The Meadows Blog

Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:00

The Meadows Wickenburg Announces New Liaison

The Meadows is pleased to announce the addition of Marlene Alligood to their Business Development team.

Alligood, a native of Atlanta, Ga., entered the healthcare field more than 20 years ago when she was a marketing professional at Norrell Health Care. She then worked in business development at a wilderness program in the Atlanta area. Most recently, Alligood was the Director of Marketing for a residential chemical dependency treatment program in Atlanta. Alligood will oversee outreach activities for The Meadows in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. She can be reached at 770.776.9440 or 877-472-6760.

"We are delighted to have Marlene join The Meadows team," said Patty Evans, Senior Vice President of Business Development for The Meadows. "Marlene's passion for helping people in need of trauma and addiction treatment will be a great asset to our program. I am confident she will help behavioral health care professionals in their areas gain a better understanding of the important work The Meadows is dedicated to doing; helping patients deal with life's most difficult challenges, including addiction, trauma, abuse, depression, divorce, grief and loss, or psychiatric disorders."

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 inpatientcenters 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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

The Meadows' Senior Fellow, John Bradshaw, will be a keynote speaker at the Art of Recovery Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., on September 22 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event hours are from 10:00am - 5:00pm with Bradshaw's keynote address beginning at 10:00. This event is free and open to the public.

Bradshaw's keynote address will focus on his book Healing the Shame That Binds You and the chapter "Twelve Steps for Transforming Toxic Shame into Healthy Shame." As Bradshaw said, "I owe my life to participating in a 12-Step program."

The Expo offers education and resources for addictions and behavioral health issues with an emphasis on adolescent, young adult and family recovery. In addition to Bradshaw, Herschel Walker, former NFL running back, 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, and mental health advocate, will also deliver a keynote address. For more information about the expo, visit www.artofrecovery.com.

John Bradshaw is a world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, television personality, author, and one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems and the concept of toxic shame. Bradshaw has had a long association with The Meadows giving insights to staff, patients, speaking at alumni retreats and lecturing to mental health professionals at The Meadows' workshops and seminars.

"Not only are we pleased to support the Art of Recovery Expo as a Platinum Sponsor, but we are thrilled that John Bradshaw is one of the keynote speakers along with Herschel Walker," said Jim Dredge, CEO of The Meadows.

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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Senior Clinical Advisor for The Meadows, Pia Mellody "is the queen of love addiction recovery for me," said Alanis Morisette in her interview with Piers Morgan on September 7, 2012. Seven-time Grammy Award winner, Morisette tells Morgan that she was a love addict. To watch the interview, visit:

http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/07/alanis-morissette-on-being-a-love-addict-i-was-drawn-to-the-back-walking-away/

 

Meadows' Senior Fellow, Dr. Jerry Boriskin, was recently interviewed for the "Chronic Pain Solutions' podcast. Dr. Stephen Grinstead talks with Dr. Boriskin about his insights around people living with chronic pain who also have an unresolved trauma history and/or an addictive disorder. In this interview Dr. Boriskin brought his 30 years of expertise to focus on this population. They also covered the importance of taking the stigma off the different diagnoses that the people they serve have developed- sometimes through no fault of their own.

To listen to this this one hour podcast, visit http://www.addiction-free.com/Guest-Podcast-Interviews.html.  To read the Chronic Pain Solutions Newsletter, visit http://www.addiction-free.com/Sept-2012-newsletter.html.

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, has been at the forefront of the treatment of PTSD, addiction, and co-occurring disorders for more than 30 years. He is the author of several books, including PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed With Addiction and Mental Illness. For more information about Dr. Boriskin, please visit his website at http://www.jerryboriskin.com/.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for PTSD and other disorders, see http://www.themeadows.com  or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

The following is an interview conducted by Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly in its September 10, 2012, issue with Jim Dredge, The Meadows CEO, regarding The Meadows' new pricing model.

