Why Choose The Bridge
With tens of thousands of treatment options in the United States alone, it is often difficult to determine what the best option is for you or your family member. The Bridge provides a unique option. We work with clients suffering from a wide array of negative behavior patterns - such as sex, love, relationship issues, drug & alcohol issues, caretaking, food issues, family enmeshment, anger & rage, anxiety & depression, perfectionism, workaholism, etc. In short, we help clients heal from traumas, or “wounds” from their childhood and adult lives that cause them to become trapped in maladaptive behavior patterns.
The Bridge is not a primary program for any one behavior, which sets us apart from most others available. Many focus on a specific niche, such as drugs & alcoholism, sex addiction, eating disorders, “dual-diagnosis,” etc. Our niche is addressing the CORE CAUSES of anxiety, depression and compulsive behaviors by treating the pain, shame, guilt and a wide range of other emotions stemming from one’s personal experiences. We believe that maladaptive, negative behavior patterns that hinder one’s life are just symptoms of deeper pain, and you must heal the underlying issues before you will see reprieve from the behavior.
Our program is idea for anyone who wants to improve certain aspects of their lives. A common misconception of our program is that you must be in crisis to attend, and that simply is NOT true. Many come to us for personal “self” work, and thrive in our environment. Because we are NOT a “medical model” program, there is no fear of being analyzed, diagnosed or broken down – in fact, just the opposite – we want to help put the pieces back together again.
Specifically, our program is ideal for individuals who...
- Are addicted to unhealthy interpersonal relationship processes such as sex issues, romance, love & relationship issues, controlling and caretaking, religion addiction, etc.
- Experiencing family enmeshment, family shame & secrets, or feelings of “never good enough”
- Experienced major childhood losses (such as death, deprivation, or divorce) that are affecting their ability to function in the present.
- Are experiencing or have experienced emotional repression.
- Have experienced spiritual, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse.
- Want to identify recurring problems in their lives that threaten their sobriety or their personal well-being and that of their loved ones.
- Experienced stressful, neglectful, painful or troubled environments in early life.
- Need relief from the debilitating aspects of self-doubt or self-loathing.
- Are adversely affected by a family member’s addiction and/or codependent behavior.
- Suffer from low self-esteem.
- Live fear based lives.
- Are controlled by behaviors over which they have little to no control.
- Are addicted to (or are in recovery from) activities such as working, gambling, spending, overeating, exercising, cleaning, hoarding, perfectionism, etc.
- Are addicted to thoughts or feelings (overanalyzing, negativity, rage, misery)
- Want to attain mature coping skills.
Our environment is diverse and intergenerational. However, the underlying issues of individuals and their families are somewhat universal. Thus, there can be people with different problematic areas (or “symptoms”) in the same room and they can still be productive as a therapeutic community. As individual clients do their recovery work, they grown in self-awareness, and learn more about how their families of origin shaped them.
Our program is not ideal for everyone in their current situation. That does not mean it may not be a good fit in the future, or when the timing is better. As you read the information below, if you find that you are experiencing any of those behaviors and our program may not be the best fit for you right now, don’t hesitate to still give us a call. Sometimes, it can be as simple as talking with your Doctor and setting up some “to do” steps.
Our program may not be ideal for:
- Those actively engaged in a primary substance addictions, such as actively using illicit substances, alcohol abuse, prescription medication abuse, etc. Furthermore, those needing the care of a detox facility, or are in relapse and have never experienced prior primary treatment.
- Those with untreated sex addiction, or sexually acting out, such as an uncontrollable urge to masturbate or act out sexually, sexual perpetration, sexual violence, illegal voyeurism or exhibitionism, etc.
- Those with untreated or non-stabilized psychological or mental health issues, such as non-compliancy with medications, new or undiagnosed and untreated mood disorders, personality disorders or other diagnoses. This also includes those who are in need of ongoing Psychiatric services while at The Bridge (The Bridge does not have a Psychiatrist or Medical Doctor on staff), which includes the need to regulate or stabilize medications while in our care, those with chronic self-harm or are on active suicide protocol.
- Those actively engaged in disordered eating behavior, such as untreated Anorexia or Bulimia.