Substance abuse and Eating Disorders affect the entire family. We all understand that caring for someone with an eating disorder or substance abuse co-occurring disorder can take a toll on the friends and family. At La Ventana we help family members to heal those relationships and mend the wounds that keep us from living a healthy and loving life as a family unit. This experience brings understanding, acceptance and forgiveness to participants.
In families dealing with substance abuse, eating disorders 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 resulting in keeping secrets in an effort to shield themselves from further damage. Eventually everyone involved is drawn into a downward spiral of dysfunctional patterns that erode trust and prevent healing. Through educational presentations and experiential sessions, participants learn about the co-occurring nature of substance abuse and eating disorders and mental illness and the importance of integrated treatment.
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.