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Spring is almost here. To celebrate this time of growth and renewal, we’re offering 25 percent off of all workshop registrations between now and March 31, 2016.

Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits, and everything else that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and have an improved sense of self.

A workshop can also be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues.

What Sets Us Apart

Those who attend a workshop at our brand new Rio Retreat Center also have the benefit of enjoying our beautiful, serene, desert atmosphere and our state-of-the-art facilities. Attendees can also take part in many additional relaxing and healing activities at the end of each day, including expressive, arts, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, live music, campfires, equine therapy, challenge courses and more. Three exquisite meals per day, prepared by our extraordinary chef, are included in the price of the workshop.

Limited Time Offer

To take advantage of this special offer, call our intake staff today at 800-244-4949.

In order to qualify for the discount you must enroll between February 19 and March 31, 2016.Registration is subject to availability. Our intake coordinators will work with you to ensure that attending a workshop is clinically appropriate for you. Lodging and travel expenses are not covered in the cost of the workshop. And, the deal applies only to workshop offered at The Rio Retreat Center at the Meadows.

We hope to see you soon at the Rio Retreat Center for a unique, empowering and healing experience.

Published in News & Announcements

Senior Fellows at The Meadows Claudia Black, PhD, and Patrick Carnes, PhD, CAS, will be featured speakers at the upcoming Summit for Clinical Excellence, March 9 -12. The summit offers advanced clinical training for therapists and counselors with up to 26 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) available.

The theme this year is “Freud Meet Buddha: Mindfulness, Trauma and Process Addictions.” . Dr. Black will give her keynote presentation, “ Reverberations of Trauma in the Addictive Family” on March 9. Dr. Carnes will present “The Secret of Life: The Meaning of Recovery” on March 11. Other sessions will cover topics such as…

  • Brain-based therapy and PTSD;
  • Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression;
  • Understanding Addiction Interaction,
  • Compassion Practice and Empathy Training for Therapists,
  • Turning Sexual Problems into Personal Growth;
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy: Beginning with Oneself;
  • and more.

The conference is co-hosted this year by The Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows, and Gentle Path at The Meadows. To register, go www.bfisummit.com.

Published in News & Announcements

If you’re a certified sex addiction therapist, or someone who has been through sex addiction treatment, you may be familiar with the concept of the trauma egg. It plays an important role in the completion of Task 9, Acknowledge Cycles of Abuse, in Dr. Patrick Carnes’ 30 Task Model of sex addiction treatment.

Its use is not limited to sex addiction treatment, though. Completing and sharing a trauma egg in group therapy or with a therapist or sponsor can be a very empowering activity for any one working through the aftermath of emotional trauma.

The trauma egg was developed as a tool for treating emotional trauma by Marilyn Murray, an internationally-recognized authority on trauma, abuse, deprivation, and its consequences. Along with The Circles of Intimacy, The Scindo Syndrome, and The Survival Bricks, it makes up what’s known as The Murray Method, which she has developed and expanded upon throughout her more than 30 years of experience.

Marilyn’s work inspires and complements the work of our some of our own therapists and Senior Fellows at The Meadows. That’s why we feel especially honored that Marilyn herself has offered to facilitate a Murray Method Workshop at The Meadows Outpatient Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the first time in more than 10 years that Marilyn has offered her training in the United States.

The Trauma Egg

Completing a trauma egg allows a person to take an inventory of emotionally traumatic and painful events that took place throughout their lives from birth to the present day. More importantly, the activity helps them to begin to identify the traumatic personal beliefs that resulted from those events.

For example, if a child experiences a lot of abandonment, he or she forms a belief to explain why they were abandoned. The belief they create may be that there were not good enough or that they were unworthy.

Traumatic beliefs are disempowering and painful, and they prevent people from understanding their real emotional needs. Those who don’t understand their emotional needs often don’t know how to fulfill them in healthy ways, and may turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, or a variety of other substances and activities to try and fill the emptiness left behind by their unmet emotional needs.

Through sharing the trauma egg with a therapist or therapy group, a person can gain a new perspective on the events in their lives, and begin to challenge and change their core, traumatic beliefs. This is the key to recovery from addictions and many other behavioral disorders.

trauma egg diagram

The Murray Method Workshop

The Murray Method workshop is a four-day training session that gives therapists and mental health professionals the opportunity to complete a trauma egg of their own and to develop deeper insights about the effects of trauma and abuse on their patients and themselves. CEUs are available for those who complete the course.

Shereen Hariri, MFT, attended one of Marilyn’s Murray Method workshops and says it really enhanced her perspectives on trauma and treatment:

“We were using [the trauma egg] a little bit with our intensive outpatient clients who were coming in for sex addiction and love addiction, but when I took the course with her… I just really got this experience of getting it….If you want to the full experience, go find Marilyn and do the whole thing with her.”

