Are you hoping to make a fresh start in the New Year? Or maybe take some additional steps along an already well-worn path of self-discovery, recovery, and healing? These books— and in some instances accompanying workshops—can help you identify and move beyond your emotional roadblocks.
Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence
By Alexandra Katehakis
Alexandra Katehakis is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. Her philosophies and techniques for treating sex addiction and intimacy issues helps to inform our Gentle Path at The Meadows program. Her latest book, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence contains a year’s worth of daily reflections that explores a rich array of approaches for supporting loving connection. It’s a great companion for those looking to stay grounded and cultivate real intimacy in their day-to-day lives.
The Body Keeps the Score
By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is leading researcher in the field of emotional trauma and is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. His latest work, The Body Keeps the Score, has been described by reviewers as “a bold new paradigm for healing.” In the book, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain. He also discusses innovative treatments that can offer new paths to recovery and exposes the ways in which our relationships can both hurt and heal. He also offers new hope for those who wish to reclaim their lives.
A Man’s Way Through Relationships
By Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin, who joined The Meadows as a Senior Fellow in 2015, has written a useful guide to the challenges men face in creating healthy and engaging relationships. In it, he teaches men how to navigate the “Man Rules”—the often unconscious ideas men carry with them into their relationships that affect their ability to find true connection. He also offers practical advice and inspiration for men to define, with their partners, their own sense of masculinity, and heighten their potential to love and be loved. Dan will also be hosting the A Man’s Way™ Retreat at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows. The program is based on this book and A Man’s Way through the 12 Steps. Sessions will be offered in January, April, July and October. Check the webpage for more details or call 800-244-4949.
The Murray Method
By Marilyn Murray
After several years as a very successful art dealer and businesswoman in Scottsdale, Arizona, Marilyn Murray, M.A., sought treatment for severe depression. Her experience inspired her to return to college to study Psychology where she began developing her method for helping others heal from trauma, abuse and deprivation. Her book, The Murray Method, offers insights and a series of exercises to help readers begin processing their own trauma and move beyond their pain.
Marilyn will also teach a seminar on The Murray Method at The Meadows Outpatient Center staring in February. The four-day training session places special emphasis on the personal work of the health professional, based on the belief that a therapist always must address his or her own issues first in order to be an effective clinician; but, all are welcome to attend. For more information, visit The Meadows Outpatient Center website, or call 800-244-4949.
The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships
By Patrick Carnes
Exploitive relationships can create what Dr. Patrick Carnes, Senior Fellow at The Meadows and Gentle Path at The Meadows calls trauma bonds. Trauma bonds are chains that link a victim to someone who is dangerous to them. In The Betrayal Bond, Dr. Carnes presents an in-depth study of these relationships, why they form, who is most susceptible, and how they become so powerful and provides steps to safely extricate from these relationships.
This book is also the basis for The Betrayal Bond workshop offered at The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows. Workshop participants will be guided through the process of breaking through denial, exploring the root causes on their involvement in destructive relationships, and more. More information, including upcoming dates, are available on the Rio Retreat Center website, or by calling 800-244-4949.
By Claudia Black, PhD
In Changing Course, Claudia Black, Meadows Senior Fellow and founder of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, presents her healing model for adults whose lives are burdened by pain. She delves into the shame and abandonment many people carry with them, based on an early family life was either too chaotic or too rigid. She explains how chronic loss in childhood colors one’s world-view and determines their beliefs, feelings and behaviors— probably without their awareness. Readers of this book will walk away with a better understanding of how they can live life with no more roles, no more secrets, and a new way of being.
By Peter Levine
Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often endure lifelong symptoms, ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful "acting out" behavior. In Healing Trauma The Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Peter Levine to learn about using body awareness to "renegotiate" and heal traumas—to "revisit" rather than relive them; emergency "first-aid" measures for times of distress; nature's lessons—the physiological roots of your emotions; and much more.
Healing the Shame That Binds You
By John Bradshaw
In this book, Meadows Senior Fellow John Bradshaw explains how toxic shame is at the heart of our compulsions, codependencies, addictions, and drive to superachieve. These issues often result in the breakdown of the family system and in our inability to move forward with our lives. Drawing from his many years of experience as a counselor, he offers techniques to heal shame using affirmations, visualizations, “inner voice” and “feeling” work, plus guided meditations and other useful techniques to release the shame that binds us to our past.
By Pia Mellody
The theories that The Meadows Senior Fellow Pia Mellody presents in Facing Codependence are the same ones on which The Meadows treatment model is based. In it, Pia traces the origins of codependence back to childhood, and explores a range of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses and their particular effects on an individual in adulthood. She shows how, based on their early experiences, codependent adults often lack the skills necessary to lead mature lives and have satisfying relationships.