Treatment Program Profile

Arizona center with trauma focus moves to up-front pricing model

Among the many uncertainties that addiction treatment patients and their families encounter when they initiate a treatment stay, the cost of services often becomes the greatest moving target and one of the most troubling aspects of the experience. Finding out after the fact that numerous services that appear central to the program were not included in a treatment center's quoted price at admission could result in an individual having to make treatment decisions based on financial considerations rather than therapeutic value.

Determined to keep financial concerns out of the picture for both patients and the clinical staff, The Meadows in Wickenburg, Ariz., decided as of July 1 to move to a virtually all-inclusive pricing model that gives patients and their families a clear sense of the cost of treatment from the outset. Primary treatment at The Meadows, typically lasting 35 days, costs a total of $44,000. Extended care, usually involving a 60-day stay beyond the original five weeks, costs $500 a day.

The center, which in its 36-year history has acquired a national reputation for its clinical focus on healing from trauma, codependency and process addictions, has retained a limited set of variable costs that are not part of the quoted price for treatment. These include the cost of some medications for illnesses such as HIV, diabetes and arthritis; pharmacy co-payments; and services rendered by off-site providers. Outside of that, all on-site services and amenities are included in the pricing that is quoted to patients at the start of treatment.

"Our overriding issue has to be patient care," Jim Dredge, The Meadows' CEO, told ADAW. "All too often the issue of finances gets in the way. We want our staff only to be focused on outcomes."

Decision-making process

Dredge, who has been with The Meadows for a little over two years, said the center's executive team made the decision to initiate all-inclusive pricing after about seven months of deliberation. In order to inform the decision-making process on the subject of pricing, administrators spoke with patients, staff and referral sources. Around 60 percent of the center's referrals come from clinicians who are familiar with The Meadows' areas of focus, particularly its expertise in trauma that is reinforced by the presence of a team of clinical advisers/fellows that includes Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw and Jerry Boriskin.

"For our staff and our referral sources, this has been a relief," Dredge said of the decision to move to all-inclusive pricing.

He believes that too often in addiction treatment settings, individuals who seek healing are led to believe that a quoted price covers major services, only to find out later that services such as psychiatric visits or mind-body therapies are considered extra costs. He believes this can carry damaging consequences for individuals who already struggle to trust others, and also can result in patients declining certain services that could have benefited them.

"Common sense is going to tell you that if you're leaving treatment and you have unexpected bills, you're going to feel violated," Dredge said. "If you feel that you had been in a trusted environment and then this happens, I don't think that's going to contribute to your overall healing."

Dredge said the response from patients and staff to the change in how the cost of treatment is presented has been outstanding. "Our milieu has been stable," he said. Perhaps the most compelling piece of evidence supporting this has been that the pricing change took effect at a time of year when Arizona's temperatures well in excess of 100 degrees would indicate the
likelihood of having some empty beds in the facility for a period. Instead, the center remained full and carried a wait list throughout the first month of implementation in July, Dredge said.

Independent judgment

Dredge said the move to all-inclusive pricing took place independently of any other business decision making or planning within the organization, and was executed mainly to retain an emphasis on clinical issues in treatment. "The focus of the staff and patients has to be on healing, not the dollars," he said.

Dredge added that the move does not have a major impact on the center's day-to-day financial management practices. The Meadows is a Joint Commission-accredited facility that operates as a psychiatric hospital with on-site medical services and 24-hour nursing.

The Meadows does not bill insurance directly, and all but about 10 percent of services (those that are set aside for military families covered by the TriCare program) are self-pay. About 25 percent of patients who complete primary treatment move on to the two-month continuing-care program at the center.

As ADAW was going to press, The Meadows was announcing another shorter-term initiative in the pricing area. To commemorate Recovery Month in September, it announced the availability of a discounted primary treatment rate of $36,000 for the first 15 individuals who initiate the treatment process on or after Sept. 1 and are admitted to The Meadows by Sept. 30. "We are pleased to recognize National Recovery Month with this exceptional offer," Dredge said in a news release announcing the September discount. "Recovery is our number one priority at The Meadows."

Reprinted with permission by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The Meadows is sponsoring a free lecture in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, September 18 presented by Kelly G. Antwine, M.Ed., LPC, on the topic of "Freedom From Conflict: Discovering the Truth of Who You Are." It will be held at the Unity Church of Dallas Sanctuary from 7:00 to 8:30pm and no registration is required.

