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Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., T.E.P hosted a webinar on Psychodrama and Sociometry and Eating Disorder Healing.

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In May, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) announced that it had been acquired by Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. (Kohlberg) , a leading private equity firm and that Alita Care Holdings (Alita) would serve as the holding company for both The Meadows and Kohlberg’s existing portfolio company Sunspire Health, LLC. Alita will serve patients with 16 locations in eight states, and offer a full continuum of services including trauma-based treatment at The Meadows, drug and alcohol addiction treatment at Sunspire, sex addiction treatment at Gentle Path at the Meadows, and eating disorder treatment at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows.

Along with that announcement came the news that Jim Dredge, CEO of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, would transition into a new role as CEO of Alita. Today, the company has announced that Dredge will begin his official duties as Alita CEO on July 18.

“I am thrilled to begin creating synergy with Sunspire and The Meadows to create more high-quality treatment options for patients and their families, clinical referral sources, and payors across the country. Combined, we will be able to offer full continuum-of-care treatment to patients suffering from a wide cross-section of addictions and other behavioral health disorders at 15 differentiated programs across the United States,” Dredge said.

Sean Walsh, currently CEO of The Meadows, will take over Dredge’s responsibilities as CEO of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. He will oversee all of the Meadows programs and facilities, including The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, and Remuda Ranch at The Meadows. Walsh is a licensed therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare industry, and proven track record of leadership excellence.

The company also announced that Sunspire founder, A.J. Schreiber, will be stepping down from his current position as CEO of Sunspire and into his new role as Vice Chairman of the Board for Alita Care. In addition, Chris Diamond, who is currently CEO of Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, will transition to a new role as President of Sunspire Health. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Sunspire, a company with 10 facilities in seven different states. Diamond has over 26 years of experience in Behavioral Health; he has spent the last three years dedicated to successfully reorganizing Remuda Ranch, a multi-campus eating disorder treatment facility founded in 1990.

Clinical operations will not be impacted at either company by these changes in leadership, and both Sunspire Health and The Meadows will continue to focus on providing best-in-class treatment services for patients and their families.

About Alita Care

Alita Care Holdings is a management organization that provides leadership and oversight to Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and Sunspire Health, LCC. Founded in 2016, the company is headquartered in Arizona and maintains 16 facilities in seven states across the U.S. Alita Care offers a wide range of behavioral health services to those struggling with emotional trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, and other behavioral disorders. Alita Care’s programs are guided by experienced behavioral health experts and thought leaders, who bring the latest neurobehavioral research and proven methodologies to our personalized, multifaceted, and holistic approach to recovery.

About Meadows Behavioral Healthcare

Meadows Behavioral Healthcare is the industry leader in providing treatment for people struggling with addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and related mental health conditions. The company’s programs — The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and a series of intensive workshops — are the premier choice of patients, families, and behavioral health professionals. For more information, please visit www.themeadows.com.

About Sunspire Health

Sunspire Health is a leading provider of behavioral health services for the treatment of substance abuse, eating and other co-occurring disorders. The company operates a national network of independently branded treatment centers, currently comprising ten locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas. Utilizing evidence-based clinical interventions, Sunspire offers treatment with respect for patients’ specific needs and diverse lifestyles. Sunspire delivers improved patient outcomes by offering a full continuum of care and individualized treatment plans in intimate settings in residential and outpatient facilities across the nation. For more information, please visit www.sunspirehealth.com.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

A Gluten-Free Donut is Still a Donut

After polishing off way more Italian food than anticipated, I told my friend I felt really full. She immediately chimed in, “You need to eliminate gluten from your diet.” I processed what she said, but I still believed that five garlics knots drenched in oil and a mountain of spaghetti is simply too much food in one sitting for a five-foot woman. I felt full, I believed, because I ate too much. I didn’t feel this was an unreasonable assessment. Though, I did wish I had pushed myself away from the table sooner. It was more like emotional eating, but that’s an entirely different story.

Hot Off The Press

While we’re on the subject of gluten (or the absence of it), Jennifer Lawrence recently made bigger headlines than she probably expected after being quoted in Vanity Fair as saying, “The gluten-free diet is the new cool eating disorder, the ‘basically I just don’t eat carbs’ .“ Apparently, gluten-free advocates didn’t take well to her remarks and the controversy wages on.

