The Meadows Blog

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:00

Free Lecture Series TONIGHT in Tucson

Sex, Love and Longing:
Understanding the Addicted Self

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Debra L. Kaplan, MA, LAC, LISAC, CSAT-III

Jewish Heritage Center
3800 East River Road
Tucson, Arizona 85718

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Credits
No registration required.

For information on The Meadows or The Meadows' Arizona-based activities, please contact Meagan Foxx, Arizona Community Relations Representative, at 866-922-0951, 602-531-5320 (local) or email

For immediate release:
Feb. 14, 2011
Wickenburg, Arizona


The Meadows is pleased to announce the naming of Jerry Boriskin, PhD, CAS, as Senior Fellow.

Dr. Boriskin is an author, lecturer, and clinician widely known for his ground breaking work in the fields of trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. He was a pioneer in extending the continuum of care and developed two extended residential treatment programs for co-occurring disorders. A passionate advocate for integrated treatment, he possessed a vision that predated the ongoing movement toward specialized and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, particularly those involving trauma.

In addition to his groundbreaking work with The Meadows, Dr. Boriskin is the author of “PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors.” and co-authored, “At Wit’s End: What Families Need to Know When A Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness.”

Jim Dredge, CEO of The Meadows, said, "we are fortunate indeed to have Dr. Boriskin as a member of The Meadows' team. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, The Meadows is at the forefront of the treatment of co-occurring disorders and trauma."

The Meadows, with rehab treatment centers in Arizona and Texas, has been a leader in the treatment of addiction, trauma and recovery since 1976.

Contact: Nancy Koplow, Director Of Marketing, The Meadows.  Phone: 800-632-3697

Dr. Boriskin is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. He began his career in 1979 when PTSD emerged as a diagnosis. He transitioned to the private sector in the mid-1980s, working with sexual abuse survivors and addicts. He is a licensed psychologist and addiction specialist who recently resumed working with warriors at the V.A. of Northern California. He has authored PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and co-authored At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When A Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness.

March 16, 2011

Patty French, MA, LCPC, CADC, CEAP will be speaking at The Meadows Free Lecture on March 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm at The Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, Illinois. Ms. French will discuss Enhancing Recovery through the use of Effective Boundaries. Discover the power of boundaries and how to use them to build and maintain personal well-being, promote healthy relationships, and raise your life to a new level of happiness and contentment. In this lecture, you will gain a better understanding of what boundaries are, why they are important and how to create your own personal boundaries.

Contact Jenna Pastore at 815-641-2185 for more information. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

Vicki Tidwell Palmer, LCSW, CSAT will speak at The Meadows Houston Free Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston at 303 Jackson Hill in Houston, Texas. The lecture title is "If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother: How to Move Beyond Blame and Reclaim Your Wholeness." The lecture will explore how our family of origin experiences affect us in profound ways and how, in our adults lives, we seek what is familiar even if it is uncomfortable or worse yet, abusive. Vicki will present key concepts and strategies to begin the process of telling the truth about our childhood and reconnecting with disowned or forgotten parts of the self so that we can reclaim our wholeness. Contact The Meadows Community Relations Representative, Melanie Shelnutt at (713) 702-7784 for more information. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you there.

For immediate release:
Jan. 31, 2011
Wickenburg, Arizona


On January 22, 2011, The Meadows, America's premier center for the treatment of addiction and trauma, honored senior fellow John Bradshaw by dedicating a lecture hall in his name. Panels lining the walls of the John Bradshaw Lecture Hall illustrate the important contributions made by this extraordinary individual to the fields of addiction, trauma and family systems.

Leading the dedication ceremony was The Meadows CEO, Jim Dredge, who said, "John Bradshaw has touched the lives of millions of people around the world through his ground-breaking work and teachings. We are honored to have him as a colleague... and to know him as a friend."

After the dedication Mr. Bradshaw, surrounded by The Meadows staff, guests and patients shared stories of his own personal journey in recovery.

John Bradshaw is a celebrated educator, counselor, motivational speaker, theologian, author and one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems and the concept of toxic shame. He was recently selected by his peers as one of the "100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th Century." Over the years, Mr. Bradshaw has written several New York Times bestselling books, including, "Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child," "Creating Love" and "Healing The Shame
That Binds You."

Mr. Bradshaw has been closely associated with The Meadows for over 10 years, giving insights to patients, speaking at alumni retreats and lecturing to mental health professionals at their numerous workshops and seminars.

The Meadows, with treatment centers in Arizona and Texas, has been an innovator and leader in the fields of addiction and trauma treatment since 1976.

Contact: Nancy Koplow, Director Of Marketing, The Meadows.

March 10th

Mary King, MA, LLP, CSAT 3 will be speaking at The Meadows Free Lecture on March 10, 2011, at 7pm at the Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel in Novi, Michigan. Do you feel out of balance, living life in extremes? "Empower Your Recovery with Value, Power and Abundance". Based upon Pia Mellody's model of Codependency, the focus of this lecture will be on attaining balance through learning to embrace your inherent worth, live in action instead of reaction, with a sense of contentment. Specific suggestions will be offered to explore balanced living in mind, body and soul. Contact Jenna Pastore at 815-641-2185 for more information. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

John Marsich, CASAC, will be speaking at The Meadows Free Lecture Series on March, 8, 2011 from 7pm-8:30pm. The lecture will be held at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Room 101, 405 West 59th St., New York, NY. (Cross streets of 59th & 9th Ave) The title of the lecture is "Using the Tools of Recovery to Create Successful Relationships." John will discuss many kinds of relationships... with spouses, family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. and provide recovery tools to use in your relationships in order to cope, deal with, exist and function in a healthy way. John will also discuss using these tools in order to live the life we were meant to live, as well as the importance of joy, love, and laughter.

