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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00

Wings of Hope

We understand how tough making the decision to seek treatment can be for those struggling with trauma, addiction or mental health issues. We want to help recovery take wings, so we’re offering to cover airfare for individuals admitting to inpatient treatment at any of The Meadows programs: The Meadows, the Claudia Black Center for Young Adults, and Gentle Path at The Meadows.

  • Admission must occur between July 20, 2015 and August 31, 2015.
  • Offer is available for a one-way airline ticket to treatment. Cost not to exceed $1,200.
  • Flight arrangement will be made through our corporate travel agent and coordinated by our Intake department.
  • There is no monetary value to this offer.

Please contact our Intake department today at 800-244-4949 for more information.

Scott E. Davis, M.Ed, LPC, LCDC was appointed clinical director of The Meadows, the most trusted name in treating trauma and addiction. In his new role, Davis will oversee the main campus’ clinical team, along with The Brain Center and Continuing Care.

Prior to joining The Meadows, Davis was director of clinical services for the Enterhealth treatment program (Van Alstyne, TX). Prior positions include case manager and eating disorder program director for the Sante Center for Healing (Argyle, TX) and regional director of outpatient services for Phoenix House of Texas (Dallas).

Davis has a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas). He has experience working with and treating populations such as substance use disorders, sex addiction, eating disorders, military personnel and trauma. In addition, he has training in such modalities as neurofeedback, brain mapping, EMDR, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Says Davis: “I’ve known about the work of The Meadows ever since I started my career. Thanks to Pia Mellody’s groundbreaking work, The Meadows had a strong foundation right from the get-go. We’ve had 15 years to adjust this model while the rest of the addiction field is first figuring out what we knew way back when. The medical field is finally giving our model the recognition it deserves.”

Davis is passionate about his work and looks forward to putting his expertise to work for The Meadows. “I find the complexity of addiction very compelling. It’s a lot more fascinating than many other issues involving mental health. Based on my own personal experience with addiction, I feel incredibly drawn to help this population. As for The Meadows, our treatment program keeps getting better and better. I feel very blessed to be here.”

To learn more about The Meadows, visit us here or call (800) 244-4949.

The Meadows Senior Fellow, Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S, is the co-recipient of the 2015 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) for the book, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence. Co-written by Tom Bliss, Center for Healthy Sex Project Manager, Katehakis will accept their award at the 47th Annual AASECT Conference in Minneapolis from June 3-7.

“I am grateful and honored to receive this prestigious award from the AASECT. It is with much enthusiasm that I continue my work in this compelling field through such roles as Senior Fellow of The Meadows and Founder of the Center for Healthy Sex. My latest body of work, Mirror of Intimacy, is designed to reflect on what it means to explore and understand one’s sexuality through healthy, accessible meditations for everyone seeking greater intimacy in relationships, but especially those on a spiritual path,” says Katehakis. The AASECT Book of the Year Award is presented to the author of a book that makes a significant contribution to AASECT’s vision of sexual health and the clinical and educational standards of the field.

Among other achievements, Katehakis is Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, Author, and a Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor. She is an expert in the treatment of sexual addiction and other sexual disorders – and has incorporated interpersonal neurobiology into her Psychological Approach to Sex Addiction Treatment (PASAT). Katehakis is also the 2012 recipient of the Carnes Award, a distinguished acknowledgement for her significant contributions to the field of sex addiction.

About AASECT

Founded in 1967, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling, and education. AASECT's mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists.

The Meadows has enriched the workshop experience for attendees by offering yoga as an adjunct benefit to all of its 5-day workshops. Group yoga will be offered twice during the workshop duration as a way to increase tolerance of feelings which allows participants to “go deep.”

Integrating yoga supports the connection between trauma and the brain and nervous system that is taught in our progressive psycho-educational workshop lectures. In addition to yoga and included in the cost of the workshop are gym privileges. These activities support the theory: move your body, move your feeling.

Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association). It’s been shown to improve the symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, sleep disorders, and even schizophrenia when it is practiced alongside drug therapy. Because yoga increases the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity, it is especially relevant to those with anxiety disorders in which GABA activity is low.

Researchers say it is the relaxation response of mind and body practices that lead to physical and mental health improvements. For the body to relax at the nerve and cellular level, it’s important to alter body processes that shift us biochemically from a state of excitement and tension to a state of calm, deep rest and relaxation.

The Meadows Can Help

The Meadows’ one-of-a-kind workshops offer healing and empowerment to individuals in various stages of their recovery. Our workshops address the needs of those who have just begun a recovery process as well as those who have been on a recovery path and may have hit a plateau or want to deepen their experience. Workshops can also be a source of renewal for anyone who has undergone treatment. Participants work on sensitive issues in a concentrated format allowing them to jump-start and enhance their personal recovery journey by gaining insight into unhealthy patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment.

To learn more about the trauma workshops and treatment programs at The Meadows, call us at 800-244-4949.

Jim Corrington, Jr., MSW, LCSW, has been named Director of the new Meadows Outpatient Center, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for addictions, trauma, and other conditions based on Pia Mellody’s renowned Meadows Model of Developmental Immaturity.

