spectacular views of local wildlife. Engage in Disc Golf,  our Labyrinth on property, and our unique “Inner Child Playground,” designed to reignite the joy of fun.

For times when the weather poses a challenge, our indoor facilities provide a refuge. A dry sauna awaits clients during assigned hours, complemented by exercise equipment featuring a weight lifting system, treadmills, and other excercise equipment.

Yoga is an integral part of our program, welcoming participants of all skill levels. Our sessions encompass gentle stretching, meditation, mindfulness, body movement, energy release, and trauma/body connection exercises.

We encourage the therapeutic power of expression through journaling and writing, fostering personal reflection and connection. Scattered across our expansive 120+ acres, serene writing sanctuaries offer ideal spaces for contemplation. Additionally, we promote recovery and wellness reading, allowing clients to bring their own material or explore selections from our onsite bookstore. Nature’s reading nooks provide tranquil settings to immerse oneself in meaningful literature. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive and supportive environment, enhancing the recovery and wellness journey of our clients at The Bridge to Recovery.

When contemplating our program, one of the initial inquiries often revolves around our food and dietary offerings. Here’s what you can expect during your stay:

Our kitchen is led by a trained and talented team, including our Executive Chef and Kitchen Manager, each boasting years of experience in crafting meals that are not only healthy and nutritious but also soul-filling. We prioritize delivering diverse dishes infused with culturally rich flavors and recognize the importance of comfort cuisine when appropriate.

Your workshop registration costs cover daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Throughout client areas, we provide an assortment of snacks, including granola bars, nuts, crackers, fruit, and more. Our approach emphasizes minimal caffeine, sugar, sodas, and desserts, while offering a wide array of healthy beverage options.

Understanding that dietary preferences, needs, and restrictions vary, our kitchen and staff are well-equipped to handle a wide range of special requests. We have successfully accommodated various dietary needs and restrictions, including gluten intolerance, Celiac disease, tree nut allergies, dairy allergies, lactose intolerance, egg allergies, fish and shellfish allergies, soy allergies, vegetarian and vegan preferences, kosher dietary requirements, and diabetic and blood sugar maintenance.

At The Bridge, we recognize that some clients enter our program with an unhealthy relationship with food and body image, often stemming from underlying and unresolved historical trauma. This may manifest in behaviors such as binge eating, overeating, undereating, food restriction, excessive health consciousness, stress-eating, body dysmorphia, and other body image concerns, including muscle dysmorphia.

Our care team collaborates closely with our kitchen team to support clients in their journey towards education and balance regarding food and body wellness. However, for potential clients engaged in acute disordered eating behaviors such as anorexia and bulimia, a primary Eating Disorder Treatment Program may be recommended before attending The Bridge to Recovery. Our program focuses on trauma as the primary concern, allowing clients to stabilize eating behaviors before delving into the underlying historical causes of maladaptive behaviors.

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Our Team

Responsible for client inquiry assistance, prescreening potential clients to assure we are the best fit for their needs, assessing clients upon admission, working with clients and families on financials, and more. 

Provides direct care to our clients, and includes our therapists & counselors, our house managers, our client relations team, and more.  

Builds relationships with our professional and industry partners to provide education and outreach around the services we provide. 

Specializes in working with clients during their time at the BTR to determine their aftercare needs and then, beyond graduation, as they transition back into their lives at home. This includes support and coaching, events, connections, and more.  

Builds relationships with donors, foundations, public decision-makers, and others to support clients with financial hardships, capital campaign projects, and other underfunded areas.

Manages the day-to-day operations, including human resources, fiscal management, upkeep and maintenance of the property, and more. 

Coordinates meal planning, food preparation, dietary needs management, and overall food servicing for clients at TBTR.

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Meet Our Corporate Team

Antwon Bailey

Antwon Bailey

CEO
Keats Komisar

Keats Komisar

Director of Business Development
Anastasia Harvey

Anastasia Harvey

Director of Operations
Sara Beth Caldwell

Sara Beth Caldwell

Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations
Kaymen Herrera

Kaymen Herrera

Director of Development
Shera Loeser

Shera Loeser

Outreach Specialist
Rae Ann Marquez

Rae Ann Marquez

Outreach Specialist
Pam Colburn

Pam Colburn

Executive Chef & Kitchen Manager
Sandy Embry

Sandy Embry

Kitchen Assistant
Patricia (Patty) Mills

Patricia (Patty) Mills

Kitchen Assistant
Michelle Hagan

Michelle Hagan

Kitchen Assistant
Chelsey Burnley

Chelsey Burnley

Kitchen Assistant
Anthony Cobb

Anthony Cobb

Maintenance
Larry Cline

Larry Cline

Maintenance
Shane Groves

Shane Groves

Intake Coordinator & Alumni Relations
Tiffany Garrity

Tiffany Garrity

Admissions Specialist
Dani Patton

Dani Patton

Admissions Specialist
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Meet Our Clinical Team

Lindsey Young

Lindsey Young

Clinical Director
Debra Cromwell

Debra Cromwell

Counselor
Jeff English

Jeff English

Outreach Specialist / AP Program Therapist
Julie Vincent

Julie Vincent

Counselor
Kelly Fraust

Kelly Fraust

Counselor
Cassie Saltsman

Cassie Saltsman

Client Relations Specialist
Allison (Allie) Gibson

Allison (Allie) Gibson

Clinical Support
Stephanie Burchett

Stephanie Burchett

Client Relations
Bradley Tucker

Bradley Tucker

Client Relations
Ashley Sawyer

Ashley Sawyer

House Manager/Client Relations
Lee Grace

Lee Grace

House Manager/Client Relations
Bobby Harrell

Bobby Harrell

House Manager/Client Relations
Paul Markle

Paul Markle

Program Advisor/Equine Coordinator
John Marsh

John Marsh

Client Relations Specialist
Brennan Caffery

Brennan Caffery

Counselor
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Meet Our Animal Friends

Kentucky

Our Location

Our program's commitment to accessibility is evident not only in its small-town feel with a big heart for recovery but also in its convenient location, just a one-hour drive from Nashville Airport. This accessibility makes it easier for clients to seamlessly transition into a peaceful recovery oasis on our expansive 120+ acres in Bowling Green, Kentucky.