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We are pleased to announce that Kyle Wescoat has joined our team as Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Rick Flaherty, who is retiring.

Kyle comes to The Meadows with more than 25 years of CFO experience in a variety of well-regarded public and private companies including Emulex, VIZIO and Vans. He also has previous experience in the field of behavioral health as the former Executive Vice President and CFO of Aspen Education Group. He received his undergraduate degree from Drexel University and MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.

“Kyle has proven himself to be a tremendous CFO and organizational leader in a variety of settings. He brings with him a remarkable set of skills and experiences that I believe will benefit The Meadows as we continue to grow and evolve in the rapidly changing behavioral health environment” says Meadows Behavioral Health CEO Jim Dredge. “I look forward to working with Kyle as we explore and execute on new ways of providing high quality services to our patients while remaining sensitive to the increasing demands for thoughtful, efficient delivery and outcomes.”

Kyle is also active in his community. He has maintained a long time involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, California, and Hoag Hospital Presbyterian. He serves as Chairman of Hoag Irvine’s Executive Advisory Board, and on the President’s Advisory Council at Drexel University.

“I want to thank Jim and the board for giving me this opportunity to join The Meadows at this exciting time in its history,” Kyle says. “For more than 25 years, The Meadows and Remuda Ranch have been synonymous with the highest level of patient care and innovation. It is our goal to continue to lead the industry in not only the services provided, but how they are provided, as well.”

Dredge added, “I want to thank Rick Flaherty for his hard work and contribution to Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. I wish him the very best.”

Published in News & Announcements
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

Thanks & Giving: We’ll Pay for Your Flight

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…

Here are the details:

  • Admission must occur between November 1, 2015, and November 30, 2015.

  • Offer is available for a one-way airline ticket for the patient to fly to Phoenix, Arizona for inpatient treatment.

  • Flight arrangements will be made through our corporate travel agent as coordinated by our Intake Department and is not to exceed $1,200.00.

  • There is no monetary value to this offer.

Have questions?

Call 800-244-4949 to talk to one of our Intake specialists.

Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

The Meadows Opens New Workshop Retreat Center

Since the 1980s, The Meadows has been the forerunner in providing intensive workshops that transform lives. We’re pleased to announce that we’re expanding our workshop offerings with the opening of The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, a state-of-the-art facility designed with participants’ healing and empowerment in mind. The center is situated on the Remuda Ranch campus, a historical dude ranch that offers a serene, peaceful, desert setting for workshop attendees.

The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows will allow us to offer even more workshops and to enhance the overall experience for participants. In addition to the intensive educational and therapeutic experience that workshop participants have always enjoyed, those who attend a workshop at The Rio Retreat center will have the option to participate in additional evening activities like art, yoga, Thai Chi, 12-step meetings, live music performances, camp fires, equine therapy, ropes courses and more. They will also be treated to three meals a day, prepared by The Meadows extraordinary chef.

Jean Collins-Stuckert, LCSW, LISAC, CSAT, will serve as Clinical Director of the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, where she will spearhead the development and integration of several new workshops and activities. Our new workshops will cover issues related to eating and nutrition, men’s issues, money and work, couples disclosure, and more. Jean says that she’s pleased to be able to offer participants a peaceful space and the additional support they need for deep personal reflection:

“At Rio Retreat Center, we’ve created a safe and nurturing environment where people can experience deep healing. Garnering insight into personal issues, overcoming obstacles, and processing through trauma will jumpstart new recovery or heighten existing recovery. I’m delighted about the opportunity to grow our program in order to meet the needs of more people.”

New Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities

In addition to our signature Survivor’s Workshop and other tried-and-true intensives, there are two new workshops currently available at the new Rio Retreat Center. Mind & Heart: A Mindful Path to Wholehearted Living, will help people to free themselves from self-limiting patterns of thinking through scientifically researched mindfulness techniques; and, The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships helps people begin to heal from destructive attachments. Also, starting in early 2016, we will offer Discovery to Recovery: An Intensive Series for Couples Healing from Sex Addiction.

The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows will also serve as a venue for training events and workshops for therapists and behavioral health professionals. The Meadows world class senior fellows and clinicians, and other leaders from around the country will develop and present these outstanding opportunities for professional growth. More details will be available in the coming months.