“I am extremely grateful,” says Corrington, “to serve as Director of The Meadows Outpatient Center. This role is a culmination of my decades of work in the field of addiction and it’s one that’s close to my heart. I’m honored to serve the recovery community by way of this innovative and eagerly awaited Center.” The Center, which offers an eight-week IOP, is scheduled to open next month.

Corrington, who spent nearly 30 years in the recovery field as Director/Therapist for numerous outpatient programs, began his own personal journey of recovery more than 30 years ago. As a result, he brings a wealth of valuable insight and passion into his new position. In addition, he has been working with the Arizona Medical Board and Arizona Board of Pharmacy for 15 years monitoring programs for designated professionals.

The Meadows Outpatient Center, which also houses a large Conference Center for workshops geared to behavioral health professionals, offers a seamless transition from The Meadows’ inpatient programs in Wickenburg, Arizona. The Center will spotlight a host of modalities, including a progressive Brain Spa featuring neurofeedback and other offerings; trauma-sensitive yoga; EMDR; somatic experiencing; art therapy; group and individual therapy; and family sessions. Since recovery is an ongoing process, Corrington is launching a Recovery Enhancement Group for Meadows alumni. Individuals who attend the new IOP do not necessarily have to go through The Meadows inpatient program to attend.

“A huge piece of what makes our IOP so unique,” says Corrington, “is that Pia Mellody and Dr. Claudia Black were and continue to be directly involved in the clinical formulation of our IOP model. While many treatment centers in the country use material created by Meadows’ Senior Fellows, these same Meadows’ Senior Fellows will be conducting workshops, lectures, and other events at our North Scottsdale location. Our goal is to honor the Meadows Model in an outpatient setting, and we’re accomplishing this mission through this important introduction into the recovery community.”

About The Meadows

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. The Meadows helps change lives through the Meadows Model, 12-step practices, and the holistic healing of mind, body, and spirit. For additional information, contact us or call 800-244-4949.

David E. Anderson, Ph.D., has joined The Meadows as Executive Director, effective February 16, 2015. Dr. Anderson has over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field, primarily in executive leadership roles in private practice, academic, hospital, and treatment facility settings.

“I am eager and honored to fill the role of Executive Director for The Meadows, which has been an industry leader for more than 35 years. We hear words such as holistic, family-centered, evidence-based, and integrated being tossed around, but the Meadows Model puts depth and meaning to these words and concepts. The Meadows continues to be the most trusted name in treating trauma and addiction. I am excited to be part of a team comprised of such compassionate individuals.” In addition to overseeing facility operations and management teams, Dr. Anderson will also enjoy the provision of direct clinical services (psychological assessment and individual/group therapy) in his new position.

Anderson’s previous positions include Chairman of the Psychology Department, Bethel College (St. Paul, MN); Executive Director of Sierra Tucson (Tucson, AZ); Chief Operating Officer of the Crisis Response Center (Tucson); and Executive Director of Mirasol Recovery Centers (Tucson). Even before coming on board, The Meadows was no stranger to Dr. Anderson. “My introduction to The Meadows came many years ago from a friend who went through the treatment program. As a result of this experience, he witnessed a major transformation and turned his life around – and never looked back. I’ll never forget that experience, and that’s yet another reason why I hold a special place in my heart for The Meadows.”

Sean Walsh, who is transitioning from Executive Director of The Meadows to Chief Executive Officer of all Meadows programs to be able to more effectively support The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, workshops, and the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, sees Dr. Anderson as a big asset to the organization.

“We are thrilled and very fortunate to have Dr. Anderson come onboard as Executive Director for the Meadows. With over 30 years of leadership and clinical excellence, David’s vision and passion are to provide world-class care to our patients, families and referents - and all will benefit from his leadership,” said Walsh.

Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Clinical & Community Psychology from the University of South Florida. He is past president of both the Southern Arizona Psychological Association and the Brain Injury Association of Arizona. About The Meadows (www.the.meadows.com): The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. The Meadows helps change lives through the Meadows Model, 12-step practices, and the holistic healing of mind, body, and spirit. To learn more about The Meadows, Contact us or call (800) 244-4949.

Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00

'Tis The Season

Tis’ the season of reflection and gratitude through the spirit of service work and experiencing fun in sobriety at Dawn at The Meadows. Patients and staff kicked off the holiday season with a rigorous game of Dawn’s annual “Turkey Bowl Competition” on Thanksgiving, using frozen turkeys as bowling balls in the spirit of light heartedness at a local park. Upon nightfall, the young adult community gathered around a campfire with smores and offered meaningful reflections on gratitude and their newfound sense of “a new freedom and a new happiness” gained through the recovery process. In addition, patients have embraced their call to service work this Christmas season and have been busy wrapping presents for children in need and will be personally delivering gifts with the help of the Cops Who Care organization. Stay tuned for updates as the young adult community embarks on more adventures in the new year!

