Family matters

Almost always, personal development starts with the family. Nobody knows one’s history, traits, or difficulties like one’s family. And it’s not surprising that one’s family also likely plays a role in the circumstances that led to addiction or dysfunctional behavior, albeit usually without intending to or realizing.


Further, once a client has completed treatment at Next Chapter, it is his family to whom he returns. He will require their support, and their understanding of the personal journey he has begun.


At Next Chapter, we believe treating the family is just as important as treating the client. Not only does the family provide invaluable experience and knowledge about the client and the family system, but all too often they are in need of healing as well.


  • From the onset of treatment, family members remain an important part of their loved one’s treatment. Through intensive family involvement the clinical team can better understand the family dynamics and are better prepared to address dysfunctional behavior and unhealthy family relationships. This process significantly impacts the treatment process and assists greatly in the treatment of the loved one with the addiction.
  • Our family programs help both clients and their families understand the emotional consequences of addiction and mental health, the recovery process, and the enormous impact on the family. Families also learn how their behaviors and attitudes may have inadvertently enabled their loved one’s dysfunctional behaviors, so we give them the tools to recover from this behavior. And, we teach families about the relapse signs and triggers so that they can help the client maintain a lifetime of recovery.
  • Families will have the opportunity to engage in the same type of therapies, group and individual, that their loved one’s experience during treatment. They will be introduced to many new ways of communicating and understanding one another, encouraging open and honest discussion of the difficulties and struggles that combined to create the dysfunctional lifestyle of their loved ones. Families learn how to effectively support each other emotionally, and to establish appropriate boundaries. This collaboration fosters the healing process and brings the family closer together. The family discovery process has been proven to be a key factor in long-term healing and recovery.

By treating the family and helping the family heal we increase our ability to treat the client.


Hear what real people experience at Next Chapter, in their own words.



No matter who you are, these kinds of challenges are nearly impossible to overcome on your own. Next Chapter can help you break free from the impact of mental health, trauma, and the cycle of addiction.