Sex addiction is real and is defined as “A pathological relationship with a mood altering experience.” Statistics show that 17 to 37 million people suffer from a sex addiction.
Recognizing the obvious signs of sexual addiction can help identify if a patient has crossed the line from a normal enjoyment of sex to an addiction that needs professional assistance. Problematic sexual behavior includes:
- Loss of Control
- Preoccupation with sexual acting out behaviors
- Significant adverse consequences
- Continuation despite consequences
Sexual addicts will continue to engage in sexual behavior despite financial problems, potential arrest, health risks or broken relationships. The condition can destroy relationships and causes an individual to feel enslaved by their addiction to sexual thoughts and acts. Sex is part of a normal, healthy life; however, when sexual activities or thoughts become consuming or habit forming, it crosses the line into addiction.
Gentle Path at The Meadows is especially designed to treat and work with male sex addicts with these complex issues. We also understand that when men gather together with the intention of changing the core of who they are, without distraction from the outside world, a container of safety is created.
We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility with 28 beds, accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high quality care, and treatment meaning that patients can be assured outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.
Different Levels of Care
Gentle Path at the Meadows is a level 1 inpatient unit with the ability to provide acute inpatient psychiatric care and substance detox in the acute care section of our unit, which has 24-hour monitoring by Registered Nurses and nursing staff experienced psychiatric and detox issues. Each patient is treated with a customized plan created during initial assessment. Different levels of care are available based on each specific need with every level administered in a safe, controlled environment.
Acute Inpatient Services and Psychiatric/Chemical Dependency Level
For patients in the most extreme state of crisis this level of care provides constant supervision during acute psychiatric disease processes and/or substance abuse detoxification. Patient safety is a primary concern, so individuals in this level of care are monitored 24 hours a day, overseen by both medical practitioners and psychiatric providers.
Intensive Inpatient Services Level
Patients at this level still require inpatient care but are not suffering from immediate substance abuse or psychiatric crises. The care is not as intensive as it is in the Acute level but patients are still monitored 24 hours a day by medical and psychiatric professionals to ensure safety.
Patients participate in individual therapy sessions with CSAT-trained clinicians throughout their stay. These sessions may focus on personal trauma, psychological assessment results, diagnostic impressions, crisis resolution, discharge planning, and discussion of particularly sensitive issues. Additionally, every patient participates in an individual consultation with Dr. Patrick Carnes.
Group counseling is one of the most effective tools employed at Gentle Path at The Meadows. Upon admission patients are assigned to a group led by a primary counselor. In this group each patient will learn to convey their problems, struggles and feelings to others and in so doing learn that they are not alone. Open discussions help to identify and dissolve defense mechanisms using the power of the group to build up every individual according to his treatment needs. Honesty and open discussion can do amazing things.
Weekly Psychiatric Counseling
Sexual addiction treatment is often a traumatic and emotionally-exhausting experience. For that reason, Gentle Path at the Meadows includes regular psychiatric counseling as part of the treatment plan for all patients. Appointments are scheduled a minimum of once a week, though additional sessions are available as needed. Patients will spend time one-on-one with their psychiatrist, in a mixture of counseling sessions and medication management. Psychiatrists will also attend group therapy sessions with patients as needed.
Our dedicated unit psychiatrist and medical director is CSAT trained and has 25 years of experience treating addiction and plays an active role on the treatment team, participating in groups and lectures in addition to providing individual medication management and weekly sessions.
Experiential Trauma Work
Using the pioneering work of Senior Fellow Pia Mellody, patients in our Survivor's Workshop examine their childhood in a safe and nurturing environment. They learn to release painful emotions and heal the parts of themselves that have been shamed, neglected or abandoned in the past.
Sexual Addiction Treatment Team
Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., CAS
Dr. Patrick Carnes plays an active role in patient care at Gentle Path at The Meadows. He is part of our staff meetings and shares his recommendations for treatment and aftercare of patients. Additionally, each patient will have an individual session with Dr. Carnes in which he personally reviews patient testing results and offers insights about the optimal treatment course.
Allan Benham, RN, BSN
Allan Benham, is the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows. Allan has held numerous positions at The Meadows during his 12 year tenure. Mr. Benham began his career at The Meadows as an entry level nursing tech, followed by positions as a Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Medical Services Director, Support Services Director, Interim Director for Remuda Ranch, and then most recently, Director of Operations at The Meadows. As the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, Allan will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility, along with overseeing the clinical and nursing departments and ancillary services.
Monica Meyer, PhD, CSAT-S
Monica Meyer is the Clinical Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows. Since 2010, she has worked and trained closely with Dr. Patrick Carnes, specializing in the treatment of sex addiction at the Gentle Path program. Dr. Meyer has a broad base of training and experience in the field of Clinical Psychology utilizing psychological assessments and treating chemical addictions, personality disorders, and eating disorders. She also participates in the training and clinical supervision of other professionals as a presenter at Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training modules. Dr. Meyer integrates cultural sensitivity with a sex-positive approach to create a safe space for clients from diverse orientations and gender identities to begin their sexual recovery.