Dawn At The Meadows

The newly released book by The Meadows Senior Fellow Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S, Mirror of Intimacy, contains a year’s worth of daily reflections that explore and support the range of human sexualities as a divine gift and a human right. The reflections reference a rich array of approaches: attachment theory, mind/body nexus, neurobiology, 12-step principles, meditation techniques, Eastern and Western philosophy, and ancient world myths. The book examines 366 topics related to sex and sexuality.

Aided by a strong background in sex therapy, Katehakis reflects on what it means to explore and understand one's sexuality through healthy, accessible meditations for those on a spiritual path to recovery from love or sex addiction.

In her book, Katehakis explains, “To develop emotional and erotic intelligence we need to practice enlarging our inner passion at every moment. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in our world, or even how we feel about ourselves in the moment. In fact, the best time to accomplish something may be when we least feel like trying, because the hopeless part of ourselves most needs the light.”

For more information about the book, or to purchase, click here.

About the Author

Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S, is Founder and Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. A Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor, she specializes in sexual-marital therapy and the treatment of sexual addiction. Katehakis has incorporated interpersonal neurobiology into her Psychobiological Approach to Sex Addiction Treatment (PASAT), and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health honored her with its 2012 Carnes Award for significant contributions to the field. In addition to co-authoring "Mirror of Intimacy," she is a contributing author to the Clark Vincent award-winning "Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts" (2012) and author of "Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot, Healthy Sex After Recovery From Sex Addiction" (2010). Katehakis contributes regularly to The Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com, and has served as a clinical educator at numerous mental health and addiction treatment centers in the US and Europe.

Dr. Claudia Black, MSW, Ph.D., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by NAADAC, the National Association for Addiction Professionals on September 27, 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the addiction education and treatment field.rsz 1black award

Dr. Black, a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows, received the award from Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, Executive Director of NAADAC at the 2014 Annual Conference & 40th Anniversary Celebration in Seattle, Wash.

This award follows Dr. Black’s acceptance of the prestigious Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award August 24, 2014 at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) for the meaningful impact of her work in the field of addictive disorders.

NAADAC’s members work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual or entity who has established outstanding service through a lifetime of consistent contributions to the advancement of NAADC, the addiction profession and its professionals.

Dr. Black is the co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), and designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services. She is a renowned author, speaker and trainer in the field of addictive disorders.

Since the 1970s, Dr. Black’s work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. Her workshops have been presented to a wide array of audiences including military academies, prison systems, medical schools and extensive mental health and addiction programs.

During the span of her career Dr. Black has written over 15 books and created over 20 educational videos that have become mainstays in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Her work at The Meadows is evident in its model of intervention and treatment related to family work, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women's issues. She authors books and creates educational videos for use with the addicted client and families affected by addiction.

The Meadows sets itself apart from other trauma, addiction, and recovery treatment centers with its clinical leadership that is guided by world-renowned Senior Fellows who are thought-leaders in their fields. This is exemplified by the just released new book by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.” Dr. van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors, and has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychology of trauma. In his new book, he works to transform our understanding of traumatic stress.

Throughout its pages, his book reveals how trauma rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically the areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. Dr. van der Kolk demonstrates how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments, including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Through these various treatment approaches, children and adults can move beyond trauma, reclaim their lives, and rebuild their relationships.

Aided by the development of three important new scientific disciplines - neuroscience, attachment research, and interpersonal biology - Dr. van der Kolk has written a deeply personal, analytic, an incredibly moving approach to the topic of trauma recovery.Body Keeps The Score

Peter Levine, PhD and author of “In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness” says, “Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ is a seminal work by one of the preeminent pioneers in trauma research and treatment. This essential book unites the evolving neuroscience of trauma research with an emergent wave of body-oriented therapies and traditional mind/body practices. A must read for all those interested in a scholarly, thoughtful, tome about the powerful forces that affect us as human beings in meeting the many challenges of life, including accidents, loss and abuse.”

The central idea of the book is that exposure to abuse and violence fosters the development of a hyperactive brain alarm system, and molds a body that gets stuck in a fight/flight and freeze. Trauma interferes with the brain circuits that involve focusing, learning, flexibility, and being able to stay in emotional control. This constant sense of danger and helplessness promotes the continuous secretion of stress hormones, which wreaks havoc with the immune system and the functioning of the body’s organs.

“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” captures an active therapist who keeps learning from his patients what benefits them most. Dr. van der Kolk has recognized the importance of moving beyond traditional talk therapy or drugs alone, and has highlighted the need to involve a range of therapeutic interventions in order to lead patients to lasting healing.

In conjunction with the release of the book, Dr. van der Kolk is offering a 60-minute free CE event, “The Body Keeps the Score.” During this video presentation, he will succinctly and descriptively draw the picture of trauma, the brain, and how various treatments work (and don’t) on the trauma client. Get free access to the video for a limited time by clicking here.

About the Author

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress and has taught on the subject world-wide. He has researched the psychobiology of trauma, traumatic memory, the effectiveness of EMDR, and the effects of trauma on human development. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass. Dr. van der Kolk is the past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and globally. Dr. van der Kolk has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma.

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