The lecture will explore "our own ideals, beliefs, values and principles to determine if they are ours or someone else's that we continue to try and make work for us," as Antwine explained. "Learning objectives of the lecture include challenging our own thinking process, learning how to ask "WHY",and beginning living our own truth."

The Meadows sponsors free lectures in various cities throughout the country. Speakers include local therapists familiar with The Meadows' model. Attendees can earn 1.5 Continuing
Education Credits. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Betty Ewing Dicken at 972.612.7443 or bdicken@themeadows.com.

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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 20:00

The Meadows Announces New Clinical Director

The Meadows is pleased to announce Dr. Nancy Bailey as the new Clinical Director at The Meadows. Bailey returns to The Meadows after recently completing her doctoral studies to receive her Ph.D.

Bailey began her career at The Meadows in 2008 as a facilitator for The Meadows' workshops. She then transitioned to Intake Interventionist in 2010 and Senior Clinical Liaison in 2012. Bailey's passion and commitment to working in the field of addiction and mental health began in 1994 at The Caron Foundation. In addition to her dedication to working with patients, Bailey's focus has been on families whose lives have been impacted by dysfunction, particularly women's sexual assault, domestic violence, and eating disorder related issues.

"We are very pleased that Nancy Bailey has assumed her new role as Clinical Director at The Meadows," said Sean Walsh, Executive Director for The Meadows. "Nancy will be an integral part of the clinical leadership team and we know that she will continue to provide excellence in service to all constituents."

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 inpatientcenters 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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:00

Sex, Love and Longing

(Excerpted from Debra L. Kaplan's book due out in 2013)

I am often asked in therapy (with deep reluctance and trepidation) if it is a pre-requisite of therapy to explore childhood issues. "That depends," I say. "I have no desire to dwell in your past but exploring your past childhood relationships might help us both understand your current relationship style and how you relate in romantic relationships."

When we are no longer able to push away the emptiness in our life that we work so hard to ward off we succumb to either seek therapy and explore that loneliness or continue to disconnect from the world and wallow in distress.

Our current relationships are informed by how we learned to bond with and attach to caregivers and others. These early experiences greatly determine how, or if, we feel safe and secure and therefore lean into connection, or dismiss, and avoid emotional connection all together. In other words the past remains present if we do not heal unresolved early relational disturbance. A trigger in the here and now will only serve as summoner to our buried pain, carrying it forward- front and center- causing us to experience significant internal and relational anguish. The ways in which that relational distress is exhibited depends strongly on the type of relational distress (or outright trauma) we experienced in childhood, the duration of those traumatic relationships, and the family system in which we lived. Of substantial importance to the outcome is our support system, our own character traits, personality, or adaptability.

In the Beginning

Attachment is an emotional bond to another person. Any discussion about attachment and relationship would be incomplete without a explanation of what attachment is and the two names synonymous with having pioneered attachment theory; psychologists, John Bowlby and Mary D. Salter Ainsworth. John Bowlby is a British psychoanalyst and the first individual to develop the theory describing attachment as a lasting psychological connectedness between human beings (Bowlby). As humans we are motivated by a primordial need to seek proximity and comfort from such figures in times of distress. Bowlby postulated that caregivers who were consistently available and responsive during times of distress were fundamental in helping an infant create a safe haven from which s/he could explore the world and begin to safely and securely form attachments beyond infancy. He also believed that four key characteristics of behavior were an infant's natural adaptation to regulate proximity to an attachment figure:

  • Secure Base: A caregiver provides a consistent secure base from which the child can explore the world.
  • Safe Haven: When in distress a child will return to the caregiver for comfort and soothing.
  • Proximity Maintenance: The child attempts to stay near the caregiver, thus assuring safety.
  • Separation Distress: When separated from the caregiver, a child will become upset and distressed.

