Components of Treatment Program


6 to 18 Month Long Term Program


Substance Abuse Evaluation and Assessment
This process is our first meeting in which intake evaluation and assessments are provided. We prepare the clients for the proper level of care based on the evaluations and assessments. If a client is not suitable for our level of care, we will refer to the appropriate level of care. An individualized treatment program is created at this time, as well as continuing care plan and consent to treat. Must be 18 years or older.

Our Program Group Process (Treatment, Intensive Out Patient, Out Patient)
Our Treatment program takes place at the Bridges Network Center. All group settings are facilitated by a licensed/and or certified counselor. Groups are kept small for comfort of clients and maximum effectiveness. Depending on individual level of care, frequency of groups varies. Our Process Groups take place Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Sessions Monday through Friday. Group Process follows Bridges Network curriculum of extensive topic exercises and life skill developments.

Individual Addiction Counseling
Weekly One Hour Sessions with Licensed Therapist address numerous areas of clients’ lives and behavioral health. Looking at effects of addiction on their lives constructively to address substance abuse, trauma, co-occurring disorders, sex, gambling, denial, legal problems, triggers, delusion, boundaries, relationship patterns; deconstructing fear based beliefs and more. Planning and discussing of reentering everyday life and responsibilities of balancing work, school, budgeting, recovery meetings, management of prescribed medications, personal and emotional boundaries, stress management, anger management, family, and more. In the last month of treatment plan, setting up effective post treatment care plan to including sober living and continuing care.

  • Individual and Group Process Therapy

    At the Bridges Network our therapy sessions usually happen in one of two formats, individual and group. Within these process groups several different kinds of therapy are possible. A few examples of this are family therapy and most forms of adventure therapy. However, there are some that can be found in both group and individual therapy, such as psychodrama, and role-playing therapy. INDIVIDUAL THERAPY Individual therapy is of maximum importance for every client. This one-on-one experience allows for clients to get vulnerable and honest in a private and safe environment. Here at The Bridges Network we understand the shame and guilt that go hand in hand with addiction and admitting to all our past behaviors can be hard. There are several aspects to individual therapy, the first being that the client will set some goals with their therapist. During the first few sessions therapist and client will talk about goals and when to hopefully reach them during the client’s stay. In addition, the progress reports coming from therapy sessions will be one of the deciding factors of allowing the client to move to higher phases and acquire more freedom. We find that growth occurs when the client can become honest and process events and emotions never discussed before. This confidential relationship, for many clients, helped them move past severe trauma and negative self-talk and became a key ingredient to staying sober. However, some clients group therapy to be more beneficial.
  • Process Group Therapy

    Group therapy consists of one therapist, sometimes two, and anywhere from 2 to 10 clients. It is also a safe and private environment but the subject matter is decided on by the treatment team and all in the group are usually struggling with that specific subject. The clients will be able to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions while also giving feedback to the other clients and receiving feedback themselves. While the subject matter is decided on by the therapist and the treatment team, the tone and direction of the group lies in the hands of the clients. We like our process therapy groups to grow and move organically by allowing the clients to process freely.

    Group therapy consists of one therapist, sometimes two, and anywhere from 2 to 10 clients. It is also a safe and private environment but the subject matter is decided on by the treatment team and all in the group are usually struggling with that specific subject. The clients will be able to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions while also giving feedback to the other clients and receiving feedback themselves.

    While the subject matter is decided on by the therapist and the treatment team, the tone and direction of the group lies in the hands of the clients. We like our process therapy groups to grow and move organically by allowing the clients to process freely.

    Some positive experiences clients learn from group therapy are:

    • Honestly identifying thoughts and feelings
    • Receiving feedback and processing it in a healthy way
    • Creating trusting relationships
    • Providing feedback to other clients
    • Able to give and receive support
    • Communicating in a healthy way

    Although our Process Group Therapy is the majority of our program, each client will have at least one weekly individual session. We have found that the combination of both groups have been extremely successful in teaching clients how to live life on life’s terms, process some of their more difficult experiences in a healthy way, and allow them to feel comfortable by providing a safe environment.
  • Experiential Therapy

    Experiential therapy is described as almost exactly what it is named. It is cathartic in the way of actions and movement instead of the usual “talk therapy”. By encouraging clients to identify emotions through guided imagery, role-playing, and the use of props it allows for a release found outside of words. One of the many positive attributes of experiential therapy is that it allows the therapist to observe the client’s reactions to situations instead of merely hearing them explain them. A client might let their guard down and show their true nature when given a task more so than in a talk therapy session. Each client will be able to grow in experiential therapy by positively identifying obstacles, developing self-esteem, taking responsibility for their actions, and experiencing success. When processing the experience the client will receive feedback on actions and behavior in order to help connect the current exercise to past experiences that would influence their decision making. This kind of therapy is important for people struggling with addiction because it helps individuals find emotional issues not always obvious to them. But also, creates ideas for hobbies and activities to fill the hours previously used for searching, and using drugs.
  • Holistic Treatment Approach

