Choosing the right place to go to rehab, whether in your own backyard, here in Virginia, or elsewhere, can be overwhelming. Bridging the Gaps (BTG) wants you to understand how our rehab works, to find the care that is right for you! Here are important questions to ask when you seek drug and alcohol rehab:
When you call us, your first contact will be with our admissions director, Sue. She has over 20 years of experience talking with both families and prospective clients dealing with alcohol and drug use. Expect a compassionate ear and a direct answer.
Here is where the assessment starts. We need information about your use of drugs and alcohol, enough knowledge to know whether you need detox, your insurance info, and a bit of history about you. You can see how it takes a person with a good ear for what is going on! We are a team here, and Sue, the admissions director, will consult with the clinical team, as we begin to put together a plan to offer the best solution.
When you do arrive at our drug and alcohol rehab facility , you will meet with the nurse and a counselor for a detailed assessment, and then the doctor will examine you. This is when your addiction treatment planning will begin, and you will be a part of setting out what your goals and objectives are towards your recovery. Everything moves towards your individualized plan of treatment.
The type of substances you have used, length and extent of use, severity of symptoms and withdrawal, number of times you have been to treatment, and other circumstances (i.e. legal involvement, concurrent medical problems, work issues,) will all play a role in the type of treatment program and length of stay offered. We want to know what is motivating you to get and clean and stay sober.
Here at Bridging the Gaps, clients may have several options toward recovery:
Residential Treatment at Bridging the Gaps consists of living at our residential homes and coming to the Treatment Center during the day. It is the highest level of care that we offer at Bridging the Gaps. It is often the stepping stone for clients if they require detox.
A treatment day starts with exercise and breakfast and has five groups including education and skills groups as well as process groups plus individual treatment and/or neurofeedback.
A typical day of treatment begins with exercise and breakfast and includes daily:
Residents can expect to attend twelve step meetings daily. They also participate in the daily operations of the house, as part of learning to live in community again. The focus is on restoration of daily responsibility for life. In addition to daily life, we are attending to restoring brain function and total health with supplements and a healthy diet.
Our Partial Hospitalization (PHP) program (commonly referred to as day treatment) reflects our commitment to a full continuum of care and offers a rigorous option for individuals whose needs and circumstances make them candidates for a non-residential program.
Our programs offer live-at-home flexibility combined with intensive, structured sessions and individualized attention. Our day treatment effectively addresses critical issues and barriers to recovery at a lower cost than our residential treatment. You would be given the same intensified daily treatment goals as our residential clients. Some may choose to add on additional services, such as neurofeedback or reiki, for an additional fee, in order to experience the full benefit of holistic healing.
COVID limitations did prevent providing some on-site services at times, but in general, the PHP program provides a well-rounded array of services, including but not limited to:
Part of our Outpatient Services, the Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a way to address your active addiction without leaving your job or other concerns.
If you are assessed to be able to live in the community, then you will reside at home and participate in treatment by either coming to the Treatment Center daily in person or participating via Telehealth services due to COVID-19 restrictions. There are addiction treatment levels within this defined by the care you need. Insurance coverage follows these same levels.
We now offer Intensive Outpatient treatment (IOP) both during the day and in the evenings. This allows a person to attend with what best fits their life needs. The number of hours in this treatment would vary by recommended programming. If you are unable to stay sober in this environment, a higher level of care would be suggested.
This is also a level of care that may be offered following completion of either Partial Hospitalization and/or Residential Treatment, as a supportive measure for those returning to their home, who have not yet built a solid community of support. In this case, coming to education and process groups can offer you a way to stay connected with peers while building those necessary connections in the community.
Following completion of other levels of addiction treatment at BTG, you will be offered follow-up outpatient care. At our facility this is called “Continuing Care” and consists of one 90-minute group per week as well as a 60-minute individual session. It is our intention to help you stay firmly connected to the resources (peers, counselors, resources) that have helped you to grow your recovery, as you move out into the community and world. Most continue for about a year. This level of treatment is available by telehealth and in person.
If you have been to drug and alcohol rehab before, you may find things different here than at other facilities. Bridging the Gaps is known for our attention to addiction as a brain disease.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM):
“The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released a new definition of addiction highlighting that addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling, or sex.”
Utilizing research (that Bridging the Gaps was part of), we have a regimen of nutrition, exercise, and supplements, aimed at healing the brain and body from the imbalances created in the process of addiction. Along with behavioral changes and psychosocial tools, these crucial biological supports give you an essential ‘leg up’ in primary healing. As you go through initial stages of physical healing, you are simultaneously receiving the education about the disease and related issues, with the actual physical healing elements.
As the brain clears, it is easier to relate to emotional content, to others in the group setting, and to information about relapse triggers, spiritual and family concerns. We have had superior results in tying together our family education program with our family counseling sessions as people progress in treatment and this helps us lay a good foundation for continued progress with aftercare and recovery after completion of our program.
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