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It is suggested that nearly half of adults will experience mental health struggles in their lifetime. 

What is your loved one struggling with?

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I'm Seeking Help for a Loved One

These are symptoms of deeply rooted, unresolved emotional pain.
Emotional pain is caused from trauma.
Negative behavior and response patterns are created from pain.

Understanding the Trauma Cycle

When we experience trauma:

  • It creates emotional pain and suffering that we are forced to carry.  
  • Storing the trauma occurs in a number of ways, including being physically stored in our body as energy as well as inhibiting our developmental growth.
  • Until we do something to release and heal the pain, it will create negative response and behavior patterns.

This can then cause a recreation of the trauma cycle. 

  • The wounded person engages in hurtful behaviors detrimental and damaging to those around them.  
  • This creates family systems trauma and the family will experience pain and suffering.

If your loved one is suffering, while unintentional, the lasting effects spread to the whole family.  The Bridge to Recovery has served families for five decades to help them navigate these difficult times and experience healing.

When to Attend The Bridge to Recovery

We do see people at various stages of need:

  • Feeling Unsure

Experiencing the effects of unresolved pain, such as anxiety, depression, anger, rage, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, etc. While it may not yet be having visible negative effects, it will soon.  Pain festers.

  • Being Found Out

Despite their best attempts to hide it, people are beginning to take notice that things seem “off.” They are trying to hide the pain and behavior more and more.  It is getting harder to push down the pain all the time.

  • Falling Apart

Things around them are falling apart.  It is now obvious that life has been affected in negative ways because of unresolved pain and behaviors.  Where they had once convinced themselves as “under control” is now very apparently “out of control.” Yet, their desire is still to try and push it down and hide it.

  • Critical

The consequences of leaving pain unresolved and untreated is evident everywhere.  Every relationship in their life is suffering, and their relationship with self is now critical.  They may even be feeling like it is impossible to come back from where they are today (hint: it’s not too late), and feel hopeless – maybe even suicidal.  

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My Loved One Needs Help, But How?

We hope that you have reached this page because you are trying to find help for your loved one who falls into one of the stages listed above. It can be difficult trying to access help for others because:

  • They may not be open to help.
  • They may not realize how serious their unresolved trauma is.
  • They may try and normalize their behavior, even when it is negatively affecting others.
  • They are scared, and fear is a tremendous protection mechanism allowing us to believe and behave in ways we think is protecting us.
  • You may be unsure how to approach the issue with them.
  • You may be unaware how to help or what resources are available.
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Here are some helpful tips for getting your loved one help:

If They Are Willing

  • Gather information that will be helpful to their needs, such as information on programs such as ours.  
  • Seek out referrals and recommendations from professionals, such as Therapists.
  • Read and educate yourself on resources helpful for the family, such as the book It Takes a Family by Deborah Jay.
  • Make a list of your own that includes your needs and the boundaries you need to set to protect yourself.
  • Arrange a time to discuss with your loved one the information you have gathered.
  • Setup the discussion to take place in a comfortable, safe, and non-triggering environment.
  • Let your loved one know that you are coming from a place of love.
  • Provide your loved one with the information you have gathered and ask them how they would like your support.

If They Are NOT Willing

  • Read and educate yourself on resources helpful for the family, such as the book It Takes a Family by Deborah Jay.
  • Schedule an appointment with a counselor or therapist to determine how you can be healthy through the process, what your role is, and how you can protect yourself by setting boundaries.
  • Gather information on resources available to you for families, such as from a program such as ours or the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
  • Enlist the help of a trained family interventionist who can work with you to navigate the needs of your family.

We understand this process can be scary, upsetting, and frustrating.  Our trained team of intake professionals are happy to help you navigate the process and be a resource to you AND your family member. 

We invite you to call us today to learn more, whether you or your loved one decide to attend our program or not.

Just an hour and 20 minutes North from Nashville, Tennessee sits our healing refuge.

Hidden away on 115 acres of rolling Kentucky hills.

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The Bridge to Recovery is a transformational residential program located 45 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee in beautiful rural Kentucky.  We provide hope, healing, and happiness to those suffering.
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