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Since becoming a Tricare Preferred Provider, The Meadows has had the privilege to provide behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services, with an emphasis on trauma, PTSD, and addictive disease disorders, to active duty military members, retirees and dependents of the TRICARE West Region. The Meadows has a long history of working with TRICARE beneficiaries and has seen great success and an increase in the utilization of services by all branches of the military.

While the world class trauma and addiction services The Meadows provides has proven to be a great resource for our military service members, it is acknowledged that there are unique needs military patients require. Retired and active duty women and men who enter treatment present with problems that are, on the surface, similar to those of non-military patients. However, the driving forces behind these problems are usually different and unique to military service.

Studies indicate that military personnel respond best to a group of their peers and often are not comfortable in group therapy with civilians. The Meadows recognizes this special need and has elected to accommodate it by incorporating a “Military Only” group where the protectors of our freedom are able to be more comfortable as they begin healing.

The Meadows continues to strive to be a resource to our military and is humbled to be able to give back to those who have given so much on our behalf.

Published in Military Issues

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, will honor National Military Appreciation Month this May through support of the USO’s Operation Enduring Care. In recognition of the service members who keep our country safe, for every inpatient admission during the month of May, The Meadows will make a donation to the USO in its drive to raise $100 million for Operation Enduring Care, which supports wounded warriors and their families.

A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.

“Working with active duty service men and women and their families is an honor we take very seriously,” said Patricia Evans, Chief Marketing Officer for The Meadows. “The goal of Operation Enduring Care – to embrace and accelerate healing, fulfillment, and a reconnection to life and relationships off the battlefield – is not unlike what we work to help our patients discover at The Meadows. We are proud to contribute to this cause.”

The Meadows is privileged to be a TRICARE Preferred Provider of behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services with an emphasis on trauma, PTSD and addictive disease disorders to active duty military members, veterans and their dependents of the TRICARE West Region.

“The Meadows has a long history of working with TRICARE beneficiaries as a non-contracted provider,” said Jim Dredge, Chief Executive Officer for The Meadows. “We are tremendously proud to help serve the health care needs of service members, veterans, and their families, and would be happy to help determine eligibility and benefits that can be utilized at The Meadows. We are committed to helping military beneficiaries and partnering with all aspects of the TRICARE healthcare alliance.”

To learn more about TRICARE services and The Meadows, please visit this page of our website, and for more information on Operation Enduring Care, go to here

National Military Month

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News stories about sexually addictive behaviors in the armed forces over the past several years seem to be increasing at an alarming number, calling greater attention to the issues arising between the men and women who serve their country for us. A quick Google search using the terms “Sexual Addiction in the Military” brings an abundance of articles published in military publications regarding sexual addiction and the effect it has on military personnel. One such article published in The Army Times states that one in ten civilians may suffer from pornography addiction while the percentage may be as high as twenty percent of military personnel. Source 

Gentle Path at The Meadows has a history of treating active duty military members and retirees for sexual compulsive behaviors so they understand the challenges these individuals face. As a Tricare network provider, Gentle Path at The Meadows provides behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services, with an emphasis on trauma, PTSD, and addictive disease disorders, to active duty military members, retirees and dependents of the TRICARE West Region.

Military personnel and the demands of their service require special consideration in their health care treatment. Through a close relationship with the military, the therapists, nurses, physicians, and administrators at Gentle Path at The Meadows are very familiar with the unique challenges of these individuals. Military members who serve their country are needed back on the job, back doing the vital service that they were trained to do, and Gentle Path at The Meadows specializes in returning these individuals back to duty.

Military personnel thrive in a structured environment with a scheduled day and required tasks. Gentle Path at The Meadows’ inpatient treatment process is a task-centered model that military personnel can relate to. This structured environment also makes sense to an addict because their lives have usually become convoluted and chaotic. The daily regimen of the Gentle Path at The Meadows’ program, created and overseen by the pioneer in the sexual addiction field, Dr. Patrick Carnes, is tailor-made for the treatment of sexual addiction in military personnel.

Dr. Carnes’s research findings reveal that more than 90% of the Gentle Path at The Meadows patients report experiences of severe trauma (Carnes, 2014) and a significant number endorse symptoms of adult post-traumatic stress disorder. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated high rates of trauma exposure among the general American population: 20.4% women and 8.2% men are likely to develop PTSD following exposure to trauma (Kessler, 1995), and the time life prevalence is 8% (APA, 2000). The military, particularly combat veterans appear to be at more risk; studies reveal rates from 31% to 20% of individuals who meet full criteria of PTSD after being deployed to war zones and around 19.1% who develop other mental health problems.

