Addiction is caused by both biological and environmental factors
There are many underlying issues that both fuel the addictive process and hinder recovery, including mental illness, family of origin, personality traits and trauma. We believe that even when these issues are addressed, only through maintained abstinence and a life of recovery can one remain thoroughly free from addiction. The physical, emotional and spiritual toll that addiction takes on the individual is severely damaging. Distorted belief systems and dysfunctional behavioral patterns become so embedded in the individual that only intensive therapeutic work will truly reverse these beliefs and behaviors, and equip the addict with the tools he needs to achieve long-term abstinence and recovery.
The Next Chapter Discovery Model
- Patient and family developmental history is recorded and studied, in order to uncover developmental patterns and detrimental patterns within the family of origin.
- Clinical team works together to determine the baseline emotional state of each individual client.
- Primary therapist works to identify patient dispositions and behaviors that create unmanageability and relational problems.
- Patients work to recognize when they are emotionally returned to childhood ego states.
- Patients are taught that they experience childhood ego states in the present when they are emotionally triggered.
- Patients are taught to understand that they have inherent value, and are given the freedom to display vulnerability and imperfection.
- Patients are given the tools to monitor their own progress, and taught methods of effective communication and ways in which to successfully describe how they feel.
- Ultimately, patients experience increased resiliency that allows for availability in relationships, living in the “here and now,” exploring options, understanding choices and creating stability.
One of our primary focuses at Next Chapter is to help our patients heal from early attachment injuries and childhood trauma. We at Next Chapter focus heavily on therapeutically treating long-term effects of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse that occurred during adolescence. Neglect, abandonment, or enmeshment during childhood will often result in lingering traumatic effects, which will greatly disrupt the lives of the concerned individual. In the vast majority of cases, these negative experiences occurred without any malicious intent by parents or other significant caregivers. However, if left untreated, these early experiences can create significant unmanageability and interpersonal issues, ultimately making recovery from an addiction an even more complex endeavor.
Next Chapter provides patients with an environment geared towards helping them to feel safe and to truly begin trusting others. Patients will have the opportunity to form authentic relationships with themselves, staff members and other patients. We believe that without learning how to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, long-term recovery is an impossibility.
Combining intensive trauma work, family involvement, and 12-step immersion, Next Chapter works to provide patients with a stable foundation on which they can build new, joyful lives, free from the bondage and suffering of addiction and painful personal experience.