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Michael Phelps Continues to Share His Story

Laying your personal struggles out for the world to see cannot be easy for anyone, but we applaud those who face their issues and seek help for recovery.

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The Meadows is pleased to announce a contract with TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a sub-contractor of TRICARE health program. Under this agreement, The Meadows has become an approved TriWest provider for behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services to eligible beneficiaries.

The TriWest Healthcare Alliance is contracted with the Department of Defense to administer the TRICARE West Region program in the 21-state region. As an approved TriWest provider, The Meadows' inpatient substance abuse and psychiatric services are now available to nearly 2.9 million military members, retirees and their families. The convenient location of The Meadows, just 1.5 hours north of the Phoenix airport, offers easy accessibility to soldiers and their families. This could prove to be extremely beneficial to beneficiaries associated with the seven military bases located in the state of Arizona.

"We are confident that the impeccable reputation of The Meadows combined with our breathtaking campus and state-of-the-art treatment was a critical factor in choosing The Meadows as a network provider," stated Jim Dredge, CEO of The Meadows. "The Meadows has a commitment to servicing our heroes. We have enormous gratitude to those who protect and defend our freedom. It is a great honor to be a network provider for active duty, families and retired enrollees of the TriWest program."

According to Dr. Jerry Boriskin, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a consulting expert to the Veterans Administration, this contract is significant because there is a benefit to having as many options available in the various sectors due to the need for occasionally higher levels of care.

Dr. Boriskin, who has worked with the veteran population for 30 years, commented that "The core challenge is to get the veteran or the civilian, for that matter, to work on acceptance, forgiveness, and most importantly self-forgiveness because things were out of control and they were horrible."

Dr. Stephen Brockway, Chief of Psychiatry at The Meadows, explains that treatment for the veteran allows a move to take place from "It's me against the world" to "There are others like me" to "I'm part of the community again."

To learn more about The Meadows' work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.

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 or 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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Monday, 17 October 2011 20:00

Jerry Boriskin: PTSD and addiction

The Meadows, one of America's premier facilities for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present a 10-part video series featuring Dr. Jerry Boriskin discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD.

In the seventh video of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, psychologist and senior fellow at The Meadows, talks about the connection between PTSD and addictive disorders.

"PTSD and addiction work as a tag team," he says. "They're very much the same, yet different."

Dr. Boriskin explains that someone can have an addictive disorder without post-traumatic stress disorder - or PTSD without substance abuse issues - but it's very common for the conditions to co-occur. In fact, he estimates that more than 80 percent of the military veterans he treats for PTSD also have a substance-abuse disorder.

"The timing of which comes first is irrelevant," he says. "It's imperative to come to terms with the addiction first, then start working with the PTSD issue." He notes that both disorders are difficult to treat, but both respond to similar interventions.

In other videos in the series, Dr. Boriskin discusses such topics as evidence-based treatment methods for PTSD and long-term treatment for complex PTSD.

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. He is the author of several books, including PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed With Addiction and Mental Illness.

Other videos in The Meadows' series include interviews with prominent figures in the mental health field, including John Bradshaw and Maureen Canning. To view, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

To learn more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for PTSD and other disorders, visit www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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The Meadows, America's premier center for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, senior fellow, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and
leading figure in the field of mental health.

In the fifth video of his series, Mr. Bradshaw talks about the importance of inner-child deep feeling work as a therapeutic tool.

"One of the things I like about The Meadows is the deep feeling work. It's uncanny," he says.

Mr. Bradshaw explains that many therapists and psychologists he works with around the country can't practice the technique.

"It's frightening to them," he says, stressing that deep feeling work is often necessary in order to get recovering substance abusers to address their 'addictiveness.'

"That addictiveness is like a hole in the soul that has to be grieved. And without that grieving process, the addict will simply go from one addiction to another."

Mr. Bradshaw has enjoyed a long 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. He is also 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 importance of after-care facilities, and the relationship between shame and depression. 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, visit 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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