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The Meadows was proud to be a major contributing sponsor of The US Journal Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders held in Nashville May 7-9, 2014. This event attracted more than 350 Clinical Professionals from the Southeast, Midwest and East Regions. Many conference participants were reportedly in attendance specifically to hear featured presenters Bessel van der Kolk, MD and Claudia Black, Ph.D., MSW, world-renowned experts who are thought leaders in their disciplines and Senior Fellows of The Meadows.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk opened the conference with his keynote presentation titled The Body Knows the Score. His lecture explored important questions regarding trauma and its effects on individuals who have traumatic experiences, as well as those around them. Dr. van der Kolk also examined the progression of trauma in the brain and the behaviors typical of a traumatized person.

Dr. Claudia Black gave two outstanding presentations. In her lecture The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma Dr. Black presented a detailed portrait of addiction in the family and offered an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of trauma. Dr. Black’s second presentation Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sexual Addiction discussed the challenges men and women face when confronted by their partner’s sexual behaviors. In this presentation, Dr. Black outlined a three-part recovery focus offering the audience a treatment framework for the partner of a sex addict.

The Meadows has long been recognized for leading-edge trauma and addiction treatment. The Meadows as well as their specialty program for young adults, Dawn at The Meadows, integrate therapies such as Neurofeedback, DBT and Sensoimotor Psychotherapy into the treatment program for a holistic patient experience. Regarding these therapies, Dr. Van der Kolk stated, “I am so pleased that The Meadows is using these modalities because these types of treatment are what will help traumatized individuals to heal from their traumas.”

Business Development Liaisons Jenna Pastore and Peter Stavropoulos represented The Meadows Programs at this conference.

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Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:24

IECA Spring 2014 Conference

The Meadows to participate in conference with youth and young adult focus.

The Meadows is excited to be participating in the IECA Spring 2014 Conference in Indianapolis May 7-10. The conference will be a great opportunity to engage with the nation’s leading authorities related to youth and young adults.

Dawn at The Meadows understands the unique needs of young adults, ages 18-26, who have lost focus or are unable to embrace independent lives due to addiction, unresolved trauma, or co-occurring issues. Many young adults have endured unsuccessful previous treatment experiences. We are passionate about returning hope to struggling young adults and spreading the word about the cutting edge treatment we offer.

Remuda Ranch at the Meadows is a pioneer of treating eating disorders for women, teens and children. We are defined by providing quality treatment for complex disorders. We know recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Based on feedback from our patients, families and professionals, the vast majority of individuals we have treated remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose.

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) helps its members serve families in decisions that include therapeutic needs by helping them sort out the options available for their struggling students and young adults and stepping them through the placement process. IECA members meet throughout the year for professional development at conferences and invite service providers to participate in their information swap.

Find out more about the unique, holistic young adult program offered by The Meadows at If you have an immediate need for help, please call us at 888-244-4949.

To find out more about our world-class eating disorder treatment, visit or call 888-390-5100.

We know inpatient treatment is not always an appropriate option. Therefore, The Meadows offers a variety of cost effective, five-day workshops to all individuals. These workshops allow participants to jump-start their personal recovery by gaining insight into dysfunctional patterns, and offer the opportunity to practice new skills within a safe environment.

Unique to The Meadows is our signature Survivors Workshop, an essential element of our inpatient treatment program, but also a powerful stand-alone workshop.

About Survivors Workshop:

  • Based on Senior Fellow Pia Mellody’s pioneering work in her book, Facing Codependence
  • Investigates the origins of adult dysfunctional behaviors by exploring early childhood issues that have fueled various addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and painful relational patterns
  • Identifies and addresses family-of-origin issues that took place from birth to 17 years of age
  • Provides tools to manage the emotions that accompany any less-than-nurturing past events
  • Explores understanding of how early childhood development impacts current functioning
  • Releases deeply embedded energy resulting from childhood relational trauma through body-oriented therapies
  • Helps to develop a high-functioning adult self

Trauma Treatment


Spring is a time of growth, and there’s no better time than now for setting change in motion. So, for a limited time, The Meadows is offering Survivors Workshop at a special price. Survivor's Workshop

  • 20% off the $2,925 cost of the workshop
  • Workshop must be booked by May 31, 2014
  • Caller must mention promotional code “May” when booking to receive the discount
  • Participant may attend any 2014 Survivors Workshop date but is subject to availability
  • Payment must be received by May 31, 2014 to qualify for the discount
  • Offer ends May 31, 2014


  • Register by contacting our Workshop Coordinator at 800-244-4949
  • Must be clinically appropriate for Survivors Workshop to register
  • Survivors Workshop is conducted weekly, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weeks
  • Workshops are conducted at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona, and run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cancellation fees apply
  • Lodging and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant

To learn more about the Survivor's Workshop, click here.

To view or download the flyer click here or select the flyer image.

