With so many treatment options available in this day and age, it can be difficult to determine which program is the best fit for you or your loved one. If addiction is the primary concern, it may not be too difficult to narrow your options down. Many available treatment programs focus on chemical dependency – treating underlying causes, educating patients on the disease model, and working to instill healthy coping mechanisms geared towards relapse prevention. While we at Next Chapter certainly treat men who struggle with substance abuse disorders, our approach to recovery tends to be far more comprehensive. And while we do treat addiction as a primary diagnosis, our patients do not need to struggle with a drug or alcohol problem in order to qualify for our program. We also treat mental health as a primary diagnosis, working with men who battle mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We also treat men who struggle with numerous personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder – amongst many others.
Mental health is only one of the primary concerns we at Next Chapter treat. Below, we have further described the numerous facets of our comprehensive and highly individualized program of recovery. It is absolutely crucial, when choosing an inpatient treatment facility, to make sure that all areas of concern will be adequately covered by the clinical program. Because our primary objective is providing each patient with the care he needs and deserves, we will gladly point an individual in the direction of another clinical program if we believe that we cannot provide him with suitable treatment.
Our Clinical Program
Our clinical program combines several holistically-based modalities with classic and proven methods of therapeutic treatment. Our licensed and experienced therapists conduct daily group sessions, during which they utilize numerous therapeutic techniques, such as:
- Somatic experiencing
- Breath work
- Inner child work
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
Each individual client will be paired up with a primary therapist, who will meet with him in a one-on-one setting several times per week. The primary therapist will also orchestrate family involvement, keeping in close contact with family members in order to update them on progress, discuss ongoing changes to and developments in the clinical treatment plan, and orchestrating regular family therapy sessions.
Our clinical program also emphasizes several proven and holistic methodologies, geared towards helping our patients develop a strong sense of spirituality in conjunction with mental and emotional health. We regularly invite guests who specialize in holistic methods of treatment such as acupuncture, yoga, and meditation to guide our patients in special classes and workshops. We also utilize adventure therapy, taking our patients on therapeutic snorkeling retreats as well as several other activity-based, outdoor ventures.
A Strong Emphasis on Early Trauma
We at Next Chapter believe that early childhood trauma is very frequently tied into many of the interpersonal issues and psychological problems we tend to struggle with throughout adulthood. It has been repeatedly proven that early traumatic experiences, such as neglect, abuse, and abandonment, lead to a host of significant emotional and mental disorders later on in life. All of our primary therapists are specially trained and licensed in trauma treatment, and our clinical program puts a strong emphasis on the role of trauma in the development of addictive, behavioral, and relational disorders.
However, many of the men we treat do not struggle with unresolved childhood trauma – some have been diagnosed with PTSD, and some have no apparent past trauma to speak of. Again, a potential patient does not necessarily need to have experienced a traumatic event (or ongoing trauma) in order to qualify for our program of recovery – we simply specialize in the realm of trauma, and in its relationship to other primary diagnoses and disorders.
The Role of the 12 Steps
Unlike many other programs of recovery, 12-step involvement is not mandatory for all of our patients. In most cases, a thorough introduction to and education on the 12-step method of recovery proves to be immensely beneficial. However, we understand that not every patient we treat will struggle with a substance abuse disorder. If we believe that any one of our individual patients would benefit from a 12-step program of any kind, we will strongly encourage him to participate. We transport our patients to numerous types of 12-step meeting, depending on what specific issues they are grappling with. Rather than sticking exclusively to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, we expose our patients to ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous), Al-Anon (a 12-step program for the loved ones of addicts and alcoholics), and Coda (a 12-step program for individuals who struggle with codependency).
Our focus on individualization truly sets our program of recovery apart from the rest. Our clinical team will sit down together upon the intake of each individual patient, and devise a highly personal plan of recovery. The clinical team will continue to meet over the course of each patients’ stay, and adjustments will be made to each plan of recovery as personal needs change and progress is made. An aftercare plan will also be carefully devised, providing our patients with an easy and realistic transition from inpatient treatment back into fully independent living. For more information on our highly individualized and comprehensive program of recovery for men, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!