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Spending time in treatment is something many people don’t want to talk about. And, understandably so—There is, unfortunately, still a stigma often attached to those who struggle with addiction or mental health issues and ask for help. This can be especially true among those who are considered “high achievers.” Executives, entrepreneurs, successful entertainers, and elite athletes all tend to fall within this group.

So, it’s quite remarkable that, since early Spring, Olympic gold medalist and swimming superstar Michael Phelps has been talking very openly and candidly about his emotional difficulties and the treatment he received for them.

In an article recently featured in ESPN The Magazine, Phelps said, "I didn't give a s---, I had no self-esteem. No self-worth. I thought the world would just be better off without me. I figured that was the best thing to do—just end my life."

This mindset is where Phelps was just a couple of years ago. Rock bottom. And, yet, somehow, he went from there to, just a few weeks ago, placing first in the 200m butterfly during the Olympic swimming trials with a time only three seconds shy of his 2009 world record and qualifying for his fifth U.S. Olympic team. It’s a remarkable story of how showing humility and courage in the face of trauma and pain can help anyone make a personal comeback.

We can’t wait to hear more of Michael Phelps’ comeback story in his upcoming segment on ESPN’s SportsCenter. It’s set to air July 31, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. EST. We’ll be tuning in here at The Meadows and cheering on Michaels’ comeback to the pool, and to his new life.



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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

What A Difference 40 Years Makes

As we look back on four decades spent at the forefront of treatment for addiction and other behavioral health disorders, we wanted to learn more from our biggest influencers and supporters about why The Meadows legacy matters. Why have we gained a reputation for being able to help people who still struggled after trying to get help elsewhere?

Mostly it comes down to the talent and knowledge of our team of Senior Fellows, our commitment to innovation and understanding the latest in neurobiology, and a staff that truly cares about every patient.

Special Offer on The Meadows Inpatient Programs

We want to help as many people as possible find the freedom that comes with real recovery. So, for a limited time, you can attend one of our treatment programs at the discounted rate of $45,500. Call today. The offer ends June 30, 2016, and spaces are limited.

Keep reading to hear what some of our leaders and proponents had to say about why The Meadows long and distinguished history matters.

The Meadows Legacy and Influence

It’s been 20 years since Dr. Patrick Carnes (Senior Fellow at Gentle Path at The Meadows) convinced Pia Mellody (Senior Fellow at The Meadows) to sign on to the idea of a Senior Fellow concept, though at the time that is not what we were called. I would be the first person to step into these shoes, with Patrick and Pia already being there in their positions.

My historical work with family of origin issues made this role a perfect fit for me clinically, as Pia had many years previously established the need to address underlying codependency issues in patients struggling with addiction and behavioral health disorders and that model was already integral to The Meadows programming.

My hope—something The Meadows has always supported—was to be able to do hands-on group work, to assist in program development, and bring greater awareness to the public about the depth and breadth of excellent psychiatric and addiction treatment offered at The Meadows.

It has been exhilarating to be a part of the expansion efforts at The Meadows; assisting in program design within the family program, the workshops, the Intensive Outpatient Program, structural and educational enhancements within the primary program, and most currently the development of the Claudia Black Center for Young Adults. Congratulation to The Meadows, and a call out to Pia Mellody!

It is hard to find an area of mental health or addiction recovery that hasn’t been influenced in one way or another by The Meadows. When I think of the thousands upon thousands of patients and families whose lives have been forever changed as a result of The Meadows, it is an overwhelming and very humbling experience. The Meadows’ history and legacy inspires me to strive every day to ensure we are pursuing excellence and that we do all we can to be a source of hope and light to those we are honored to treat.

I have had the opportunity to see The Meadows at work throughout the past 12 years, and the beauty of the underlying core foundation philosophy has been to respect the dignity of every person who comes to treatment here. This is something that I try to instill in my team so that it also applies to all those who inquire about treatment at The Meadows. I count it a privilege to work at a company that holds this value so dear. It is the very thing that we are trying to bring to our patients and workshop participants, and I try to make it foundational in the intake experience for those inquiring about treatment and those who work in the department.

