La Ventana Alumni Spotlight

At La Ventana we recognize that recovery is a life-long commitment and without a community support system it becomes extremely difficult to maintain one’s recovery.

The La Ventana program provides a safe environment where our clients share their life stories, their love, and learn to open up while supporting others with their recovery. Our Alumni Program provides our clients with an outlet to use their acquired life skills and tools to live in recovery for the remainder of the lives. It also offers an opportunity to create a solid support community. The alumni group helps maintain this support community by staying engaged with others in recovery and to provide and give support to each other. This is a transition from our safe treatment environment to the real world.

The Alumni program may be looked at as a form of aftercare providing ongoing support from other clients who have gone through the La Ventana program. It is also an avenue to “give back” to others by providing support and encouragement with their recovery. The Alumni program also provides an opportunity to maintain contact with some of the La Ventana staff.

There is data to support alumni programs which offer a reduction in ongoing psychiatric symptoms, a reduction in substance abuse and longer recovery time. In addition, this can lead to residential stability creating a positive and healthy long term lifestyle.

At La Ventana, we offer alumni meetings, alumni outings and a private alumni Facebook page only accessible to alumni and a few staff. This keeps our alumni in communication with each other which strengthens their recovery community support system. It also provides clients with a health social media outlet to share their life with others who understand the challenges of recovery.

We have monthly outings which are fun and assists alumni in creating new social skills as they learn to meet and interact with new people. Alumni support of others helps reduce stress as alumni are encouraged by others to attend and just have a good time. Support is offered in a friendly environment helping clients with their continued triggers while managing anxiety and sobriety.

We encourage all alumni to join and become part of our “La Ventana Family.

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Friends are made and a community support system, in addition to family, is established creating a sense of connection to a world that is healthy, positive and promotes their recovery.

  • Examine emotions and self esteem
  • Enhance positivity
  • Empower themselves
  • Improve self-awareness increase attention and concentration
  • Build coping and problem solving strategies
  • Enhance mindfulness and relaxation techniques
  • Improve inter personal skills

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The Alumni program may be looked at as a form of aftercare providing ongoing support from other clients who have gone through the La Ventana program. It is also an avenue to “give back” to others by providing support and encouragement with their recovery. The Alumni program also provides an opportunity to maintain contact with some of the La Ventana staff.

There is data to support alumni programs which offer a reduction in ongoing psychiatric symptoms, a reduction in substance abuse and longer recovery time. In addition, this can lead to residential stability creating a positive and healthy long term lifestyle.

At La Ventana, we offer alumni meetings, alumni outings and a private alumni Facebook page only accessible to alumni and a few staff. This keeps our alumni in communication with each other which strengthens their recovery community support system. It also provides clients with a health social media outlet to share their life with others who understand the challenges of recovery.

We have monthly outings which are fun and assists alumni in creating new social skills as they learn to meet and interact with new people. Alumni support of others helps reduce stress as alumni are encouraged by others to attend and just have a good time. Support is offered in a friendly environment helping clients with their continued triggers while managing anxiety and sobriety.

We encourage all alumni to join and become part of our “La Ventana Family.

– RD

Alumni Events

Benefits of Alumni in Recovery

  • Music provides a number of benefits both physically and mentally
  • Music can reduce stress levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Releases endorphins
  • Releases oxytocin which can decrease feelings of loneliness making us feel more connected with the world
  • Decrease symptoms of depression
  • Improve concentration
  • Helps with anxiety and encourages a positive state of mind.
  • Creates community and teaches respect for others

Goals

Clients do not have to be musically inclined, rather to explore a creative outlet, and use the right brain and overcome barriers and create self-esteem and confidence and alternative expression as well. And just to have a really good time too!!

Music and Meditation

One of the hardest things for addicts to overcome is the quieting of the mind. In practicing active listening, the mind is quiet. When playing in a drum circle, the mind is quiet, there is only the music. Music is a form of meditation.

 Research has documented some of the changes that take place while playing music and or drum circles and has found reduced blood pressure, increased immune function as well as increased white blood cell counts.

 In the field of addiction we often see clients unable to embrace their emotions while setting up defense mechanisms which hamper their emotional growth. Rationalizing, lying, stealing, manipulating, denying are just a few of these defense mechanisms and our Music in Recovery program helps our clients to acknowledge these defenses, recognize these defenses, and eventually break down these defenses.

It also increases self-awareness as clients take responsibility for destructive behavior they have done in the past. This leads to raising awareness of community and allows our clients to connect to others and engage in life through friendships, family, intimate relationships and community.

Isolation, a characteristic of addiction, is attacked in our Music in Recovery program and a positive and healthy self-image emerges to continue the path to recovery.

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Our Music in Recovery program provides our clients with tools to help:

  • Express their feelings
  • Manage and Reduce their Stress and Anxiety
  • Improve their Communication with family, friends and community
  • Promote their overall Wellness
  • Accomplish their individual Goals
  • Create or enhance their Spiritual growth
  • Improve their Emotional Status & Personal development
  • Engage their Pain Management
  • Reduce their Depression
  • Discover their ability to be intimate with others
  • Enhance their self esteem
  • Empower themselves
  • Increase their attention span and concentration
  • Enhance mindfulness
  • Improve their interpersonal skills

La Ventana uses a milieu of music in recovery approaches to incorporate our program into our client’s recovery. We do this with:

  • Listening to music
  • Discussing music
  • Creating music
  • Songwriting
  • Discussing & analyzing lyrics to music with recovery themes
  • Drum Circles
  • Creating bands
  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Centered games
  • Improvising

Our Music in Recovery program helps:

  • Build teamwork as clients rely on each other to create their music.
  • Creates a sense of Community as the team will include some members who are musically talented and others who have little or no musical knowledge or talent. In any event a team must be built to include all members of the music society in the program.
  • To lift the spirits of client’s , feel good about themselves, feel connection to others and demonstrates that you can enjoy life and have fun in sobriety
  • Calm the restlessness in our client’s which produces a mind that is open to recovery
  • Creativity through lyric writing as client’s share their life and share their message they want to send out to the world with the lyrics that are unique to them.
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At La Ventana we have been treating substance abuse for over eleven years and one common denominator we find is that our client’s need to get in touch with their deepest emotions including their family relationships, their interpersonal relationships, their sexual identity and relationships, their trauma experiences, their failures, their successes, and uncover these deepest emotions which are often a root cause of their addiction.

Our Music in Recovery program does just that as our clients move into an emotional state to deal with these deep emotions through music. Getting in touch with our deepest emotions is a big step towards providing the mindset and emotional state to acknowledge, respect, and defeat the disease of addiction.