RECOVERY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Mirasol's Family Program

When there's an eating disorder in the family, it affects everyone in the family, and every member of the family deserves a chance to heal. Mirasol's three-day family program is the heart and soul of its integrative eating disorder recovery program, bringing together children, parents, siblings and significant others in a supportive, judgment-free environment to discover new family dynamics. This panel discussion begins with a detailed description of the program, and how it creates a space for the entire family to heal wounds that may have roots more than one generation deep.

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HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE

As part of Mirasol's family program, both clients and their families participate in high ropes challenge courses, including zip lines, high "V" and giant ladders.

"We've been doing the challenge course for several years now, and it has become a really important part of our program," says Mirasol Executive Director Diane Ryan.

"It's a great metaphor for what the clients are going through in treatment. Recovery from an eating disorder is a huge challenge, but clients learn that they're stronger than they think they are, that they can access different resources, learn to ask for support, and find out that they're not in this all by themselves."

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Backpacking with the Teens

A few photos from our first backpacking trip with Mirasol teen clients in the Catalina Mountains:

MIRASOL TEEN BACKPACKING TRIP
At the top of the world, at the intersection with Bear Canyon and East Fork Sabino Canyon.
MIRASOL TEEN BACKPACKING TRIP
Heading downhill along the East Fork.

Eating Disorders, Shame and Tools for Recovery

EATING DISORDER SHAME

"Shame is at the core of every eating disorder," says therapist Amy Wasserbauer of Arizona State University Counseling Services. She made her remarks during a presentation entitled, "The Impact of a Shame Identity on Eating Disorders" at IAEDP-Tucson's quarterly meeting on June 8, 2016. Wasserbauer shared the podium with Pam Micca of Healthy Women, Healthy Girls. Wasserbauer says they chose shame as a topic because "understanding the inner life of an individual who develops an eating disorder is vital to an understanding of treatment and recovery." Full Story