Mary Ainsworth, (1913 - 1999) an American born psychologist worked with John Bowlby researching maternal-infant attachments. She came to define attachment as "an affectional tie that one person or animal forms between himself and another specific one - a tie that binds them together in space and endures over time." (Ainsworth)

Attachment Gone Awry

If early bonding and attachment is so vital to our later adult relationships, what happens to attachment in the face of not-good-enough parenting? And, how do anxious and avoidant attachment patterns present in romantic relationship? Many individuals come to experience relationships as anxiety provoking and enmeshing and a situation warranting escape; their earlier childhood bonding and attachment to caregivers was, in all likelihood, anything but secure.

Preoccupied Attachment

Where an individual finds him/herself on the anxiety and avoidance axis, will determine the extent to which that individual trusts/distrusts others (exhibits low anxiety or high anxiety) or fears others in relationship (exhibits low avoidance or high avoidance). Likewise, the extent to which an individual finds him/herself on the anxiety scale determines how safe (comfortable) vs. fearful that individual feels about being in relationship. Consider the following:

  • Janet was obsessional about checking her partner's phone and laptop when he was in the shower. Despite the fact that her partner was neither unfaithful nor gave her any reason to question his commitment to her or the relationship, she tended to be possessive. Janet often started arguments just to convince herself that he wasn't going to leave. While Janet wanted his affection she was nonetheless afraid of getting too close. He began to question if staying in the relationship was worth the struggle.
  • Bryan knew that his wife was faithful but couldn't help wonder why as beautiful as she was, she didn't cheat on him. He often found himself thinking "It is only a matter of time that she will ask for a divorce and leave me."
  • Gail has been in several relationships before she met Alex. Unlike her other boyfriends, Alex stated that he would not sleep with another woman. Despite Gail's concerns about Alex's flirtation with women and his online sex chat behavior, she was afraid to leave. Over time Alex's pornography use increased resulting in little to no sexual contact between them. Gail's anxiety increased but she remained staunchly committed to not leaving Alex.

As we read above, Gail's relationship is compromised due to her ever-present distrust of Alex and her fear of abandonment. Despite the sexual avoidance and emotional disconnect in the relationship Gail is unwilling to change the situation. A look back to her childhood reveals that Gail's mother was a doting mom to her three girls in the face of her husband's ongoing infidelity. Gail's father worked long hours to make ends meet and was rarely physically or emotionally present with the family- except on weekends. It was then that Gail would accompany him on his fishing trips or jaunts to the local bar; anything just to be with him. She felt special when she was with him although he spent his time joking with the others at the bar and laughing with the women who surrounded him. It never occurred to her that being with her dad meant doing what he wanted and worse yet, being abandoned to watch the overt betrayal of her and the family. The emptiness she felt growing up was minimally eased by those moments of being in his presence. This early pattern of emotional distance endured into her adulthood even as she longed to connect with men. Her need for love, acceptance and reassurance created a self-deprecating pattern of exploitation in her relationships.

In childhood when caregivers were inconsistent with their responsiveness (here today but not tomorrow) or overly protective and distancing, the child forms an anxious attachment. If the infant turned child is distrustful in knowing that the parent will consistently be there, the child will do anything in its ability to ascertain their survival and lower his/her own anxiety of abandonment. Hence the child remains focused on the caregiver, staying close in proximity (although in an insecure fashion) in an adaptive mode of self-preservation.

These examples all illustrate the anxiety and avoidance that engulf an individual who has one foot in and one foot out in relationship. Preoccupied partners are more likely to focus on the others' behaviors due to an anxiety and obsession about "if" or "how much" their partner cares about them. This is contrasted to the insecurity of "if" the individual will be abandoned. An otherwise secure relationship will come to an abrupt end due to an increasing fear that "this is too good to be true" a fear that becoming too close will increase one's vulnerability to rejection or unsuspecting abandonment- I will leave before you inevitably leave me. The resultant behavior becomes a distancing by partner from the anxious individual further exacerbating the very fear of abandonment that drove the obsessive behavior in the first place. This becomes a worsening and vicious cycle. This preoccupation around the insecurity of a romantic attachment drives a need for intensity; of which the purpose is to mitigate the intra (internal) distress.

