At Next Chapter we believe it essential to assess for PTSD and that integrating treatment for PTSD into a clinical setting is best practice.

Unfortunately, the majority of patients who have been through addiction treatment multiple times are never treated for underlying cases of PTSD – and they are rarely ever informed of their PTSD diagnosis when the disorder is detected.

We have had innumerable patients come to us with untreated cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, lacking the education necessary to understand PTSD as an entirely treatable disorder.

Trauma, according to the DSM-V, regards a personal experience involving emotionally-scarring acts of violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, the witnessing of violence, terrorism, and natural disasters. Better understanding the personal traumatic experiences of each of our clients helps us to better treat them for related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. We have extensive experience treating survivors of sexual assault, as well as first responders such as police officers, paramedics, and fire fighters.

The dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is exceedingly common, seeing as many PTSD sufferers turn to excessive drug and alcohol use in order to relieve intrusive and uncomfortable emotional and psychological symptoms. These symptoms include intrusion (ex; nightmares), avoidance (ex; of the trauma discussion or related stimuli), arousal (ex; insomnia) and functional problems at work, school, and in interpersonal relationships.

Educating patients on the relationship between PTSD and substance abuse is a key component of stabilization. We utilize a combination of cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and case management therapies to help patients identify, address, and overcome their present symptoms. Some psychological symptoms commonly related to PTSD might include (but are not limited to), anxiety, hostility, suicidal thoughts and plans, difficulty with family and social functioning, intimacy issues, and identifying a sense of purpose.

At Next Chapter, we strive to create an environment founded on personal safety and communal trust. Our staff has been specially trained to assist those dealing with unresolved trauma. We recognize that our patients and family members may not always understand or be able to communicate directly with their traumatic histories. Because of this, we are especially careful to not pry our clients too far beyond their comfort zones, doing further harm.


It has been reported that 2 out of 3 men in substance abuse treatment programs were victim to childhood abuse or neglect (SAMSHA, 2000). Because of this fact, we presume that our clients may have a traumatic history, and we always utilize therapeutic precautions.

We focus on educating clients on the possible consequences of PTSD, including impaired attachments in relationships, limited intimate relationships, despair, interpersonal skill deficits, hyper-control, passivity, self-harm, chemical dependency, and the potential for other process addictions. Of course, education is only the very first step in the recovery process.

Our treatment program is specially designed to help our clients successfully alter their thought process of victim to survivor. We assist them in finding healing within a community, and help them to connect with individuals who can support ongoing recovery from both disorders. At Next Chapter, we utilize praise and accountability, structure, and supportive guidance to help clients recover from PTSD.

Next Chapter treats patients from all over the United States and in our back yard of Delray, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton FL.

90 Days ago, with little hope and feelings of total helplessness, I drove my son from New York to Next Chapter on a recommendation from our District Attorney’s office. We were meet with an instant feeling of understanding and renewed hope. Addiction is a life-long battle, but with the understanding, therapy and commitment that was given at Next Chapter I feel cautiously optimistic regarding my son’s recovery. Next Chapter and their staff I regard as high level professionals.
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