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The Meadows Philosophy
The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona is the nation’s premier program for treating trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, panic and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, codependency, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.
For more than 40 years, we have helped patients heal from disorders related to childhood trauma and relational trauma. Clinicians and professionals trust us more than any other treatment program because of our impeccable reputation for quality, integrity, and long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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.
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.
I have a psychotherapy practice in Boston and on occasion refer my clients to The Meadows in Arizona. Why send them clear across the country when there are plenty of rehab facilities in the Boston area? Two words: success rate.
One thing that impressed me - many of my counselors at The Meadows were recovering, just like me. I knew they knew exactly where I was coming from. Made all the difference in the world.
As a therapist, I’ve been referring clients to The Meadows for over 10 years because, in my opinion, they have the most treatment options available for my clients, like Somatic Experiencing and EMDR.
I went there because it’s in horse country, and I love horses. I took equine therapy. You interact with the horse and you feel better. How great is that?
I'm a psychotherapist who has taken many CEU workshops at The Meadows. Their approach to addiction is the best in mental health. That’s why I refer to them.
Meet the Staff
President and 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.
Dr. David Anderson, Ph.D
Executive Director of The Meadows
David has nearly 40 years of experience in the behavioral health field, primarily in executive leadership roles in private practice, academic, hospital, and treatment facility settings. David's previous positions include Chairman of the Psychology Department, Bethel College (St. Paul, MN); Executive Director of Sierra Tucson (Tucson, AZ); Chief Operating Officer of the Crisis Response Center (Tucson); and Executive Director of Mirasol Recovery Centers (Tucson). In addition to oversight of facility operations and management teams, he also enjoys the provision of direct clinical services (psychological assessment and individual/group therapy). David holds a Ph.D. in Clinical & Community Psychology from the University of South Florida. He is past president of both the Southern AZ Psychological Association and the Brain Injury Association of AZ. David's experiences have led to a deep appreciation for what it truly means to provide high-quality, excellent, patient and family-centered care in the context of a holistic, integrated, evidence-based, and model-energized facility.
Scott Davis, M.Ed, LPC, LCDC
Clinical Director of The Meadows
Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Masters of Education in Counseling, both from the University of North Texas. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas). Prior to joining The Meadows, Scott was director of clinical services for the Enterhealth treatment program in Van Alstyne, Texas. He was also a case manager and eating disorder program director for the Sante Center for Healing in Argyle, Texas and regional director of outpatient services for Phoenix House of Texas in Dallas. Scott has experience treating patients and military personnel who have substance use disorders, sex addiction, eating disorders and trauma. In addition, he has training in such modalities as neurofeedback, brain mapping, EMDR, and cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, challenge course and ropes facilitation, and the interplay among brain development, neurology, and trauma recovery.
Dr. Robert Darden
Staff Psychologist at The Meadows
He was originally on staff at The Meadows from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Darden has worked as a psychologist, therapist and in management within the mental health field since 1993. Dr. Darden started his career as a mental health worker at a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz. while working on a Master's Degree in Psychology at Northern Arizona University. After completing this degree in 1994, Dr. Darden entered the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. Dr. Darden received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2002.
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ABOUT THE MEADOWS
The Meadows is a world-renowned private treatment center dedicated to healing childhood and relational trauma, addiction issues, and mental health disorders in Wickenburg, Ariz.
Spanning 14 acres of desert just 50 miles north of Phoenix, The Meadows offers an array of holistic treatment services - equine-assisted therapy, yoga, acupuncture, Tai Chi, and expressive arts therapy, amongst others - to help people address the problems and issues behind their addiction. To date, the center is just one of 73 facilities in the state of Arizona that’s fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
In addition to it primary inpatient program for adults, The Meadows runs a series of ongoing workshops and specialized programs for eating disorders, sex addiction, and young adults.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment services at the Meadows work for individuals facing complex emotional and mental health problems like codependency, love avoidance, PTSD, trauma, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. At the same time, many clients may be seeking out assistance for an addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex and love, or work. Regardless of why they’ve come to The Meadows, all clients receive an individualized plan of recovery that’s based on their diagnoses, interests, and personality.
A typical day at The Meadows may look as follows: upon waking up clients have time to exercise in the fitness center, go swimming, or practice yoga. After breakfast, clients spend their mornings in peer meetings and/or small-size group therapy sessions. They’ll also have time for yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices before breaking for lunch. Afternoons offer more time for fitness and swimming as well as for topic-specific sessions, individual counseling, and meetings with the center’s Senior Fellows, renowned experts and authors on addiction, trauma, and recovery. Dinner is followed by either fitness or yoga, then an evening meditation and a 12-step meeting.
Following its belief that family involvement is a crucial component to recovery, the center runs an intensive family week that makes use of educational lectures and workshops. There are also regularly held “Survivors” workshops designed to help clients uncover the origin(s) of any self-defeating thoughts and behaviors contributing to addiction, emotional health issues, and strained relationships.
The clinical and medical staff at The Meadows consists of a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as well as a psychiatrist and addiction medicine doctor, each board-certified in their respective fields.
The Meadows also receives oversight from its team of “Senior Fellows,” individuals considered by many to be the nation’s leading experts on trauma, addiction, and recovery. Amongst others, these include Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw, and Dr. Patrick Carnes.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Meadows is located on 14 acres of desert campus that’s adjacent to some mountains. Pictures and videos published on the center’s website show shared bedrooms, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pools and group seating areas overlooking a large open field. To reduce distractions, the center limits access to phones and computers throughout the day.
The 13 individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com on the matter gave the Meadows a near-perfect 4.85 out of five stars for its cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Though they found treatment expensive, the roughly dozen alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date described the Meadows as a “top notch” life-saving program run by a caring and well-trained staff. “It’s a great place to save your life if you're willing,” wrote alum M.C.L. in a representative five-star review. “This experience changed my entire life experience and I couldn't be more grateful.”
In their survey responses, seven former clients expressed appreciation for programming they considered family-focused and well-rounded:
Family Participation: 4.57/5 stars
Counseling Options: 4.57/5 stars
Staff Experience: 4.86/5 stars
Would Recommend: 4.86/5 stars
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Like alumni, the roughly half-dozen individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com on their family member’s experiences appreciated the communicative, expert staff and the attention provided to families. “It was a grateful experience because they treat you like family and help you to get over your addiction problem,” wrote one anonymous reviewer.
The five loved ones polled on the following areas indicated that they’d too recommend treatment to others:
Would Recommend: 4.4/5 stars
Counseling Options: 4.4/5 stars
Family Participation: 4.4/5 stars
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 3.8/5 stars
WHAT STAFF SAY
Also noting the high costs of treatment here, the single staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com to date simply described the program and staff as “Excellent.”
The Meadows is primarily a private pay program and 30 days of residential treatment comes to $54,000. As such, 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.
While many Rehabs.com reviewers found treatment effective, 11 awarded The Meadows just 2.82 out of five stars for its affordability.
Published on February 2019
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