I have worked in the field of mental health and addictions for 41 years. I know that the two areas of mental health and addictions are inseparable. I refer patients to The Meadows because I get results. The treatment that my patients receive at The Meadows allows them to be well on their way to a life that is satisfying and fulfilling. I can be more beneficial to them on an outpatient basis because they can actually "do" what needs to be done for them to feel confident in their journey. They are no longer plagued with constant triggering as they move through their life. This life is not a dress rehearsal, and my patients who complete treatment at The Meadows become fully engaged as players in their lives and start to leave their "victim" behind.

The Meadows is 40 years old this month! Our first patient was admitted on June 18, 1976 . We’re proud of how much we have grown and expanded in the years since, and of the thousands of patients and families whose lives have been forever changed by our programs.

To celebrate, we’re offering a discount on all of The Meadows programs: The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center at the Meadows, and Remuda Ranch at The Meadows.

When you admit to The Meadows between now and June 30, you’ll pay $45,500. That’s 20 percent off the regular price. It’s a great deal for the quality and level of service you’ll get at one of the nation’s most established and well-respected behavioral health and addiction treatment centers.

Call 800-244-4949 today to take advantage of this offer. Spaces are limited.

Spring is almost here. To celebrate this time of growth and renewal, we’re offering 25 percent off of all workshop registrations between now and March 31, 2016.

Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits, and everything else that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and have an improved sense of self.

A workshop can also be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues.

What Sets Us Apart

Those who attend a workshop at our brand new Rio Retreat Center also have the benefit of enjoying our beautiful, serene, desert atmosphere and our state-of-the-art facilities. Attendees can also take part in many additional relaxing and healing activities at the end of each day, including expressive, arts, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, live music, campfires, equine therapy, challenge courses and more. Three exquisite meals per day, prepared by our extraordinary chef, are included in the price of the workshop.

Limited Time Offer

To take advantage of this special offer, call our intake staff today at 800-244-4949.

In order to qualify for the discount you must enroll between February 19 and March 31, 2016.Registration is subject to availability. Our intake coordinators will work with you to ensure that attending a workshop is clinically appropriate for you. Lodging and travel expenses are not covered in the cost of the workshop. And, the deal applies only to workshop offered at The Rio Retreat Center at the Meadows.

We hope to see you soon at the Rio Retreat Center for a unique, empowering and healing experience.

Senior Fellows at The Meadows Claudia Black, PhD, and Patrick Carnes, PhD, CAS, will be featured speakers at the upcoming Summit for Clinical Excellence, March 9 -12. The summit offers advanced clinical training for therapists and counselors with up to 26 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) available.

The theme this year is “Freud Meet Buddha: Mindfulness, Trauma and Process Addictions.” . Dr. Black will give her keynote presentation, “ Reverberations of Trauma in the Addictive Family” on March 9. Dr. Carnes will present “The Secret of Life: The Meaning of Recovery” on March 11. Other sessions will cover topics such as…

  • Brain-based therapy and PTSD;
  • Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression;
  • Understanding Addiction Interaction,
  • Compassion Practice and Empathy Training for Therapists,
  • Turning Sexual Problems into Personal Growth;
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy: Beginning with Oneself;
  • and more.

The conference is co-hosted this year by The Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows, and Gentle Path at The Meadows. To register, go

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

2016 Meadows Alumni Retreat

Join us on the road to a happy destiny at the 2016 Meadows Alumni retreat, where you’ll gather more tools to help you clear away the wreckage of your past and madness into mindfulness as you continue to trudge your way to the top!

The retreat will take place January 15 -17, 2016. Speakers will include Dr. Shelley Uram, Scott Davis, and others. Pia Mellody will offer a Q&A session, and attendees will be able to choose from available yoga, expressive arts, or experiential workshop sessions. Musician Michael Shapiro will provide evening entertainment. Visit the 2016 Alumni Retreat webpage to see the full agenda.

Discounted early bird registration ends December 4, 2015, with full-price registration offered through January 14.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

Career Opportunities

Do you like the idea of working for a company that helps change lives? If you have experience in business development, sales, or behavioral healthcare, along with great time management and organizational skills, great people skills, and the ability to contribute to a dynamic and driven team, we may have the perfect opportunity for you.

Career Opportunities with The Meadows and Remuda Ranch

We are searching for two full-time Business Development Liaisons to be stationed in Phoenix, Arizona. Business Development Liaisons talk with therapists and other behavioral health professionals in their assigned territories to keep them informed of the resources and treatment programs that The Meadows and Remuda Ranch at The Meadows can offer to their patients. They also host professional development and networking events, and attend conferences and trade shows. A successful liaison will demonstrate the ability to identify the needs of professionals in their territory and address those needs effectively.

