At La Ventana we understand that caring for someone with a substance abuse disorder can take a toll on the family. Our family program is about the healing of those relationships as we come together to heal the wounds that keep us from thriving in life, both individually and as families. The experience brings understanding, acceptance and forgiveness to participants.
Each client is assigned a family therapist and you will work intimately with your loved ones on family issues and the crisis you have all been thrown into.
In families dealing with addiction and mental illness, honest communication breaks down as loved ones struggle to cope with the pain of the disease. Friends and family members stop having open dialogue and listening to one another, often keeping secrets in an effort to shield themselves from further damage. Eventually the family is drawn into a downward spiral of dysfunctional patterns that erode trust and prevent healing.
Through family therapy, educational presentations and experiential sessions, families learn about the nature of addiction and co-occurring mental illness and the importance of integrated treatment. You will learn to set boundaries and understand that each family member has their own “recovery” to work on while accepting that you cannot fix another member’s addiction. It is their addiction and it is their recovery.
You will learn how to support a loved one in recovery, set realistic goals and expectations, and you will identify the players in the family unit to provide a clearer understanding of your family.
In a safe and nurturing environment, participants learn more effective ways of communicating, expressing their feelings and speaking their truth. They learn how to talk so that each individual is honored and how to listen without judgment.
Our participants report that the La Ventana family program is a major milestone in their recovery journey. They’re delighted to re-establish an intimate bond with their loved ones as they take the first bold steps in communicating with one another. In addition to renewed hope, many observe remarkable progress in recovery as they engage their newfound skills to continue on the path of healing.