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Free Lecture Series - Houston, Texas, August 2, 2011


The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston
303 Jackson Hill
Houston, Texas 77007
For information on The Meadows or its Houston-based activities,
please contact Melanie Shelnutt, Houston Community Relations Representative, at 877-733-7930 (713-702-7784 local) or email

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Dallas Free Lecture Series Texas July 19, 2011 7:00-8:30 pm.

Unity Church of Dallas


6525 Forest Lane

Dallas, TX 75230 from


For information on The Meadows or its Texas-based activities, please contact Texas Community Relations Representative, Betty Ewing Dicken, at 800-892-7799 or

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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 the fourth video of his series, Mr. Bradshaw explores the role that after-care facilities play in the recovery process. He considers facilities such as Mellody House, Dakota House, and The Meadows Texas to be critical parts of the continuum of care.

He adds that, when he operated his own facility, one of his biggest challenges was finding appropriate extended-care settings for his clients.

"We developed satellites around the country, but it still wasn't as good as having a Dakota House right there with the treatment center," he says, stressing that after-care is a critical part of the therapeutic process for many clients.

"In four or five weeks of primary care, people have done a lot, but sometimes they need to do more to heal the trauma."

Mr. Bradshaw has been closely associated with The Meadows for more than 10 years, 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 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 relationship between shame and depression, and the importance of inner-child deep feeling work. To view all the videos in this informative series, visit

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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As part of its series on addiction and trauma, The Meadows is pleased to present a video featuring Maureen Canning discussing sexual addiction in women.

In the third video in her nine-part series, Maureen Canning, MA, LMFT, talks about contemporary methods for treating sexual addiction.

"One of the things we do differently at The Meadows is that we really look at the family of origin," she says. "We address the addictive process - and we're very good at doing that - but we also look at the underlying issues."

Ms. Canning adds that most sex addicts have deep-seated feelings of shame and inherent worthlessness. They feel they don't deserve to be loved, heard, or emotionally safe.

"They're looking for someone to hear them, to see them, and to love them," Ms. Canning explains. "And when we help them to understand, it automatically reduces the shame. And reducing the shame starts the process of recovery."

Ms. Canning is a clinical consultant and senior fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg and a clinical consultant at Dakota, The Meadows' extended-care facility dedicated to treating sexual addiction and trauma. She has taught extensively about sexual disorders, and her clinical experience includes individual, couples, and family counseling; workshops; lectures; educational training; and interventions. She has written several books, including Lust, Anger, Love: Understanding Sexual Addiction and The Road to Healthy Intimacy.

In other videos in the series, she discusses such topics as the nature of healthy sexuality, how sexual addiction can kill, and what partners of sex addicts need to know.

View the entire series of The Meadows' videos, including interviews with John Bradshaw and Dr. Jerry Boriskin, at

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, visit or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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p> Phoenix Free Lecture Series June 27, 2011 7:00-8:30pm
Chaparral Christian Church
6451 East Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
For more information, call The Meadows 800-632-3697

Wrestling with the Teenager Within presented by Ben Galloway, LISAC, CSAT

In this presentation, Ben will discuss the family roles, rules and styles of dysfunction that create different types of wounding and defenses. The Adapted Self becomes normalized and bound to these defenses and can even be bound to powerful addictions or relational dysfunctions. Many individuals have difficulty with ongoing recovery and successful healing in therapy due to the normalized survival extremes and defenses of the Adapted Self. While the child within gets a lot of needed focus, this lecture will focus more on the developmental issues of the Adapted/Teenager within. We will review recovery tools and the continuum of care in therapy. Who's driving your bus?

Ben Gallaway has worked in the field of Addiction and Trauma Treatment since 1989. He is a Certified Sex Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Ben is in private practice in Phoenix Arizona and the Director of Enchantment Workshops where he designs and facilitates Customized Intensives. Ben is PIT trained through extensive trainings with Pia Mellody since 1995.

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