31 S. Braddock St. | Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 535-1111 | Available 24/7

31 S. Braddock St. | Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 535-1111 | Available 24/7

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Personalized Cannabis Addiction Treatment Find Recovery

Recovery is possible from cannabis addiction–and we can help. At Bridging the Gaps, we will personalize an individualized, holistic treatment plan to your needs, and walk with you down your unique path of recovery. Our caring, experienced clinicians can help you end your dependence on cannabis and discover a rich and fulfilling new way to live. 

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Reclaim Your Life

Understanding Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is one of the most commonly used
drugs in the world. While many people believe that cannabis is safe and
non-addictive, the truth is that cannabis addiction is a real concern. THC, the chemical in cannabis responsible for the "high," binds to brain receptors and releases serotonin, leading to feelings of calm and well-being. Over time, this can result in addiction that can have serious consequences for individuals who struggle with it.

  • How Does Cannabis Addiction Begin?

    It can stem from genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and psychological issues. Trauma, prenatal exposure to substances, and malnutrition during early development may increase the risk of developing addiction.

  • More Than Rehab: Become Who You Are Supposed to Be

    If you or a loved one has faced setbacks with trying to get cannabis addiction help or by trying a rehab center or program. don't lose hope. We offer a fresh start with powerful evidence-based recovery strategies that treat the whole person.

Journey to Renewal

Overcoming Addiction with Us

Our compassionate and skilled staff swiftly navigates you out of crisis, establishes stability, and through our integrative approach—builds a solid foundation for enduring sobriety and health. Our philosophy is to treat the root causes of the disease of addiction. Here are just some of the modalities we integrate. 

Psychotherapy: Individual/Group

Psychotherapy sessions led by trained clinicians help clients share experiences, explore emotions, and address addiction-related struggles.

Amino Acid Therapy

Amino Acid Therapy uses specific amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins, to help regulate brain chemistry and alleviate cravings and other discomfort associated with addiction and early recovery.

12-Step Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings follow a proven 12-step program that helps individuals develop coping strategies for managing addiction in a healthy way.

Meditation

Meditation at BTG helps manage stress, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep, and enhance mental focus. This centering practice promotes calm and well-being, aiding clients in addiction recovery.

Creative Expression

At Bridging the Gaps, we provide art and music therapy to help clients explore and resolve core issues, understand their addiction, express themselves healthily, and develop coping skills.

AcuDetox

Acudetox is a non-verbal approach to healing that involves the placement of up to 5 sterile, disposable needles into specific points in the ear. This helps with emotion regulation, enhances detoxification, and a discovery of inner quiet, strength, and resiliency. 

Massage/Reiki

Stress is a serious barrier to healing from the disease of addiction. Massage therapy is very effective in reducing stress and promoting deep relaxation. Reiki is a form of energy healing which has many physical and emotional benefits.

Group Education

Group education allows clients to learn more about the disease of addiction and develop cognitive and behavioral tools to avoid relapse, mend relationships, and establish healthy habits in recovery.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) is used to help patients break free from harmful patterns of thinking and behavior. In those with cannabis addiction, we target the alpha and theta brain waves and train them to function more efficiently. This can help reduce cravings, improve impulse control, and promote emotional stability.

Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education teaches our clients the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, as well as how certain foods can impact their physical and mental health.It also address the specific dietary needs of those struggling with addiction, such as vitamin deficiencies or food sensitivities that may contribute to cravings and relapse.

Brainspotting

Trauma-informed care takes into account the potential impact of past trauma on an individual’s current mental health and well-being. This approach recognizes that traumatic experiences can significantly contribute to addiction, and therefore aims to address these underlying issues utilizing trauma treatment techniques.

Yoga and Exercise

Yoga and exercise have been shown to be beneficial in addiction recovery. These activities not only promote physical health, but also mental and emotional well-being.

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Beyond Sobriety

Navigating Life's Challenges with Confidence and Sobriety

In our accepting community, you'll be supported and surrounded by a tight-knit group that ensures personalized care. By focusing on healing the mind, body, and spirit, we go beyond mere symptom management for cannabis dependence. Our program equips you with crucial life skills and resilience to face life's challenges, forge significant relationships, and confidently tackle the duties of sober living. It isn’t just about overcoming addiction—it's about thriving in every aspect of life.