Depression is a mental illness in which many millions of Americans suffer from every year. According to depression statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 9 percent of adult Americans have feelings of hopelessness, despondency, and/or guilt that generate a diagnosis of depression. At any given time, about 3 percent of adults have major depression, also known as major depressive disorder, a long-lasting and severe form of depression. In fact, major depression is the leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the CDC.

Here at The Meadows, the majority of our patients may have this problem, along with addictions or other issues.Shelley Uram

Traditionally, most family physicians and psychiatrists will prescribe antidepressant medication. Very often these medications will relieve some to most of the symptoms. All too often, however, many people re-experience their depressive symptoms after the medication dose is eventually decreased or stopped.

Then what? Well, they will probably end up taking antidepressant medication again.

Dr. Shelley Uram recent spoke to the Meadows campus about an additional approach to depression that has often been found to be quite helpful.

The underpinnings of many depressive episodes may rest on certain beliefs and expectations of ourselves and others that are not met. This perceived failure triggers negative emotions, which can ultimately lead to altered brain neurochemistry that can lead to another depression.

By "nipping in the bud" our deep false beliefs and their related expectations, the cycle of repeated depressive episodes may be decreased or stopped.

This was a very insightful presentation that helped the audience gain a better understanding of depression and the impact it has on our lives.

About Dr. Shelley Uram

Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She speaks around the country about how psychological trauma often interferes with our ability to thrive in life. She is best known for communicating very complex information in an interesting and easy to understand way.

Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and provides ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff at The Meadows. When she isn't working as a Senior Fellow, she's conducting workshops, lectures and seminars across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom; or working as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Uram has written numerous articles about psychological trauma and the brain and is currently writing a book on the subject.

We Can Help

At The Meadows treatment center in Arizona, our competent and compassionate clinicians and therapists specialize in treating not only the symptoms of depression, but also the underlying causes. We help patients heal and find freedom from debilitating depression, and learn the skills necessary to build and re-build fulfilling relationships. To learn more about our treatment of depression, click here.

To learn more about The Meadow’s innovative treatment program for depression, contact an Intake Coordinator at 800-244-4949 or use our online form.

This cutting-edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience through experiential activities with horses addressing self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. The Workshop consists of no more than five participants for an outdoor, five-day experience facilitated by two seasoned professionals, Colleen and Buddy! Participants stay in good ole' Wickenburg and are transported daily to equine facility.

The Meadows Model + Somatic Experiencing®(SE) + Horses = AMAZING!

"Spirit" is a great resource for those of us that have already done a great deal of personal work. It is unique, very different from the other forms of therapy I have encountered in my twenty-five years of recovery. I had profound insights and learned techniques to continue nervous system regulation. I was able to complete several pieces of experiential work throughout the week; some deep and others just necessary to integrate.

The relationship between horses and humans is unique. Horses are highly intuitive animals. Buddy told us, "horse give you what you need, not necessarily what you want". This resonated; they present challenges and elicited emotions I may not have otherwise accessed. Without ever mounting a horse, I felt connected to them, myself and nature in a way I hadn't for some time. They represented struggles in my life, and inspired me to stretch. These horses and facilitators helped me connect to my higher self, providing the guidance and the healing I sought in an organic way.

Equine Therapy Workshop

The Meadows’ equine workshop team combines the wisdom of our seasoned therapist trained in Somatic Experiencing® (SE) with an uncommon horseman and highly skilled trainer. This unique equine experience is held on a scenic rustic ranch a short distance from Wickenburg, AZ.

Combining The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), mindfulness, and natural horsemanship, this cutting-edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience. The program consists of experiential activities with horses addressing self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. Created exclusively for a small group of no more than five participants, this workshop is an outdoor five-day experience facilitated by two seasoned professionals. Individuals, couples, families, and professionals are welcome to enroll.

Register Today!

For more information, please refer to the brochure at

If you believe that you or a loved one would benefit from our Equine Workshop, please give us a call at 800-244-4949. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

Dr. Shelley Uram will be lecturing on The Meadows campus at 9am, Thursday the 24th of April to the whole community in LH-10&11 on “A Different Look At Depression”

The Meadows, experts in addiction and trauma treatment, is proud to co-sponsor the 2014 Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders. The Meadows Senior Fellows, Dr. Claudia Black and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will both be making presentations to attendees. This conference will take place May 7-9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Program Focus

The Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders will address many of today’s most topical issues faced by professionals in the addiction and mental health fields. Nationally recognized speakers will present cutting edge issues, the latest research advances and clinical strategies with practical applications for front-line health professionals. State-of-the-art information will be presented in morning plenary sessions following by skills building workshops affording interaction and discussion.

What Will Be Addressed?

The conference will address such issues as:Trauma Conference

  • Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Art and Science of Intimacy
  • The Brain, Neuroscience and Therapy
  • Treating Process Addictions
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Food, Nutrition and Recovery
  • The Art of Transformation
  • Enhancing Resiliency in Clients
  • Relationship Trauma Therapy
  • Spirituality and Recovery
  • The Art of Connectedness
  • Healing Narcissistic Wounds
  • Drumming as a Healing Tool
  • Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity
  • Addictive Disorders: Family Interventions

The Meadows Senior Fellows to Present at Conference

The Meadows treatment approach is guided with the help of their Senior Fellows, world-renowned experts and thought leaders in their disciplines such as Claudia Black, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD. Both of these industry professionals will be presenting at this year’s Southeast Conference.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Dr. Bessel van der KolkClinical Consultant and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post traumatic stress disorders and other related disorders. He has been Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston for over 30 years. He is a professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and the Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network.