The Meadows CEO Sean Walsh is excited about what The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows means for the future of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare:

“We are in the business of changing lives. We’ve seen firsthand how our workshops have made a difference to so many, and I’m looking forward to being able to offer the same kind of hope and healing to even more people.”

How to Register for a Rio Retreat Center Workshop

You can find a schedule of currently available workshop on The Meadows website. Since workshops fill quickly, we encourage making reservations three to four weeks in advance.

If you have questions, or if you’d like to register, contact our Intake Department at 800-244-4949.

Published in Blog
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 00:00

Pia Mellody to Speak at Beacon House Benefit

On September 25, Pia Mellody will speak about addiction, relationships, and the spiritual path to recovery at The Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. The event is a benefit for Beacon House, a nonprofit treatment center for people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. Tickets are available online or by phone at 831-620-2048. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Beacon House programs. Her presentation at the event is sponsored by The Meadows.

Pia Mellody is a Senior Fellow and senior clinical advisor for The Meadows. As a pioneer in the field of recovery, Pia's theories on the effects of childhood trauma have become the foundation for The Meadows' programs, and are a major reason for their success.

Pia is widely known as one of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships. Her work on codependency, boundaries and the effects of childhood trauma on emotional development has profoundly influenced the treatment of addictions and the issues of forming and maintaining relationships. She is the author of several influential books, including Facing Codependency, Facing Love Addiction, and The Intimacy Factor.

About Beacon House

Beacon House is Northern California's leading drug and alcohol rehab facility. As one of the first treatment centers in the Western United States, the Beacon House has helped thousands achieve lasting sobriety from alcohol and drugs. The Beacon House understands what is necessary to achieve a lifetime of recovery. As a nonprofit we invest all resources in delivering the highest level of individualized care at affordable prices. Located on the scenic Monterey Peninsula, the Beacon House promises a supportive environment for adult men and women seeking to realize a lifetime without drugs and alcohol.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

Meet Sundance

By Ann Taylor, Equine Specialist at The Meadows

Sundance is a 32 year old Quarter Horse Gelding. He has worked in our Equine Therapy program since he was 10 years old.

In his more than 20 years of faithful service, he has shown that he truly has an extraordinary gift for therapy. This unassuming little red colored horse spends most of his days in the barn at our Rio campus. He keeps all of the horses and Equine staff on schedule with loud, animated reminders at breakfast and dinner times. Schedule and routine is something that Sundance finds great comfort in, and has no problem reminding us if we are a few minutes late with his meals.

Every day at 10:30 a.m. on the dot, he can be found playing with the other horses over the fence. Then, he naps in the warm quiet Arizona afternoons. For Sundance, semi-retirement is a life of carefree routine.

You could practically set your watch by his schedule.

Due to his advanced age — 93 in horse years — Sundance only works with clients on ground activities.

However, there is a part of Sundance that shines just as bright as his name: his ability to read a person.

Horses, in general, are professionals at reading people; they are second to none when it comes to knowing what is going on with us. They can read our intentions with extraordinary precision.

When it comes to Sundance, though, his gifts take that talent a step further. He can see the ways in which a person is strong and the things they need to work on. He takes a deliberate approach with every individual or group by presenting himself in ways that will meet each person’s need that day. He will purposely challenge a person’s weak areas or present himself with what could only be identified as compassion and love when someone needs to connect with those weaker places.

The discussion as to whether or not a horse has “feelings” is as timeless as the horse itself. Of course, we can’t say for certain that they do, but there is no doubt when Sundance meets someone, something beautiful happens.

Equine Therapy at The Meadows

The Meadows is one of the few treatment centers in Arizona that uses Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to lead patients to healing and recovery. As a part of our commitment to holistic and innovative therapeutic tools, Equine Therapy provides a therapeutic experience unlike any other offered at The Meadows. Through interactions between patients and horses, patients learn new ways of dealing with trauma, addictions and relationships. Trained equine specialists use the interactions to illustrate the relationship patterns patients exhibit with people in their lives. Equine Therapy is often noted as a highlight of the treatment program. To learn more about this effective and popular program, contact The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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