The Meadows Psychiatrist, Dr. Jon G. Caldwell, was featured on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel with host Rebecca Buillon, LCSW, BRI-1 on the program "Addiction in America" on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
The discussion focused on attachment theory in children, in addition to Dr. Caldwell's article, "Facing the Truth Behind the Mask" which describes how addiction becomes a mask. This article can be found at: http://www.addictionrecoveryreality.com/?p=2874.
"What is meant by 'behind the mask' is the idea of trying to develop a metaphor of how we move through life. A lot of time we act out of old scripts that we inherited from early attachment relationships that are so powerful and written into our neurobiology," said Dr. Caldwell. "It is how we relate to other people, the world, and how we respond emotionally. We may not even be aware of the script and need to step back and get help with early scripts in order for us to react in a different way."
One of Dr. Caldwell's interests is attachment theory in children, whether it is secure attachment, anxious or preoccupied attachment, or avoidant attachment. "These styles of attachment have far-reaching consequences. They can set the child on a trajectory as far as mental and emotional health, and even physical health later in life," according to Dr. Caldwell.
To listen to the complete interview, visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/65774/addiction-in-america.
Jon G. Caldwell, D.O., is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors. Dr. Caldwell currently works full-time as a psychiatrist at The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg Arizona. For many years he has been teaching students, interns, residents, and professionals in medicine and mental health about how childhood adversity influences health and wellbeing. His theoretical perspective is heavily influenced by his PhD graduate work at the University of California at Davis where he has been researching how early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships affect cognitive, emotional, and social functioning later in life. Dr. Caldwell's clinical approach has become increasingly flavored by the timeless teachings of the contemplative traditions and the practice of mindfulness meditation
The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows' work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.