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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.

 

 

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.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

Nine Books for The New Year

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
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
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 mans way through relationships
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
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
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.

changing course
Changing Course

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.

healing trauma
Healing Trauma

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
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.

facing codependence
Facing Codependence

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.  

Monday, 04 November 2013 07:49

Bradshaw on Bradshaw InnerVIEWS PBS Special

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.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Being Authentic and the Therapy Horse

A horse does not care what you’re feeling as long as you’re honestly feeling it.  There are no “bad” feelings where horses are concerned. There are just safe and unsafe situations.  

~~  A. Taylor

The longer you’re around a horse program of any kind you are bound to hear the phrase “A horse does not lie”.  A horse’s natural behavior is to always express in its body language what is going on in its brain. There is no deceit in horses. It simply does not exist in them. Being completely authentic is what helps them to survive.

Although we have domesticated the horse they still carry those basic needs for safety and survival.  Once a horse notices danger, it responds quickly and purposefully to communicate to the herd. At that point they can flee to safety.  The herd relies on its many members for safety and a level of obscurity in a large group. There is no place in the herd for deceit, manipulation or selfishness. Those things would equate to a breakdown in the safety system, ultimately resulting in less horses and eventually no horses.

In Equine Therapy we bring people face to face with authenticity. A horse may not be able to read your mind, but your body shares all the information a horse needs.  Hiding a feeling or pretending you’re not having a feeling is not authentic. In the horse’s world that is not honest. The horse will put that in the “unsafe” category.  Not honest\unsafe to a horse is the same as a predator pretending to be something it’s not. A lion will hide behind bushes or try to blend into tall grass. A bear will stay down wind and try to blend into the landscape until it can make a run at the herd.

If our insides do not match our outsides we are not authentic.  Trying to hide feelings is like trying to put one over on the horse. The amazing thing about that is your horse probably knew you were having a bad day the moment you stepped out of the car.  In working with a horse we are able to see exactly how not being authentic affects our relationship with ourselves and the relationships in our lives. They will simply reflect back to us what our body says to them, honest\safe OR not honest\ unsafe.

Their forgiving nature and eagerness for relationship make them a perfect fit for us to practice being more authentic. It does not always come easily, yet they are eager every day to be that mirror of truth. The more aware of what you feel and how you feel it, the closer your relationship with the horse will be.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Is There Happiness in Recovery

They say that sexual addiction is baffling and may be perhaps the toughest addiction to recover from because of all the triggers in society that may set up a person to succumb to urges and cravings. What I know for sure is sexual addiction recovery starts with total honesty and it is that rigorous honesty that keeps a person living one day at a time and being filled with gratitude. These two elements are essential in breaking the denial and maintaining the foundation for good recovery.

What is equally interesting is that these two life skills are also in the formula for happiness. Marci Shimoff in her book Happy For No Reason found that there were three traits in happy people that were a part of daily functioning.

·        Staying in the moment

·        Gratitude

·        Reframing

These three qualities were essential in a person's ability to be happy and make life better. I find these same traits are critical in an addicts recovery. The slogan "One day at a time" keeps sex addicts focused on living in the moment and not ruminating in the past and not fearing about the future. When a sex addict focuses on today  they are less likely to become overwhelmed with their sadness about their past or their anxieties about what lies before them. The process of living in the future assists an addict with looking at the present moment which is much more manageable and attainable. It keeps the fear factor down and assists them in realizing that they can only control what happens in the present day.

Having gratitude is a life skill that keeps addicts focused on what is working in one's life. Think about it. Are you more likely to feel better about what is working in your life or what might be your current struggle? Did you know that what you appreciates ....appreciates?  In other words, when you focus on what is working in your life you are less likely to get bogged down with what seems to be the  insurmountable barriers that will keep you having a negative attitude. Recovering addicts manifest the attitude of gratitude because they know that when they are working on recovery; their life is authentic and transparent. Choosing to live in honesty and gratitude brings about freedom that builds self esteem and confidence. Most addicts remember what it was like to hate their impulses, their behaviors and their addiction so recovery means liberation which increases gratitude. No matter where you are in your recovery right now...are you able to list 50 things that you are grateful for? My speculation would be that you are more likely to list gratitude moments as your recovery grows stronger because you appreciate life more because you can appreciate your own personality strengths and accomplishments.