Dr. van der Kolk will present the lecture “The Body Knows The Score” during the conference. This lecture will explore important questions about trauma, how it affects people who have been through traumatic experiences, and how it affects those around them. It will also examine the progression of trauma in the brain and what behaviors are typical of traumatized persons. As part of this excellent study, Dr. van der Kolk will delve deep into multiple techniques for dealing with trauma. The range of treatments includes classical methods including therapy and more modern techniques that incorporate yoga, martial arts and more.

Additionally, Dr. van der Kolk is the conference director for the International Trauma Conference. The Meadows will be the sole sponsor of this year’s conference taking place in Boston, Massachusetts on May 28-31, 2014. The 25th Annual Conference theme is Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions and will feature many of the most important contributors of our generation who will summarize their work related to the study of psychological trauma.

Dr. Claudia Black

Dr. Claudia BlackClaudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Renowned author of over 15 books and a trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She is a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows and sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Dr. Black will present “The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma” which will give a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of trauma. She will also lecture on “Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sexual Addiction.” Dr. Black will discuss the challenges partners of sexual addiction face and discuss a three-part recovery focus offering the audience a framework for treatment.

Who Should Attend?

With up to 24 Continuing Education Credits offers, this training will be especially valuable to those working in the areas of:

  • Mental Health
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology • Research
  • Registered Nursing
  • Courts and Corrections
  • Prevention
  • Employee Assistance
  • School and Pastoral Counseling

To learn more or to register online, please visit

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 their inpatient center 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 behavioral health inpatient facility that is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.

Friday, 11 April 2014 16:29

Can A Drug Help Control Our Addictions?

As experts in Addiction and Trauma treatment, The Meadows’ staff works hard to remain on the cusp of innovative treatments and medical advancements that may improve patient care and recovery.

Addiction treatment is one of the many reasons patients seek out the groundbreaking work of The Meadows team and program. Here, we treat all phases of addiction. From detoxification to our primary treatment program, we build foundations for long-term sobriety and recovery. We focus on making changes in the way one lives, faces problems and relates to others.

While not all treatment options are recommended for every patient, our staff is committed to building awareness regarding all measures available.

Vivitrol In-service

In a perfect world, alcoholics and addicts could control their addictions medically via a one-a-day pill or, better yet, a monthly shot. While an interesting thought, this silver bullet would not address the over-arching core issues of addiction. But, what if there were a way to make the disease of addiction more manageable? What if the rate of recovery could jump from 20% to 90%?

The Meadows treatment program specializing in trauma and addiction will be hosting staff training on April 11, 2014, presented by Dr. Steven Peterson on Vivitrol, a prescription injectable medication used to:

  • Treat alcohol dependence
  • Prevent relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detox

While promising new treatment therapy does not eliminate the need for alcohol or drug recovery programs, such as the counseling provided by The Meadows, it may prove to be a powerful tool in addressing the physical cravings present in addiction.


The Meadows Vivitrol In-service is one more example as to how The Meadows team continues to research and work to build upon the highly effective addiction treatment work we do.

The Meadows Can Help

The effects of addiction influence every aspect of life for the individual who battles with it. At The Meadows, we treat all phases of addiction. From detoxification to our primary treatment program, we build the foundation for long-term sobriety and recovery. We focus on creating changes and improving the way one lives their life, faces obstacles and relates to others.

Recovery from addiction may not seem possible, but it is. Once a person admits to having a problem, he or she has started down the path of recovery. Many patients trust The Meadows’ program to help them begin their journey toward sobriety.

To break the cycle of addiction, contact The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:04

Dallas Free Lecture Series - May 20, 2014

"Attachment Styles: How We Connect To Others...and Why"

Presented By: Cole Adams, LCSW, CSAT

When: May 20, 2014

Where: Unity Church of Dallas, Sanctuary
625 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75230

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact: Betty Ewing Dicken, The Meadows
(800) 892-7799 (972-612-7443 local)

The Meadows sponsors free lectures in various cities throughout the country. Speakers include local therapists familiar with The Meadows’ model. Lectures are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:57

Dallas Free Lecture Series: April 15

"Why Do We Keep Arguing About The Same Things?"

Presented By: Harold Duncan, PhD, LMFT, LPC

When: April 15, 2014

Where: Unity Church of Dallas, Sanctuary
625 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75230

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact: Betty Ewing Dicken, The Meadows
(800) 892-7799 (972-612-7443 local)

The Meadows sponsors free lectures in various cities throughout the country. Speakers include local therapists familiar with The Meadows’ model. Lectures are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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