The Meadows was created as an addiction treatment center more than 40 years ago at a former dude ranch in the lush Sonoran desert northwest of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. The Meadows name came from a piece of property when a group from Minnesota was looking for a spot to develop a treatment center for alcoholic executives. Conrad Schmitt was sent to scout the area and to look at a location in North Central Arizona, which had the word “Meadows” in the name. Although the site was not satisfactory, the name “Meadows” was carried forward as the name for the center that was eventually established in Wickenburg, Arizona.

Over the years, The Meadows has grown and changed to meet the demonstrated needs of patients. Today, The Meadows is one of numerous highly specialized treatment programmes in the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family, with one mission: To provide our patients the tools necessary to overcome the challenges of trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and related mental health conditions as part of a comprehensive treatment process that promotes sustained personal recovery in collaboration with referral sources and families.

The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare system is a network of specialized behavioral healthcare programmes, individualized addiction recovery centers, and acute psychiatric care centers located throughout the United States, including:

  • Five, 45-day inpatient programmes
  • Five, 30-day addiction recovery centers
  • Four outpatient centers
  • Workshop center

The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family of programmes has a proven track record, having treated tens of thousands of individuals over the years. While our continuum has an outstanding reputation for drug and alcohol recovery, we are also known world-wide as the leader in addressing unresolved emotional trauma and the underlying issues related to addiction. Our treatment programmes attract patients from all over the world, and this cosmopolitan blend adds richness to the treatment process. Put simply, patients learn to sort out the pieces of the puzzle of their lives; they then have the tools to help them live a functional and hopeful life of recovery.

Clinical Guidance

Our exceptional combination of clinical management and positive outcomes sets us apart from other trauma, addiction, and recovery treatment centers. Our patients benefit from the expertise of our team of Senior Fellows, who provide clinical leadership and guide the treatment approach. This distinguished group of leaders, teachers, and thinkers constantly challenges our organization to excel and remain innovative in our continuum of specialized treatment programmes. Our Senior Fellows and their area of specialty, include:

  • Pia Mellody, Developmental Trauma and Codependency
  • Claudia Black, MSW, Ph.D., Family Systems, Addiction, Trauma, and Young Adults
  • Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., CAS, Sex Addiction
  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Peter Levine, Ph.D., Somatic Experiencing®
  • Tian Dayton, Ph.D., TEP, Psychodrama
  • Kevin McCauley, MD, Substance Use Disorders
  • Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., CSAT-S, Women’s Intimacy Issues
  • Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, Wellness and Nutrition
  • Jenni Schaefer, Eating Disorder Advocate

The Meadows Model

Developed by Pia Mellody while working at The Meadows in the 1970s, The Meadows Model of Developmental Immaturity helps individuals who are stuck in emotional pain and in the throes of addiction witness life-altering transformations. Back then, Pia found that she was encountering an increasing number of patients who identified less than nurturing, abusive family systems in their childhood - leading to adulthood behaviors of codependency. The codependency patterns translated into addictions, mood disorders, and physical illness. Pia's continued work with patients led to the conclusion that people with codependence wind up in despair and actually die from the effects of codependence. Thus, the model was "born" to help patients understand the Family of Origin issues that brought them to the symptoms of their addictions, mood disorders, and relationship struggles. It addresses the core issues and subsequent developmental patterns that have contributed to maladaptive behaviors such as addiction, depression, physical illnesses, resentments, intimacy, and spirituality issues, along with negative control issues, by treating the underlying cause—unresolved psychological trauma.

Individualized Care

We understand that one size doesn’t fit all, so we develop personalized recovery plans to fit patients’ unique needs based on their diagnostice evaluation and comprehensive assessment. These plans state the core issue and any co-occurring conditions, the treatment objectives, and the evidence-based treatment methods especially selected for each patient. Our continuum of programmes deliver personalized treatment plans to people of all walks of life, meeting them at their point of need to help achieve long-term recovery.

Nervous System Regulation

The services offered through our dedicated trauma department include a variety of individualized, evidence-based modalities that address the neuroscience of trauma and are complementary to more traditional treatment processes. In our innovative Brain Center, patients have access to the latest and most effective technology promoting “self-regulation” skills that can enhance and expedite the recovery process. Our Brain Center features:

• Neurofeedback (NFB)

• Heart-rate variability (HRV)

• Cranio-electro stimulation (CES)

• Audio/visual stimulation with CES (Oasis)

Core Programme Strengths

Our emotional recovery is enhanced by physical, nutritional, and spiritual balance. Achieving this balance involves incorporating healthy habits and structure into one’s life. We believe in treating the whole person and achieve this through a multidimensional, integrated approach to treatment that focuses on nervous system regulation and related emotional trauma, making our programmes uniquely able to help the most critically complex patient. Our specialized inpatient programmes offer:

