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.
EMS Week, (May 21 – 27) is an annual celebration and recognition of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics. EMS providers make a 24/7 commitment to saving the lives of people in their communities. They are the health safety net for millions of people who call 911, needing both emergent and non-emergent care.
Are you hoping to make a fresh start in the New Year? Or maybe take some additional steps along an already well-worn path of self-discovery, recovery, and healing? These books— and in some instances accompanying workshops—can help you identify and move beyond your emotional roadblocks.
Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence
By Alexandra Katehakis
Alexandra Katehakis is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. Her philosophies and techniques for treating sex addiction and intimacy issues helps to inform our Gentle Path at The Meadows program. Her latest book, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence contains a year’s worth of daily reflections that explores a rich array of approaches for supporting loving connection. It’s a great companion for those looking to stay grounded and cultivate real intimacy in their day-to-day lives.
The Body Keeps the Score
By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is leading researcher in the field of emotional trauma and is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. His latest work, The Body Keeps the Score, has been described by reviewers as “a bold new paradigm for healing.” In the book, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain. He also discusses innovative treatments that can offer new paths to recovery and exposes the ways in which our relationships can both hurt and heal. He also offers new hope for those who wish to reclaim their lives.
A Man’s Way Through Relationships
By Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin, who joined The Meadows as a Senior Fellow in 2015, has written a useful guide to the challenges men face in creating healthy and engaging relationships. In it, he teaches men how to navigate the “Man Rules”—the often unconscious ideas men carry with them into their relationships that affect their ability to find true connection. He also offers practical advice and inspiration for men to define, with their partners, their own sense of masculinity, and heighten their potential to love and be loved. Dan will also be hosting the A Man’s Way™ Retreat at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows. The program is based on this book and A Man’s Way through the 12 Steps. Sessions will be offered in January, April, July and October. Check the webpage for more details or call 800-244-4949.
The Murray Method
By Marilyn Murray
After several years as a very successful art dealer and businesswoman in Scottsdale, Arizona, Marilyn Murray, M.A., sought treatment for severe depression. Her experience inspired her to return to college to study Psychology where she began developing her method for helping others heal from trauma, abuse and deprivation. Her book, The Murray Method, offers insights and a series of exercises to help readers begin processing their own trauma and move beyond their pain.
Marilyn will also teach a seminar on The Murray Method at The Meadows Outpatient Center staring in February. The four-day training session places special emphasis on the personal work of the health professional, based on the belief that a therapist always must address his or her own issues first in order to be an effective clinician; but, all are welcome to attend. For more information, visit The Meadows Outpatient Center website, or call 800-244-4949.
The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships
By Patrick Carnes
Exploitive relationships can create what Dr. Patrick Carnes, Senior Fellow at The Meadows and Gentle Path at The Meadows calls trauma bonds. Trauma bonds are chains that link a victim to someone who is dangerous to them. In The Betrayal Bond, Dr. Carnes presents an in-depth study of these relationships, why they form, who is most susceptible, and how they become so powerful and provides steps to safely extricate from these relationships.
This book is also the basis for The Betrayal Bond workshop offered at The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows. Workshop participants will be guided through the process of breaking through denial, exploring the root causes on their involvement in destructive relationships, and more. More information, including upcoming dates, are available on the Rio Retreat Center website, or by calling 800-244-4949.
By Claudia Black, PhD
In Changing Course, Claudia Black, Meadows Senior Fellow and founder of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, presents her healing model for adults whose lives are burdened by pain. She delves into the shame and abandonment many people carry with them, based on an early family life was either too chaotic or too rigid. She explains how chronic loss in childhood colors one’s world-view and determines their beliefs, feelings and behaviors— probably without their awareness. Readers of this book will walk away with a better understanding of how they can live life with no more roles, no more secrets, and a new way of being.
By Peter Levine
Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often endure lifelong symptoms, ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful "acting out" behavior. In Healing Trauma The Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Peter Levine to learn about using body awareness to "renegotiate" and heal traumas—to "revisit" rather than relive them; emergency "first-aid" measures for times of distress; nature's lessons—the physiological roots of your emotions; and much more.
Healing the Shame That Binds You
By John Bradshaw
In this book, Meadows Senior Fellow John Bradshaw explains how toxic shame is at the heart of our compulsions, codependencies, addictions, and drive to superachieve. These issues often result in the breakdown of the family system and in our inability to move forward with our lives. Drawing from his many years of experience as a counselor, he offers techniques to heal shame using affirmations, visualizations, “inner voice” and “feeling” work, plus guided meditations and other useful techniques to release the shame that binds us to our past.
