We are proud to announce the addition of Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., T.E.P to our team of Senior Fellows. A nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in psychodrama, trauma, and addiction, Dr. Dayton will work closely with the staff at The Meadows to bring her unique skills and insights to the Meadows programs helping clients who struggle with addiction, emotional trauma, and related disorders.
By Andrea Sauceda, Internet and Social Media Director at The Meadows
In these times of complex debates, high stress, and anxiety--when we're constantly reading the news and watching the news and thinking about the news and arguing about the news - it can be nice to take a break and get back to basics for a bit: Like, to the basics of human emotion and behavior.
By Kevin McCauley, MD, Senior Fellow at The Meadows
I have this shocking statement I sometimes make in my lectures: “Heroin addicts are sweet people.”
I say this partly because I’m an addict myself and I tend to make hyperbolic statements for their emotional impact (not my best quality). But I also do it to push back against the tired trope that addiction can be reduced to a personality disorder. This is what I learned in medical school: put bluntly, addicts are sociopaths.
In 1999, the leading cause of death was car accidents. Nearly twice as many people died in a car accident as died from a fatal drug overdose. By 2014, those numbers were reversed. There were almost 40 percent more deaths from drug overdoses than from car crashes. Most of today’s overdoses stem from prescription opioids and heroin, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.