Ralph H. Earle (MDiv, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, CSAT) of Psychological Counseling Services in Scottsdale, Arizona says he also recommends Marilyn Murray and her Murray Method without reservation.

“I have used the Murray Method both personally and professionally. The method impacted me in terms of my own growth—most importantly, I was “Marilynized” almost 30 years ago when Marilyn was developing her method. It also impacted me in terms of my relationship with my son… The Murray Method has literally been used every day in our practice by all of our therapists.”

Although the workshop is geared toward professionals, all are welcome to attend. Mostly anyone could benefit from spending time thinking about their core beliefs and how they may be holding them back. One of our Intake coordinators would be happy to help you determine whether this workshop is right for you.

Sessions of The Murray Method will be offered at The Meadows Outpatient Center on

  • February 18 – 21, 2016  
  • March 17 – 20, 2016
  • April 14 – 17, 2016

To learn more about the workshop, or to register, call 800-244-4949 or visit The Meadows Outpatient Center Events page.

Published in Trauma
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

Serving Members of the Military with TRICARE

Did you know that The Meadows is an approved TRICARE Provider and is in-network in the Western Region? This means that 2.9 million eligible beneficiaries can receive world-class mental health treatment services by accessing benefits available to them.

This is an incredible benefit because The Meadows is typically a private pay facility. In fact, our agreement to be a TRICARE Provider in the Western Region is The Meadows’ only insurance contract. The Tricare Western Region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excluding the Rock Island Arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (excluding the St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (the southwestern corner only, including El Paso), Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, psychiatrists, therapists, and counselors has a high desire to be of service to active duty military members, retirees, and dependents covered under this plan. We are honored to provide behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services to TRICARE beneficiaries, with an emphasis on emotional trauma, PTSD, addictive disease disorders, and behavioral and sexual addictions.

Decades of Experience

The Meadows has been a leading provider of trauma and addiction treatment services for nearly 40 years. At our confidential and tranquil campuses just 90-minutes from Phoenix, Arizona, our multidisciplinary treatment team uses state-of-the-art trauma therapies and neuroscience to address the underlying issues that cause patterns of self-destructive behavior, allowing the patient to begin the process of healing.

Committed To Helping

The Meadows has a long history of working with members of the military and their families. 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.

Give us a call today to discuss how we can help. 800-244-4949

Published in Military Issues
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

The Holidays Offer Lessons for Recovery

By Lynn Litschke, Chaplain/Spiritual Care Provider at The Meadows

‘Tis the season of celebration. The landscape of our everyday lives is transformed with the glow of candles, the jingle of bells, the fragrance of pine and spice, wrapping paper and ribbons, feasting and festivity. There is a touch of magic in the air.

Yet for those of us in recovery this can also be a difficult season fraught with triggers, painful memories, and feelings of being disconnected and flawed. In the midst of it all are opportunities to lean solidly into our spirituality and discover new understandings of ourselves and of the season.

Messages of Hope and Healing

This season of holidays originated as “holy” days set apart to commemorate and celebrate very special events. The stories and traditions surrounding these events are packed with spiritual meaning and messages that can be helpful to recovery from addictions and trauma.

Hanukkah reminds us that we can endure and that there can be victory in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. In the deepest places of despair, our needs can be met with surprising abundance by a Power greater than ourselves.

At Winter Solstice we can choose to enter into the longest, darkest night and, in the midst of our fear, discover hope in the eternally faithful return of the light at dawn.

On Christmas Eve we can reflect on the joy of discovering that Love can and does appear in the lowliest and most unexpected places. In a playful spirit, we can rejoice with the creative imagination of Dr. Seuss as he reminds us that even the grinchiest of bah-humbuggers can be transformed by child-like wonder and gratitude in the face of bitter disappointment.

Every Day in Recovery Can Be a Holy Day

In recovery, we set each day apart, one day at a time, to commemorate and celebrate the very special event of freedom from our addictions. Every day in recovery can be celebrated as a holy day and an opportunity to share the message of experience, strength, and hope.

In this season of celebration, consider the awe and wonder of a poor shepherd, cold and alone in the desert, when a bright light illuminates the darkness and an angel sings out, “Fear not. I want to give you a message of great hope and joy. Glad tidings!” Consider the awe and wonder of a broken, desperate, hurting individual sitting in the back row of their first 12-step meeting when an angel disguised as a simple human being opens a big, blue book and begins to read, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path…” It is cause for great celebration.

Glad tidings!

Published in Treatment & Recovery

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