    Individualized treatment plans tailored to your goals and lifestyle
    Experienced staff dedicated to your recovery journey
    Comprehensive support throughout the rehab process

Help is Available

How Cannabis Addiction is Treated

Learn how cannabis impacts overall health and wellness and the varied effects of addiction on the body and mind, from increased heart problems and liver damage to severe mental health issues and cognitive impairments. 

Neurochemical rebalancing for cannabis addiction involves several key components. First, a comprehensive neurochemical deficiency assessment, spanning across four pages, is conducted. This assessment helps identify specific areas of neurochemical deficiency. Next, a personalized approach is taken to provide individuals with tailored amino acids and supplements. Additionally, an abstinence-based symptom sheet is utilized to monitor and track 25 different symptoms that are correlated with neurochemical imbalances. Based on the information gathered, the amino acid protocol is then adjusted accordingly to address individual needs. Clients will receive the amino acids and cofactors they need to help restore healthy brain chemistry.For cannabis addiction, it is common to receive amino acids that help balance serotonin levels (5-HTP, L-Tryptophan), as well as GABA. This helps to reduce or eliminate cravings and eradicate uncomfortable side effects of recovery, also known as post-acute withdrawal.

Excessive use of stimulants is very hard on the body. In order to repair the damage that has been done, it’s important to prioritize restoring physical health and wellness.
Improve Nutrition and Teach Healthy Habits: Proper nutrition is essential for restoring physical health after excessive use of cannabis. The body needs fuel to repair itself and regain strength. At Bridging the Gaps, we understand that healthy eating is essential to replenish important nutrients. Proper nutrition helps to stabilize mood, reduces cravings, and improves energy levels, cognitive function, and overall well-being. Our clients work with a nutritionist to create healthy, balanced meals and learn how to shop for healthy foods and effectively read nutrition facts. The goal is to establish healthy eating habits here that will help our clients when they eventually leave and navigate recovery outside of our walls.
Exercise Regularly: Regular exercise plays a vital role in restoring physical health after excessive use of cannabis. Not only does it help strengthen the body, but it also releases endorphins which can improve mood and reduce stress. Our clients exercise every morning and attend a private Yoga class once a week with a certified instructor. We prioritize exercise for several reasons. First, exercise releases endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression – common triggers for relapse. It can also help regulate sleep patterns and improve quality of sleep. Lastly, engaging in physical activity also provides a healthy outlet for emotions, reducing the risk of turning to stimulants as a coping mechanism. 
Promote Healthy Sleep Hygiene: Sleep is essential for the body to heal and repair itself. Long-term use of cannabis may disrupt the natural sleep cycle and decrease overall sleep quality. This is because THC can suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. This can result in difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as daytime drowsiness. Incorporating good sleep hygiene practices is crucial for improving overall health. Establishing a regular sleep schedule and avoiding caffeine, heavy meals, and electronics before bed can help regulate sleep patterns. Getting enough quality sleep can also aid in mood stabilization, reducing cravings and improving overall mental health. We encourage our clients to maintain proper sleep hygiene.

People who have experienced trauma may develop coping mechanisms like substance use to deal with the overwhelming emotions and feelings associated with their trauma. This can include turning to cannabis as a way to self-medicate and numb painful memories or emotions. The clinicians at Bridging the Gaps are dedicated to helping our clients work through these painful events and uncover the hope that lies within.
The first few weeks of group psychotherapy and individual sessions aim to educate the client about their disease, help them begin to address some of the behaviors or thoughts that lead them to use, and begin to build community. 
After about 4-6 weeks of stabilization, clients who have suffered significant trauma will begin working on processing these events. The caring, compassionate clinicians at BTG are trained and experienced in trauma-informed care and trauma treatment techniques. Instead of asking, “what’s wrong with you?”, trauma-informed clinicians instead seek to understand what happened to you. Using trauma treatment tools like Brainspotting and DBT, we help our clients to work through their trauma and understand what they need to adequately heal.

At BTG, we believe that the opposite of addiction is connection. We know that the key to long-term success in recovery is having a supportive sober community to help guide you through difficult times. Our clients attend AA or NA meetings and select a sponsor while they’re in treatment with us. Upon completing treatment, we have an Alumni Program that allows our clients to stay in touch and navigate recovery together.

