July 9, 2020

How to Stop Intense Cravings in Early Recovery

Every addict knows that intense cravings for alcohol, or your drug of choice, can take you out and lead to relapse in early recovery. Often, addicts find that they do not just crave their drug of choice; they begin to crave for cross-compulsions like sugar, caffeine, nicotine, gambling, porn, sex, relationships, video games… any substance or process that will quiet that inner discomfort for a time.
June 26, 2020

Hitting the Reset on Life: Coronavirus can be the pause you need to envision a new life in recovery

You have been gifted with a pause. There are few times in life when we come across an event that allows us to stop and completely re-envision what we want for our future. Coronavirus has given us a collective break to step back from work or commuting every day, and place our attention on other things. The question is: how are you utilizing this pause?
June 18, 2020

Face Masks vs. Computer Screens: Bridging the Gaps test runs in-person groups as Virginia loosens restrictions

Now that Virginia is in Phase 2 of reopening, we are testing the waters for in-person group therapy sessions. There was a debate among the clinical team as to which scenario would beat out the other in popularity: an intimate group in which you can’t see anyone’s face or a distanced group that is not masked.
June 11, 2020

Now is the Time: Support your loved one to seek addiction treatment before the well runs dry

Do you have a family member whose addiction has escalated during this pandemic? If so, you are not alone. Not only is the pandemic the perfect environment for addiction to grow rampant, but also the perfect time to make a change.
June 4, 2020

Clinician Spotlight: Vicki Fedor

I remember the first time I heard someone introduce themselves as a “grateful recovering alcoholic” at an AA meeting. I thought to myself, “What are you, nuts? How can you be grateful to be an alcoholic? What a terrible fate this is! I’ll never be grateful for this!”
May 29, 2020

Bridging the Gaps’ Protocols for New Residential Clients

The following protocols are intended to ensure the health and safety of the Bridging the Gaps’ community. The introduction of a new member to the Residential House represents a host of therapeutic opportunities towards sustained recovery while also representing a measure of risk in spreading the Coronavirus.
May 22, 2020

Clinician Spotlight: Bryon Powell

I’m looking forward to the day that we’ll be back to our normal residential treatment model, but in the meantime, we’re committed to doing everything we can to be available to our current and prospective clients.
May 15, 2020

Accepting Residential Clients: Planning for more robust services as the country begins to reopen

We, of course, would like to return to business as usual and open our doors to clients with our full range of services available. The reality is that we don’t know when we will be able to safely do that.