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 Method
- Patient and family developmental history is carefully studied, and all findings are recorded. These recordings will be discussed amongst members of the Next Chapter clinical team, and revisited at certain points during the continuum of care (namely in order to track progress).
- Unfavorable developmental patterns and detrimental patterns within the family of origin are uncovered. We at Next Chapter believe strong in the family-related component of recovery, and not only study the family of origin – but work with patients and their immediate family members to heal long-standing dysfunctions, and make the home environment more harmonious for all.
- The Next Chapter clinical team works together to determine the baseline emotional state of each individual client. This will help the primary therapist develop a highly unique and personalized curriculum of care. We understand that each of our individual patients will possess distinctive struggles and requirements.
- Each patient will be assigned a primary therapist, who will work to identify the dispositions and behaviors that create unmanageability and relational problems. Even when a patient is not in a clinical setting, his assigned therapist will observe his behaviors and interactions, and help him to recognize and track trauma reactions and age regressions.
- Patients work closely alongside primary therapists, aiming to recognize and acknowledge when they are emotionally returned to childhood ego states. Ultimately, the goal is for patients to learn how to “grow themselves back up” and consistently act as functional adults.
- Patients are taught that they experience childhood ego states in the present, and that this regression occurs when they are emotionally triggered. We at Next Chapter strive to instill healthy and functional coping mechanisms, so that moments of emotional distress are short-lived and easily resolved.
- Patients are taught to understand that they are born with a great amount of inherent value, and that they are given the freedom to display vulnerability and imperfection. Our clinical team works to uncover limiting core beliefs, and helps to teach each of our patients the reality of human fallibility (in conjunction with the ongoing journey of personal discovery and self-betterment).
- Patients are given the tools necessary to monitoring their own progress, and taught methods of effective communication. Communication is an invaluable tool in nearly all aspects of life – and it is especially important to successfully describing and portraying feelings and emotions. By teaching our patients to calmly and effectively communicate how they feel, we are helping them lay the foundation for healthy interpersonal relationships.
- Ultimately, patients experience increased resiliency that allows for availability in relationships, living in the “here and now,” exploring options, understanding choices, and creating long-term 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.