Our Clinical Program
At Bridging the Gaps, we pride ourselves on our clinical program and state-of-the-art care we provide to each of our clients. Our trained clinicians offer person-centered treatment to meet each client where they are and help them reach their goals.
Treatment at BTG begins with a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment that assesses a client’s history of substance use, mental and emotional challenges, family relationships, history of trauma, and any possible barriers to recovery. Clinicians use this assessment to collaborate with the client and create a truly individualized treatment plan that addresses the client’s most significant needs and goals.
By carefully tailoring treatment plans in this way, client and clinician are able to work together with efficacy and clear direction to therapeutically address the underlying conditions that contribute to his or her addiction. These underlying emotions, core issues, and the unhealthy coping mechanisms that individuals typically adopt to try to deal with them, are the ignition source for one’s addiction cycle. Until they are effectively addressed, they will continue to fuel a client’s substance use.
Building a working relationship based on trust, openness, and honesty, we help clients work through factors that precipitate (or exacerbate) addictive behaviors and equip them to make the significant changes so critical to long-term sobriety.
In many cases, addiction is closely connected to other mood disorders or trauma-based life experiences. Our team has extensive experience with co-occurring disorders and employs the latest trauma-informed practices to help clients overcome more significant psychological barriers to recovery. If clients have particularly pronounced psychological issues that seem to override their chemical dependency challenges, we partner with leading mental health professionals and resources in the area – including psychologists, psychiatrists, and specialized therapists – to meet their unique needs.
Unlike many larger facilities, our small group sizes and close client-to-counselor ratio inspires a unique sense of comfort and trust which allows clients to bring integrity and honesty to their therapeutic processes while establishing close and supportive bonds with their peers. Special care and consideration is taken to ensure that each client receives the personalized treatment they deserve. The personalized care we provide ensures that each client has the tools they need to maintain long-term abstinence.
The clinical methods we use at BTG are evidence-based, effective, and work together as an integrative whole to help clients understand and address the underlying core issues associated with their addiction. BTG’s integrated treatment model involves evidenced-based treatment methods including, but not limited to:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- EMDR – Brainspotting
- Relapse prevention strategies
- Life skills training
Our Family Program
Addiction does not just affect the client in treatment; it touches each member of a family. The family’s support and engagement in their own recovery process can be vital to a client’s ability to maintain long-term sobriety.
That’s why we offer multiple opportunities for the family to engage in their loved one’s treatment, while building a system of support and growth for themselves.
Our staff helps to educate and encourage family members to understand the impact that addiction has had on their loved one and themselves, while suggesting approaches that will allow the entire family to move forward in a healthy and supported direction
Whether you are a spouse, family member, or loved one, treating the family dynamics of addiction is essential to the healing process. Our family program is designed to meet the individual needs of all family members and provide them with help in their own recovery and growth process.
Out Family Program Includes:
- Individually tailored treatment services that can include both educational and therapeutic sessions
- Regular phone and email communications from a credentialed clinician to provide updates on client progress and support in navigating issues or potential challenges
- Weekend psycho-education sessions for family members that address the disease model of addiction, healthy boundaries and communication, codependency, shame cycles, grief and loss, and other critical topics
- Conjoint therapeutic sessions with the client and family members to facilitate healthy communication, overcome resistance to change, help family members interact in a positive way, and help the client meet their treatment objectives
- Group family sessions led by a credentialed clinician where families can create their own support system of people who are in similar situations, share their joys, and help each other cope with any challenges they face. Sessions focus on improving communications, identifying unhealthy patterns, restoring appropriate roles, and enhancing conflict resolution skills
- All family members are encouraged to attend Al-Anon meetings
Structured Family Recovery®
Our family program is delivered within the context of the Structured Family Recovery ® SFR program. SFR is an innovative, evidenced-based approach that helps affected family members move past enabling and irritation to being a part of a collaborative recovery team with their addicted loved one and other affected families. SFR equips family members with the tools they need to better understand their loved one and the disease of addiction, develop positive coping strategies, and work together as a cohesive unit. By working together, family members are able to create an atmosphere of transparency and accountability, which ultimately reduces the risk of a loved one’s relapse and promotes long term abstinence.