The third factor in happiness and in recovery is being able to reframe your journey.

Reframing is the life skill that allows you to look at your life and ask yourself how did you become stronger and what did you have to learn from it. It takes you out of the victim role and allows you to feel empowered by the lessons that you have learned. This is imperative for the addict who feels much shame about their sexual behaviors and falls into the "I hate myself” and “I can find nothing redeeming from this horrid, despicable behavior.” Well the truth of the matter is that your addiction has taught you how to change your life and live it more authentically! Recovery is a lifelong process of living and when you use your reframing skill you are able to recognize what life has taught you and how far you have come in becoming a genuine person.

You are only as sick as your secrets and you are choosing to no longer live in the chronic lies, deceit and secrecy of addiction. It frees you up to be the person you were meant to be and when this occurs ... you are much more likely to live up to your potential.

So stand up for yourself and live these three life skills and thank your addiction for teaching you about true recovery. You are going to live an awesome life in recovery because the real you is going to show up!

Carol Juergensen Sheets, LCSW, PCC, CSAT, is currently in private practice in Indianapolis, IN. She speaks nationally on mental health issues and is featured in several local magazines. She currently has an internet radio show on www.blogtalkradio.com/sexhelpwithcarolthecoach and does regular television segments focusing  on life skills to improve one’s potential. You can read her blogs at www.carolthecoach.com. To contact Carol about sexual addiction:  www.sexhelpwithcarolthecoach.

The Meadows is pleased to announce two new videos featuring Meadows’ Senior Fellow, Claudia Black. Dr. Black is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders.  The content of the videos focuses on The Meadows’ signature Survivors Workshop and the additional workshops offered at The Meadows.

The Meadows offers a variety of unique, five day workshops available to all interested individuals. Participants work on sensitive issues in a concentrated format allowing them to practice new relational skills within a safe environment.  The Meadows’ workshops are a cost-effective alternative, when long-term treatment is not an option and cater to those who have already undergone treatment, as well as those who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time.

“We are thrilled to have Claudia Black as the spokesperson for The Meadows’ workshops,” said Jean Collins, MSW, LISAC, CSAT, Director of Workshops at The Meadows.  “The new videos give an in-depth explanation of how a Meadows’ Intensive Workshop is an effective method of accelerating a client’s progress. It is a great opportunity for clients who could benefit from a strong jump-start; it provides a container, allowing a client to go deeper, and an impetus to strengthen their resolve and propel them forward.”

The videos can be accessed on The Meadows website by visiting http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/ and http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/healing-intimate-treason-workshop-for-partners-of-sex-addiction.

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.

The Meadows is a sponsor and presenter at the Addiction and Recovery: Gender Matters Conference on October 10-12, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Greenwood, Colo.  The Meadows Psychiatrist, Dr. Jon Caldwell, will present “Relational Trauma and the Search for Security: Women and the Role of Mindfulness in Healing Attachment-Related Wounds” on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors. In November 2012, Dr. Caldwell was the recipient of a research grant from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) for his research proposal entitled “A Wait-List Controlled Study of a Mindfulness-Based Workshop for Promoting Attachment Security.”  

A keynote speaker for the conference is Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, a noted speaker and author of “Daring Greatly” and “Gifts of Imperfection.” She is a research professor at the Houston Graduate School of Social Work and a “Top 10 TED Talks Presenter” and featured regularly on PBS, NPR, and CNN.

For more information regarding the conference, visithttp://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7alfdwgf8f108c9&llr=fekkzvdab.

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.

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