Coping With Emotional Triggers

How to Cope With Emotional Triggers This Holiday Season   Crowded grocery stores and shopping malls, bickering family members and delayed flights… the holiday season is one of alleged ‘good cheer’, yet it can be the most stressful time of the year for some. For those in trauma, addiction, or mental health recovery, the holidays…

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Program Spotlight – Diet and Nutrition

Individuals who struggle with mental health conditions will inevitably have a difficult time caring for themselves. Those who battle depression, for example, will likely experience harshly decreased motivation, leading to a decline in exercise and adequate nutrition. Those with substance abuse disorders will prioritize obtaining and using their drug of choice, and in doing so,…

Not Again

Understanding and Avoiding Relapse A Simple Truth A simple truth of recovery is that it never truly ends. Once our bodies become addicted to something – be it a substance or a feeling – we remain addicted to it for life. To someone in recovery, this can be burdensome. It’s as if one’s past transgressions…

Tip of the Iceberg

THE SOBERING REALITY OF AMERICAN ADDICTION AND RECOVERY Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to help raise awareness. And it’s with good reason, because the numbers are staggering. But even more alarming than the data about addiction and recovery in America is the hidden potential for…

Family Treatment VS Family Program

Next Chapter’s Systemic Approach to Treating Dependencies Family Matters It is a well-accepted fact within the recovery community that you cannot effectively treat the addicted without the involvement of their families. Often, family members are the unintentional enablers or triggers for the behaviors that led to dependency to begin with. However, it is also these…

Treating Trauma: The Next Chapter Approach

EDUCATE In a previous blog article, we discussed at length how the deep, intensive distress of personal trauma can often lead to dysfunction, dependency, and self-destructive behavior. Unfortunately, although the link between trauma and addiction has been well known for decades, it is uncommon for addiction treatment to focus upon resolving trauma. It is even…

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Developing Healthy Relationships in Recovery

Overwhelming grief is an interesting thing. When we are grieving, we need compassion and support more than ever – however, we are also more inclined to push our friends and our loved ones far, far away. When we think of grief, we typically think of mourning loss. Grieving the death of a family member, the…

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The Names We Call Ourselves

  “I’m so fat.”   “I can’t believe I bombed that test. I’m such an idiot.”   “I’m useless; I’ll never amount to anything.”   It all begins sometime during early childhood. We look to our parents or primary caregivers for guidance, support, and acceptance; as far as we know, what they say is law.…