Addiction and trauma affect the whole family and extended community:
La Ventana brings healing, understanding, and communication to the recovery process for all through their signature Family Immersion Program.
The family unit has transformed and plays a central role in the treatment of substance abuse. Family is defined by our clients and not only include biological parents, siblings, and relatives but also significant others, friends, and those who are close to our hearts in our recovery. Evidence based practice provides family therapy that meets the needs of all family members and not just the person presenting the substance abuse issue. Addiction affects every member and the goal at La Ventana is to treat our clients but also to treat the family unit defined by our clients.
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 walking on eggshells and 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 addiction and mental illness and the importance of integrated treatment. Some of the topics we discuss are families in crisis and families in recovery, how to support a loved one in recovery from addiction and other mental health issues, setting realistic goals and expectations after treatment, and how to identify and prevent relapse.
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.
In addition to weekly family psychotherapy, we walk clients and their loved ones through a three-day intensive trust building experiential every six weeks. Treatment includes a reintegration to the self, and to the family as new patterns of communication and support are built. Our role is to bring education, support, and change to clients and their families through all stages of the recovery process.