Contact Judy Smith at 866-633-5533 or for more information. No registration required. I hope you are able to join us for this great event!

Sunday, 30 January 2011 19:00

Why Extended Care?

by Kathy Golden, Director/Manager of Extended Care at The Meadows

Most people seem to come to primary treatment because they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. When they near the end of their primary treatment, the counselor starts recommending extended care. The client may think, "I can't do this. I have a job; I can't afford to spend the money. I don't want to spend more time away from my husband, children, family..." They feel the best they've felt, perhaps in many years, and can't imagine why they need to continue treatment. I always ask my clients to consider treatment as one little inch out of the mile that is life. Clients most likely have spent years developing acting-out patterns, being depressed, wondering why they are so reactive to things that don't seem to bother other people, being filled with shame that they continue to sabotage their lives.

I ask them: "Do you think you have completely addressed all of your issues in the space of 29 to 35 days? Do you believe that you have worked through all of the trauma issues that have developed throughout your life journey?" The "pink cloud"that most people have as they near the end of treatment soon dissipates as they hit the real world and the reality of their life journey. They may have changed, or at least begun to make changes, however their best friends haven't changed with them. Those co-workers they can't get along with haven't changed or been to treatment. Perhaps their family attended Family Week sessions and has good intentions, without the benefit of 30 days in treatment.

The benefits of extended care can be immeasurable. They provide the chance to continue to address trauma issues, solidify the best relapse-prevention plan possible, encourage necessary self-examination, and provide time to incorporate the tools learned in primary care so they become a new way of life- a life of recovery and health. Extended care allows a recovering person to transition into the real world through supported outside activities, outside 12 Step meetings, a relationship with a sponsor, Step work, limit setting, and structure development. Those with co-occurring disorders can benefit greatly from extended care; the extra time, support, and scope of an extended-care treatment process can make a significant difference.

Statistics show that, the longer a person can remain in extended care, the lower the probability of relapse. In a study by Castle Craig Hospital, 48 percent of those who completed a recommended period of continued treatment had "maintained unbroken continuous abstinence (from all drugs including alcohol and cannabis), and a further 14 percent were in a good outcome category, abstinent at the time of follow-up. The abstinent and improved outcome figures for this group of treatment completers was 62 percent. The results, therefore, for this group of clients who completed an average of 17 weeks in extended care are very good indeed."

Extended care at The Meadows helps a client develop a personalized treatment plan, continue trauma-reduction work, and settle into a new life of recovery. We recommend a minimum 90-day stay: 30 days in primary care at The Meadows and another 60 or more at Mellody House, Dakota, or The Meadows Texas. Each of these facilities addresses trauma reduction through use of Pia Mellody's model. Additionally, Dakota helps clients continue to address compulsive sexual behaviors, while The Meadows Texas provides a safe place for women to continue their recovery journeys.

Thursday, 27 January 2011 19:00

Shelly Uram, MD in Scottsdale, Az

Shelley Uram, MD, Senior Fellow at The Meadows, presented on January 17th Free Lecture in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was so inspired by the presentation, that I wanted to share a bit about my experience. I have one word to describe Dr. Shelley Uram's presentation at The Meadows' Free Lecture in Scottsdale last night: amazing! I am sure I am not the only attendee still inspired by the outstanding lecture on trauma, addiction, and the brain.

Dr. Uram's professional training and expertise were complemented by the nonthreatening and compassionate manner in which she delivered the information.

During the presentation, Dr. Uram discussed Pia Mellody's model of Developmental Immaturity, which is used as the main treatment model at the Meadows Treatment Centers. She presented the five core issues of codependency which include problems with boundaries, self esteem, dependency, reality, and moderation and discussed the ways in which trauma affects each of these areas. Many people have been exposed to information about these five core issues and have learned about the negative impact of trauma on development due to its incredible success in helping people heal.

Dr. Uram took this information a step further and presented the ways in which trauma effects the development and functioning of the brain. As I listened to her explain how traumatic experiences can affect the various parts of the brain, I looked around the room and saw people starting to have a greater understanding of why we do the things that we do. Dr. Uram continued in her presentation and gave us a sense of hope when she discussed how we are able to actually change the structure of our brains with bottom-up treatment approaches so that we may live happier and healthier lives. I learned a great deal from this event and anxiously await additional presentations by this knowledgeable and charismatic speaker.

Thank you, Dr. Shelley Uram!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 19:00

An Evening with John Bradshaw

An Evening with John Bradshaw

What an incredible evening! The vibes and energy could be felt in Dallas recently when John Bradshaw spoke for The Meadows' Dallas Lecture Series. According to one of the 498 attendees, "Sometimes you attend an event and afterward you think, "I wish so and so had been here..." Tonight was one of those nights... I spread the word about John Bradshaw's lecture, and I brought several of my friends. But I kept wishing I had held a candlelight vigil on Monday night to prepare for this event! What an awesome scholar and spiritual force to kick off the new year. Well done. Well done!"

The Meadows' Dallas Lecture Series meets the third Tuesday of every month at Unity Dallas. The next lecture is Tuesday, February 15, when Cole Adams, LCSW, CSAT, discusses "Relapse Warning Signs."

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