“Our mission at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is to help young adults and their families forge recovery paths, so they can heal, blossom, and thrive.”
–Dr. Claudia Black
Innovative Treatment Exclusively For Young Adults
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center is a groundbreaking, intensive, and experiential-based inpatient treatment program for young adults ages 18 to 26. Our goal is to help restore hope, healing, and health to young adults who have lost focus and who are unable to embrace independent lives due to unresolved trauma, addictions, or other issues, including unsuccessful previous treatment.
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the best choice for young adults because:
- 45-day program: Research reveals that 45-day stays increase recovery rates.
- 12-Step work: Focusing on relapse prevention allows for a comprehensive and thoughtful treatment approach.
- Designed by experts: Our program was created by pioneers in their respective fields, including Dr. Claudia Black and Dr. Shelley Uram.
- Engage the family: Patients and their families are encouraged to address complex family systems issues.
- Holistic approach: Mindfulness activities and life skills are incorporated into the recovery process.
- Discovery and ownership: We work with patients to confront their issues in a positive manner in order for them to develop a sense of their true potential, allowing them to take responsibility for their lives.
Treatment For Young Adults
We treat a variety of conditions with the objective of addressing the root trauma at the heart of each patient’s struggle. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center treats patients experiencing one or a combination of the following conditions:
- Alcohol Addiction
- Anxiety Disorders treatment
- Bipolar Disorder
- Drug Addiction
- Emotional Abandonment
- Gaming Addiction
- Grief and Loss
- Physical Abuse
- Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction
- Relationship Trauma
Effective Multiphase Treatment
Young adults ages 18 to 26 often have a perception of feeling “in-between,” knowing they are free from adolescent struggles and looking for independence. In many cases, though, they are still closely connected to their parents or other caregivers. For this reason, we have developed a customized approach to target this unique population. Addictions, psychological trauma, and certain mood disorders may surface during this time period in a person’s life and may be connected to the presence of a deregulated brain stem. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center understands the enormous complexity of how the human brain functions in young adults. We utilize proven treatments to help regulate our patients during the healing process, allowing them to embrace long-term recovery.
Young Adult Focus
- Phase I “Rise” – The introduction of treatment concepts and orientation of patients to the program and community.
- Phase II: “Grow” – Treatments to address self-awareness, trauma, the limbic system, and emotion regulation.
- Phase III: “Develop” – Addresses self-interdependence, competency and life skills necessary to make informed choices and establish a commitment to the ongoing process of recovery.
Our treatment methods include:
- Trauma-Informed Psychodrama
- Somatic Experiencing®
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
- Expressive Art Therapy
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center team introduces fun into recovery in order to resonate with young adults and to promote interdependence and competency, allowing them to make informed choices. Being part of a community and participating in daily community meetings allow patients to:
- Develop essential life skills
- Improve communication skills
- Engage with peers and staff
- Set goals
- Secure positive affirmation
- Develop boundaries
Young Adult Treatment Team
Claudia Black, Ph.D., MSW
Claudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Today Dr. Black is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation and also serves as an Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist for The Meadows. Dr. Black is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work, the 2010 Conway Hunter Award for excellence in the field of addictions, the 2012 Robert Rehmar Addiction Professional Award, and the 2014 Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award. Dr. Black has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Black’s scope of influence includes working with multi-cultural agencies and audiences around the world, as well as presenting workshops to military academies, prison systems, medical schools, and mental health and addiction programs. Claudia is the author of It Will Never Happen To Me, Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me, Relapse Toolkit, A Hole in the Sidewalk, Depression Strategies, Straight Talk, Family Strategies, Anger Strategies, Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets, The Truth Begins With You, and her most recent book Intimate Treason. She has produced several audio CDs and over twenty DVDs.
James Cahill, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Cahill studied medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at West Virginia University. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and is fellowship trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Cahill currently serves as the Chief of Psychiatry for the Claudia Black Young Adult Center program for young adults.
Since finishing his fellowship in 1994, Dr. Cahill has maintained an active practice in Psychiatry serving adults, adolescents, and children in Arizona, in residential, outpatient, and acute inpatient treatment settings.
Leanne Lemire, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director
Leanne Lemire, MSW, LCSW is the Clinical Director of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western New England College and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Massachusetts. Leanne has held the position of Primary Counselor both at the Meadows and at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center prior to becoming the Program Director. She completed Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Training and embraces the Meadows Model both professionally and personally, as an integral framework for trauma resolution, interpersonal healing, and ongoing recovery. Her other areas of training include Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Low and High Ropes Challenge Course, Gestalt Therapy through the Southwestern Gestalt Center, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy through the O. K. Corral Series. Leanne’s passion lies in helping to foster an environment that allows young adults to feel empowered as they navigate through their recovery process and embrace the hope embodied in a new day.
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experiential-based 45-day treatment program for young adults ages 18 – 26 who are struggling with unresolved emotional trauma, addiction, have a dual diagnosis, or who have failed past addiction treatments. Dr. Claudia Black – renowned author, speaker, and trainer who has been working with family systems and addictive disorders since the 1970s – is the clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center.
In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, young adults are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery.