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Addiction

Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction

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A Bridge to Recovery offers an IOP for men and women whose lives have become unmanageable (Intensive Outpatient Program). Clients who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction often self-medicate to manage emotional distress.  We not only address the symptoms an individual is experiencing, but we also treat the underlying issues fueling the self-destructive behaviors.  Our program is 12 Step based and includes peer support, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, art, experiential, and emotive therapies.   After completing  IOP, we encourage clients to attend our Aftercare Program for ongoing continuity of care.
 
 
The IOP consists of both group and individual counseling
       * Groups meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm
        * Wednesday is Family and Friends night
        * Evaluation by Psychiatrist/Addictionologist
        * Individual counseling provided weekly
        * Random drug testing
       * Certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health
       * In network with most major insurance carriers.
 

 Disordered Eating Treatment and Recovery

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A Bridge to Recovery offers a gender specific Eating Disorder IOP for women (Intensive Outpatient Program.) There are many individuals suffering silently with disordered eating creating walls between them and others.  Emotional and physical problems underlying eating disorders can have life-threatening consequences. Our multidisciplinary treatment team provides the care needed to support women on their journey.  We believe in a comprehensive treatment approach to provide the tools and skills needed to develop a healthy relationship with food. After completing IOP, we encourage clients to attend our Aftercare Program for ongoing continuity of care.
 
 
The IOP consists of both group and individual counseling
  • Groups meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday is Family and Friends night
  • Evaluation provided by Psychiatrist
  • Individual therapy provided weekly
  • Weekly sessions with Registered Dietitian
  • In network with most major insurance carriers.

 

 

 

 

Sexual Addiction Treatment and Recovery

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The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as: “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.”  In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrests.  Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment.

Sexual addiction is a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts.  Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses.

Characteristics of a sex addict:

•  Loss of control over the activity
•  The behavior has become compulsive and the person has lost the ability to stop when he or she wishes, although they may not admit this to themselves or others. They may have tried to stop over time but cannot do so.
•  Continuation despite negative consequences, including relationship problems, job loss, health or legal concerns.

Preoccupation or obsession

The addict spends large, often increasing amounts of time thinking about, planning, or actually doing the behavior to the detriment of relationships, family life, or work.

Sex Addiction is a Process Addiction

Sexual addiction is known as a process addiction, as opposed to a substance addiction like alcohol or drugs. In a process addiction, the euphoric feeling (or high) comes from chemicals released into the brain, rather than from an external source.  As the mind becomes accustomed to the release of these chemicals, it searches out the continued sources of that high.

 
Co-Dependency

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Codependency - What is it?

Codependency is when a person has a strong desire to control people around them, including their spouse, children or co-workers.

They feel compassion for people who may be hurting and feel they should be the one to help them.  Codependent people give of their time, emotions, finances, and other resources.  They have a very difficult time saying "no" to any requests made of them.

Codependency - A Matter of Control

Codependency, for others, doesn't express itself in a desire to control, but instead, in the need to be controlled by others.  Because it is nearly impossible for Codependents to say "no" to people, they may find themselves the victims in physically and emotionally abusive relationships.  They believe that if they can be good enough, or loving enough, they can change the other person's behavior.  Sometimes they blame themselves for the abusive behavior: "If only I had not forgotten to do the dishes, he would not have had to hit me."

 
Family Support

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        Addiction is a family disease.  As an individual walks the road of recovery, healing takes place that permeates the entire family system.  Therefore, treatment plans at A Bridge to Recovery strive to integrate this essential family dynamic.  Unfortunately, many family members are never invited to join the recovery process and become lost as the healing changes take place.

We at A Bridge to Recovery are committed to a family program that serves as a cornerstone of the treatment and recovery process.  We believe that families must be given the opportunity to heal and develop the necessary tools to successfully negotiate the necessary changes that take place in recovery.  At A Bridge to Recovery, families are invited to join their loved one on the journey of healing and recovery.