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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, visithttp://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7alfdwgf8f108c9&llr=fekkzvdab.

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 www.themeadows.com.

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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 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 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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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 

www.BluffviewCounseling.com

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The Meadows is a sponsor of the 2013 Austin Addiction Symposium on September 20, 2013, in Austin, Texas at the Commons Learning Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The theme of the symposium is "Transferring Addictions: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Addictions."

Speakers include keynote speaker H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Mark Gold, MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, Distinguished Professor, Dizney Eminent Scholar; Anand Mehendale, MD, Director, Phoenix Neurobiology Research Unit, Phoenix Medical Associates; Chief Medical Officer, The Ranch at Clear Springs; Executive Medical Director, Phoenix Monitoring System, LP, Kerrville, Texas; and Abi Williams, PhD, LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, Director of Clinical Services, The Arbor, Georgetown, Texas.

As a sponsor of the symposium, Betty Ewing Dicken, Business Development Liaison for The Meadows, will be in attendance.

For more information and to register for the event, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e78sqohf6af058eb&llr=6vsutmmab.

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 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 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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The Meadows will sponsor a preview of the new film about sex addiction, "Thanks for Sharing," at the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) National Conference on September 18 - 21, 2013 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel. The theme of the convention is "Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Diversity of Thought" which will examine sex addition and how to move from addiction into healthy sexuality.

The Meadows Senior Fellow, Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT, CST-S, and the 2012 Carnes Award Recipient, will present the Carnes Lecture "From Behaviorism to Biology: A historical look at where we've been and where we're going" on Friday, September 20.

"We are pleased to preview the new film "Thanks for Sharing" at this year's SASH Conference," said Sean Walsh, Executive Director for The Meadows."Leading sex addiction experts, including The Meadows' Senior Fellow, Alexandra Katehakis, will be presenting training, along with strategies, treatment modalities, and research in the fields of sexual health."

Several goals and objectives of the conference include using effective techniques to identify persons for increased risk for problems with sexual health and developing educational approaches and preventive interventions that improve the sexual health of all persons.

SASH is a nonprofit multidisciplinary organization dedicated to scholarship, training, and resources for promoting sexual health and overcoming problematic sexual behaviors. For more information about SASH and the conference, visit. www.sash.net.

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