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Claudia Black Young Adult Center

1655 N Tegner St, Wickenburg, Arizona, 85390
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Focus on identifying and treating underlying influences of addiction
  • Strong use of peer community
  • Phase-based programming


  • Individualized Treatment

    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.

Facility Settings

  • Mountains

Meet the Staff

  • Sean Walsh
    Sean WalshChief 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
    Allan Benham, RN, BSNChief 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.

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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.

The center is also one of just 73 (21.4 percent of) facilities in the state that’s accredited by the Joint Commission.


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.


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.”[1][2]


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.

[1] https://www.google.com/search?q=Claudia+Black+Young+Adult+Center+in+Wickenburg%2C+AZ&rlz=1C1RUCYenUS690US690&oq=Claudia+Black+Young+Adult+Center+in+Wickenburg%2C+AZ&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#lrd=0x80d34ecc7289b77d:0x6b177936318dbcb,1,,, [2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/claudiablackcenter/reviews/?ref=pageinternal

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