August 10, 2020

Family Systems Help Heal Addictions

In her book, Disentangle, When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else, by Nancy Johnston, she gives a definition of the word disentangle as “to create enough emotional space between yourself and another person that you are better able to see the realities of your situation and make healthier decisions about it.”
August 3, 2020

What’s the Big Deal with Aminos?

What’s the Big Deal with Aminos? Written by Linda Wilk, MA, QMHP One of the most important things I’ve learned about addiction since coming to Bridging […]
July 27, 2020

Ever Say to Yourself, “I’ll Get Sober on Monday?”

It’s easy to say that you are ready to change, and so tempting to make your quit date tomorrow. Even better is to push your quit date until after the weekend – after the bender. You tell yourself you will use this one last time. And since it’s going to be the last time, then you should really get the most out of it. You promise yourself that this is it – the last time.
July 17, 2020

Advocating for Clients to Receive Substance Abuse Treatment instead of Jail Time

Overdose is the ultimate price that an addict may pay, but it is certainly not the only consequence of substance abuse. The staggering rates of overdose indicate a growing population of individuals who will potentially incur legal charges as a result of their addiction. Common charges related directly to drug or alcohol use include DUIs or drunk in public charges. It is important to remember that addiction affects entire family systems. Often the legal concerns that an addict will face is in relation to those family systems; such as divorce litigation or child custody battles.
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.