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The Meadows Proudly Participates in UKESAD 2011 - London, England

What a tremendous experience we had in London! The Meadows Senior Staff spent the week of May 16th at the 8th Annual UK/EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON ADDICTIVE DISORDERS - better known as the UKESAD 2011 Conference. The conference brought together some of the top minds in the world of addiction treatment and provided an opportunity to network and exchange national and international knowledge with more than 500 attendees.

On Friday, May 20, 2011 Meadows Senior Fellows; Pia Mellody, RN and Shelley Uram, MD co-presented the Plenary Session. The presentation titled "FACING CODEPENDENCE: WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT COMES FROM AND HOW IT SABOTAGES OUR LIVES" addressed the effects of childhood boundary violations on adult behaviors, including codependent adults lacking skills to mature or enjoy healthy relationships - personal or professional. Dr. Uram discussed the effects of Childhood Trauma on the Brain and further how those early traumas are stored to negatively affect our developmental maturity leading to co-dependent behaviors and addictions.

In addition to our Senior Fellows, our CEO, Jim Dredge, was on hand to meet and greet attendees throughout the conference. People lined up to a book signing by Pia Mellody of her best selling work. Dr. Shelley Uram hosted an Alumni Lecture titled: Understanding Trauma and the Brain, which attracted a standing only crowd! Another very popular event was The Meadows Raffle; to which a lucky winner - Alistar Richardson of London - received an I Pad Generation 2 with 32G.

There were some newsworthy issues addressed, including a review of the "Payment by Results" plan proposed by the British Government. This plan would overhaul the reimbursement to alcohol and drug programs by basing reimbursement on treatment effectiveness. This is an issue the U.S. is also debating right now so the U.K outcomes will be interesting to watch.

The experience we had at UKESAD was stimulating and thought provoking. We are already looking forward to next years’ conference.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011 20:00

Introducing Michael Cooter, MSSW, LCSW

The Meadows is pleased to introduce Michael Cooter, MSSW, LCSW, as its new Coordinator of Counseling Services. Michael has extensive experience working in the fields of addiction and trauma. He served as a primary, workshop, and weekend/evening counselor from 2002 to 2006 at The Meadows. He also co-facilitated PIT training with Pia Mellody. After leaving The Meadows, he had the opportunity to work for a Department of Defense contractor; while treating PTSD in active duty members of our armed forces, he used The Meadows' Model as a framework. Michael also has worked with individuals and families in his private practice in Phoenix.

Note from Michael:

I am very excited to be returning to The Meadows as Coordinator of Counseling Services. I have a strong belief in The Meadows' program and its efficacy in helping people heal their wounds. I believe that developmental immaturity drives all addictions and compulsive behaviors. It is with great pleasure that I do this work every day with a skilled team of clinicians.

As Coordinator of Counseling Services, I have the opportunity to work with primary and family counselors, as well as directly with patients. Another key component of my position is to ensure communication with referring professionals. As a prior referent of The Meadows, I am well-aware of the importance of thorough communication between counseling staff and referent.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:00

Pia Mellody on E-Harmony

In a rare interview with Pia Mellody, Senior Clinical Advisor at The Meadows, she talks about the signs of love addiction. You can read this intriguing interview at Eharmony Advice:

http://advice.eharmony.com/relationships/relationship-problems/signs-love-addiction

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Mary King, MA, LLP, CSAT 3 will be speaking at The Meadows Free Lecture on March 10, 2011, at 7pm at the Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel in Novi, Michigan. The title of her presentation is Do you feel out of balance, living life in extremes? "Empower Your Recovery with Value, Power and Abundance". Based upon Pia Mellody's model of Codependency, the focus of this lecture will be on attaining balance through learning to embrace your inherent worth, live in action instead of reaction, with a sense of contentment. Specific suggestions will be offered to explore balanced living in mind, body and soul. Contact Jenna Pastore at 815-641-2185 for more information. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

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March 10th

Mary King, MA, LLP, CSAT 3 will be speaking at The Meadows Free Lecture on March 10, 2011, at 7pm at the Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel in Novi, Michigan. Do you feel out of balance, living life in extremes? "Empower Your Recovery with Value, Power and Abundance". Based upon Pia Mellody's model of Codependency, the focus of this lecture will be on attaining balance through learning to embrace your inherent worth, live in action instead of reaction, with a sense of contentment. Specific suggestions will be offered to explore balanced living in mind, body and soul. Contact Jenna Pastore at 815-641-2185 for more information. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

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