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HOW EFFECTIVE RECOVERY DEVELOPS THE ABILITY TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES

By JOHN BRADSHAW, MA

THE COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS HOUSTON
303 JACKSON HILL
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77007

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The Meadows is pleased to present an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and a leading figure in the fields of addiction and recovery.

In the fourth video of his series, Mr. Bradshaw explores the role that after-care facilities play in the recovery process. He considers facilities such as Mellody House, Dakota House, and The Meadows Texas to be critical parts of the continuum of care.

He adds that, when he operated his own facility, one of his biggest challenges was finding appropriate extended-care settings for his clients.

"We developed satellites around the country, but it still wasn't as good as having a Dakota House right there with the treatment center," he says, stressing that after-care is a critical part of the therapeutic process for many clients.

"In four or five weeks of primary care, people have done a lot, but sometimes they need to do more to heal the trauma."

Mr. Bradshaw has been closely associated with The Meadows for more than 10 years, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. He is the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as Survivor Week, the relationship between shame and depression, and the importance of inner-child deep feeling work. To view all the videos in this informative series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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JOHN BRADSHAW ON THE MEADOWS' MODEL OF FAMILY SYSTEMS IN TREATMENT

As part of its video series on addiction and trauma, The Meadows is pleased to present an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and a leading figure in the fields of addiction and recovery.
In his third video of the series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses the main reason he is affiliated with The Meadows: its model of family systems in treating addiction and trauma.

"I like The Meadows' model for a number of reasons; one is because I'm a strong believer in family systems," he says.
Mr. Bradshaw explains that, for the first time in human history, we understand how substance abuse and physical abuse within a family can take a huge toll on every member.

"The father may stop drinking and get sober," he explains, "but the rest of the family has been affected seriously." Mr. Bradshaw adds that a professional can't treat a client without also dealing with the client's family, which often means involving them actively in therapy.

"That's one of the reasons I believe in The Meadows," he says. "It's difficult to get families involved in the process, but The Meadows does a great job of it."

Mr. Bradshaw is a senior fellow at The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its world-renowned treatment programs. He is the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as the importance of after-care facilities, the relationship between shame and depression, and the importance of inner-child deep feeling work. To view all the videos in this series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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As part of its ongoing video series, The Meadows is pleased to present part two of a 10-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and a leading figure in the fields of addiction and recovery.

In this second video, Mr. Bradshaw discusses Survivor Week, the weeklong part of The Meadow's inpatient treatment program. The purpose of Survivor Week is to get family members actively involved in the patient's recovery process.

"Survivor Week allows people to understand where they are in the family system," Mr. Bradshaw explains, adding that this understanding is very important, especially when dealing with alcoholic families, battering families, or incestuous families, for example. The whole family system becomes dysfunctional and 'stuck together.' "The ability to differentiate, to be one's own self, becomes impossible unless you do some work on it," he says.
Mr. Bradshaw has been affiliated with The Meadows since 1979, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs.

Identified by his peers as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century, Mr. Bradshaw has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his writings and teachings. Over the years, he has authored several New York Times bestselling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as the importance of after-care facilities, the relationship between shame and depression, and The Meadows' model of family systems in treatment, among others.

To view this and other videos in The Meadows' series, see www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.  For more about The Meadows’ innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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As part of its ongoing video series on addiction and trauma, The Meadows is pleased to present a 10-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and a leading figure in the treatment of addiction, recovery, family systems, and the concept of toxic shame.In the first video, Mr. Bradshaw discusses his affiliation with The Meadows, which started in 1979, when he began referring clients to its inpatient treatment program.

"When I found out about The Meadows' treatment model, I sent a lot of people to them," he explains.

Over the years, Mr. Bradshaw has had a long and mutually beneficial association with The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. In recognition of Mr. Bradshaw's contributions to the fields of addiction and recovery, The Meadows has dedicated an on-campus lecture hall in his honor.

Identified as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century, Mr. Bradshaw has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his best-selling books and sold-out workshops and seminars. Over the years, Mr. Bradshaw has authored several New York Times bestselling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series by John Bradshaw, he discusses such topics as The Meadows' Survivor Week, the importance of after-care facilities, and the relationship between shame and depression, among others. To view this and other videos in this compelling series, see www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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