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Next Chapter at All Points North Lodge

Next Chapter at All Points North Lodge is trauma treatment designed for those with addictions and those without. All-male and all-female programs are available for gender-specific treatment.

We believe in the comprehensive treatment of every individual client. Traumaintegrated care allows our clinicians to address emotional dysregulation, negative beliefs about self, poor relationships with others and dysfunctional behaviors (including addictions) through the lens of trauma.

Our Next Chapter trauma team expertly incorporates a relational trauma model designed to treat the effects of childhood wounds and any resulting barriers to healthy development. The treatment includes traditional and experiential therapeutic groups, individual one-on-one sessions, family work, yoga, meditation, support groups, and more.

Next Chapter at APN Lodge is committed to treatment that does not simply identify past trauma, but also addresses it, resolves it, and propels each guest further toward healing and health.

Next Chapter at All Points North Lodge

Next Chapter at All Points North Lodge is trauma treatment designed for those with addictions and those without. We believe in the comprehensive treatment of every individual client. Traumaintegrated care allows our clinicians to address emotional dysregulation, negative beliefs about self, poor relationships with others and dysfunctional behaviors (including addictions) through the lens of trauma.

Our Next Chapter trauma team expertly incorporates a relational trauma model designed to treat the effects of childhood wounds and any resulting barriers to healthy development. The treatment includes traditional and experiential therapeutic groups, individual one-on-one sessions, family work, yoga, meditation, support groups, and more.

Next Chapter at APN Lodge is committed to treatment that does not simply identify past trauma, but also addresses it, resolves it, and propels each guest further toward healing and health.

What We Treat

More often than you might imagine, drug or alcohol addiction can mask mental illness, or vice-versa. It’s estimated that as many as half of those with substance addictions also suffer from mental health disorders. Conversely, at least a quarter of those with mental illness also suffer from addiction. A combination of the two – commonly known as “dual diagnosis” – is so prevalent that our trauma program was built to treat it.

Mental illness and substance abuse are dangerously synergetic. A mental disorder may cause an individual to seek “relief” in the form of drugs or alcohol, exacerbating the disorder and increasing the degree of substance abuse. It is a vicious cycle and can complicate treatment efforts if not identified properly.

It stands to reason that an individual who receives treatment for addiction but not their underlying mental disorder is likely to relapse once treatment is complete. Even those who are dually diagnosed but do not treat both the disorder and dependency with equal attention are at risk of compromised recovery.

Attachment Issues // Read More...

Attachment begins at birth, when infants first begin developing emotional bonds with their mother or primary caregiver and other close family members. This normal part of childhood development lays the groundwork for all social, romantic, and familial relationships an individual will have in his/her lifetime. Unfortunately, disruptions in this developmental process can have a lasting impact upon one’s ability to form healthy relationships later in life.

Studies show that more than a third of all children in the US experience some form of attachment issue. Most are never diagnosed or treated because resulting behaviors manifest in ways seemingly unrelated to the attachment issue’s cause.

When infants and children are mistreated or abused, attachment issues commonly result. They may also occur when a child is moved between primary caregivers. Younger children may also develop attachment issues if they are left to cry without a caring and responsive caregiver to depend on for comfort. Anyway, it happens, when a child’s needs, the child learns that they cannot depend on the caregiver. As the child grows up, this carries over to impact their view of the world and development of relationships.

Treating Attachment Issues

Attachment issues are often only part of an individual’s mental health picture. Because they were developed in childhood, these issues often result in aberrant behaviors long before adulthood. If not identified and treated at that time it manifests, the issues become more likely to develop further into dysfunctional behavior, such as addiction or codependency.

It is very common for attachment issues to go unaddressed until an individual gets treated for other, more apparent conditions. When the individual does enter treatment, family members have to be involved. In order for the therapeutic process to effectively resolve the issues, broken family bonds must be repaired.

It is also important for individuals with an attachment disorder to understand and make sense of their past, so they can develop the ability to identify their own behavior and begin to separate themselves from a cycle of strained relationships.

When to Seek Treatment for Attachment Issues

When possible, attachment issues should be identified and treated as early as possible. Ideally, attachment issues will be treated during childhood. In reality, that’s often not the case. Whatever your age, look for the following signs of attachment issues. Pursue professional help if any of these signs are characteristic of you.

  • If you have difficulty with intimacy of any kind
  • If you don’t like to be touched or if you avoid physical affection
  • If you have problems with anger
  • If you have difficulty feeling empathy or caring for others
  • If you have trouble feeling guilt, regret, shame, or remorse
  • If you have any form of addiction or codependency
Codependency // Read More...

