Teen Marijuana Use Linked to Other Illegal Drug Abuse

There has been much debate in recent years as to whether or not marijuana is a “gateway” drug – a drug that paves the way to the use of alcohol and other addictive substances. And, as marijuana continues to be … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

All in Your Mind? Study shows New Neurological Basis for Excessive Drinking and Addiction

Those who have studied or treated addiction would no doubt agree it almost always plays out as a complex dance between biology and human behavior. Indeed, the most successful treatment approaches almost always target both the physiological underpinnings of a … Continue reading

America, We Have a Problem: How Fentanyl is Changing the Landscape of the Opiate Crisis (Part 2)

The Scary Scope of the Problem When investigators reviewed a sudden increase of deaths in 2014 which appeared to be caused by heroin, they subsequently discovered through lab tests that fentanyl was present in majority of the cases. Most recent … Continue reading

New Alliance Addressing Powerful Link between Depression and Addiction

As Mental Health Month continues to unfold throughout May, many organizations are taking much-needed action to better address the deeply connected issues of mental health and addiction. We are thrilled to see these organizations taking action, and have posted previously … Continue reading