If you’re interested, apply online through our Talent Network. Please include a cover letter and tell us where you first learned about this job opportunity.

More about The Meadows

On a 14-acre campus in the serene Sonoran Desert, The Meadows employs traditional group therapies combined with alternative physical and emotional therapies. We also provide patients with a depth of treatment that taps into the underlying root issues behind self-destructive behaviors like low self-esteem, codependency, immaturity and childhood trauma. Whether you're entering treatment for the first time or find yourself in relapse, The Meadows Model is unparalleled in producing successful outcomes for recovery and a proven model for treating trauma and addiction. Learn more on The Meadows website.

More about Remuda Ranch at The Meadows

For more than 25 years, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows has offered an unparalleled depth of care through its unique, comprehensive, and individualized program for treating eating disorders and co-occurring conditions affecting adolescent girls and women. Set in the healing landscape of Wickenburg, Arizona, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows allows for seamless transitions between its structured multi-phase treatment. A world-class clinical team of industry experts examines core issues through a host of proven modalities. Providing individuals with tools to re-engage in a healthy relationship with food – and with themselves – disempowers eating disorders and empowers individuals with a renewed enthusiasm for life. To learn more, visit Remuda Ranch at The Meadows’ website.

We are pleased to announce that Kyle Wescoat has joined our team as Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Rick Flaherty, who is retiring.

Kyle comes to The Meadows with more than 25 years of CFO experience in a variety of well-regarded public and private companies including Emulex, VIZIO and Vans. He also has previous experience in the field of behavioral health as the former Executive Vice President and CFO of Aspen Education Group. He received his undergraduate degree from Drexel University and MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.

“Kyle has proven himself to be a tremendous CFO and organizational leader in a variety of settings. He brings with him a remarkable set of skills and experiences that I believe will benefit The Meadows as we continue to grow and evolve in the rapidly changing behavioral health environment” says Meadows Behavioral Health CEO Jim Dredge. “I look forward to working with Kyle as we explore and execute on new ways of providing high quality services to our patients while remaining sensitive to the increasing demands for thoughtful, efficient delivery and outcomes.”

Kyle is also active in his community. He has maintained a long time involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, California, and Hoag Hospital Presbyterian. He serves as Chairman of Hoag Irvine’s Executive Advisory Board, and on the President’s Advisory Council at Drexel University.

“I want to thank Jim and the board for giving me this opportunity to join The Meadows at this exciting time in its history,” Kyle says. “For more than 25 years, The Meadows and Remuda Ranch have been synonymous with the highest level of patient care and innovation. It is our goal to continue to lead the industry in not only the services provided, but how they are provided, as well.”

Dredge added, “I want to thank Rick Flaherty for his hard work and contribution to Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. I wish him the very best.”

Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

Thanks & Giving: We’ll Pay for Your Flight

We are grateful every day for the opportunity to change lives and give hope to those struggling with a addiction, emotional trauma, or mental health issues. As a token of our GRATITUDE, we are offering to cover airfare for individuals admitting to inpatient treatment at…

Here are the details:

  • Admission must occur between November 1, 2015, and November 30, 2015.

  • Offer is available for a one-way airline ticket for the patient to fly to Phoenix, Arizona for inpatient treatment.

  • Flight arrangements will be made through our corporate travel agent as coordinated by our Intake Department and is not to exceed $1,200.00.

  • There is no monetary value to this offer.

Have questions?

Call 800-244-4949 to talk to one of our Intake specialists.

John Bradshaw and Patrick Carnes, both Meadows Senior Fellows and renowned experts in addiction and recovery, sat down for a conversation in 2004 where they talked about sex addiction and what can be expected when recovering from it. That conversation was recorded and is now available through the Gentle Path Press Recovery Start Kit.

For the past five years, Dr. Carnes has wanted to continue that conversation. He’ll finally get his chance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Hamill Foundation Conference Center in Houston, Texas. The two will meet again to talk more about addiction, shame and recovery in today’s world.

The talk is being hosted by The Council on Recovery and is open to everyone in the recovery community. It’s sure to be enlightening, inspirational and entertaining. You won’t want to miss it!

John BradshawPatrick Carnes

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