Yet the crowd is clamoring for more. Mintel, a market research firm, reveals that the gluten-free industry grew by 44 percent from 2011 to 2013 and pegs the industry’s size at approximately $10.5 billion. Gluten free is to 2014 as the low-and-no carb craze was to the ‘90s. Even the Girls Scouts have jumped on the bandwagon with a gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie that is available in designated markets and may be rolled out nationwide after further review of the positive results of its 2013/14 pilot program.

Just The Facts

Essentially, gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat (including bulgur, durum, semolina, and spelt); barley; and rye. And, yes, gluten can certainly be life-threatening for individuals suffering from celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder than tends to run in families. For afflicted individuals, gluten can cause inflammation in the small intestine – among other symptoms. Gluten can also have serious consequences for people with herpetiformis, and gluten sensitivity. These are well-documented medical conditions and, in such cases, the issue of gluten must be taken seriously. That bears repeating. Celiac disease, herpetiformis, and gluten sensitivity should not be taken lightly and should be managed under the guidance of a physician. Of course, Dawn at The Meadows caters to clients with a wide range of special dietary needs, one of these being gluten free.

Uneducated Consumers

As a result of all this gluten talk, I sought out gluten-free products to see if they were necessarily healthier than their gluten counterparts. At an upscale market in New York City, I conducted an experiment (an unscientific experiment) in the gluten-free section. It was here that I asked two consumers in the process of stockpiling their shopping carts with gluten-free brownies why they opted for such products. “They’re really good and healthy,” one thirty-something girl insisted. “I read it’s an easy way to lose weight,” shared a middle-aged woman. When I asked these women to explain or describe gluten, they could not - although the thirty-something girl offered that gluten was fattening. Jimmy Kimmel conducted a similar experiment about gluten that he caught on camera that’s sure to elicit laughs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJFE1sp4Fw).

Gluten Free Comes At A Price

Gluten free comes at a price – in terms of cost and nutritional benefits. Gluten-free mania is putting food (gluten free and otherwise) on the table for manufacturers who are reaping healthy profits from rolling out high-ticket items in this sizzling hot category.

Gluten-free labels are slapped on products that never had gluten, such as some green beans and yogurt. Unfortunately, some gluten-free offerings contain as much or even more sugar, sodium, fat, and calories than their traditional counterparts. A gluten-free donut is still a donut. Processed foods are not the best choice under any circumstances. As such products are also usually lower in fiber, so you might not feel as satisfied after meals.

Bear in mind that diabetes is much more prevalent than celiac disease. Sugar is adversely impacting a much greater percentage of the population than gluten. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, it’s important to be mindful of sugar and to be aware how much of it you’re consuming. Sugar has no nutritional gains for anyone, and there are few – if any – sugar advocates (aside from the manufacturers who produce these sugary goods!)

Calories Count

For example, King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix has 21 grams of sugar and 280 calories per slice; Bakery on Main’s Nutty Cranberry Maple Gluten-Free Granola has 27 grams of sugar and 420 calories for a single cup; and Enjoy Life’s Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies have 10 grams of sugar and 120 calories for two small cookies.

Beyond nutritional and cost factors, an obsession to avoid gluten - when there is no medical reason to do so - can potentially trigger eating disorders much like orthorexia nervosa (an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating). Becoming preoccupied with gluten (or any other type of food or substance) can be an action for distraction and a sign that something in a person’s life may be out of balance.

The bottom line is that eating a healthy and balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables; lean meat; fish; beans; nuts; brown rice; and quinoa will keep gluten to a minimum – and is your best bet for the long haul. So, next time you’re perusing the gluten-free goodies aisle and something round that’s drenched in chocolate catches your attention, remember that a gluten-free donut is still a donut.

For information about any of the services offered by The Meadows family of treatment programs, feel free to contact one of our Intake Coordinators at 800-244-4949 or Contact Us. Let us know how we can be of service to you or your loved ones.

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Remuda Ranch, a comprehensive treatment center specializing in eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls, is pleased to announce that Libby Neal, MA, LPC, has joined Remuda Ranch as Director of Clinical Services.

