A Long Overdue Overhaul: New Medicaid Substance Abuse Benefit to Expand Treatment Options

A long-standing barrier facing lower-income Americans needing treatment for drug and alcohol use disorders has finally been removed…at least for now. Starting this month, states across the country – including Virginia – have begun to roll out an expansion in … Continue reading

Family Support and Balance in Recovery: Tips and Takeaways from Dr. Steve Sutton

By Becca Wetzel In the final installment in our interview series with Dr. Steve Sutton, we examine the role of the family in sobriety, and how one can cultivate health and fun in recovery. Dr. Sutton leads Bridging the Gap’s … Continue reading

The Road Less Traveled: A Physician’s Perspective on Personal Growth, Willingness, and Finding a New Path Forward

By Becca Wetzel As part of our continuing conversation with Dr. Steve Sutton, we discuss how Dr. Sutton’s own path in recovery led him to Bridging the Gaps and spurred a lifelong interest in an integrated approach to addiction medicine. … Continue reading

A 360 Degree Approach: Dr. Steve Sutton on his Personal and Professional Commitment to Treating the Whole Person in Recovery

By Becca Wetzel Often, we’re most inspired and effective in our work when we bring something of ourselves to the enterprise. In my time at Bridging the Gaps (BTG), I have seen that there is something intensely personal that calls … Continue reading

Chinese Carfentanil Ban: ‘Game Changer’ or Not?

Since it first made its presence known on U.S. streets last summer with never-before-seen numbers of drug overdoses, the use and impact of high-grade animal tranquilizer carfentanil have shown no real signs of abating. Just a few short weeks ago, … Continue reading

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