Referral Information

Professional ReferralWe know that you have many choices when referring your clients to treatment, and we appreciate your confidence in choosing New Bridge Foundation. We work hard to maintain your trust by providing your clients with effective, high quality treatment, and providing you with seamless communication. When referring someone to New Bridge Foundation, here is what you can expect:

Accessibility: The initial assessment and admission can be scheduled within 24 hours of your call.

Free Confidential Assessment: The initial assessment determines if there is a drug or alcohol problem and, if so, what level of care is needed.

Responsive Communication: We obtain a release of information from the client at admission and will communicate with you throughout the treatment process. We provide weekly clinical updates to keep you informed of your client’s progress. If you prefer more or less frequent contact, please relay this information to our Admissions Office.

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Contact our Admissions Office at New Bridge Foundation:
(800) 785-2400 or 510-548-7270
You can also email us at abby@new-bridge.org.

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Workplace Trends 2010
Substance Abuse in the workplace is a major issue for many employers and EAP’s. Lost work productivity alone accounts for nearly $129 billion of the total economic cost of substance abuse in the United States.

  • An estimated 19.9 million Americans are current illicit drug users (SAMHSA).
  • An estimated 8.4 percent of those employed full-time are current illicit drug users.
  • 8.8 percent of full-time workers report heavy alcohol use (SAMHSA).
  • Alcohol is the most widely abused drug among working adults, and 79.4 percent of binge drinkers are employed (SAMHSA).
  • An estimated 3.1 percent of employed adults use illicit drugs before reporting to work or during work hours (Department of Labor).
  • An estimated 7.1 percent of employed adults drink alcohol during the workday, and 1.8 percent of employed adults consume alcohol before coming to work (Department of Labor).
  • Healthcare costs for employees with alcohol problems are twice as high as those for other employees.

Compared to their non-abusing coworkers, employed substance abusers are

  • 3 times more likely to be late for work
  • 3 times more likely to have absences of 8 days or more
  • 3.5 times more likely to be in involved in a workplace accident (SAMHSA)
  • 5 times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim (SAMHSA)
  • More than twice as likely to have changed employers 3X or more in past year

* By occupation, the highest rates of illicit drug use and heavy drinking were reported by food preparation workers, waiters, waitresses and bartenders (16.9 percent) and construction workers (13.7 percent) (SAMHSA).

* Alcoholism is estimated to cause 500 million lost workdays annually (SAMHSA).

Lost work productivity alone accounts for nearly $129 billion of the total economic cost of substance abuse.

Does Relapse Mean I Will Never Get Sober?

Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on the brain and to regain control of their lives. The chronic nature of the disease means that relapsing or “slipping” is very possible. But it’s important to remember that relapse rates are similar to those of other chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.

who relaps4 Does Relapse Mean I Will Never Get Sober?

Relapse rates for addiction resemble those of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.

Unfortunately, when relapse occurs many consider treatment a failure. This is not the case: successful treatment for addiction typically requires continual evaluation and modification, similar to the approach taken for other chronic diseases. For example, when a patient is receiving active treatment for hypertension and symptoms decrease, treatment is deemed successful, even though symptoms may recur when treatment is discontinued. For individuals suffering from addiction, relapses don’t indicate failure. Rather, they indicate that treatment needs to be reinstated or adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed.

How Long Should Treatment Last?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.”

Why 90 days? Research has shown that long-term drug abuse results in changes in the brain that persist long after a person stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function can have many behavioral consequences, including an inability to control the impulse to use drugs and alcohol, despite negative consequences. 90 days is the general length of time it takes for important neurotransmitters to reset, thus allowing the individual to override cravings and impulses, often referred to as Post Acute Withdrawal.

THERE ARE TWO STAGES OF WITHDRAWAL:

  1. The first stage is the acute stage, which lasts from three days up to three weeks, depending on the type of addiction. During this stage, there are usually physical withdrawal symptoms. But every drug is different, and every person is different.
  2. The second stage of withdrawal is called Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). During this stage there are often fewer physical symptoms, but increased emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Post-acute withdrawal occurs because the brain’s chemistry is gradually returning to normal. As the brain improves, the levels of brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium, and this causes post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

PAWS symptoms, including irritability, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, anxiety, mood swings, and fatigue, tend to occur around 30 and 60 days of sobriety, often the time when people are leaving treatment. This is why it’s crucial, whenever possible, to stay in treatment at least 90 days.

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