Key Ingredients to Inspire Healthy Eating: Embracing the Moment and Taking Ownership

by Becca Wetzel At Bridging the Gaps, we have long believed in the transformative power of whole foods and healthy eating. But we have noticed a break in the chain where translating important ideas and concepts about a healthy diet … Continue reading

The Search for a “Cure:” Baclofen as a Treatment for Alcoholism

As our problems evolve – or persist, as the case may be – so do the scientific and pharmacological community’s efforts to ease our pain. Such has been the pattern for years. And some might say, rightly so. After all, … Continue reading

New Study Reinforces Promise of Early Screening and Intervention in Staving Off Addiction

You may have heard the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Well, in the realm of alcohol and substance use, it has a lot of validity.  While those who battle addictions exhibit biological and … Continue reading

Cult of Irresponsibility: Is ‘Sweeping the Dust Under the Carpet’ a New Norm in Health and Pharma?

One of the first and most important lessons many learn – or re-learn – in recovery is to take responsibility for their actions. Own up to what you have done. Face the music and accept consequences, no matter how uncomfortable, … Continue reading

Top “Known Unknowns” of Trump’s Addiction and Treatment Policy

As we head into the New Year and mark less than a month until Donald Trump is officially sworn in as our 45th U.S. President, questions still abound as to how his background, beliefs, and personal qualities will translate into … Continue reading

Tips for a Sober – and Happy – Holiday Season

‘Tis the season…for family, friends, presents, and lights. Unfortunately, as most in recovery and those trying to support a sober friend or loved one well know, the holidays can also bring stress, overindulgence, parties and pressure to fit in, as … Continue reading

A Perfect Storm: Juvenile Offenders with PTSD Far More Likely to Fall Prey to Addiction

Most experts agree that addiction is “complex disorder” – the development of which is influenced by neuroscience, our environment (including family and social dynamics), and our experiences of the world around us, good or bad. And we have written here … Continue reading

The ‘Hidden Costs’ of Heavy Drinking: Problem Youth Drinking Can Leave Lasting Scars

With the heightened level of attention being paid to rising addiction rates and overdoses in the last year or so, most of us have become keenly aware of the most severe and immediate dangers of substance abuse these days. Now … Continue reading

Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction: A Call to Action for the Challenge of Our Time

The sense that substance abuse and addiction issues have reached a bell weather moment in our culture is neither new, nor imagined. For the better part of this year, we have been chronicling a steady, unprecedented recent rise in addiction … Continue reading

A “High” Correlation: Alcohol and Marijuana Use Linked to Increased Risks for Schizophrenia

Individuals who drink excessively or abuse marijuana and other substances may be “messing with their heads” in ways they don’t at all intend.  The question of whether drug abuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia and other mental illnesses has … Continue reading