The Meadows Blog

By Nancy Greenlee, MAPC, LCPC

“I am hurt and I’m devastated. Being married to my husband is like doing yoga on one leg,” said a recent workshop participant. “I’m trying to hold things together, but I keep crashing down.”

Published in Workshops

By Dr. Georgia Fourlas, LCSW, LISAC, CSAT, Rio Retreat Center Lead Therapist

There is an indescribable beauty in watching participants move into a deeper level of intimacy after struggling through the destruction of sexual addiction.

Published in Sexual Addiction

Congratulations to Patrick Carnes, PhD, Senior Fellow and clinical architect at Gentle Path at The Meadows. He has received the prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright - Canada - Palix Foundation award in Brain Science with additional support from The American Foundation For Addiction Research (AFAR).

Dr. Carnes now joins the ranks of the many Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners and other distinguished scholars who have received this award. He will also serve as a Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of Alberta in 2017.

He will use his award to conduct a groundbreaking and unprecedented research study into the genetic factors associated with sexual addiction. More than 1,000 people (500 sex addicts and 500 non-addicts) from various centers across the U.S. and Canada will take part in the study. The study seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What genes are linked to sexual addiction?
  • How do these genes compare to the genes linked to alcoholism and drug addiction?
  • Are there specific clusters of genes that predispose sexual addicts to behave in certain ways? In other words, can we predict whether an addict will become compulsive about adultery or pornography or voyeurism, etc.?
  • What psychological disorders are linked to the different types of sexual addiction? For example, if a person is anti-social, is he more likely to compulsively pay for sex, engage in voyeurism, or pursue anonymous sex?

A full-genome genetic analysis of all participants will be conducted via saliva specimens. Advanced statistical techniques will be used to identify the genes that are linked to various types of sexual addiction, and to link genetic patterns to psychopathology and sexual addiction type.

This study could lead to many exciting developments that would vastly improve treatment and access to treatment for those who struggle with sex addiction. It could, for example:

  • Lead to a screening tool for those with a sexual addiction, much like those available for alcoholism.
  • Show definitively that sex addiction involves the same brain pathways as other addictions.
  • Facilitate coverage of sex addiction and reimbursement or treatment by health insurance companies
  • Reduce stigma and lead to more prompt and effective treatments for those who are struggling with the disorder.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Carnes and in supporting his efforts to lead us to a greater understanding of sex addiction and an improved ability to offer effective treatments for those whose lives have been shattered by the disorder.

Published in Sexual Addiction
Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

Life After Heartbreak

In 2009, Noelle found out that her partner, who is a sex addict, had had an affair. She was devastated.

For Noelle and her wife, it was a life-changing experience. Watch her video to hear how she was able to forgive her wife and begin the process of building a healthier, stronger relationship.

For women struggling with sex addiction, The Meadows offers an inpatient program on the main campus in Wickenburg, Arizona, and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at The Meadows Outpatient Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows also offers several workshops for couples and for the partners of sex addicts.

Call 800-244-4949 for more information.

Published in Sexual Addiction
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

Gaining Power over Sex Addiction

Chris didn’t know he was a sex addict until he attended The Men’s Sexual Recovery workshop at The Meadows. The workshop’s clinical team recommended that he go to the 45-day inpatient sex addiction treatment program at Gentle Path at The Meadows, but he wasn’t quite ready.

A couple months later, he was struggling with his addiction again. Watch his video to find out what happened once he fully accepted his addiction as a disease and completed his treatment.

Published in Sexual Addiction

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