The Meadows Blog

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

Ho, Ho, NO: Finding Real Joy This Christmas

By Laura Parrot Perry

Note: The following post originally appeared on the blog In Others’ Words. The author, Laura Parrott Perry, is a mother, an art teacher, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and an advocate for fellow survivors. It is reposted here with her permission.

By: Kelli Wagner, Behavioral Health Technician, The Meadows

Christmas carols, the spirit of giving, joy and laughter; this is what the holidays are all about...right?

We are excited to announce a new update to the 2017 Alumni Retreat Schedule – The Recovery Improv Workshop with The Tonight Show regular Dion Flynn!

Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

Practicing the Pause

By Aleah Johnson, The Meadows Alumni Coordinator

Have you ever jumped to conclusions, made brash decisions, dove into problem-mode solving mode instead of actively listening, or spoken too soon? I am guilty of all!

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

The Heart of a Healer

The following is a transcript of the speech read on behalf of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare CEO Sean Walsh at the 2016 Gratitude for Giving Breakfast Awards Ceremony. Sean was recognized with the Compassion Award.

Several recent psychological studies indicate that power has a way of revealing a person’s true nature. The more power a person gets, the more they feel free to be their authentic selves and act in accordance to their goals and values.

Friday, 02 December 2016 00:00

Free Flight Offer Extended!

Families can feel a bit over-extended during the holidays. That can make the prospect of entering into treatment for trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and other mental health issues even more daunting. We hope to help ease a little bit of burden, by extending our free flight offer throughout the month of December.

By Dr. Georgia Fourlas, LCSW, LISAC, CSAT, Rio Retreat Center Lead Therapist

There is an indescribable beauty in watching participants move into a deeper level of intimacy after struggling through the destruction of sexual addiction.

Mental health professionals can improve treatment through trauma-centered and gender-responsive approaches

When men seek treatment for addiction, depression, and mental health disorders the outcomes are often quite positive. However, there is still room for improvement, since the risk for relapse after treatment is still somewhat high. Dan Griffin, an American sociologist who has studied gender and recovery and trained at Hazelden as a chemical dependency counselor, thinks that the men would be more likely to maintain recovery if treatment programs take a more trauma-centered and gender-specific approach.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health at yesterday’s Facing Addiction Summit was an unprecedented moment in our country’s fight against addiction and substance misuse. It is the first time in history that a U.S. surgeon general has issued a report focused on drug and alcohol addiction. The report comes at a time when more and more Americans are struggling with the effects of addiction to opioids and heroin. One person dies every 19 minutes from an opioid or heroin overdose. And, the statistics related to other addictions are no less grim. One in seven people in the United States will face a substance misuse disorder, and only 10 percent will get the treatment they need to overcome it.

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