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.
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