By Pia Mellody
The theories that The Meadows Senior Fellow Pia Mellody presents in Facing Codependence are the same ones on which The Meadows treatment model is based. In it, Pia traces the origins of codependence back to childhood, and explores a range of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses and their particular effects on an individual in adulthood. She shows how, based on their early experiences, codependent adults often lack the skills necessary to lead mature lives and have satisfying relationships.
Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST was the Carnes Award winner at the 2014 Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) conference held in Portland, OR on October 25. Maltz, an international sex therapist, psychotherapist, author, educator and clinical social worker, was recognized for her outstanding contributions towards sexual abuse and addiction healing in the field of sexual medicine.
Dr. Patrick Carnes, The Meadows Senior Fellow, was the first recipient of the award from the SASH organization to acknowledge his research and publishing contributions to the field of sex addiction as well as for his efforts in founding the SASH organization.
Dr. Carnes is the founder of Gentle Path at The Meadows, the industry’s premier Sex Addiction treatment facility. He is also the founder of the Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Dr. Carnes’ extensive background in the field of addiction therapy led him to develop multiple cutting-edge recovery programs aimed at treating addictive disorders.
With more than 30 years in the sexual addiction treatment field, Dr. Carnes continues to spread his extensive knowledge as a speaker, presenter and interview subject. His assessment tools and related materials deliver an unprecedented approach to addiction recovery for practitioners of addiction treatment and sexual addicts.
When presenting the 2014 Carnes award, Dr. Carnes described Maltz as a pioneer who “was one of the first of all of us to really see the significance of cybersex and its impact on sexual health.” He praised her for helping to bridge various sexual health and treatment communities with the sex addict recovery communities, and for her enduring commitment to “making sex not only safe, but fun.”
Maltz’s career as a sex and relationship therapist spans 40 years. She is an established authority on sexual abuse healing, pornography addiction recovery, women’s sexual fantasies, and developing intimacy-‐based sexuality. Her books include The Sexual Healing Journey, as well as other groundbreaking works, such as The Porn Trap, Private Thoughts, Passionate Hearts, and Intimate Kisses.
HoustonPBS', Ernie Manouse, sits down with Meadows' Senior Fellow, renowned author and counselor John Bradshaw, to discuss his life and work - from the dysfunctional family, to the wounded inner-child. The abbreviated version of the interview can be viewed at http://youtu.be/floo-GIhVEE.
The Meadows recently announced preliminary findings of an ongoing treatment outcomes study that evaluates the effectiveness of The Meadows' five-week inpatient treatment program. The initial results are overwhelmingly positive and show that individuals who receive treatment at The Meadows experience significant clinical improvement in a variety of key areas and are extremely satisfied with their treatment.
"At the Meadows we strive to provide world class clinical care. We are constantly examining how to incorporate the latest scientific advancements and best practices so our patients can feel confident they are receiving the very best care," said Sean Walsh, The Meadows' Executive Director. "The results of our outcome study show tangible evidence of the tremendous work and significant progress Meadows' patients make throughout the course of treatment."
Dr. Jon G. Caldwell, D.O., Ph.D., psychiatrist and clinical research investigator, has been coordinating the outcomes research study at The Meadows. Since January 2013, over 100 individuals have completed valid research measures during their first and last weeks of treatment regarding their attitudes about treatment and their mental, emotional, and social functioning. The results indicated that, on a scale form 0-100, study participants rated treatment program effectiveness at 93, overall satisfaction with treatment at 94, and their willingness to recommend The Meadows to friends and family at 92.
Additionally, individuals who received five weeks of treatment at The Meadows generally experienced a significant drop in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. In fact, 45% of all participants met criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder on admission, while only 11% met criteria for the same disorder at discharge. Participants also made significant progress in understanding and managing their emotions, and they were better able to share emotion, communicate, and solve problems with their family members. Lastly, participants reported increases in their confidence regarding recovery and their levels of self-esteem.
"These results provide convincing evidence for what many people have known for decades: The Meadows offers compassionate care and highly effective treatment for individuals and families affected by trauma, addiction, and mental illness," said Dr. Jon Caldwell, The Meadows' Psychiatrist.
The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows' work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
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 one of their three inpatient centers 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 Level 1 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.