Benefits of Age and Gender-Specific Treatment

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It has been repeatedly proven that patients are most successful in their recovery when they participate in treatment with peers who share similar life circumstances and experiences. For this reason, amongst several others, both gender and age-specific treatment settings have proven exceedingly beneficial in facilitating long-term sobriety. We at Next Chapter strive to provide our […]

“I Just Want to Be Normal” – The Mind of an Alcoholic

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Coming into the program at 23, I felt I was being unfairly robbed of my normalcy. Kids my age were supposed to hang out at bars and clubs on weekends; supposed to get sloppy drunk from time to time, and supposed to call in sick to work on occasion while nursing a particularly bad hangover. […]

Addiction Recovery and The Spiritual Experience

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Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.  The terms ‘spiritual awakening’ and ‘spiritual experience’ are ones that we will undeniably hear quite often over the course of our journeys in recovery. Many of us are told early on that in order to truly understand and appreciate the bountiful gifts of recovery, we will need to undergo a spiritual […]

Be Kind to Yourself – Practice Self-Care

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Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the perpetual hustle and bustle of day-to-day life that we forget to stop and show ourselves some love. Recovery is bountiful – it truly is! We regain what we had lost while simultaneously being blessed with many gifts beyond our wildest dreams. We begin forming meaningful relationships with […]

Relational Trauma and Loneliness

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Relational trauma essentially pertains to a constant violation of vital human connection, which in turn leads to deep-seated attachment injuries. Relational traumas include a vast range of interpersonal violations, including domestic violence, emotional and psychological abuse, entrapment, childhood abuse, rejection, rape, bullying, and complex grief that is deeply rooted in the unresolved loss of early […]

Types of Traumatic Experience

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Trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions in which the individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed and the individual experiences (either objectively or subjectively) a threat to his/her life, bodily integrity, or that of a caregiver or family (Saakvitne, K. et al, 2000). The Early Trauma Treatment […]