The Meadows Blog

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.

Published in Addiction
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:14

Do Addicts Have Too Much Empathy?

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.

Published in Addiction

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.

Published in Addiction

By: Kelli Wagner, Behavioral Health Technician, The Meadows

Christmas carols, the spirit of giving, joy and laughter; this is what the holidays are all about...right?

Published in Treatment & Recovery
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

The Heart of a Healer

The following is a transcript of the speech read on behalf of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare CEO Sean Walsh at the 2016 Gratitude for Giving Breakfast Awards Ceremony. Sean was recognized with the Compassion Award.

Published in Treatment & Recovery

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