What makes BTG different from other treatment centers?

Bridging the Gaps is an integrative addiction treatment center providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive care for adults with substance use disorders.  Since 2000, we have been helping individuals transform their lives and find health and happiness free of drug and alcohol dependence.

As one of the nation’s premier treatment centers, we have been harnessing innovation in the field of substance abuse treatment since our founding. We pair cutting-edge approaches to physiological healing with evidence-based treatment models and 12 step principles to promote the health and well-being of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.

Intimate and Individualized

Recovery is, above all else, an intensely personal journey.  That’s what makes it such a unique, eye-opening, special process.  That’s also why it demands a rigorous and individualized brand of treatment.  At Bridging the Gaps, we recognize that each person – and the circumstances, experiences, and underlying issues that inform his or her addiction – is unique.  And everything about our organizational structure and approach is designed to support the individual clients we are privileged to serve.

Small and Supportive

We started out as a small treatment center with a strong sense of community and a commitment to excellence.  We’re in that same place today.  We are a relatively small facility of 24 beds, but not because we are opposed to growth – we grow and improve our program and services every day.  We remain small as a facility because it works, allowing clients to achieve a level of comfort, trust, and openness with our staff and their peers that is uncommon in a treatment setting.   That level of intimacy and the honesty it engenders helps our clients to work successfully through the most challenging and sensitive issues – knowing that they are supported and cared for every single step of the way.

With no more than five clients assigned to a counselor at any time, we have one of the smallest client-to-clinician ratios among nationally recognized, accredited treatment centers.  This allows counselors to not only establish deep and substantive relationships with each client, but enables them to work very closely and collaboratively with family members or other loved ones in mapping out treatment, transition, and relapse prevention plans that will best equip clients for long-term success.

Caring and Community Oriented

Some of the most important values that clients can develop to maintain lasting sobriety is a sense of responsibility for themselves and a commitment to helping and supporting others.  At Bridging the Gaps, our clients live, interact, and function as part of a close-knit community or team.  Whether cooking meals together, helping to maintain their residences or keeping each other honest and accountable in group therapy sessions – clients learn that the success of a group is dependent on each member doing their part.  They also learn to think of, and truly appreciate others – in spite of their differences. They develop a sense of camaraderie and commitment to one another that often lasts well beyond their days in treatment.   This combination of teamwork and other-centeredness is something that clients both appreciate and come to depend on as they move forward in their recoveries.

A Whole Person Approach

We understand that addiction is a complex disorder, influenced by physiological, neurological, emotional and spiritual factors. Because it is rarely any “one thing” alone that prompts or sustains a substance abuse problem, our approach to treatment focuses on restoring the health of the whole person with careful attention to the dynamic interplay between our brains, bodies, and feelings.

We believe treatment is at its best when it helps to ensure not just abstinence, but freedom from the physical cravings, neurochemical imbalances, and unprocessed core emotional issues that so often lead to relapse. Our multi-faceted model of care starts clients on a road to happier, healthier, and more balanced lives in sobriety.

Each component of BTG’s program complements and reinforces the other, providing an integrated foundation for lasting sobriety and overall wellness.


  • Education and living skills classes help clients understand core concepts such as the disease of addiction, stress management, and relapse prevention
  • Individual and group therapy sessions help clients explore core issues underlying their addictions and develop healthy coping skills and emotional regulation
  • Neurofeedback provides a customized series of exercises that help rebalance brain waves & achieve more healthy, focused mental states


  • Amino acid supplementation help to address chemical deficiencies that contribute to cravings, mood imbalances, and agitation
  • Balanced and nutritious low sugar meals combined with daily exercise help restore peak physical function and balance
  • Massage and accudetox help to reduce anxiety, pain, and many physical withdrawal symptoms



  • Meditation and Reiki help clients to achieve a sense of calm, centeredness, and peace while helping with stress reduction, relaxation, and energy renewal
  • Spirituality group sessions are conducted weekly to help clients to develop a sense of faith that is often compromised significantly in active addiction
  • Regular participation in 12 step meetings and sober activities helps clients achieve a sense of connectedness with self, others, and nature

Strong Ties with 12 Step Community

Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and life-altering disease often characterized by periods of relapse and remission. But, with proper treatment and a multi-faceted approach to recovery, countless individuals find lasting change each and every day.

For most, effective treatment is critical – but it’s only the first step in a continuing process of learning to live a sober and happy life.   At Bridging the Gaps, we are committed to setting all of our clients up for success. That means providing them with a range of knowledge, tools, and experiences that will afford them the best chance of maintaining sobriety.

A key ingredient to sustained abstinence for most individuals involves a system of ongoing support provided within the 12 Step communities. That’s why, in addition to our therapeutic modalities, we encourage clients to be actively involved in a 12 Step program.

Winchester has a large and diverse 12 step community that offers multiple meetings of the primary fellowships (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) every day of the week. Residential clients are taken to daily 12 step meetings so that they can gain exposure to key concepts of the 12 step approach, become familiar with a variety of meeting formats, and have the opportunity to connect with people who can share their experiences and successes.  Outpatient clients are also encouraged to attend daily meetings.

In addition to making daily meetings a part of their sober schedule and routine, BTG clients are all encouraged to be active participants in the fellowship by obtaining a sponsor, building a sober support network, and engaging in sober activities outside of the treatment setting. Clients are given opportunities to connect with 12 step community members before and after local meetings, at community 12 step gatherings, and can host members of their sober support network at the residential houses for meals and socializing.

This exposure to elements of 12 step programs provides clients with a foundation that has helped thousands of individuals stay sober and successfully transition to a life of recovery after treatment ends.

Long-Term Continuum of Care

We utilize a phase-based treatment program consisting of three core phases and an extended fourth phase. Each phase is open-ended with respect to duration. As the client progresses through each phase, they are given increasing amounts of autonomy, which supports their transition back to life outside of treatment.

By providing a gradual transition from the treatment setting, we support the client in forming a solid foundation in his or her recovery, which ensures maximum opportunity for sustained quality sobriety.

The BTG Difference

Establishing Physical & Emotional Sobriety

Phase I is focused on physical and emotional stabilization and supports the client through early sobriety. Throughout a client’s course of treatment, a variety of treatment modalities are offered. Click on the image to learn more.
The BTG Difference

Addressing the Roots of Addiction

Phase II is designed to build upon the knowledge, insight, and experiences gained during Phase I. The clients therapeutically address their core issues associated with their disease of addiction. Click on the image to learn more.
The BTG Difference

Transitioning to Wellness

In Phase III clients experience a return to life outside of treatment and are provided with the ability to therapeutically process daily stresses and the experience of sober life within the group and individual settings. Click on the image to learn more.
The BTG Difference

Maintaining Long-Term Sobriety

Phase IV is our continuuing care program. Clients receive a weekly individual session with the client’s primary care counselor and participate in a weekly group to process ongoing challenges in recovery. Click on the image to learn more.

Proven Practices


Bridging the Gaps is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities.


Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services


Bridging the Gaps is a licensed facility through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Bridging the Gaps is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine for the 3.5 level of residential services.