Treatment Center Setting
Claudia Black Young Adult Center Philosophy
At the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, we get right to the core of the presenting issues, whether it is addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety and/or co-occurring conditions. With the clinical expertise of Claudia Black, Ph.D., a pioneer working with both family systems and addictions, we created the foundations of our cutting-edge program that specifically meets the needs of individuals ages 18-26.
Our goal is to assist young adults to embrace the recovery process, wherein they take responsibility for their own emotional, mental, and physical healing; and to facilitate family healing and healthier functioning family system. We believe that in spite of the complexity of mental health and/or addiction issues young adults face, they can launch into a life of accountably for self, greater connectedness within community and family, and at last find meaning and purpose.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Meet the Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Sean Walsh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and is responsible for the oversight of its family of programs which include The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, The Meadows Ranch, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows. Sean has been in the behavioral health field since 1996. Sean has a clinical background and although he has been a treatment center executive since 2009, he is a licensed therapist and is highly invested in ensuring quality care to the patients The Meadows serves. Sean came to The Meadows from Calvary Addiction Recovery Center where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Calvary, Sean was the COO of Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio, he has held a wide variety of positions in the treatment field ranging from; Director of Outpatient, Risk Management, Case Management, Intake and has been a primary therapist specializing in treating young adults.
Allan Benham, RN, BSN
Chief Operating Officer
Allan Benham is the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In his 16 years with The Meadows, Allan has served in numerous roles including positions as a Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Director of Operations at The Meadows, Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, and presently as the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. With a background in working almost every position and with every facility in the Meadows family, Allan brings a commitment to quality and effective treatment for our patients and a dedication to helping those who are suffering find relief. Allan is now working with all of the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare facilities including The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Meadows Ranch, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows.
Claudia Black, PhD, MSW
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. Dr. Black’s scope of influence includes working with multi-cultural agencies and audiences around the world, as well as presenting workshops to military academies, prison systems, medical schools, and mental health and addiction programs. Claudia is the author of It Will Never Happen To Me, Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me, Relapse Toolkit, A Hole in the Sidewalk, Depression Strategies, Straight Talk, Family Strategies, Anger Strategies, Deceived, The Truth Begins With You, Intimate Treason, and her most recent book Unspoken Legacy. She has produced several audio CDs and over twenty DVDs.
Leanne Lemire, MSW, LCSW
Leanne Lemire, MSW, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. She 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. Having been with The Meadows since 2012, she has held positions of Primary Counselor, Program Director, and Clinical Director prior to becoming the Executive Director. Her specialty focus is with trauma resolution, addictive disorders, and complex psychiatric disorders among young adults. Training includes Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Training, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ropes Challenge Course, Gestalt Therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Having been a member of the development team at the conception of the young adult program, Leanne’s passion lies in creating a culture of community which allows young adults to feel empowered as they take accountability for their strengths and vulnerabilities while navigating the recovery process.
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ABOUT CLAUDIA BLACK YOUNG ADULT CENTER
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center in Wickenburg, Ariz., is an intensive, experiential 45-day residential treatment program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who are struggling with unresolved childhood trauma, addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Sharing 14 acre of desert campus with the Meadows, and modeling much of its services after the renowned program, the Claudia Black Young Adult Center exists to help young adults face their unresolved trauma and become accountable for themselves through a holistic and multi-faceted curriculum of equine therapy, yoga, 12-step meetings, service work, ropes course, and expressive arts therapies.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
One of just 109 (32.0 percent) centers in the state that’s dedicated exclusively to young adults, this 45-day residential treatment program helps those between the ages of 18 and 26 find healing and recovery from complex emotional and mental health problems like codependency, love avoidance, PTSD, trauma, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety as well as addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex and love, or work. Ultimately, treatment helps participants address what’s lurking behind their addictive and co-occurring conditions using an individualized plan of recovery that’s based on diagnoses, interests, and personality.
Young adults begin the day by reflecting and tending to their basic hygiene needs. After breakfast, they’ll attend a community meeting and a group therapy session. Afternoons typically have scheduled topic-specific sessions, individual counseling, and 12-step study. Dinner is followed by one more group, an evening meditation, and a 12-step meeting. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and somatic experiencing are also available for those in need. Where appropriate, families receive invitation to attend a intensive and educational five-day family week that’s designed to facilitate improved communication and healthy boundary setting.
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center is led by an internationally recognized author and speaker, as well as a board board-certified addiction medicine physician and psychologist. Nursing staff are on-site 24/7.
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center also receives oversight from a team of “Senior Fellows,” some of the nation’s leading experts on trauma, addiction, and recovery. Amongst others, these include Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw, and Dr. Patrick Carnes.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Sharing 14 acres of northern Arizona desert with the renowned Meadows, the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is a 24-bed home with a comfortable common areas and group rooms outfitted by reclining chairs. The center limits access to phones and computers throughout the day to reduce distractions.
While Rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from the facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, secondary sites, such as Google and Facebook, revealed overall satisfaction amongst a handful of participants.
Aside from one outlying reviewer who claimed that treatment never once addressed her trauma, others described the staff as phenomenal and understanding of the needs of young adults and their underlying trauma. “Amazing experience. I had some tough, stressful times there but looking back it was probably one of the best 45 days of my life,” wrote an anonymous former client in one such five-star review on Google. “I learned lifelong tools, and recommend it to anyone who finds their life or the life of a love one in crisis.”
The Claudia Black Young Adult Center is primarily a private pay program. A month at the center costs $54,000; prospective clients are highly encouraged to provide their insurance information prior to their arrival, making the center one of 220 (64.5 percent of) facilities in the state that accepts private health insurance. Payment plans and lending options are also available for those without coverage.
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Published on February 2019
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