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The Meadows is a sponsor and presenter at the Addiction and Recovery: Gender Matters Conference on October 10-12, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Greenwood, Colo.  The Meadows Psychiatrist, Dr. Jon Caldwell, will present “Relational Trauma and the Search for Security: Women and the Role of Mindfulness in Healing Attachment-Related Wounds” on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors. In November 2012, Dr. Caldwell was the recipient of a research grant from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) for his research proposal entitled “A Wait-List Controlled Study of a Mindfulness-Based Workshop for Promoting Attachment Security.”  

A keynote speaker for the conference is Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, a noted speaker and author of “Daring Greatly” and “Gifts of Imperfection.” She is a research professor at the Houston Graduate School of Social Work and a “Top 10 TED Talks Presenter” and featured regularly on PBS, NPR, and CNN.

For more information regarding the conference, visit

The Meadows 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

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According to the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, women are the fastest growing segment of substance abusers in the US, with about 2.7 million women – about one quarter of the identified population of substance abusers in the US. Women’s concerns about recovery are extremely complex and many identify their use as a coping strategy for growing up on a toxic or abusive environment. Many of the women from a study by Judith Grant, Sociologist from Ohio University, identify their core issue related to their recovery concerns as being low self-esteem and the lack of ability to identify their true selves. These issues exacerbate their relapse potential.

For mothers in recovery from a serious, or long-term illness including addictions, mental health, physical/medical concerns causing extended absences from their children, the guilt of these issues are compounded by the shame felt by mothers in recovery as they become aware of the effects on their children. Increased shame and stress create potential relapse triggers and warning signs for these moms attempting to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Society projects their own criticism onto Moms in recovery with the ever-so-doubtful glance and mistrustful tone of how these Moms cope with the stress and stay “healthy.” Even when Moms decide to continue their path to recovery and perhaps work through their own issues, the ongoing realization that their behavior has affected their children and “Oh my, what have I done” sets in reinforcing the shame. 12-Step programs encourage Moms to look into character defects and make direct amends. Private therapists encourage Moms to take care of their codependency issues first so they can become more emotionally available to take care of their children. All of these are positive steps toward recovery, and also steps to the road to self-realization and acceptance.

Going through the stages of guilt and shame to self-realization offers these mothers a tremendous growth opportunity and also unleashes opportunity for shame attacks potentially leading to relapses. These relapses do not necessarily need to be back to the “drug of choice” or the “suicide attempt”, although that can and does occur in some cases. The relapses can lead to other forms of self-medication such as disordered eating, distorted body image issues, unhealthy relationship issues, work addiction, to mention a few. The recovering mother’s ego is fragile and contains tricky misinformation telling her that who she is as an individual and as a mother as she navigates through the murky recovery waters. The process of moving through these waters with intention is important to a sustained and progressive recovery for Moms. This process would include:

1. Breaking through the denial and the self-medicating patterns

2. Core work of shame reduction

3. Re-parenting the self

4. Self-amends and self-forgiveness

5. Body-centered release work

6. Mindfulness

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The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Ariz., announced the addition of a new young adult program, DAWN at The Meadows.  DAWN will open at The Meadows’ campus fall 2013 exclusively for young men and women ages 18 to 26.

DAWN at The Meadows is a 45-day, three-phase program specifically created to respect and honor the patient’s maturation in a way not possible in a program model designed for teens. Phase I, the Rise Phase, introduces The Meadows Developmental Model of Immaturity and orients the patient to the program and community as they begin to understand the concept of self-regulation. Phase II, the Grow Phase, incorporates The Meadows Model and self-awareness to gain an understanding of the patient’s trauma and addiction and begin regulation within the brain chemistry and limbic system.  In addition, patients attend The Meadows’ signature workshop, Survivors, which explores early childhood trauma and uncovers the origins of adult dysfunctional behaviors. Phase III is the Develop Phase in which the family joins their loved one for Family Week where family systems and relapse prevention are explored. 

Patient families are invited to participate in Family Class, a weekly educational electronic webinar session that occurs prior to Family Week attendance. This class prepares family members with the foundational information needed before they arrive for Family Week.  The goal of Family Week is for the family to leave with a family contract prepared by each family member for their own ongoing care, along with recommendations and commitments for ongoing aftercare.  In addition, families will receive a follow-up session with the primary care counselor.  

DAWN at The Meadows will be community-based and experientially focused, according to Nancy Bailey, PhD., Clinical Director for The Meadows. “Patients will be welcomed to a very community focused environment by their peers and staff.  Many team-oriented rituals are built into the programming which include the patient and family systems” said Bailey. “While The Meadows Model and the 12-Steps are part of each phase of the DAWN program, experiential modalities such as equine therapy, challenge course, art, trauma informed psychodrama, trauma informed yoga, tai chi, mindfulness meditation, life skills, and music are critical to the program.”

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about DAWN at The Meadows and 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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Sunday, 15 September 2013 00:00

What Does Your Recovery Voice Feel Like?

The Meadows Alumni Association invites you to join in celebrating National Recovery Month in September by participating in our weekly events. This month is definitely about having fun but also to raise awareness about addiction and mental health. Our recovery voices create a pathway for those who are still silent.


What Does Your Recovery Voice Feel Like?

Of the many feeling words you learned at the Meadows, share how your recovery voice feels. Is it a feeling in your body (healthy, energetic)? Does your recovery voice feel happy, sad, liberated and mad all in the same day?

Emoting Recovery

Express your feelings and contribute to the largest Meadows feelings collage! Feel free to use the massive feelings list we put together or add your own and send them in! We will begin displaying your submissions on Wednesday September 18th in the Dining Hall and continue all month long!

Most Important Action: Email Morgan Day at or Submit your post to the Meadows blog.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:00

Review of New Sex Addiction Film

This week The Meadows provided to industry experts an online screening of the new film "Thanks for Sharing" focusing on sex addiction. One hundred twenty-four people attended the screening. The following is a review of the film.

BY: Gene Klassen, LPC-Intern, CSAT (c)

I thought the movie was well done. It provided a very realistic view of life in the first several years of recovery from sexual addiction. All of the basic themes around recovery and 12-step meetings were presented: sobriety medallions, sponsorship, 3-second rule, relapse, partner's fears about their addict's relapse potential, dating, honesty, avoiding triggers, withdrawal, meetings, phone calls to program buddies, eliminating stash, higher power, etc.

There were a few scenes with sexual content that could potentially be problematic for sex addicts in early recovery to watch. With appropriate support and discussion about these scenes with other recovering addicts immediately following the movie, I think the movie could be appropriate for almost all addicts and partners in recovery.

For the general public, I think the movie provides a pretty good overview of sexual addiction. For individuals with this problem who are not in recovery, this movie may provide an impetus to seek help. Of course, those who see the movie and want to solve this problem on their own will find ways to dis-identify with the characters in the movie.

Other than an education in sexual addiction, there is not much else that makes the movie compelling. Because of a few well-known actors, the movie may bring in a crowd that would otherwise pass. My prediction is that it will not be a box office hit. I also doubt the movie will result in immediate change in general attitudes around sexual addiction, but my hope is that it will provide additional content and perspective to the ongoing conversation. The media buzz could generate curiosity and higher attendance that I might expect. We'll see.

Thank you so much for the invitation to the pre-screening,

Gene Klassen, LPC-Intern, CSAT (c)

Primary Therapist

Bluffview Counseling

Dallas, TX 75209

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