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Monday, 13 June 2011 20:00

John Bradshaw: On The Meadows Model of family systems in treatment

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JOHN BRADSHAW ON THE MEADOWS' MODEL OF FAMILY SYSTEMS IN TREATMENT

As part of its video series on addiction and trauma, The Meadows is pleased to present an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and a leading figure in the fields of addiction and recovery.
In his third video of the series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses the main reason he is affiliated with The Meadows: its model of family systems in treating addiction and trauma.

"I like The Meadows' model for a number of reasons; one is because I'm a strong believer in family systems," he says.
Mr. Bradshaw explains that, for the first time in human history, we understand how substance abuse and physical abuse within a family can take a huge toll on every member.

"The father may stop drinking and get sober," he explains, "but the rest of the family has been affected seriously." Mr. Bradshaw adds that a professional can't treat a client without also dealing with the client's family, which often means involving them actively in therapy.

"That's one of the reasons I believe in The Meadows," he says. "It's difficult to get families involved in the process, but The Meadows does a great job of it."

Mr. Bradshaw is a senior fellow at The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its world-renowned treatment programs. He is the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as the importance of after-care facilities, the relationship between shame and depression, and the importance of inner-child deep feeling work. To view all the videos in this series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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