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Monday, 16 May 2011 20:00

John Bradshaw: Discusses Survivors week

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As part of its ongoing video series, The Meadows is pleased to present part two of a 10-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and a leading figure in the fields of addiction and recovery.

In this second video, Mr. Bradshaw discusses Survivor Week, the weeklong part of The Meadow's inpatient treatment program. The purpose of Survivor Week is to get family members actively involved in the patient's recovery process.

"Survivor Week allows people to understand where they are in the family system," Mr. Bradshaw explains, adding that this understanding is very important, especially when dealing with alcoholic families, battering families, or incestuous families, for example. The whole family system becomes dysfunctional and 'stuck together.' "The ability to differentiate, to be one's own self, becomes impossible unless you do some work on it," he says.
Mr. Bradshaw has been affiliated with The Meadows since 1979, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs.

Identified by his peers as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century, Mr. Bradshaw has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his writings and teachings. Over the years, he has authored several New York Times bestselling 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 Meadows' model of family systems in treatment, among others.

To view this and other videos in The Meadows' series, see 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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