Gentle Path At The Meadows
Gentle Path at The Meadows is a revolutionary program for males 18 and older struggling with a sexual addiction, relationship addiction, and sexual anorexia. This world-renowned treatment is based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Patrick Carnes’ Thirty-Task model that has been empirically validated to be an effective form of treatment for sexually compulsive behavior.
Located in a stunning desert landscape, surrounded by mountain vistas and beautiful trees, Gentle Path at The Meadows is a true oasis - providing our patients an exclusive and tranquil place where they can reflect on their issues without distraction. We have cultivated a safe and secure environment that provides patients the freedom to work on their issues under the supervision of The Meadows professional, nurturing, and expert staff.
Gentle Path at The Meadows is designed from the ground up to address a centered approach to sex addiction treatment and the effects the disorder has on patient relationships, self-esteem, and livelihood.
The goal of Gentle Path at The Meadows is to help men develop a sense of healthy sexuality and resolve past trauma or family issues in order to reclaim their lives from negative behaviors.
What Is Sex Addiction?
Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior that interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment. While, no single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction; these behaviors can take control of addicts' lives and become unmanageable.
Sexual addiction has also been called hypersexuality, sexual dependency and sexual compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict's life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority over family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the governing principle of an addict's life. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.
Sex Addiction Treatment
Gentle Path at The Meadows is a minimum 45-day intensive program committed to the highest level of care for men struggling with sex addiction. For this reason, the program is gender specific and treats only adult males. A gender specific program is specifically tailored to a man’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
Treatment at Gentle Path at The Meadows incorporates The Meadows Model with Dr. Patrick Carnes’ 30 task model for the treatment of sex addiction and will include individual and group therapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing®, equine therapy, CBT, and psychodrama.
Gentle Path also recognizes that very few addicts have just one addiction. A rapidly growing body of evidence shows the addictive process appearing in different forms including, alcohol, substance abuse, sexual disorders, eating disorders, and financial disorders. For example, most cocaine addicts also use sex compulsively. To focus only on the cocaine, or one aspect of addiction, sets the stage for failure. There is an elaborate set of cues, rituals, relationships, and patterns that Gentle Path at The Meadows addresses to dramatically improve our patients’ outcomes.
Our patients receive sex addiction help through individualized attention as well as being integrated into a group process within our multi-phase approach. The staff on-hand is multi-disciplinary and includes psychiatrists and addictionologists.
- Program Director
- Chief of Psychiatry
- Master’s Level Licensed Therapist
- Continuing Care Coordinator
- Neurofeedback Practitioners
- Primary & Family Counselor
- 24-hour Nursing
- Experiential Therapist
- Expressive Arts Therapist
Gentle Path at The Meadows employs a system that varies the intensity of care according to individual patient needs. During the Evaluation Phase, patients are assessed in our most structured setting. Patients receive a battery of psychological testing, sexual addiction testing, trauma evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, chemical dependency assessment, in addition to a biopsychosocial assessment and psychosexual assessment. This phase of treatment typically lasts 24-72 hours. The patient is then discharged to the first phase of treatment.
Patients are involved in a full day of treatment 7:30am to 9:00pm. Activities and events are also scheduled on evenings and weekends. The program offers specialty groups and services designed to meet the needs of this population.
All Gentle Path at The Meadows staff are either Masters or Doctoral level trained clinicians with specialized training in working with sexual issues. Because we understand there are many different types of addictions, Gentle Path at The Meadows’ treatment program offers a variety of treatment options, each prescribed and suited to the individual patient’s needs.
Experiential Therapy is a tool used to help patients examine personal relationships and initiate self-discovery on how those relationships affect current behaviors. Examining personal relationships through this therapy can help patients identify negative emotions that trigger their compulsive behaviors. Patients participating in experiential therapy may recreate situations or experiences that trigger difficult emotions or feelings that can be addressed in a positive manner.
Some of our Experiential Therapies include:
- Tai Chai
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Expressive Arts
- Equine Therapy
- …many more
Gentle Path at The Meadows utilizes experiential therapy to help our patients begin to become more aware of their own needs, motivations and patterns of behavior. It helps them identify roadblocks and create solutions around them. Effective use of this therapy can help patients attain a higher degree of self-confidence and free them from their self-destructive emotional and behavioral patterns. Our therapies are designs to eliminate feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem to help patients establish healthy relationships and a connection with their true self.
Gentle Path at The Meadows believes that family support is critical when working to heal from issues related to sexual addiction. It is our goal to involve the family whenever possible.
Family week is an intensive one-week program designed for family and loved ones of the patient. The program focuses on assisting loved ones in understanding the complex nature of addiction as well as helping them to understand the feelings which are natural when dealing with a friend or family member with an addictive disease. During the week, family members and patients identify issues and problems they are facing and incorporate those into the overall treatment plant.
Comprehensive aftercare planning is critical for success in long-term recovery. The Gentle Path at The Meadows program provides assistance in developing a comprehensive discharge and recovery plan. Our staff works with the patient and the therapist at home to provide a seamless transition to maintain the momentum gained in treatment.
In order to provide improved care to our patients and service to our referral resources, The Meadows has dedicated expanded resources to our aftercare services. The goals of the expanded services are:
- To provide our patients with an assigned individual at the onset of their treatment experience who will follow them through the entire program to support and guide them with their research and intake phases of aftercare.
- To communicate with referral resources to coordinate their patient’s ongoing care needs in conjunction with The Meadows clinical treatment recommendations in an effort to provide quality patient care.
- To extend The Meadows relationships and network of quality continuing care service providers.
Gentle Path at The Meadows works to help patients not only overcome their struggles with sex addiction, but also to provide them with the education and skills necessary to form a healthy relationship with their sexuality.
We Can Help
Recovery from sex addiction is possible. Gentle Path at The Meadows is designed to help males suffering from addiction recognize that they have a full, rich life ahead of them. Contact Gentle Path at The Meadows today and begin your journey towards a happy, healthy, and productive life.