For the past 25 years, The Meadows, the parent program of Gentle Path at The Meadows, has examined how trauma affects psychological and biological processes, and how the damage caused by overwhelming life experiences can be reversed. An important component of the new Gentle Path program is treating both sex addiction and trauma, given the intricate connections between these two. On the one hand, sex addiction treatment that addresses trauma has proven to be more effective and successful than clinical practices that do not take trauma into consideration. And, on the other hand, the rate of recidivism when sex addiction treatment that is not trauma-informed is significantly higher than other modalities of treatment that do not take trauma into consideration.

A direct implication of traumatic situations is the person’s loss of the natural sense of safety, meaning, purpose, and understanding of the world and life experiences. Because the fight or flight response cannot be deactivated, the sense of self, the world, and the future may become unsafe. Re-experiencing the event and avoiding reminders of the situation can be part of the normal adjustment process. However, it can also result in a disorder that alters the person’s cognition, arousal, and reactivity, behavior, and a sense of self.

Sex addiction is often a response to unresolved trauma. Paradoxically, it entails new sources of trauma; there is a proneness to re-victimization that results from the risky behaviors and/or dangerous relationships that are inherent to this disorder. A first goal in trauma-informed treatment for sexual addictions is the establishment of real safety and avoidance of further damage. Breaking through denial and admission of powerlessness are the essence of the First Step at Gentle Path at The Meadows and the beginning of the process, or stabilization that will lead to understanding the connection between trauma and sex addiction and recovering from it.

“Healing does not occur in a vacuum,” says Allan Benham, Executive Director for Gentle Path at The Meadows. “The therapeutic milieu at Gentle Path at The Meadows helps our patients create a new sense of safety and trust within the context of personal connections and safe relationships. Patients learn about resilience, new choices, and renewed skills, values, and ideals. Additionally, they learn to frame their own destiny by participating in a collaborative relationship with the clinicians at the program.”

Gentle Path at The Meadows provides a therapeutic environment in which:

  • The cycle of sex addiction and trauma repetition is stopped
  • Fear is substituted with a sense of safety
  • New, healthy relationships break the sense of isolation and the concept of intimacy is re-learned
  • Coping skills are developed
  • New choices create a sense of genuine empowerment and self-pride
  • Self-nurturing replaces self-abuse
  • Spiritual healing becomes possible
  • Chaos is replaced with renewed structure and a sense of balance is achieved.

Most importantly, patients are able to grieve the sexually addictive behaviors that once served to soothe them when trauma occurred.

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Today Every journey begins with one step. To learn more about the Gentle Path at The Meadows or if you have an immediate need, please contact us or call 855-333-6076.

Published in Military Issues

A Pain That Drives 18 Veterans to Suicide Every Day - - a Total of 6,552 Veterans Each Year

In this compelling and powerful video, Dr. Peter Levine, The Meadows’ Senior Fellow and developer of Somatic Experiencing®, demonstrates this treatment with an Iraq Veteran diagnosed with severe PTSD. Somatic Experiencing is a proven method for treating PTSD in combat veterans.

As Dr. Levine explains, many soldiers bring the war back with them and if they don’t resolve the war experience, then they bring that kind of violence back into the home. It makes relating to their spouse and children almost impossible. Watch as Dr. Levine helps this veteran move past his traumatic war experiences.

Click here to view the full length (25:54 minutes) video.

Published in PTSD & Trauma

The Meadows is participating in Operation USO Care Package in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. For every $25 donation, the USO will send a care package with both needed and requested items valued at approximately $75 to a deployed service man or woman.

During May, in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month, The Meadows will send a donation to Operation USO Care Package to sponsor a care package for a deployed service man or woman for every inpatient admission. The projected value is $4,000 for needed supplies.

Operation USO Care Package enables the public to express their support of our men and women in uniform. Sponsoring a care package and including a personal message provides individuals with a way to touch the lives of deployed troops around the world.

The Meadows is a TRICARE Preferred Provider of behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services with an emphasis on trauma, PTSD and addictive disease disorders for active duty military members, veterans and their dependents of the TRICARE West Region.

"The Meadows is pleased to support Operation USO Care Package to assist our brave men and women in uniform who have made a great sacrifice to serve our country," said Jim Dredge, CEO for The Meadows. "It is also a great honor to be a network provider for active duty, families and retired enrollees for the TRICARE West Region."

For more information regarding National Military Appreciation Month, visit For more information and to donate to Operation USO Care Package, visit

The Meadows Wickenburg 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

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.


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