  • Integrated trauma services
  • 24-hour clinical care
  • Signature workshop—Survivors: Healing Childhood Relational Trauma
  • Extensive assessments and diagnosis, including medical and psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing, and nutritional and fitness assessment
  • Multi-disciplinary team of providers, including a psychiatric specialist, a medical physician, 24-hour nursing, registered dietitians, and licensed master’s and doctoral level therapists
  • Individualized therapeutic modalities, such as Somatic Experiencing® (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Experiential ways of learning, such as Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and ropes course
  • Regulatory activities that enrich the recovery process, including yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, meditation, and mindfulness
  • Extensive 5-day family programmeming
  • Neurofeedback to address brain dysregulation and enhance treatment
  • Treatment-specific breakout groups
  • Psychoeducation and experiential groups
  • 12-step involvement
  • High staff-to-patient ratio
  • On-site Brain Centers designed to promote self-regulation skills that enhance and expedite the recovery process

The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Family - Specialized Behavioral Healthcare Programmes

The Meadows —The premier provider of behavioral health services focused on treating individuals who suffer from complex developmental trauma and subsequent dysfunctional behaviors, such as substance use disorder, PTSD, codependency, negative control issues, bipolar disorder and depression, anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder), and gambling and work addictions.

The Meadows Ranch—Critical care/inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization programmeming for girls aged 8-17 and adult women with eating disorders and trauma. We provide medical and psychiatric stabilization, nutritional rehabilitation, and an integrated trauma model for the highest level of care in a safe, scenic, and home-like environment.

Claudia Black Young Adult Center—Specifically tailored to young adults aged 18-26 who struggle

with unresolved emotional trauma, addiction, or complex co-occurring conditions. We embrace the entire family during the treatment process while focusing on brain regulation and related emotional trauma.

Gentle Path at The Meadows—Confidential treatment for men ages 18 and older who battle sexual addiction, relationship addiction, or sexual anorexia and co-occurring conditions, such as substance use disorders. Dr. Patrick Carnes’ methodology is integrated with The Meadows Model and The Meadows’ signature Survivors Week to concurrently address sexual addiction and trauma.

Willow House at The Meadows—A small and intimate inpatient programme specifically designed to help women who struggle with relationship and intimacy disorders, including sex and love addiction. We also address co-occurring conditions, such as substance use disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, or other behavioral problems. Dr. Stefanie Carnes served as the clinical architect of the programme and continues as a Senior Fellow and advisor.

Individualized Addiction Recovery Centers

Magnolia Recovery Center—Offers upscale accommodations in a beautiful, serene environment, surrounded by beaches ideal for healing and escaping the chaos of addiction. We specialize in treating co-occurring mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and others, as well as in treating process addiction interactions, like disordered eating and gambling addiction. We are also able to cater to professionals and their unique treatment needs.

Serenity View Recovery Center—Situated on a sprawling Texas estate, Serenity View Recovery Center offers a full continuum of care, along with leisure time for reflection and encouragement of a healthier lifestyle. It is a place where patients feel respected, supported, and safe. All of our clinicians are Masters level and licensed as LPC or LCSW, with specialty certification in Sex Addiction, Trauma, and Family Therapy. We also offer 24-hour nursing presence, seven days a week psychiatry, and general practice medicine with an addiction-certified medical team.

Spring Hill Recovery Center—takes a whole-patient approach to treatment, encouraging patients to practice yoga, be introspective, and to reconnect with nature and with themselves. Pastoral valleys surround the country residence providing a family-like atmosphere conducive to building emotional strength and mental dexterity. We provide a post-detox continuum of care and offer residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services to both male and female adults. Additionally, we offer separate programmeming designed for men’s issues, and women’s issues, and where appropriate, we are a strong proponent of MAT.

Broad Beach Recovery Center—Overlooking the famously exclusive Broad Beach of Malibu, California, Broad Beach Recovery Center offers clients a luxurious and intimate setting specifically designed to promote whole-body healing. We individually customize our treatment programmeming around the specific needs of each client to include time for outside communication so personal/professional relationships stay as healthy as our clients become within our walls.

Gay Men’s InstituteLocated in Cathedral City, California, the mission of the Gay Men’s Institute is to provide the finest in evidence-based treatment for gay men struggling with addiction, along with a full continuum of care that starts with detox and residential treatment and continues through to PHP and IOP services. Dr. Alan Downs, author of the worldwide bestseller, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Trauma of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World, is the programme architect and oversees a team of some of the most accomplished professionals in the field. More than just a treatment center with a specialty track for gay men, Gay Men’s Institute’s primary focus is on treating the specific and life-threatening addiction issues gay men experience.

Outpatient Services

The Meadows Outpatient Center—Comprehensive outpatient programme services to adults ages 18 and older, including up to 20 hours of clinical care per week, incorporating group and individual therapy. Specialized groups available for young adults and men and women recovering from sexual addiction. Locations in Scottsdale, Arizona; Silicon Valley, California; Dallas, Texas; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows—Unique and powerful intensive workshops on a variety of topics designed to foster healing, discovery, and personal growth. The center is situated on a historic dude ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona, and features on-site accommodations, three healthy meals a day, and complimentary activities, such as live music performances, Auricular Acupuncture, 12 step meetings, tai chi, and yoga.

Our inpatient programmes are licensed as Level I Psychiatric Acute Hospital Programmes by the Arizona Department of Health. We are also accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Such standards assure patients that they are receiving the highest-quality care available anywhere. More information about our rich programme offerings can be found at