Our Integrated Modalities
At Bridging the Gaps we’re committed to helping you heal holistically. We believe that addiction is a “whole person” disease requiring treatment of the mind, the body, and the spirit.
In addition to evidence-based therapeutic counseling, we offer other innovative modalities to support the healing of your mind, body, and spirit. All of the treatment components work together as an integrative whole, which helps our clients recover their physical, psychological, and spiritual health and gives them the tools they need to maintain a life free from drug and alcohol addiction.
REBALANCE Your Neurochemistry
Addiction creates imbalances in your neurochemistry. At Bridging the Gaps we specialize in helping you to heal those imbalances. This is the foundational piece for long-term recovery that is often overlooked in other programs. We educate our clients on the effect that drugs and alcohol have on the brain. Nutritional staff work closely with our clients to create positive eating habits, take appropriate nutritional supplementation, and engage in regular physical exercise.
Food and Nutrition
At BTG, the food and nutrition program is centered on supporting the client’s recovery. We focus on developing a healthy relationship with food that will give clients a good foundation to build their health in recovery. This is important because not eating well can lead to not feeling well, which can lead to craving alcohol and/or drugs.
- Weekly education sessions on topics including cravings, intuitive eating, the effects of sugar, healthy living, cleansing and digestion, budget-friendly nutrition in the real world, etc.
- Weekly individualized nutritional counseling sessions with our trained food and nutrition coordinator that address the client’s unique needs and goals.
- Hands-on exercises where the clients are guided in the process of planning for delicious and healthy meals, grocery shopping for nutritious foods, and preparing the meals
- Regular meals and snacks that are nutritionally sound provided for residential clients that are appetizing, caffeine-free and sugar-free.
We work to create a food experience that is safe, nourishing, and satisfying, and help clients understand how to nourish themselves to support their wellbeing in recovery. All of these nutritional sessions help promote the client’s ability to utilize these life skills throughout their recovery during and after treatment. The goal is to design experiences that inspire creativity and integration of proper nutrition in everyday life and increase the client’s awareness of the importance of appropriate nutrition in sustained quality sobriety.
Oral Amino Acid and Nutrients
Upon admission, the medical team assesses each client and provides them with nutrients and oral amino acid protocol to directly address their neurotransmitter and nutritional deficiencies.
The amino acids rapidly rebalance the clients’ brains, which restores functioning of the brain’s neurotransmitters. By addressing these neurotransmitter deficiencies, clients’ abstinence symptoms, including cravings, mood swings, and withdrawal symptoms, are dramatically reduced.
We also help clients find their natural sleep and biorhythms through nutritional and supplementation protocols.
For additional reading on how amino acids and neurological balance inform a more comprehensive approach to healing and recovery, consider exploring the book Staying Clean &Sober by Miller and Miller.
RENEW Your Mind
BTG offers Neurofeedback to help rebalance the brain’s functioning. Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays to illustrate brain activity and teach self-regulation.
The brain is designed to adapt to changes in the body and our environment and function well at all times. However, for a variety of reasons – genetics and environment – the brain gets “out of whack”, and does not function as well as it is supposed to. The brain then becomes “dysregulated”.
A dysregulated brain tends to be over-stimulated when it is supposed to be calm and under-stimulated when it is supposed to be attentive. Through neurofeedback, we are able to “re-train” the brain to function normally again. When your brain is better regulated, it allows you to improve regulation of thoughts, feelings, and focus.
Our trained neurofeedback technicians develop individualized treatment protocols for each client so that the client can gain the maximum benefits from the Neurofeedback sessions. After Neurofeedback sessions, many BTG clients state that they experience tremendous benefits, including improved relaxation and an increased ability to regulate thoughts and feelings.
Brainspotting (BSP) is an evidenced-based, brain-based, psychotherapeutic tool that identifies, targets, processes, and then ultimately releases significant physical and emotional memories. BSP is based on the premise that where a person looks determines how they feel.
