Substance Use Disorder


Diagnosing addiction does not solely depend on determining the physical manifestations of drug use. Instead, medical professionals use a series of both physical and behavioral diagnostic criteria to determine if you have an addiction. The criteria includes:

  • Inability to cease using drugs.
  • Inability to meet obligations at work, with the family, or to friends.
  • Withdrawal symptoms.
  • Physical tolerance to the effects of the drug.
  • Compulsive use of the drug, even when harmful consequences are recognized.

A person does not have to meet all of these points to have an addiction. Some drugs do not create physical tolerance or withdrawal symptoms. Some addicts may experience a compulsive need to use drugs and experience all of the physical effects of addiction and still be able to maintain their employment and social obligations. Nonetheless, if you suspect you may have a drug addiction, call 240-318-5790.


Once you make an admission that you have a substance use issue or a loved one comes to you with an addiction that they’re struggling with, you’ll want to consider the treatment options available for learning to live without addiction.   Bridging the Gap Services is a Level 1 Outpatient and Level II.I Intensive Outpatient substance Use Disorder treatment program that is fully accredited by CARF International to provide affordable and quality care services to adult men and women who may be experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol.



    This level of care is available for individuals with: 1)  problems or risk factors related to substance use; 2) no prior treatment admissions; and 3) in need of drugs and/or alcohol education..


    This level of care has three phases.  The clinical team will assist you with the correct phased placement during the assessment process.  Some patients are referred for outpatient drug treatment after they complete residential or partial hospitalization programs. Others choose outpatient programs because they’re close to home and give them flexibility to participate in their schooling programs or maintain their jobs. Whatever your reason is for choosing an outpatient program, you’ll have the opportunity to receive the care that you need while living at home and still meeting your daily scheduling commitments.


    This level of care is available for individuals who require intense structure and regular monitoring while addressing their addiction.  This level of care has three phases with each lasting a total of 30-days.  Your 


    Pharmacotherapy is an innovation in treatment for the long-term treatment of opioid and alcohol dependence.

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You do not need to wait another day to begin your new life.

Call 240-318-5790 and find out how to take your first steps to recovery.

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What To Expect


Providing Services To The Community . . .

Bridging the Gap Services serves adult men and women who are insured, uninsured, or under-insured.  We accept self-referrals, referrals from the criminal justice system (attorneys, Division of Parole and Probation, Drug Court, and diversion programs), the Department of Social Services (child protection services), and referrals from other service providers. We also accept referrals from local hospitals and physicians.

Getting Started Made Easy . . .

Give us a call at 240-318-5790 to begin the Intake and Admission Process . . . it is that simple!  Once the telephone screening process is complete, we will schedule you an appointment to complete an assessment.

This brief telephone screening will gather demographic information, substance use history, mental health history, and any past or current criminal justice involvement to determine the presence of a substance use disorder.  

Our Intake Assessment Process . . .

Bridging the Gap Services utilizes onsite licensed mental health providers and certified counselors to provide substance use disorder and mental health evaluations and treatment services.  The intake process is approximately 90-minutes, but can sometimes take a little longer (if necessary).


Our Treatment Process For Substance Use

Treatment services are individualized, person-centered, evidenced based, and developed with the service recipients input.  A wide range of recovery support services will be provided based on the needs of the service recipient.  Recovery support includes diagnosis for appropriate level of care, group counseling and one-on-one counseling to address core issues resulting from the misuse of alcohol or drug use.  Referral to off-site service providers, including but not limited to housing, transportation, medical, mental health, employment, education, legal, and financial services are also provided

In addition to individual counseling and other therapeutic interventions, treatment services also include medication assisted therapy and psycho-educational programs that address core issues of thinking distortions, human behavior and development associated with addiction and recovery, family conflict, spiritual and emotional maturity, social support, and communication skills.

Individual & Group Counseling Sessions

Counseling services are provided in groups and in one-on-one settings.  Each session can last 1 - 2 hours in length with a minimum of a half an hour and can be combined with group counseling.

  • Individual Counseling.  The counselor’s role is to establish rapport; motivate compliance; to collect data during the assessment; to complete a psychosocial assessment and an interpretive summary; to work with the service recipient to develop a treatment plan; to monitor progress on identified goals and objectives and to review and update the plan with the clinical supervisor; to facilitate discharge planning; to make referrals where needed, and to complete a continuing care plan with participation from the service recipient. In general, a cognitive/behavioral approach is used to emphasize removal of barriers to recovery and successful management of a chronic disease.

  • Group Counseling.  Types of group sessions may include task-oriented, open discussion, motivational, gender specific, skill- building, among others of use with persons in early recovery. Preference is given to evidence-based practices.

  • Family Counseling.   The family program emphasizes practical aspects of creating and nurturing a 'recovery-positive environment' to facilitate successful outcomes. That includes education enabling and provoking behavior, the antecedents of codependency, relapse prevention, and practical skills for living with the recovering individual. BTG staff may refer family members for additional counseling or therapy in their own communities based on assessment.

Service recipients participate in structured recreational activities, at levels appropriate to their interests, assessed needs, and current status. This includes both active and passive leisure pursuits. Service recipients have access to computer and board games and other quiet activities to encourage positive socialization with peers. The purpose of these activities is to develop recreation and leisure patterns that may be carried into early recovery and serve as an aid to stress reduction and improved health.