Codependency is often referred to as “relationship addiction”. Codependence is a condition that often becomes the centerpiece of dysfunctional relationships. It was first identified in the spouses of alcoholics (termed “co-alcoholics”), but research soon revealed that the codependence occurred in a large percentage of relationships of all kinds.

Codependency occurs when one person in a dysfunctional relationship takes on responsibility for nearly all of the other’s emotional needs and self-worth. This may begin for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a person is simply devoted to caring for a sick parent or spouse. Other times, one person is suffering from some form of addiction while the other person is desperate to hold life together. Codependent individuals put their loved ones’ needs above their own. Though it may at first seem loving, this not only enables the other person’s dysfunction, but it feeds further dysfunction. The codependent carer develops their own dysfunction as they lose elements of their own identity.

Generally, codependents mean well and act out of care and concern for their loved ones. However, that selfless intent can harden into a sense of duty and supersede their own emotional development. Thus, codependent individuals have a hard time saying “no;” they have low self-esteem and poor boundaries; and generally suffer from intimacy issues, depression, anxiety, and stress.

Codependency is often a learned behavior for the children of parents who are abusive or suffering from addiction. In this type of codependency, the codependent child often grows up to develop substance or behavioral addictions themselves. A dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is incredibly common, as many PTSD sufferers turn to excessive drug and alcohol use to try to relieve PTSD’s intrusive and uncomfortable emotional and psychological symptoms.

Treating Codependency

As its roots dig themselves increasingly deeper over time, codependency is often present in those with addictions or other mental health disorders. Codependent individuals can benefit from a variety of dual-diagnosis treatment methodologies. As with any trauma, family involvement in treatment is immeasurably crucial.

Children who grow up in codependent families will often carry their codependence into their own families. Without knowing why, they are most likely to seek out needy partners, rather than healthy relationships. They also tend to pursue careers where they can pour their identity into either helping or controlling others.

When to Seek Treatment for Codependency

Codependency is most easily identified through analysis of your relational tendencies. However, if you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should seek professional help regardless

  • If you are in an abusive relationship
  • If you have low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy
  • If you have difficulty saying “no” when asked to do something
  • If you are unable to separate your own feelings from those of a loved one
  • If you become overly defensive when someone disagrees with you
  • If you get upset or despondent when someone refuses your help
  • If you have trouble expressing your thoughts, feelings, and needs
  • If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress
Developmental and Relational Trauma // Read More...

Trauma can be defined as the inability to effectively process, accept, and move on from life experiences perceived as overwhelming. Perhaps trauma is best understood as an emotional wound that won’t seem to heal.

Individuals who have faced traumatic experiences are left with a kind of unhealed emotional wound that actually causes them unbearable psychological pain when certain emotions or memories are triggered. To help them alleviate this pain which feels too great to bear, individuals instinctively seek out coping mechanisms. This is the link between trauma and behavior.

Relational and developmental traumas most commonly occur in children, still in the process of emotional development. When kids encounter a traumatic event, they may find themselves unable to adequately cope. In their cases, the coping mechanisms they find may appear as rage, affection-seeking, or approval-seeking.

These inadequate trauma coping mechanisms may continue well into adulthood unless the trauma is correctly addressed. Poor coping mechanisms don’t actually resolve or deal with the trauma, they just help a person avoid some part of its related emotional pain. Eventually, the individual will seek out other means of avoiding the pain of their trauma. Ideally, this would be professional help. In reality, the desperation to cope with underlying trauma can often drive a person to abuse drugs or alcohol.

Obviously, drug and alcohol abuse will not solve or “cure” an individual’s trauma. It only compounds their problems. Traumatized individuals may seek drugs and alcohol for temporary relief from pain. But inevitably, as their substance tolerance grows, they require larger and larger doses to achieve the same level of relief. This pursuit of relief and increase of substance use carves out the path to true addiction.

Treating Developmental & Relational Trauma

Whether trauma originates from personal relationships or societal problems, the effects are fairly predictable. Without proper trauma therapy, the trauma’s impact can endure and invade wellness and life overall. Individuals with untreated trauma are often filled with uncertainty, fear, and a sense of confusion about finding purpose or even normalcy.

Much of trauma is rooted in childhood: abusive family members, school bullies, prejudice, or oppression. These experiences are intense and continue to perpetuate themselves, creating a cycle of depression, substance abuse, and failed relationships. While one family member may process and recover from an event, another may find themselves wholly unable to cope.