Empowering You: Flexible Treatment Programs for Sustained Sobriety

Residential Treatment Program

Immerse yourself in our supportive community and beautiful environment, where our comprehensive treatment center offer the structure and supervision you need to focus on your recovery journey and build a strong foundation for lasting sobriety.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Engage in rigorous daytime treatment that provides care tailored to your needs, while allowing you the flexibility to return home or to a sober living environment in the evenings, ensuring a balance between intensive support and personal responsibility.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Our intensive outpatient and continuing care programs provide accessible mental health and addiction services, fitting your schedule and supporting sustained sobriety and personal growth in recovery.

How it works

Our Marijuana Addiction Treatment Process

At Bridging the Gaps, we have developed a straightforward, three-step process designed to provide you with the support, resources, and tools you need for a successful recovery.

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Step 1: Assessment

The first step in our treatment program for marijuana is the assessment phase. During this stage, our experienced team will conduct a comprehensive assessment to understand your unique needs and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Step 2: Treatment

Once your personalized treatment plan is established, you will begin the treatment phase. This may include a combination of individual therapy, group counseling, holistic activities, and evidence-based practices to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of cannabis disorder.

Step 3: Recovery

The final step in our addiction treatment process is the recovery phase. During this stage, we will provide you with ongoing support, relapse prevention strategies, and aftercare resources to help you maintain long-term sobriety.

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Reach Out

You’re Not Alone: Connect with Our Admissions Director

We know that recovery isn’t just possible – it’s also magical and life-changing. That being said, we know it’s often difficult to take the first step. Contact our Admissions Director today – 24/7 – if you or a loved one needs help. We’re here to listen.

  • Compassionate Support

    Let Bridging the Gaps assist you or a loved one on the dedicated path to recovery and a brighter future.

  • You Matter!

    Our team will work to understand you and your situation. You’re never “just another client” because we value your individuality. 

Effects of Cannabis Addiction

Learn how cannabis impacts overall health and wellness and the varied effects of addiction on the body and mind, from increased heart problems and liver damage to severe mental health issues and cognitive impairments. 

Cardiovascular Problems

Smoking cannabis can irritate the lungs and lead to respiratory issues. When cannabis is lit and inhaled, it releases toxic chemicals that can damage the delicate tissues in the lungs. Long-term smoking of cannabis can increase the risk of bronchitis, lung infections, and lung cancer.

Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Overuse of THC found in cannabis can cause an imbalance in the brain’s natural chemicals, resulting in symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, and anxiety. Additionally, studies have shown that cannabis use can increase the risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders in those with a genetic predisposition.

Paranoia and Schizophrenia

Recent studies show that regular and heavy use of cannabis can lead to paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental health complications. The link between cannabis and schizophrenia is especially strong in adolescents and those with a genetic presdisposition.

Adolescent Brain Development Issues

Studies suggest that consistent cannabis consumption during adolescence, while the brain is still developing, may negatively impact learning, memory, and impulse control.

Testicular Cancer

Men who use cannabis may be at an increased risk for testicular cancer. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men who reported ever using marijuana had a 36% increased risk of developing testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) compared to non-users.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is an increasingly recognized condition that affects chronic cannabis users. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of intense nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Know What to Look For

Signs of Cannabis Addiction

If you or a loved one is using cannabis, it’s important to be aware of the signs of addiction. Some common signs and symptoms include:

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    Physical signs of cannabis use may include bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils, increased appetite or weight gain, decreased coordination or balance, slowed speech or movements, and impaired memory or attention span. 

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    Behavioral signs of cannabis use may include increased secrecy or lying, decreased motivation or energy, sudden changes in mood or behavior, neglecting responsibilities or hobbies, and using cannabis despite negative consequences.

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Social signs of cannabis use may include changes in friend groups or social activities, decreased performance at work or school, legal or financial problems, strained relationships with family and friends, and isolation or withdrawal from social situations. It is important to be aware of the signs of cannabis addiction and urge your loved one to seek help if concerned. At Bridging the Gaps, our Admissions Director, Sue Dennis, is available 24/7 to assist you with finding treatment for your loved one. Please call her at (540) 535-1111 to learn more about our treatment options.

Client Testimonials

Read what our alumni have to say about us

FAQs

Find answers to commonly asked questions about addiction and recovery.

  • What is the first step I should take if myself or a loved one wants to end an addiction to cannabis?

