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Answers to your most frequently asked questions

The Information You Need Now

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 questions you must have as you try to determine if The Meadows is the right fit for your specific needs. Additionally, our caring and knowledgeable admissions coordinators are happy to answer your questions.

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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.

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, which is why they should be done under strict supervision by qualified clinicians.


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.

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 insurance company or carrier. Financing may also be available. Our admissions team can help guide you through this process when you call.

What exactly is inpatient treatment?

Inpatient treatment provides care 24 hours a day in a residential setting. Sometimes, it is better to be taken out of your home environment in order to focus fully on recovery. After an extensive evaluation, our therapists, counselors, and psychologists create a unique, personalized treatment plan. That plan is based on the patient’s diagnoses, interests, and personality, and usually consists of individual and group sessions, therapeutic modalities like EMDR and Somatic Experiencing®, neurofeedback, and interactive holistic offerings like expressive arts, mindfulness, tai chi, and equine therapy.

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 their specific core issues and to create an individualized treatment plan.

How long will I have to be in treatment?

Individual progress varies, but 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.

Does the treatment follow a 12-Step model?

Yes. We’ve found that the 12-Step model provides a path to accepting that addictions and trauma are powerful and destructive, so it is a component of our program. Of course, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all, so at The Meadows we develop personalized recovery plans to fit our patients’ unique needs. These plans are all based on our proprietary “Meadows Model” and include a variety different therapies and modalities.

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. While it might seem like more individual sessions would equal faster healing, that’s not necessarily the case. Our treatment program includes a varied schedule that allows for time to process the information and insights gained during individual and group sessions, get peer feedback, as well as explore feelings and emotions through holistic therapies like mindfulness, equine, or expressive arts.

Does the treatment include equine therapy?

The Meadows offers many experiential ways of learning, including Equine Assisted Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. Unlike many programs, we have horses on-site at our nearby sister facility overseen by Meadows staff, allowing for weekly equine sessions. No horseback riding experience is necessary. In fact, equine therapy doesn’t actually include riding. Instead, it involves groundwork with the horses that can raise issues and provide an opportunity to work through problems that are harder to access in group or individual sessions.

Is there 24-hour nursing?

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

Our Facility

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.

Does the facility have a program that incorporates holistic practices?

The Meadows believes in treating the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. 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 Meadows Senior Fellows, who provide clinical leadership and guide our 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.

Does the facility embrace the use of Somatic Experiencing®, DBT, and EMDR methodologies?

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

How long has The Meadows been offering this type of treatment services?

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.

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.

Can The Meadows staff administer medical detoxification services if necessary?

Yes. We are able to detox patients on our campus with clinical supervision.

What is the ratio of staff to patients?

The Meadows therapists lead primary groups ranging from 6-12 patients.


Should my family be involved in my treatment?

Family involvement is considered to be a significant benefit to long-term recovery for patients. 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 does Family Week work?

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 and to developing a healthy family system.

Didn’t Find the Answer You Were Looking For?

We know that each individual is unique and you may have specific needs that aren’t addressed here. We’re happy to talk through any questions or concerns you have to help determine if The Meadows is the right fit for you or a loved one.

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Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and is experienced in assisting others with compassion, dignity, and respect — hallmark values of The Meadows for more than 45 years. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to a healthier and more productive lifestyle. When you call, they will lead you through a series of questions to determine if The Meadows is a good fit, and how soon your treatment can begin. If you are interested in The Meadows for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out an admissions form today!

If you are interested in The Meadows for yourself or a loved one call or fill out an admissions form today!

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