 

Neal is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive clinical training, project development and executive leadership skills. Her clinical specializations include eating disorders, addictions, trauma, brain mechanics, attachment disorders, and severe co-morbid pathology. Neal’s graduate training included Transpersonal Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy. Her post-graduate training focused on Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and evidence- based practices, including EMDR, DBT, ACT and CBT.

Neal has served most recently as Director of Treatment Services at the Carolina Children’s Home in Columbia, S.C. and as Executive Clinical Director of Education and Training and Director of Treatment Services at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders in Wickenburg, Ariz.

"Libby has dedicated much of her career to the treatment of eating disorders and brings a wealth of experience integrating best practices, trauma work and experiential learning to her work with eating disorders," said Chris Diamond, Remuda Ranch Executive Director. "Remuda Ranch is very fortunate to have Libby Neal join our organization and the Wickenburg community."

"I am honored to be a part of such a landmark event as the blending of Remuda Ranch with The Meadows Model pioneered by The Meadows, a world class Trauma and Addiction Treatment Facility," said Libby Neal, Remuda Ranch Director of Clinical Services. "This cutting-edge treatment program for eating and co-occurring disorders will combine best practices with invaluable experientials to comprehensively treat the full continuum of eating disorders, addictions and trauma related issues for adolescents and adults."

According to Neal, The Meadows Model of Core Issue, or the developmental model of immaturity, is a therapeutic model that comprehensively addresses trauma resolution. "As such, the model describes and normalizes the underlying causes for explosive behaviors, poor communication, self-harming choices, codependency, carried feelings and shame," Neal explained. "And when a person understands what drives their need to self-harm through addiction or the eating disorder, they can let go of their mal-adaptive behaviors to create a life worth living."

Remuda Ranch is an industry leader in treating eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls through its inpatient, residential and partial-care programs. To learn more about Remuda Ranch's work, contact an intake coordinator at 866-390-5100 or visit www.remudaranch.com.

Since 1990, Remuda Ranch has been a leading eating and co-occurring treatment center. In that time, over 10,000 women and girls have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch. Through Remuda Ranch's treatment approach and clinical excellence at its two state-of-the art locations in Wickenburg and Chandler Arizona, individualized treatment is offered by a multidiscipline team of psychiatrists, primary care providers, registered dietitians, therapists, psychologists and registered nurses that provided assistance and support 24 hours a day. Along with treating eating disorders, Remuda Ranch addresses co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. Remuda Ranch was acquired by The Meadows in 2012 and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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Remuda Ranch is pleased to announce that Chris Diamond has joined Remuda Ranch as Executive Director. An extensive search was conducted to find a leader that would honor the treatment work that is done at Remuda Ranch.

For more than 20 years, Diamond has dedicated his career to the behavioral health industry. He has served as CEO and COO since 2007 for four treatment programs located in Arizona, California, Texas, and Kentucky. Diamond most recently served as CEO for Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, a comprehensive behavioral health facility located in Tucson serving adolescents and adults, and CEO of Heritage Oaks Hospital, the largest behavioral health provider in the greater Sacramento region. From 1991 through 2006, he held numerous clinical service and leadership positions.

"Chris is a proven veteran with significant success in behavioral health care," said Jim Dredge CEO for Remuda Ranch and The Meadows. "Chris's industry experience and passion for the field make him uniquely qualified to assume the leadership of Remuda Ranch."

"It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to join an organization with such a long history of quality and great outcomes," said Chris Diamond, Remuda Ranch Executive Director. "I look forward to continuing the tradition of success at Remuda Ranch."

Remuda Ranch is an industry leader in treating eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls through its inpatient, residential and partial-care programs. To learn more about Remuda Ranch's work, contact an intake coordinator at 866-390-5100 or visit www.remudaranch.com.

Since 1990, Remuda Ranch has been a leading eating and co-occurring treatment center. In that time, over 10,000 women and girls have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch. Through Remuda Ranch's treatment approach and clinical excellence at its two state-of-the art locations in Wickenburg and Chandler Arizona, individualized treatment is offered by a multidiscipline team of psychiatrists, primary care providers, registered dietitians, therapists, psychologists and registered nurses that provided assistance and support 24 hours a day. Along with treating eating disorders, Remuda Ranch addresses co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. Remuda Ranch was acquired by The Meadows in 2012 and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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