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 specially 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. This means that our 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 the 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.
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 staff training and patient care oversight ensuring patients receive the most advanced treatment in sex addiction. Dr. Carnes has over 30 years in the addiction field. He is in high demand as a speaker, presenter, and interview subject, and he continues to be the leading voice in the field of sex addiction.
Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP, Executive Director
Dr. Law serves as the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows and Willow House at The Meadows, residential programs specializing in relationship disorders, sex addiction, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. He is a Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional, and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor.
Prior to assuming the Executive Director Role and Gentle Path and Willow House, Jerry served as Director of Family Education and Leadership Training for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, Jerry worked closely with the clinical teams and offered education and support to family members while their loved one is in treatment.
As Executive Director, Jerry oversees the day-to-day operations of the programs and works closely with the clinical team in providing world-class treatment as well as advocating for service excellence in the care provided. He works closely with Senior Fellows, Dr. Patrick Carnes, and Dr. Stefanie Carnes in the ongoing development and implementation of program curriculum ensuring the continuity of care for which The Meadows programs are known worldwide.
Erica Sarr, PsyD, MEd, BCB, CSAT, Clinical Director
Dr. Erica Sarr has been treating clients with sexuality-related issues across a variety of settings since the beginning of her therapeutic career. Dr. Sarr is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently serves as the clinical director for Gentle Path at The Meadows. She also is a national speaker on process addiction and mental health issues. The focus of much of Dr. Sarr’s career has been working with people who have committed professional or criminal sexual boundary violations as well as assisting the regulatory organizations that manage these clients. She has also worked in several intensive settings treating compulsive sexual behavior. She is passionate about helping all clients define and embrace healthy, values-congruent sexuality across the lifespan. Dr. Sarr also specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology, particularly in the area of video games.