The Betrayal Bond

Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships

Workshop Quick Summary

Workshop: The Betrayal Bond

Category: Emotional Trauma

What: A workshop focused on identifying negative bonds and destructive attachments, recognizing denial, grieving losses, and beginning to heal

Who: Anyone interested in freeing themself from or recovering from exploitative relationships, processes, and situations

Cost: $3,950 (includes meals, evening activities, Brain Center and gym access)

Lodging: Reserve single or shared on-site rooms

Workshop Quick Take:

All bonds aren’t positive. Intense attachments to some people or addictive process can be destructive. The Betrayal Bond workshop, designed by renowned sex addiction expert Dr. Patrick Carnes, helps participants identify harmful patterns, get past denial, grieve losses, and find healing and freedom.

All About This Workshop

We tend to think of all bonds as being positive, but they are actually neutral and can become positive or negative. A betrayal bond is a type of negative bond that occurs when someone develops a strong and intense attachment to a person or an addictive process that is destructive to them. The Betrayal Bond workshop is designed to help participants free themselves from, and recover from, exploitive relationships, processes, and situations.

This workshop was developed under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Carnes, internationally known sex addiction expert and a Meadows Senior Fellow. Based on his groundbreaking book of the same name, The Betrayal Bond addresses exploitation of all kinds: marital, familial, relational, professional, religious, litigious, child abuse, domestic violence, cults, and addictions.

Workshop Goals

The goals of the Betrayal Bonds workshop are to help participants:

  • Recognize, acknowledge, and develop insights about situations,
    people, and processes that are exploitive in nature.
  • Break through denial, identify signs that a betrayal bond exists,
    and grieve losses.
  • Explore the root causes of one’s involvement in relationships,
    situations, and processes that are destructive to them.
  • Identify key elements that drive the cycle of abuse, betrayal of
    trust, and power.
  • Learn about the psychodynamic and neurobiological concepts
    behind exploitive situations and relationships.

Cost: $3,950, which includes

  • meals
  • evening activities (yoga, tai chi, auricular acupuncture, live music)
  • 12-Step meeting
  • Brain Center access
  • gym access

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with three convenient pickup times. Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process.

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“In 1992, I attended a week-long seminar with Dr. Patrick Carnes on trauma bonds. As a counselor for chemical dependency, I used Dr. Carnes’ handouts with those in treatment and serving time in the Indiana Department of Corrections until my retirement in 2008; but his work also personally changed my life with my own childhood trauma. Today I still use his principles in my church with those who still suffer from the effects of unresolved trauma.””

Michael C.

The Fine Print

The Fine Print:
Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process. Evening programming is provided after dinner. The Rio Retreat Center campus is strictly alcohol-and drug-free, and we have a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.


The Betrayal Bond

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