    The Holistic approach to treatment comes from the belief that to recover from addiction one must improve the health of mind, body, and spirit. There are many methods to improving the well-being of each of these areas. While each method can help to reduce anxiety, depression, tension, and insomnia, it can also promote physical and positive spiritual growth.
  • Nutrition

    What we put into our bodies has a huge effect on how we feel and how we connect with ourselves. A good diet can not only strengthen our immune system but also enhance the natural process of detoxification, and restore our body to its natural healthy state. The majority of addicts and alcoholics have neglected their diet and we usually see several gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, an inability to digest foods properly, in addition to a poor appetite. Because of this there is a direct need for a balanced diet to fix the damage done to tissues and organs and reinstate the nervous and gastrointestinal systems. Research shows that food affects mood and attitude. Foods like sugar and caffeine contribute to mood-swings; we advise that both be reduced during the early stages of recovery. In addition deficiencies in amino acids and B-vitamins have an extreme impact on an individual’s mental clarity. Overall nutrition is of the utmost importance to recovery and we promote a healthy diet through nutrition lectures and the provision of weekly food rations that promote healthy eating.
  • Neurofeedback

    Commonly provided using video or sound, Neurofeedback measures brain waves to create a signal that is used to give either positive or negative feedback to the individual participating. Intended to teach self-regulation, the Neurofeedback department specializes in the healing aspect of recovery. Here at the Bridges Network we use state of the art, non-invasive equipment to help aid the recovery process and give support to those struggling with mental disorders such as P.T.S.D., trauma, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, eating disorders, impulsivity, ADD, ADHD, and many others.

    What Conditions Can it Help?

    • PTSD
    • Drug Abuse
    • General Impulsivity
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Memory Loss/Dementia
    • Chronic Pain
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Personality Disorders
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Insomnia

    How successful is it? One study from 2005 titled, “Effect of an EEG Biofeedback Protocol on a Mixed Substance Abusing Population” reports that success in abstinence from drugs for one year after treatment doubled for those that participated in Neurofeedback. Essentially the numbers are 77% for the experimental group versus 44% for the control group. Another study performed on children with ADD and ADHD, published in the Journal of Attention Disorder, concluded that Neurofeedback yielded great benefits for core symptoms. This is just one of many studies proving that Neurofeedback has helped immensely with not only drug addicts and alcoholics but those suffering from a variety of disorders.
  • EMDR

    Otherwise known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR is a trauma therapy that helps those suffering with emotional stress around physical trauma, sexual trauma, emotional trauma, and PTSD. The way it works is if the brain’s information system is blocked around traumatic emotional events EMDR helps to unblock that boundary. This can then allow the stuck energies of trauma to reprocess and discharge and ultimately reduce stress. Studies have shown that those suffering from post-traumatic stress have no longer experienced symptoms after only three 90 minute sessions. Over 70,000 clinicians use EMDR around the world and have helped millions in the process. Here at The Bridges Network we offer EMDR to clients struggling with not only PTSD but also low self-esteem, and feelings of powerlessness. One 60 minute session a week along with regular programming has been found extremely successful and helpful for all that participate.
  • Adventure Programming

    Here at the Bridges Network we believe that exercise in nature helps restore health to mind, body, and spirit. Adventure therapy produces positive outcomes by effectively improving self-esteem help seeking behavior, helping others, pro-social behavior, trust behavior and more. Adventure therapy approaches psychological treatment through experience and action within cooperative games, trust activities, problem solving initiatives, high ropes courses, and wilderness expeditions such as backpacking and kayaking. This programming is offered to all clients no matter what phase. In addition, this will be incorporated into the rest of programming such that each client can participate at least once a week. The extensive out door program that includes hiking, kayaking, climbing, ropes courses, camping and more. Our outdoor therapists have Wilderness First Responder certification, extensive knowledge of the outdoors, and a genuine ability to introduce fun to our recovery services. At no additional cost to patients, all adventure program activities are optional. Nature can be integral to finding spirituality in the program, on over-night or day adventures, the possibility is endless.
  • Yoga

    Here at The Bridges Network our clients participate in yoga twice a week. We believe, and as many studies have shown, practicing yoga reduces stress, helps find intentions and goals, and overall improves general mental health. We believe that to recover the healing must take place in mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is the perfect practice to begin healing all three. Through meditation, breathing, and exercise of the body, it has allowed clients to connect emotionally to reality. We have seen it be particularly helpful for those who find it hard to get vulnerable. And many clients continue to practice yoga, once they have left treatment, as part of their daily life.
  • Art Therapy

    Art therapy is another group that the clients at The Bridges Network will participate in twice a week. Art Therapy combines psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and mental health but it allows for expression of personality. Addicts and alcoholics have been trapped in a depressing spiral of addiction, some for many years, this is an opportunity for them to find out who they are and have fun while also recovering. overall well-being. We think Art Therapy is important for clients because not only does it promote.