Fearful - Avoidant Attachment

  • John had yet to be in a romantic relationship. He is as fearful of women as he is fascinated by them and only wished that he had the nerve to ask one out. He has worked for years in a large corporation silently longing for several female coworkers, yet he goes home at night and fulfills his fantasies and dashed dreams online in chat rooms and on websites for phone sex.
  • Henry: "Being naked in front of my girlfriend is as terrifying as parading around in public with my pants down."
  • David and Ellen met online and were dating for 3 months when Ellen approached David seeking more emotional commitment from him. David became despondent and withdrew from the relationship which became quite distressing for Ellen. After two weeks of no-contact Ellen arrived unannounced at David's apartment to confront him. The only thing David knew to say was, "I'm sorry that I am such a disappointment to you." He proceeded to become aloof and cold giving no explanation for his behavior.
  • Judy spent many years in therapy hoping to heal from the wounds of childhood sexual and physical abuse. "I know that most men are good." Yet, whenever I'm approached by a male who wants to date me, I all but ignore his intentions thinking that he must be as damaged as I am! "Why else would he be interested in me?"

Fearful-Avoidants avoid emotional and sexual intimacy but nonetheless, struggle to connect. The behavioral course of action is to disengage and distance as a result of high anxiety and high avoidance. However, this attempt by the avoidant to deflect or avert deep feelings often backfires. Avoidant people cannot escape thinking about their close relationships no matter how hard they try not to. Scientists refer to this as the "ironic rebound effect," similar to what would happen if someone said, "Don't think of a white horse." Consequently, avoidant individuals tend to seek superficial physical/sexual encounters with others (e.g., anonymous one-night stands, online sexual encounters, pornography) outside the restrains of a rejecting relationship. Fearful-Avoidants experience attachment insecurities and turn to what researchers call "secondary attachment strategies - deactivating or hyper-activating strategies in an effort to cope with threats." (Cassidy and Kobak 1988)

The fearful-avoidant's childhood family system is characterized by hostile and violent abuse that reinforced the child's belief that he or she is defective, worthless and rejected. These individuals may display emotional symptoms of both the avoidant and the pre-occupied attachment styles.

John's upbringing is a perfect example of how terrifying childhood attachment figures, albeit unintentionally, can be. John learned early on that in order to be loved and cared for he would have to endure considerable loneliness. His early neglect and abandonment in childhood came by way of spending many nights alone waiting for his mother to return home from her second job as a janitor. John's overwhelming sense of isolation and fear during those countless nights by himself served to reinforce his belief that to be loved and cared for, "I will be abandoned." While his mother never intended any harm and by today's standards may have constituted child abuse, her single mother status and necessity to support her son conveyed this painful mixed message. As an adult and in the face of a potential emotional and romantic entanglement John experienced such internal distress and shame that he became emotionally walled off preferring instead to remain alone versus being threatened with potential and "inevitable" abandonment.

Dismissing - Avoidant Attachment

  • Allison could barely contain herself when she exclaimed to her friends that she met a new guy online. Allison had always enjoyed her independence so this long distance relationship was just what she wanted. Besides, she acknowledged, "I don't like guys getting too attached. If they do I just move on to the next. I let them know up front so if they have a problem with this it won't matter. It's not like I didn't tell them."
  • Jim was unsympathetic to his girlfriend's attempts to connect with him. "I don't understand why you would be so into me?" she probed, "and now you couldn't be less interested!" In her efforts to be emotionally intimate with Jim she asked that he join her in counseling to discuss how they can resolve this disconnect. "I'll go with you if that's what you really want, but I think it's a waste of your time and money."
  • Michael was enjoying his new found success with his budding yet lucrative investment company when his wife Lia gave birth to their first born child. It was at that time that Lia became overwhelmed and needed his help with their new baby. Michael loved his independence but began irritated as he saw it slip away and as he put it, "fade out of view." It was at this stage in their marriage, that Lia began to see how alone she was as Michael so comfortably escaped into his work commitments.
  • "Relationships!" Brendan blurted out, "Do I really want to get involved with a relationship just to have great sex? I'm not that kind of guy. Give me gorgeous, self-sufficient women who don't need to be rescued, and I'm all in; that is until they want more. Then I'm out of there!"


