When life becomes unmanageable, taking the first step in helping yourself or a loved one, is often confusing and overwhelming. At The Meadows, we realize you have many options to choose from when seeking a higher level of care. We hope that the information presented here will help answer the numerous question you must have and to determine if The Meadows is right for you. Additionally, our caring and knowledgeable Intake Coordinators are happy to answer your questions.

How do I know if I need treatment?

If everyday life has become unmanageable because of substance use, unresolved emotional trauma, uncontrollable mood disorders, or compulsive behavior, then you should consider treatment. If dysfunctional behaviors have had a negative effect on your job, relationships, finances, or health, then you should contact a professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, or addiction specialist who can better assess the situation.

What exactly is inpatient treatment?

Inpatient treatment provides care 24 hours a day. Sometimes, it is better to be taken out of your home environment in order to focus on recovery. After an extensive evaluation, a group of therapists, counselors, and psychologists come up with a unique, personalized treatment plan. The treatment plan is based on the patient’s diagnoses, interests, and personality, and usually consists of group meetings and 12-Step programs along with specific therapies such as Expressive Arts or Equine Therapy.

What is detox and do I need it?

Detox, or detoxification, cleanses the blood through metabolizing alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and neutralizes and destroys poisonous and harmful substances. If you have used alcohol or drugs for your body to feel normal, then you should seek help to guide you through the withdrawal process from those substances. The effects of withdrawal on your body and mind can be uncomfortable and dangerous and therefore should be done under strict supervision by a qualified provider.

Can The Meadows staff administer medical detoxification services if necessary?

Yes. We are able to detox patients on our campus.

Is the treatment facility licensed and well-equipped?

The Meadows is licensed as a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility by the Arizona Department of Health Services. We are also accredited by The Joint Commission. Such standards assure patients that they are receiving the highest-quality care available anywhere.

How long has it been offering this kind of service?

The Meadows was created as an addiction treatment center more than 40 years ago at a former dude ranch in the lush Sonoran desert northwest of Phoenix, Arizona.

How competent are the staff and employees?

The Meadows has a multi-disciplinary team of providers, including a psychiatric specialist, a medical physician, 24-hour nursing, registered dietitians, and licensed master’s and doctoral level therapists.

What is the ratio of staff to patients?

The Meadows therapist maximum caseload is six patients.

Is there 24-hour nursing?

The Meadows is an inpatient facility and has 24-hour nursing staff.

Will the program adequately address my problem or addiction?

All patients at The Meadows are screened prior to admission to make sure they are clinically appropriate for the program. They also receive an extensive assessment and diagnosis to uncover the core issues and to create an individualized treatment plan.

Does the treatment follow a 12-step model?

Yes. The 12-Step model provides a path to accepting that addictions and trauma are powerful and destructive. At The Meadows, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all, so we develop personalized recovery plans to fit our patients’ unique needs.

Can I opt for individual care?

Treatment at The Meadows consists of individual and group work. You will have a primary therapist who will work with you to meet your needs as laid out in your master treatment plan.

Does the facility embrace the use of Somatic Experiencing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) methodologies?

The Meadows incorporates individualized therapeutic modalities, such as Somatic Experiencing® (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization, Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique as appropriate.

Does the program have a family-based component?

Often, when patients come into treatment, the entire family system is broken. The Meadows Family Week is designed to explore family issues and understand how they have impacted the quality of relationships. This understanding is imperative to the recovery process.

Does the treatment include equine therapy?

The Meadows offers many experiential ways of learning, such as Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and ropes course.

Has the facility’s treatment model been tested over time?

The Meadows Model of Developmental Immaturity was developed by Senior Fellow Pia Mellody in the 1970s and has become the gold standard for trauma and addiction treatment.

Does the facility have a holistic program that incorporates practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, or Meditation?

The Meadows believes in treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. We offer a variety of complimentary, regulatory activities that enrich the recovery process, including acupuncture, meditation, yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness.

What are Senior Fellows?

Patients of The Meadows and its family of treatment programs benefit from the expertise of our team of Senior Fellows, who provide clinical leadership and guide the treatment approach. This distinguished group of leaders, teachers, and thinkers constantly challenges our organization to excel and remain innovative in our continuum of specialized treatment programs.

Is The Meadows treatment covered by my insurance?

Insurance plans and benefits vary greatly. While The Meadows has no control over the outcome of the insurance reviews, our highly trained staff will work hard to obtain the maximum benefit allowed by a patient’s company or carrier. Financing may also be available. Our Intake Department can help guide you through this process. Give us a call at 866.332.0612.

How long will I have to be in treatment?

Individual progress varies; however, research shows that positive outcomes are realized with a longer length of treatment. The Meadows 45-day program has been designed to allow patients to achieve their individual goals.

Should my family be involved in my treatment?

Family involvement is considered to be a significant aid in long-term recovery for patients. The Meadows Family Week Program is designed to assist patients and family members in developing a healthy family system. Our experience shows that when family members work together in support of one another, dysfunctional cycles can be broken and intergenerational patterns can be arrested.

How is success measured? How do I know that I’ll be “cured”?

Most addictions, no matter what kind, have no definite “cure” – only ongoing recovery. At The Meadows, we base our reputable success rate on three factors: the number of alumni who recommend our program to friends and relatives, the number of referrals we get from other treatment facilities, and the number of patients referred to us by therapists and other medical practitioners. The Meadows reputation for success can also be measured by our 40-year history of offering help and hope.