A “brain spot” is an eye position that is related to the emotional activation of a traumatic or emotionally charged memory within the brain. Once these “brain spots” are activated, the memory can be activated and be processed therapeutically and physiologically.
By working through these memories and learning grounding techniques, clients are able to better emotionally regulate, experience less anxiety, and ultimately are less likely to want to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.
BSP is a powerful tool that is utilized here at BTG by a licensed and credentialed therapist for treating trauma, anxiety, addictions, and many other mental health diagnoses that involve emotional dysregulation. Our clients, who utilize BSP report tremendous benefits from the modality including an increased sense of peace, reduced anxiety, reduced stress, and improved sleep.
Stress can be a major barrier on the path to healing from drug and alcohol addiction. Learning how to meditate supports you on your recovery journey by calming your thoughts and regulating your emotions.
Meditation is a well researched modality that is proven to help manage stress, promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep, and improve mental focus. Most addicts struggle with one or more of these symptoms in early recovery.
BTG has long used meditation as a centering and healing practice that promotes a feeling of calm and wellbeing, which is very helpful to clients who are recovering from the disease of addiction.
Our trained staff lead clients in meditation sessions which aid the clients’ on their path to healing spiritually, physically, and mentally. Meditation is easy to do with very little practice and has a host of benefits supported by medical research.
What often begins as a way to ease discomfort in the early stages of withdrawal and recovery often becomes a dedicated and life enhancing practice among our clients.
REAWAKEN Your Spirit
Bridging the Gaps employs a number of experiential modalities that provide clients with a creative platform to express themselves, explore emotionality in a healthy and constructive way, and work through deep-seated issues in a free, creative, and non-threatening context. These experiential modalities include music and art therapy, hands-on exercises, and a series of nature retreats that utilize zip-lining, hikes, meditation, as well as high- and low- ropes activities. These modalities promote camaraderie and collaboration, and help clients integrate what they’ve learned in treatment.
Creative art therapies are dynamic approaches that allow clients to creatively express themselves in healthy and productive ways.
At Bridging the Gaps we offer art therapy and music therapy, which provide the clients with an opportunity to explore, understand, and resolve core issues in their lives that they may not feel comfortable talking about in regular conversation.
Expressive therapy is beneficial to those dealing with addiction because it provides them with ways to understand their addiction, express themselves in a healthy way, and develop healthy coping skills.
Expressive therapies aid in the healing process and can be a great way for clients to work through their experiences and emotions that have contributed to their addiction. Clients are able to heal through a creative outlet and create meaning out of their journeys in a unique way through creative expression therapies.
REJUVINATE Your Body
Our Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists use Chinese acupuncture to relieve many of the clients’ symptoms of withdrawal and abstinence.
Accudetox stimulates the body’s natural detox pathways and promotes relaxation.
Accupuncture has also been shown to reduce cravings, ease physical pain, decrease anxiety, help regulate emotions, decrease stress, and help regulate sleep. Accudetox is a valuable modality in aiding in the clients’ healing process.
Regular exercise helps to support your whole system. At Bridging the Gaps our clients have a daily opportunity for various types of movement. In addition to regular trips to the gym, our clients have the opportunity to participate in classes such as yoga or kickboxing.
Movement helps to boost your mood, improve sleep, and increase your energy. Combined with our nutrition program, clients are supported in improving their physical health and wellbeing in early recovery.
While in our Phase I program, Residential and Day Treatment Clients receive a massage to support their recovery. Stress is a serious barrier to healing from the disease of addiction. Clients who experience stress and anxiety are often tempted to return to substances to soothe those feelings.
Massage has also been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, which can help improve a client’s overall outlook. The certified massage therapist at Bridging the Gaps tailors each session to meet the client’s needs, targeting areas where the client feels tension and working to promote the client’s healing process.
While in our Phase II program, Residential and Day Treatment clients receive a Reiki session. Reiki is a form of energy healing which encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms, which is beneficial to someone on their path of healing from addiction.
The reiki master at Bridging the Gaps individualizes her treatment to each client’s needs in order to promote their healing process. Our clients report experiencing tremendous benefits from their reiki sessions, including feeling a deep state of relaxation and are more at peace.