Allison, Jim, Michael and Brendan are all individuals who are emotionally unavailable and actively disengage from real intimacy. Individuals like them often present with a charming wall of seduction; a seductive come-on that conveys interest, but does not allow for deeper emotional and relational connection. This engaging behavior albeit non-relationally can be irresistibly alluring to the "neediness" of the individual with a pre-occupied attachment style because their need for attention and connection is fulfilled by the seductive nature of the dismissive-avoidant. The seductive "all in" quality of the dismissing-avoidant masks his or her yet-to-be-revealed unwillingness to be relational thereby setting the stage for the preoccupied individual's eventual self-fulfilling relational anxiety and relational demise- here today/ gone tomorrow. The Dismissing-Avoidant eventually becomes uncomfortable with the closeness of the partner and begins to detach from emotional and relational intimacy. In the process the avoidant may engage in addictions (drugs, food, sex, money) or addictive processes (compulsive masturbation, internet porn, anonymous sexual encounters, work addiction) in an attempt to put distance between them and the partner/relationship. Nonetheless, the initial allure that captivated the pre-occupied individual plays into the precarious cycle of anxious and ambivalent connection given the preoccupied individual's tendency toward low avoidance and high anxiety. Since the avoidant's childhood attachments were consistently unavailable or overwhelmingly engulfing their ability to remain relational is slim to none. A child that experienced too little interaction will learn to be self-sufficient and counter-dependent. That same child that may experience an overinvolved and smothering attachment will later in life, make all efforts to attract a partner but not emotionally connect with her or him. For the dismissive-avoidant, sex, for example is a mechanism that expresses connection but not relational intimacy.

Debra L. Kaplan, MA, LAC, LISAC, CMAT, CSAT-S is a licensed therapist in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Kaplan specializes in the treatment of attachment and intimacy disorders, complex traumatic stress and accompanying dissociative disorders. Debra's area of expertise includes sexual addiction/compulsivity; issues that are often rooted in unresolved childhood trauma. Debra serves as faculty for the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), founded by Dr. Patrick Carnes and publishes and presents nationally on trauma and sex addiction.

In recognition of September as National Recovery Month, The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, is offering a limited discounted inpatient treatment through September 30, 2012.

The all-inclusive price for the five-week treatment program is $36,000 for the first 15 people who admit to The Meadows Wickenburg during September. The treatment process needs to be initiated on or after September 1, 2012 and patients are required to be admitted by September 30, 2012.

“We are pleased to recognize National Recovery Month with this exceptional offer,” said Jim Dredge, the CEO of The Meadows. “Recovery is our number one priority at The Meadows.”

The Meadows specializes in treating trauma, PTSD, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, codependency, depression, bipolar disorders, sexual compulsivity, love addiction, love avoidance, eating disorders, work addiction, and gambling addiction.

The Meadows supports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), in their effort to celebrate the effectiveness of treatment and recovery services through National Recovery Month. Recovery Month promotes the critical message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. For more information about National Recovery Month, visit the SAMHSA at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/.

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about how The Meadows can help you or your loved one take advantage of this limited-time inpatient discount offer, 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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

The Meadows is sponsoring a free lecture in New York City on Monday, September 10 presented by Meadows' Senior Fellow, Dr. Shelley Uram, on the topic of "Freeing Your Authentic Self". It will be held at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Parish Center from 6:45 to 8:30pm. Registration is required to attend this event by visiting www.themeadows.com or www.regonline.com/NYCfreelecture.

Dr. Uram, a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, will discuss how the brains' survival functions often interfere with experiencing Authentic Self. ";It is through aligning with our Authentic Self that our capacity to experience life to the fullest is derived," said Dr. Uram.

Dr. Uram speaks nationally and internationally and is best known for transforming the complexity of the brain and traumatology into interesting and easily understandable explanations.

The Meadows sponsors free lectures in various cities throughout the country. Speakers include local therapists familiar with The Meadows' model. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peter Stavropoulos at 347.374.0046 or pstavropoulos@themeadows.com.

The Meadows Wickenburg 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 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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