Family Sundays for Spanish-Speaking Men in Recovery at Nuevo Dia

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Family Sundays at VA Drug RehabSundays are joyful moments for men affected by substance abuse at the Nuevo Dia program, as they have a chance to share traditional food from their native country with other clients and spend some time with their families.

Every Sunday families of clients visit their beloved ones in recovery, bring a traditional dish from their country of origin and share it with other clients in our programs.

“Our clients have a wonderful time getting together with their families and eating tasty treats from different Latin American countries,” said Nohemi Pacheco, primary counselor at Nuevo Dia,” They enjoy so much sharing their culture and the food they grow up eating, and this cannot be more beneficial to them as they struggle every day to stay sober and start a new happier and healthier life.”

Family reunions are really important in our clients’ journey towards recovery. Families are such crucial sources of support for them and give patients a sense of belonging. Addiction is a “family disease” and families need to be constantly involved and understand what their beloved ones are going through, since this will help their relatives to deal with their substance abuse issues better. That is why Nuevo Dia program places an emphasis on family services. About one year ago Family Meeting Therapy was introduced in the program for clients with marital problems or who had a history of domestic violence. Clients during these sessions have the opportunity to learn how to build a healthy relationship, to respect and communicate with their spouses and to save their marriages and families.

“The family is the homeland of the heart” Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian politician and patriot, wrote in 1860, “There is an angel in the Family who, by the mysterious influence of grace, of sweetness, and of love, renders the fulfillment of duties less wearisome, sorrows less bitter. The only pure joys unmixed with sadness which it is given to man to taste upon earth are, thanks to this angel, the joys of the Family.”

About Nuevo Dia

For Spanish-speaking men in need of addiction treatment, Nuevo Dia (New Day) is a critical community resource. This innovative, fully-accredited residential substance abuse treatment program in Arlington, Virginia offers a Spanish-speaking staff and culturally responsive treatment that meets the needs of each individual. When this program opened in 2000, it was the first Spanish-language residential addiction treatment center in Northern Virginia.

Find out more about programs and services at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.

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