Pictured at left: Carol and Paul Cannon
Are you constantly over-committed and running
behind? Is your appetite for accomplishment insatiable? Do you keep
a note pad beside your bed? Is it always your goal to be the most
valuable player, the valedictorian, or the top salesperson? Is your
self-esteem built on outworking everyone else? Do you try to juggle
more than one thing at a time all the time? Are you constantly
competing with the clock? Is it that the more impossible the goal,
the more determined you are to do it? Do you get really irritable
when interrupted or restless when not busy? Do you feel guilty when
relaxing or having fun? When taking on a task, can you not quit
until its done? Do you find yourself conversing only about
your work? Is your identity your job? Do you think living like
this is normal?
If youve ever been told by someone that
you are the most driven person theyve ever met, this could
be a compliment or it might be a warning sign. If this sounds all
too familiar, you might be a workaholic suffering from the
hurry disease. Dont laugh. Its real!
Paul and Carol Cannon,
founders and current administrators of The
Bridge, a treatment center for dependency disorders located
in Warren County (Kentucky) since 1975, say just like drug addictions
and alcohol addictions there also can be real and unhealthy addictions
to good things such as achievement, food, relationships,
religion or even physical fitness.
Just as people with drug or alcohol addictions
need rehabilitation and follow a twelve-step treatment program,
the Cannons use the same twelve-step program at The Bridge
to treat people suffering from clean addictions.
Their treatment programs address the pain in adulthood that comes
from being wounded in childhood by abuse, addiction, or family dysfunction.
This condition, known as codependence, is considered the psychological
foundation of compulsive and addictive behavior. The Bridge offers
a sixteen-day codependency workshop as well as extended care for
the treatment of codependency. During the workshop, clients begin
to change self-defeating habits into attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors
that contribute to their emotional well-being and to healthier relationships.
The Bridge is available for anyone suffering
from a variety of non-chemical addictions such as perfectionism,
relationship addiction, sexual addiction, compulsive care-giving,
controlling, and martyring. The Bridges treatment plan is
also available as a form of relapse prevention for individuals who
have been previously treated for alcoholism and/or drug dependency.
Often once an addict or alcoholic has brought his/her primary addiction
into remission, other compulsions arise such as gambling, overspending,
or overeating, etc.
The Cannons dream of starting The Bridge
began in Michigan when Paul was a professor at Andrews University
and Carol owned and operated a preschool. One evening, a student
who worked for Carol, asked her if she could stay with them for
a while because she was discouraged, had limited finances, and found
herself facing addiction. She was the first of 35 students to follow.
The Cannons then felt that they needed not only more room, but to
move away from the school to a more rural setting where they could
devote full time to helping troubled young adults.
The Cannons were looking for a central location
east of the Mississippi. After looking at over 50 locations in other
states, they chose Kentucky. They found Bowling Green to be not
only beautiful but extremely well located for travelers.
Clients have traveled to The Bridge from as far
as Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Virgin Islands, Canada and from various
parts of the United States. Many then return home and tell their
family and friends and others follow.
The Bridge is especially helpful to those whose
negative habits and addictions are on the verge of costing them
more than they can afford to lose--their lives, health, career and/or
Bridge, Paul and Carol Cannon,
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101