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Gentle Path at The Meadows for Men Philosophy
Gentle Path at The Meadows helps men change the core of who they are, without distraction from the outside world.
Dr. Patrick Carnes’ methodology is integrated with The Meadows Model and The Meadows’ signature Survivors Week to concurrently address sexual addiction and trauma to transform your life.
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.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
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.
Dr. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D
Program Architect, and Senior Fellow
Dr. Patrick Carnes has over 30 years in the addiction field. He is in high demand as a speaker, presenter, and interview subject, and continues to be the leading voice in the field of sex addiction. Dr. Carnes’ assessment tools related to sex addiction and trauma offer therapists a proven means to begin the treatment process with clients. Dr. Carnes is the primary architect of the Gentle Path treatment program for the treatment of sexual and multiple addictive disorders. He pioneered the founding of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. From 1996 until 2004, Dr. Carnes was Clinical Director for Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows. His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they present an annual “Carnes Award” to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health. Dr. Carnes is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict, The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, Open Hearts, Facing the Shadow, In the Shadows of the Net, and The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, Recovery Zone, and A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Principles. Dr. Carnes’ article, “18.4 Sexual Addiction,” appears in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.
Jerry L. Law, D, Min., MDAAC, CIP
Dr. Law serves as the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows and Willow House at The Meadows, residential programs specializing in relationship disorders, sex addiction, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. He is a Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional, and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor. Prior to assuming the Executive Director Role and Gentle Path and Willow House, Jerry served as Director of Family Education and Leadership Training for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, Jerry worked closely with the clinical teams and offered education and support to family members while their loved one is in treatment. As Executive Director, Jerry oversees the day-to-day operations of the programs and works closely with the clinical team in providing world-class treatment as well as advocating for service excellence in the care provided. He works closely with Senior Fellows, Dr. Patrick Carnes, and Dr. Stefanie Carnes in the ongoing development and implementation of program curriculum ensuring the continuity of care for which The Meadows programs are known worldwide.
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ABOUT GENTLE PATH AT THE MEADOWS
Located in Wickenburg, Ariz., Gentle Path at The Meadows provides residential care to men who are struggling with sex addiction. It is also one of the 201 (58.9 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities that offers programs for individuals with co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Gentle Path at The Meadows' website, treatment starts with a series of tests to help the treatment team identify addictions and underlying problems. The tests are used to create a personalized treatment plan.
Individuals who are in treatment for sex addiction counseling follow a timeline, and clients are typically in treatment for 45-days. Treatment is designed to teach valuable life skills and uncover the underlying causes of addiction. The treatment team offers a range of therapies including individual therapy, group therapy, equine therapy and weekly psychiatric counseling.
The treatment team also offers experiential modalities such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), equine-assisted psychotherapy, expressive arts therapy, and somatic experiencing. Other therapies available include expressive arts therapy, nutritional consultation, small group sessions, spirituality counseling, wellness and holistic programs, and 12-step meetings.
Gentle Path at The Meadows also has a family program, which is a week-long program designed to help families understand sex addiction and addiction in general.
Gentle Path at The Meadows' website notes it is the one of the 73 (21.4 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities that is accredited by The Joint Commission. The treatment team includes masters level recreational therapists, a registered dietician, and therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Gentle Path at The Meadows' website indicates the treatment center has 28 beds dedicated to individuals who are struggling with sex addiction and co-occurring disorders. However, the center typically treats between 12 to 24 clients at a time. The center includes a fitness area and shared bedrooms.
Rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s former clients, loved ones, or staffers. However, of the three people to leave reviews at the time of this writing for Gentle Path at The Meadows' Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, two gave five out of five stars. The other reviewer gave one star. 
To date, the 13 people to leave Google Reviews for Gentle Path at the Meadows gave an average of 4.2 out of five stars, and mostly positive feedback. Individuals praised the treatment team and noted the center saved their life. "I don't believe I could have gotten sober had I not gone to Gentle Path," Kirk wrote in a representative review. "I was simply too deep in my addiction to have made it on my own."
According to Gentle Path at The Meadows' website, it is one of the 220 (64.5 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities that accepts insurance including United Healthcare, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna.
Published on February 2019
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