tinder addiction recovery

Tinder and Addiction Recovery

What a blessing Tinder is for the self-loathing, alcoholic female. A night of free drinks and Uber rides all in exchange for some sloppy affection in the bar bathroom (or back at his place, if the drinks are strong enough). And oh, what a blessing Tinder is for the sex-obsessed, inebriated male. For the price…

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Finding Comfort in Addiction Recovery

This morning, almost as soon as I opened my eyes, I heard a faint knock on the door. A chaste-looking woman stood in my doorway, holding a pile of damp papers (it had been raining). “Good morning,” she said. “I’m wondering… how do you find your comfort?” It took awhile for my brain to register…

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Generation H

The year is 2025. Over the course of the past 6 years, the prevalence of Gold Card holders only continued to decrease; now, the few Card holders remaining are being frantically sought by droves of Gold-hungry Pushers. The other members of Generation H – the ones that have managed to survive, somehow – are either…

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Benefits of Age and Gender-Specific Treatment

It has been repeatedly proven that patients are most successful in their recovery when they participate in treatment with peers who share similar life circumstances and experiences. For this reason, amongst several others, both gender and age-specific treatment settings have proven exceedingly beneficial in facilitating long-term sobriety. We at Next Chapter strive to provide our…

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Service Work and Sobriety

“Service keeps you sober.” As soon as we walk into the rooms, we will begin hearing hackneyed slogans such as ‘stick with the winners’, ‘easy does it’, and ‘service keeps you sober’. The reason why these catchy and well-worn phrases have been passed down through generations of recovery is simply because there is ample truth…

spiritual experience

Addiction Recovery and The Spiritual Experience

Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.  The terms ‘spiritual awakening’ and ‘spiritual experience’ are ones that we will undeniably hear quite often over the course of our journeys in recovery. Many of us are told early on that in order to truly understand and appreciate the bountiful gifts of recovery, we will need to undergo a spiritual…

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Be Kind to Yourself – Practice Self-Care

Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the perpetual hustle and bustle of day-to-day life that we forget to stop and show ourselves some love. Recovery is bountiful – it truly is! We regain what we had lost while simultaneously being blessed with many gifts beyond our wildest dreams. We begin forming meaningful relationships with…

relational trauma

Relational Trauma and Loneliness

Relational trauma essentially pertains to a constant violation of vital human connection, which in turn leads to deep-seated attachment injuries. Relational traumas include a vast range of interpersonal violations, including domestic violence, emotional and psychological abuse, entrapment, childhood abuse, rejection, rape, bullying, and complex grief that is deeply rooted in the unresolved loss of early…

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Types of Traumatic Experience

Trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions in which the individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed and the individual experiences (either objectively or subjectively) a threat to his/her life, bodily integrity, or that of a caregiver or family (Saakvitne, K. et al, 2000). The Early Trauma Treatment…