These individuals continuously experience their trauma emotions, with no innate ability to process or handle them. New experiences which trigger the same emotions cause the individual to re-experience the earlier traumatic event over and over, making resolution and recovery from these experiences extremely challenging.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) // Read More...

Unfortunately, the majority of guests who have been through multiple rounds of addiction treatment are never treated for or even informed about underlying cases of PTSD.

Trauma, according to the DSM-V, regards a personal experience involving emotionally-scarring acts of violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, the witnessing of violence, terrorism, and natural disasters. Gaining an understanding of the personal traumatic experiences of each individual guest helps us to better assess and treat them for related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Our expert clinical staff has extensive experience treating survivors of sexual assault, as well as first responders such as military personnel, police officers, paramedics, and firefighters.

A dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is incredibly common, as many PTSD sufferers turn to excessive drug and alcohol use to try to relieve PTSD’s intrusive and uncomfortable emotional and psychological symptoms.

In the treatment of PTSD, support from family members and close friends is unexplainably important. The development of a solid network of recovering peers has also proven to be immensely beneficial. For those who are afflicted with both PTSD and a co-occurring substance abuse issue, comprehensive inpatient treatment can be a true lifeline. At All Points North Lodge, we have created an environment where personal safety and communal trust are non-negotiable. Our staff has been specially trained to assist guests dealing with unresolved trauma. The multi-faceted clinical approach at APN Lodge has proven to be highly successful in treating cases of post-traumatic stress disorder and associated substance abuse.

These symptoms include:

  • Reliving the traumatic event
  • Attempting to avoid all thoughts or memories of the event
  • Being overly wound-up or in a constant state of high alertness
  • Emotional numbness and detachment
  • Functional problems in work, school, and interpersonal relationships
  • Anxiety, hostility, suicidal thoughts and plans, and difficulty identifying a sense of purpose

Trauma & Addiction

One of the first true breakthroughs in addiction treatment was the realization that addiction is often the result of someone trying to cope with a major underlying issue – such as physical or psychological trauma. Once treatment specialists identified the connection, it became clear that those struggling with addiction would continue to cycle through treatment and relapse until the focus of recovery expanded to address those untreated issues as well.

APN’s approach is founded upon the belief that addiction is often a symptom of unresolved trauma. Our process weaves together fundamental addiction recovery techniques with trauma intensive individual, group, and family therapies to comprehensively treat each client. In doing so, we help them establish a personalized framework to better identify, understand, and manage both their dependencies and mental disorders long-term.

Our Method

We treat the entire, unique client – mind, body, and spirit. Next Chapter trauma treatment is available for those who are struggling with substance abuse and those who are not. We are pleased to offer gender-specific treatment: one all-female program and one all-male program.

Developmental History

We start by fully examining each guest’s family and developmental history to gain a clear understanding of their childhood and development, including the various roles they played in their family of origin and the ways in which they adapted to those roles.

COPING MECHANISMS

Guests work to identify triggers and adopt healthy, functional coping mechanisms that enable them to better resolve moments of emotional distress.

DISCOVERY OF DYSFUNCTION

Through our in-depth exploration process, we identify unfavorable developmental patterns that will help reveal the underlying causes of the guest’s issues, including addictions and self-destructive or dysfunctional behaviors.

PERSONAL DISCOVERY

Guests are taught to recognize their own inherent value as human beings, with imperfection and vulnerability as essential parts of that value. This allows them to come to terms with their own fallibility, overcome limiting core beliefs, and develop a sense of meaning.

TEAM STRATEGIC APPROACH

Our clinical team works together to establish an emotional baseline for each guest, allowing the primary therapist to establish a personalized, curated curriculum of care.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Guests receive tools to monitor their own progress and achieve greater self-awareness through the sharpening of communication skills. By learning to calmly and effectively describe how they feel, they lay the foundation for healthy interpersonal relationships.

REGRESSION AND REPAIR

The primary therapist guides the guest in learning to recognize when they emotionally revert to childhood ego states. From there, the guest will learn to “grow themselves back up” to maturity in each scenario.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

As they progress through treatment, guests are encouraged to take on more responsibilities and explore their improved resiliency in coping with emotional triggering and adversity. Armed with these tools, guests are equipped to experience their lives with long-term stability, lasting recovery, and meaningful purpose.

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Each guest is assigned a primary therapist. This therapist works with the clinical and residential teams to track and identify the guest’s unique dispositions and behaviors that create unmanageability and relational problems

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