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I'm Seeking Help for a Client/ Patient
I'm Seeking Help for a Client/ Patient

When to Refer to The Bridge to Recovery

If You’re a Therapist 

There are many reasons therapists often reach out to us as resource for their clients:

The client is stuck in therapy.  

This can be frustrating for both the therapist and the patient.  If there is something in their past that is preventing them from breaking through and progressing in therapy, referring them to The Bridge is a great option.

“I was relieved when they cancelled their appointment.”

We have had therapists reluctantly and with guilt admit this to us before when referring their stuck client. This is not a reflection on your work with them or their work with you.  This simply means you are likely BOTH feeling at an impasse, and could use some partnering help.

The client is exhibiting frequent alarming behavior.

When a therapist finds their valuable time spent in a constant state of crisis de-escalation because the negative behavior patterns of the client has continued to escalate, referring to The Bridge is a valuable tool.

“I spend all session with them on day-to-day crises that I never get to help them dig into the why of their behavior.”

Our goal with this client is provide a safe setting where they can get away from the day-to-day triggers, have the space to really dive in to the underlying issues, and begin to move forward with their healing.  Then, our aftercare team works with them to transition back into your care to continue their treatment plan.

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The time constraints of an hour session restrict the therapist’s ability to meet the level of need due to the client’s trauma.

Therapists are amazing and talented humans who have devoted their lives to helping others.  However, with large caseloads and limited time in sessions, they often report that while they recognize their client’s trauma needs, they feel frustrated at their time constraints.

“I wish I had more time with my clients to really dig into their deep stuff, but I can’t open and close someone up within an hour.”

Trauma is tricky and requires a lot of deep healing work in a safe space where clients can work on their own timeline.  The Bridge to Recovery can provide that for your client.  Our team will work with you throughout their time with us, and then ensure they return back to you to continue their healing journey.

The client’s level of acuity indicates a need for a higher level of care.

Therapists tend to work with many clients who express hopelessness, suicidal ideation, and often even a plan for suicide.  This can be a stressful time for both the therapist and the client.

“My client feels hopeless and expressed to me they were feeling suicidal. I knew I needed a plan of action.”

Hospitalization is often a resource for a therapist with a suicidal client.  The Bridge to Recovery also works with individuals who need a higher level of care due to hopelessness, suicidal ideation, and sometimes even plans for suicide (especially if there has been previous hospital stays).  While mental health stabilization is sometimes necessary prior to, we are happy to discuss with you how we may also be a longer term option for a client ready to deal with their unresolved trauma but has come to impasse due to hopelessness.  

I'm Seeking Help for a Client/ Patient

If You’re a Program Professional

Working in the addiction and mental health industry, we all try hard to make sure our programs are the best fit for our clients.  When we are not the best fit, it can alter the whole state of the client milieu.  Additionally, when other behaviors and issues begin to seep in, it can affect the client’s overall experience and recovery success.

There are times when The Bridge to Recovery is a good resource for a client in another treatment program.

The client is no longer progressing. 

We have found that when trauma is left unresolved, clients can sometimes struggle in primary treatment and find themselves stuck.  Their inability to progress in their treatment plan becomes a frustration for staff and for the client, and absolutely impacts their chances of long term recovery.

Clients finding themselves stuck in primary treatment will find it beneficial to attend our program to work on what is keeping them stuck – their trauma.  We work to keep you and your team involved during their time at The Bridge, and then once complete with us, they return to your program to continue their primary work.

The client is exhibiting boundary issues.

Boundary issues, especially when working with clients in acute disordered behavior is extremely common.  However, we commonly partner with treatment programs to work with those clients who are:

  • Having inappropriate (and often romantic) relationships with each other.
  • Trying to groom staff members into inappropriate relationships.
  • Consistently breaking rules.

It can be tough when you do not want to “give up someone” and send them home for having boundary issues, when we recognize that with addiction and mental health issues, boundary struggles are part of it.  By partnering with our program as a resource for your client, you will not have to make that choice.  Refer them to our program where they can do their trauma work, and our aftercare team will work with you to arrange their return to continue their primary work.

I'm Seeking Help for a Client/ Patient
I'm Seeking Help for a Client/ Patient

The client has completed their program but the clinical team recognizes they need more work.

Many clients are able to work their program, often very successfully.  But, one of the things clinicians tell us often is that the client needs more.  Clinicians are trained to observe, treat, and recommend; and, when a client has underlying trauma, they often spot it.

The Bridge to Recovery is a great aftercare option for those clients who have completed their program but for their long term recovery success rely on continued care that includes trauma work.  

Family member(s) are interfering with your client’s progress due to their caretaking, control, and enmeshment.

Because addiction is often a family disease, family members can become equally as unwell as the identified patient.  Family programs are great at providing an introduction into the needs of the family for the success of the individual.  But, what about when the family is interfering with a client’s progress?

The Bridge to Recovery has helped countless whole families heal (although they are required to attend one-at-a-time).  Recognizing the toxic effects addiction has on the whole family, combined with intergenerational trauma, it is necessary (and helpful for you and your client) that the family members seek help as well.  

The Bridge to Recovery receives referrals from all types of professionals.  If you are curious about referring a client to our program and unsure of how to do so, when to do so, or if we are the best fit, we invite you to reach out to our Director of Business Development to learn more. 

Keats Komisar, Director of Business Development

keats@thebridgetorecovery.com

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