By Lauren Timmermans, LAC, MBA, CSAT
Primary Therapist, Gentle Path at the Meadows
The holidays can be an exceptionally challenging time for people who are struggling with sex addiction, chemical addiction, or other mental health issues.
Addictions frequently intensify over the holiday season. Family conflicts are bound to surface, stress levels can—and usually do—increase, loneliness becomes more apparent, and depression pops up more than you might anticipate. In addition…
Oftentimes, even in the face of a clear chemical or process addiction and increasingly troublesome consequences, many individuals fight getting help during the holiday season. But, this time of year can actually be the perfect time to seek treatment.
Addicts often make statements such as, “If I can just get throughout the holidays I will get help in January.” Others may tell themselves they cannot hurt their family by being away during the festive months. They may believe that their partners, children, and family of origin would never understand, nor forgive them.
But, in reality, the festivities associated with the holiday season may make it especially difficult to keep from spiraling out of control in active addiction. The temptations are abundant and the chances that you could end up making yourself and loved ones miserable by trying to “white knuckle” for another month or two is great.
Worse, as sex addiction, chemical addictions, or mental health problems intensify, you put yourself at risk for accidents, legal issues, and other consequences that could be circumvented by getting support as soon as you or a loved one recognizes and acknowledges problematic behaviors. So, for some, addiction rehab may be the safest place to be during the holidays.
It can also be the ideal time of the year to get the help you need for logistical reasons. Many individuals can plan time away from work or other obligations during the holiday season with more ease. And, if you or your family has experienced the pain of your addiction during the holidays in previous years, the dedication to sobriety during this time of year can show your commitment to recovery.
Going to treatment can be a hard decision to make, especially during the holidays. However, going to rehab can be the right start to a happy, healthy, and peaceful life. Missing one or two celebrations may just be the key to making sure you are present for the next 30 holiday seasons. Focusing on the road to sobriety is the best present you can give anyone that cares about you. You will be safe, supported by a clinical and medical team, and well on your way to recovery by the New Year.
Call The Meadows Intake Team today to learn more and find out if one of The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare programs—The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Gentle Path, Remuda Ranch or The Meadows Outpatient Center—might be right for you. Call Today 1-800-244-4949 of fill out the form on our website.
Now through December, you can enroll in our Survivors Workshop for only $2925. That’s $325 off of the current price. As an added bonus, you’ll get to experience all of the beauty, and all of the great amenities, of our new Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows.
The Survivors Workshop is an essential component of all of our inpatient programs at The Meadows, and is offered as stand-alone workshop to those interested in exploring the ways in which childhood trauma affects their day-to-day mental well-being.
If you struggle with addictions, trauma, mood disorders, troubled relationships or self-defeating behaviors, unresolved negative emotions from your childhood may be to blame. The Survivors Workshop allows you to process and release negative messages and feelings that are rooted in painful experiences from your past, allowing you the freedom to become your authentic self.
You’ll attend the Survivors Workshop at the new Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, a facility specifically designed to facilitate reflection, relaxation, and healing. In addition to the intensive educational and therapeutic experience of the Survivors workshop, you have the option to participate in additional transformative activities, like yoga, tai chi, 12-step meetings, expressive arts, equine therapy, ropes courses, and more. You will also be able to relax and connect with others during live music performances and camp fire events. Three meals per day, prepared by The Meadows extraordinary chef, are also included in the price of the workshop.
Take advantage of this limited time offer and register today. Call 800-244-4949 to reserve your spot and get a jumpstart on the New Year!
We are grateful every day for the opportunity to change lives and give hope to those struggling with a addiction, emotional trauma, or mental health issues. As a token of our GRATITUDE, we are offering to cover airfare for individuals admitting to inpatient treatment at…
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We tend to think of all bonds as being positive but, they are actually neutral. They can become positive, but they can also become negative. A betrayal bond is a type of negative bond that occurs when someone develops a strong and intense attachment to a person or an addictive process that is destructive to them.
The Meadows is excited to announce the addition of The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships to its workshop offerings. The workshop was developed under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Carnes, internationally known sex addiction expert and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, and is based on his groundbreaking book of the same name.
Some of the goals of this innovative, intensive workshop are to:
Each participant will be guided through the process of designing their own individualized path to recovery.
The Meadows Director of Workshops Jean Collins-Stuckert (LCSW, LISAC, CSAT) says “We are eager to offer this intensive program highlighting Dr. Carnes innovative model and providing relief for those people trapped in patterns that are so painful.”
The first Betrayal Bond Workshop will take place November 30 – December 4, 2015. The hours each day are from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST; The schedule is flexible, accommodating the group process.
If you’d like to learn more, or if you’re interested in signing up for the workshop, please call The Meadows Intake Department at 800-244-4949.