Our Unique Approach
At The Bridge to Recovery, trauma and pain are viewed as the underlying “dis-ease” beneath the surface of many addictions and counterproductive patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. If left unaddressed, the following underlying issues can compromise a person’s emotional wellbeing or sobriety.
- Lack of mature coping skills due to arrested psycho-social development
- Lack of identity and self-esteem
- Inability to do things in moderation
- Toxic levels of latent, pain producing shame
- Deeply repressed, backlogged emotions
- Lack of healthy internal and external boundaries
As individuals address the underlying pain, they are more likely to obtain the long-term recovery they desire. Therefore, a significant part of our program focuses on core historical issues that create and/or contribute to present day relationship problems, heightened levels of anxiety, unchecked anger issues, depression, and obsessive thought patterns that may manifest as addictions, compulsions and codependency.
Our program ranges from two weeks to twelve weeks or longer depending on the needs of the individual. Our set admission dates occur every-other Monday, and will only allow for a limited number of participants, which helps to provide a safe, intimate and secure environment. Our staff ration of (up to) 3 clients per therapist allows for individualized, one-on-one attention when needed, yet the group experience elicits the necessary support and safety to allow for the healing process to occur.
“The Bridge provides a safe and secluded environment in which to thoroughly address the underlying issues that deeply affect an individual’s ability to thrive.”
The Bridge utilizes experiential therapy modalities to assist clients in getting to the deeply rooted childhood wounds and life traumas. Experiential therapy helps clients foster healthy connections with themselves through awareness and productive use of their physical sensations and emotions. The work is geared toward growing and strengthening emotional intelligence. Types of experientials used at The Bridge include:
- Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – utilizes the interaction between clients and the horse to facilitate connection with the physical sensations and emotional growth.
- Narrative Therapy – the client is able to separate their past experiences from their identity.
- Meditation – provides long term healing and a set of tools that can be over a lifetime, by teaching clients to be in the present without stress, fear and intrusions and to relate with self and others in a loving and non-judgmental way.
- Body Movement Therapy – enables clients to connect with a sub conscious, child self; a playful self that can be released to experience enjoyment and fun.
- Integrative Work – this work helps to integrate those pieces of the self that become more closed and less collaborative when traumas are experienced over time.
- Empty Chair Work – allows the client to be in charge and empowers them to share their experience with full disclosure without censuring feeling, thoughts or accuracy of events.
- Cathartic Work/Shame Reduction Work – allows clients to reclaim the ability to feel a full range of emotions as they are encouraged to use voice and body to release energy, and healing begins.
- Self-Love Work – encourages examination of self-love and self-care, and healing emerges through restorative work and the discovery of self-love.
- Inventory Work – clients explore destructive patterns and behaviors.
- Boundary Building Work – understanding and developing boundaries helps clients feel secure and is part of self-care; learning to have a voice, setting limits for self and others and learning the balance between openness and rigidity.
- Grief Work – re-framing the grief process (which plays a tremendous role in trauma, pain or loss) as courageous rather than one of embarrassment, helps the client become free from shame that often accompanies grief.
- Yoga – teaches clients how to ground themselves, occupy their bodies and establish a place of safety for themselves (inside themselves); helps establish a non-judgmental relationship with the body that is often difficult.
Our program is designed for all members of the addictive family system (but not concurrently). Our groups consist of people with a wide array of negative behavior patterns including: relationship problems, anxiety and depression, sex issues, perfectionism, control and caretaking, workaholism, misery and martyrdom, rage and anger, and chronic relapse and/or struggles within personal recovery. We also apply twelve-step principles to all of these self-defeating, unmanageable maladaptive behavior patterns.
We strongly recommend that family and significant others participate in our intensive family program, a three-day, dynamic, education and therapeutic blend designed to facilitate and motivate each person’s entry into his/her own recovery.