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Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:23

Webinar Recap: Addiction Interaction Explained

Dr. Erica Sarr, primary therapist at Gentle Path at The Meadows, facilitated an educational webinar titled Addiction Interaction in Young Adults: Drugs, Sex & Tech for clinical professionals August 24, 2017. Dr. Sarr, who specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology, touched on topics such as porn use in young adults, gaming addictions, drug abuse, and age normative behaviors for young adults during the 45-minute presentation.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:11

US Journal Conference | November 2-4, 2017

Once again, we have assembled many of this nation’s leading speakers, authors, and trainers to present on the most pertinent topics of specific interest to professionals in the fields of mental/behavioral  health and addictive disorders.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:22

Meet The Masters New York Was a Success

Meet The Masters, hosted by The Meadows at the Convene Conference Center in New York, was a huge success. Senior Fellows Claudia Black, PhD, MSW; Tian Dayton, PhD, MA, TEP; Shelley Uram, MD; and Bessel van der Kolk, MD presented to an audience full of 130 professionals seeking to expand their professional expertise and find new and improved ways to treat their patients. While the general theme woven throughout all the presentations related to childhood trauma and the brain, each one focused on unique ideas, including complexities of treating young adults, neuropsychodrama and sociometry, a return to the Essential Self, and the effects of trauma on mind and body. As one attendee commented, “I enjoyed having the four different views to bring together trauma treatment.” The Meadows in the premier drug rehab and psychological trauma treatment center in the country, we help change the lives of individuals through The Meadows Model, 12-step practices, and the holistic healing of mind, body, and spirit. For more information on our Senior Fellows, click here.

We would like to thank all of those who attended this special event. Together we can help improve the quality of life for our patients around the world.



Monday, 02 October 2017 12:47

Let's Bring Awareness To ADHD

October is ADHD Awareness month and for people without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder it can be difficult to grasp what it feels like for those who do. Individuals with ADHD may hear people flippantly say, “Everyone is a little bit ADHD” or dismiss their experience without compassion. However, contrary to popular misconception, ADHD is not a new term nor a medical fad. The medical condition was first mentioned in 1902 by British pediatrician Sir George Still who described “an abnormal defect of moral control in children.” He noticed that some children were unable to control their behavior the way a typical child would but were still intelligent.

Monday, 02 October 2017 12:38

National Depression Screening Day

October 5, 2017 may be the day that changes your future. Each year during Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Depression Screening Day is held as an education and screening event to bring awareness of the signs of depression and other mental health issues. By raising public awareness of behavioral and mental health issues, we can reduce the stigma and change lives.

In October of 1981 the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held a “Day Of Unity” with the goal of connecting and uniting individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raising awareness for those issues. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week and in October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

For many what starts as recreational or experimental drug use, can rapidly turn into a compulsive and unstoppable dependency. Drugs are chemicals that alter the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that marks addiction.

Drug addiction affects the lives of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Addiction among the affluent occurs for many of the same reasons that other classes of people become addicted. Issues like genetic predisposition, mental illness, and stress affect people in every class of society.

Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:48

Paying for Behavioral Health Treatment

More than 43 million Americans suffer from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, but more than half never get help, even people who have health insurance. These challenges can strike deeply at a family’s financial well-being. Insurance is a crucial tool that can grant access to needed treatment; however, navigating health insurance coverage is no easy feat.

Although depression may make you feel isolated and alone, statistics show you are not. Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.

Individuals suffering from depression often lack the motivation to get out of bed and can lose interest in the activities they once enjoyed. Since depression causes individuals to feel as if they are carrying a burden no one else can comprehend, those suffering from the disorder will isolate themselves from loved ones and trusted friends.

No one plans to become addicted, but after that initial interaction with alcohol, drugs or dysfunctional behavior, they may like how it makes them feel and soon find themselves spiraling out of control. Individuals who engage in these types of escapism may have initially acted on it to feel good, but then find themselves having to seek it out just to feel normal.

And that is what confuses many people who do not suffer from addiction.

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