Getting back to the business of living

When appropriate, generally once clients transition to Intensive Outpatient and transition out of Next Chapter residences, clients will meet individually with their outpatient therapist who will provide educational and vocational assessments to better assist with vocational and educational planning.


Clients will also attend life skills and vocational groups designed to increase their competency and independence; including budgeting, job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, college preparation or returning to existing careers.


As a part of becoming a functional adult, clients are encouraged to be self-sufficient while also contributing in teamwork settings. Clients will prepare their own meals, eat together as a family, clean up after themselves, and will be expected to do their own laundry, chores, and any other tasks associated with living together as a community.


One of the things that sets Next Chapter Treatment apart from how other organizations approach the treatment of chemical dependency and substance abuse is the focus we take toward real-life barriers to recovery. Our successful treatment program combines individual therapy, group therapy, 12-Step  education with our vocational/life skills training and counseling.


Next Chapter believes it is important to take time with each client to find out just what practical, real life issues they are facing and provide a practical and achievable plan to alleviate or lessen those issues so that clients can make take parallel paths with their recovery and with their lives. Each day, in millions of homes across the nation, people prepare breakfast, take showers and get dressed for work, drive their children to school, sit down to balance their checkbook and write checks to pay the bills, and make plans for the next day. For some people in recovery – used to the chaos and turmoil of an addict’s life – the routine things of daily life may be anything that routine. It’s not uncommon for some addicts in recovery to lack the life skills needed to deal with the demands and stresses of daily life.


Receiving like skills training prepares a recovering addict to move on from their addiction by empowering them and giving them motivation to be sober, fully functioning members of society. Apart from training for daily life activities, life skills training may also include coaching on problem solving, giving and receiving praise, stress management, and assertiveness


Life skills therapy is essential to recovery because it reduces the stress associated with everyday living and creates a solid foundation for re-entering society. For a newly recovering man, meeting the ordinary challenges of daily life without drugs or alcohol can seem daunting. Life skills will enable the recovering man to perform life’s responsibilities while increasing recovery through enhanced self-esteem and self-worth will begin to reach new heights.


By empowering clients with life skills, we enable them to cope successfully with their new sober lifestyle. We teach recovering clients how to joyfully perform day-to-day tasks without drugs, alcohol, or giving in to their past addictive behaviors. By removing the stress from the basic tasks of life, they are free to embrace their sobriety with renewed confidence and purpose.


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.