    If you or someone you know is struggling with cannabis use, reaching out for professional help is the best first step. When detox is necessary, it’s advisable to undergo the process under professional supervision to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse. After completing detox, we highly recommend entering our residential treatment facility, where we provide warm and compassionate care to support your recovery journey. At Bridging the Gaps, our residential treatment program is specifically designed to foster healing of the mind, body, and soul from the harmful effects of cannabis addiction.

  • How can I or a loved one expect to feel in the early stages of recovery from cannabis addiction?

    In the first few days or weeks of recovery, individuals may experience intense cravings for the drug, as well as physical symptoms such as anorexia (and weight loss); disturbed sleep and vivid dreams; gastrointestinal tract symptoms (such as abdominal pain); night sweats; and tremor. It is important to seek medical attention if these symptoms become severe.

    Cannabis use can also greatly affect an individual’s mood and emotions, so it is not uncommon for individuals in early recovery to experience emotional changes. This can include anxiety, irritability, and depression. These emotional changes can be difficult to cope with, and our Amino Acid Therapy program aims to help restore healthy brain chemistry to help minimize or alleviate these and other uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

    At Bridging the Gaps, we understand the struggles of early recovery and provide integrative treatment plans to assist our clients as they navigate the physical and emotional pain of these first few weeks. Within the first week of treatment, the client is assigned their counselor, attends group psychotherapy, receives medical treatment, and begins a customized amino acid therapy protocol that has been proven to calm withdrawal symptoms as it works to restore healthy brain chemistry. Clients are provided a safe, non-judgemental space to share their struggles as they begin to build community with others traveling the same journey. Lastly, plenty of time is given for rest as the body and mind begin to heal.

  • What types of therapies and interventions does Bridging the Gaps use to help treat cannabis addiction?

    At Bridging the Gaps, we integrate traditional treatment modalities with innovative and holistic methods to ensure we are adequately treating the whole person, bridging the gaps between traditional and progressive forms of treatment. While we utilize traditional and effective methods like psychotherapy and 12 step programs, we also utilize cutting edge technology, like neurofeedback, and integrative, holistic medicine, including amino acid therapy and AcuDetox, to support all aspects of wellness as our clients transition into recovery and beyond.

  • How can family and friends support someone who is in treatment or in recovery from cannabis addiction?

    Supporting someone in treatment or recovery from cannabis addiction can be a difficult task, but there are some key steps that family and friends can take to provide support and encourage recovery.

    The first thing family members should do is educate themselves on the disease of addiction. Understanding how addiction affects the brain will help you to better understand the symptoms and behaviors your loved one exhibits, and will empower you to help them through this process. At Bridging the Gaps, we offer a family education program that meets virtually one night each week to educate family members about the disease of addiction so they can develop a thorough understanding to aid them through this process.

    Next, adhere to the boundaries that your loved one in recovery puts in place. Certain social events like weddings can be very triggering for someone in early recovery, so adopting an understanding mindset towards your loved one as they decline invitations to these types of events is critical. This can be difficult, but try not to take this personally – they are doing what they need to do to stay sober. Encourage your loved one as they begin to navigate life without drugs, avoid triggers, and uphold their boundaries.

    Most importantly, make sure to take care of yourself. Addiction is an insidious disease that can have detrimental effects to the mental health of family and friends of those who are struggling. Bridging the Gaps also offers comprehensive outreach to family members to help you navigate your loved one’s treatment and recovery journey. Our family program includes weekly psychoeducation, the opportunity to participate in therapeutically facilitated conjoint sessions with your loved one, and an extended family aftercare program to help you process your emotions and gain insight from other family members.

  • After treatment, what kind of support is available to help myself or a loved one sustain recovery?

    At BTG, we offer a long-term continuum of care, where clients can receive services from us often up to a year, and sometimes longer. Our level of care adjusts to the stage of recovery the client has achieved, slowly and safely progressing them to independent life free from alcohol or drugs.

    Upon completion of treatment with us, we offer an Aftercare Program, as well as an Alumni group, to help build a supportive sober community for those who have completed our program. We also encourage our clients to continue to attend AA or NA meetings to help support them through continued recovery.

Insurance

Your Addiction Treatment Could Be Covered

If you do not see your provider listed, please contact us to learn more about obtaining coverage. We do not accept Medicaid at this time.

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Reach Out to Us

We welcome you to call our Admissions Director, Sue Dennis, at (540) 535-1111 to discuss admitting yourself or a loved one fortreatment. However, if you would first like us to verify your insurance, use this form or get in touch via phone or email.

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