Our history can either imprison us or free us. Many of us who have undergone significant trauma remain prisoners of our past experiences, constantly replaying painful memories and limiting ourselves based on a careful, often unintentional avoidance of the people, places, and things we fear. Certain events, patterns, and self-limiting beliefs hold us back, preventing us from reaching our full potential. For those of us who are bearing the weight of unresolved trauma, living the life of our dreams may seem utterly out of reach – even impossible. If you are feeling stuck, wounded, inadequate, generally dissatisfied with life, or full of shame and guilt, an intensive trauma release workshop will undeniably prove extremely beneficial. We at Next Chapter are excited to announce that we will be offering a 5-day intensive workshop, geared towards helping individuals overcome past traumatic experience and finally begin living a life of clarity and freedom from all limitations and restraints. And while our workshop certainly does benefit trauma survivors, it is specially geared towards men and women of all ages and all walks of life who are looking to overcome any obstacle which may continue to hold them back.
By utilizing experiential techniques of therapeutic healing, the stress energy that surrounds these blocks and obstacles will finally be released. Tools and techniques will be learned – tools that will help use positive energy in the present moment in order to truly live life to the fullest. In the past, the workshop has been attended by therapists, recovering addicts and alcoholics, individuals suffering from codependency, attachment, or other relational issues, the parents of addicts, and a wide variety of other community members. The workshop will be held in a beautiful facility in Delray Beach, FL, and will be lead by several nationally renowned and professionally trained trauma therapists who are all long-time members of the Next Chapter staff.
Next Chapter Treatment
For those of you who do not know, Next Chapter Treatment is an all-male trauma and addiction recovery program, geared towards helping men (both young and older) overcome substance dependency, trauma, codependency, enmeshment, and any other related psychological disorders that have been holding them back and preventing them from leading the fulfilled lives they deserve. Our inpatient program is 90-days long, and is deeply rooted in a wide range of proven therapeutic methods, combined with several progressive and effective holistic techniques. We introduce our patients to the 12-step method of recovery when applicable, and work to instill essential life skills, helping men to become more well-rounded, productive, and self-sufficient. We also specialize in co-occurring or primary mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Intensive Workshop for Men and Women
We are excited to offer an intensive, short-term program of recovery for both men and women looking for additional support for any of the aforementioned issues or disorders. While our intensive, 5-day workshop is rooted in the effects of trauma on the human psyche, you do not need to be a trauma survivor to attend. If you struggle with any interpersonal or psychological disorder – codependency, enmeshment, substance dependency, anxiety, or depression (to name a few) – this workshop will certainly benefit you immensely. Or, perhaps you do not struggle with a specific issue or diagnosable disorder. Perhaps you have worked the 12 step program of recovery and still feel somewhat stuck; perhaps you struggle with a general feeling of dissatisfaction in your day-to-day life, or you simply want to work on enhancing the health of your existing interpersonal relationships. Perhaps meeting with a therapist once a week for an hour is helping you, but it does not seem like anywhere near enough. If you can relate to any of the above, the workshop will inevitably help you immensely.
The Importance of Overcoming Trauma
It is not uncommon for trauma sufferers to experience a host of related symptoms, such as substance abuse disorders, depression, and relational problems. However, many do not realize that such issues are in fact symptoms, and cannot be fully resolved until past trauma is adequately addressed. When we undergo a traumatic experience, we store the stress in our physical bodies. We perceive a threat, and our bodies naturally activate a chemical stress response in order to prepare for a potential emergency. A host of hormones (including adrenaline) are released into the bloodstream, as the body simultaneously shuts down the processes designed for long-term care. Normal bodily functions such as digestion, reproduction, and cell repair become utterly inconsequential when the physical body and mind perceive an immediate threat. Survival comes first and foremost. Blood pressure increases, and increased blood sugar and cortisol provide extra energy and combat pain. In most cases, the body will normalize once the event has come to an end. For example, an individual who undergoes a serious car accident may feel a burst of energy as he escapes from his totaled vehicle, and may continue feeling symptoms of the stress response for several hours, considering the severity of the incident. The brain, however, is not always so quick to normalize.
Trauma and The Brain
Traumatic events impact the mind in a very significant way, and the brain may undergo a disruption that is so sizeable that it actually alters neurological pathways. Traumatic events may also impact the way we perceive the world and those around us. We may begin to feel unsafe in our day-to-day lives; like we are no longer in control of our own thoughts or feelings. Trauma can impact our ability to be intimate with others, and may leave us harboring overwhelming feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. We may feel guilt, shame, and a variety of other negative emotions that prevent us from leading fulfilled and productive lives. Undergoing multiple traumatic experiences or being exposed to potentially life-threatening events repeatedly can further impact the body and the mind. The brain may become sensitized and conditioned to respond to high-stress situations, and threats may begin to be perceived even when they are nonexistent. Moods will be affected, perhaps leading to anxiety disorders or depression. Prolonged and repeated exposure to stress may cause a host of serious health-related disorders, such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
In some instances, of course, psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression are not directly linked to childhood trauma. While certainly incorporating the role of trauma into the development of certain disorders, our Release Workshop does not exclusively focus on and is not exclusively geared towards trauma survivors. Men and women who are being held back by co-dependency, enmeshment, unresolved grief, and independent psychological disorders such as depression are also more than welcome to partake. Our therapeutic staff members have been extensively trained in numerous proven methodologies, many which will be utilized over the course of the 5-day intensive workshop. Healing modalities include group therapy, breath work, mindfulness, somatic experiencing, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, meditation, massage, and art therapy. If you are feeling stuck, wounded, dissatisfied with life in general, overwhelmed by guilt or shame, or inadequate, this workshop is truly ideal for you. For more information, or to reserve your spot in the workshop, please call us today at 561-563-8407. We look forward to speaking with you soon.