Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows in Wickenburg, AZ

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1655 N. Tegner St.
Wickenburg AZ 85390

Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows Philosophy

Our mission at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is to help young adults and their families forge recovery paths, so they can heal, blossom and thrive. We provide intensive, experientially based inpatient treatment specifically tailored to young adults ages 18 to 26 who are struggling with unresolved emotional trauma, addictions, or who have a dual diagnosis. We take pride in providing young adults with an opportunity to interact and engage in a safe, secure, and nurturing community comprised of their peers. Our strong focus on family systems has transformed the lives of young adults and their families. Through real-time webinars, we embrace our patients and their families into the process even before treatment officially begins. Our focus on life skills empowers young adults by teaching skills such as interviewing techniques, resumé development, and how to secure important necessities like health insurance. There’s also a wealth of fun and laughter added to the mix. Our expansive array of experiential healing modalities includes neurofeedback, mindfulness practices, equine-assisted psychotherapy, challenge courses, and trauma-informed psychodrama, along with EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. Our emphasis on the most current testing and assessment tools helps paint an accurate picture of each patient’s status and unique needs. Twelve-step involvement provides a source of healing for our clients and their families.

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Highlights

Addresses underlying dynamics that fuel addiction and co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety.

Private, secluded setting in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Program was created by pioneers in their respective fields, including Dr. Claudia Black and Dr. Shelley Uram.

Meet the Staff

Claudia Black, PhD, MSW,

Senior Fellow and Clinical Architect

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Claudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Today Dr. Black is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation and also serves as an Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist for The Meadows. Dr. Black is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work, the 2010 Conway Hunter Award for excellence in the field of addictions, the 2012 Robert Rehmar Addiction Professional Award, and the 2014 Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award. Dr. Black has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

Leanne Lemire, MSW, CLCSW

Clinical Director

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Leanne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Western New England College and received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Massachusetts. Leanne has held the position of Primary Counselor both at the Meadows and at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center prior to becoming the Program Director. She completed Pia Mellody's Post Induction Training and embraces the Meadows Model both professionally and personally as an integral framework for trauma resolution, interpersonal healing, and ongoing recovery. Her other areas of training include: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Low and High Ropes Challenge Course, Gestalt Therapy through the Southwestern Gestalt Center, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through the O. K. Corral Series. Leanne's passion lies in helping to foster an environment that allows for young adults to feel empowered as they navigate through their recovery process and embrace the hope embodied in a new day. Editorial Review

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The Claudia Black Young Adult Center offers age-specific, intensive inpatient treatment for young adults ages 18 to 26 struggling with chemical dependency, emotional and mental health, or have a dual diagnosis. The facility treats a range of behavioral issues and experientially-based program incorporates a holistic approach in the recovery process.


The short-term program runs for 45 days and comprises three phases. The first is Rise, which consists of an introduction to the therapy approach. Grow is the second phase, and it fosters self-awareness and emotional regulation. The last phase, Develop, prepares clients for leaving recovery with an emphasis on self-interdependence, competency, and life skills.

Within these phases, clients are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including the 12-Steps, trauma-informed psychodrama, somatic experiencing, sensorimotor psychotherapy, neurofeedback, expressive arts therapy, equine therapy, and the Meadows Model, which focuses on tracking and regulating emotions.

The program introduces fun into the recovery process to resonate with young adults and build a foundation to make informed choices. A typical day begins with exercise and breakfast, followed by group therapy, peer meetings, exercise and recreational activities (e.g., yoga, hiking, and museum visits), individual counseling, and educational lectures. After dinner, clients focus on socializing, additional group time, meditation, and 12-Step programs.

Family involvement is integral in the recovery process. For this reason, the facility sets time aside for family visits and offers lectures and workshops.


The treatment team is led by Claudia Black, Ph.D., its “clinical architect,” who has specialized in families and addictive disorders since the 1970s. There’s also a master’s level clinical director with a background in social work and a medical director who is board-certified in family practice and addiction medicine. The staff-to-client ratio is 2:1.


The Claudia Black Young Adult Center is a separate 24-bed wing of The Meadows Treatment Center. Set on 14 sun-drenched acres of the Sonoran Desert, the facility is 50 miles northwest of Phoenix. Clients can expect to share dual-occupancy rooms with twin beds, desks, and closets. The facility offers daily maid service, air conditioning, a gym, and swimming pool. An on-site chef prepares nutritious meals and can accommodate special dietary requirements.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has not received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. However, on Facebook, which grants facilities the ability to vet postings, Julie said: "I have been impressed by Claudia's work for over 30 years and would be more than happy to refer clients to her."[1]


The monthly cost of treatment starts at $54,000. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center primarily is a private pay program and will not hold a patient's insurance company responsible for reimbursement. Treatment generally falls into an out-of-network insurance category and, according to the facility's website, staff with work with major carriers (e.g., Anthem, Cigna, Humana, and Tricare), to help patients receive the maximum benefit available. In addition, the organization can help clients apply for financial assistance via a third-party loan provider.


Updated February 2017

Published on February 2017

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I do not recommend the Claudia Black Center for you or your loved ones. The center is for those ages 18-25. I was a patient at CBC and had a very traumatic experience. They treat treat patients like young children with zero ability to do anything for themselves. Patients are required to have staff with them at all times. There is no time to sit by yourself, take a walk or have time to reflect on the process. I attended for strictly anxiety and PTSD and have. Ever felt so anxious in the 45 days I was there. Many of the staff member were rude and uneducated. Equine therapy is only offered to those who are on level 3 which means they have been there a minimum of 2 weeks and have had completed step work along with having no issues with the program, leaving only 2 times for equine therapy throughout the 45 days you are there (due to family and survivor week). Days are filled with group therapy ehich is more geared toward substance abuse. I met 26 people in the program and 21 have relapsed or feel like nothing changed! PLEASE do not waste your money or time. Look into intensive outpatient programs before going to the meadows!

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