In Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In October of 1981 the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held a “Day Of Unity” with the goal of connecting and uniting individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raising awareness for those issues. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week and in October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month…

Why Seek Drug Addiction Treatment at The Meadows?

For many what starts as recreational or experimental drug use, can rapidly turn into a compulsive and unstoppable dependency. Drugs are chemicals that alter the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that marks addiction. Drug addiction affects the lives of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds….

Paying for Behavioral Health Treatment

More than 43 million Americans suffer from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, but more than half never get help, even people who have health insurance. These challenges can strike deeply at a family’s financial well-being. Insurance is a crucial tool that can grant access to needed treatment; however, navigating health insurance coverage is…

Why Depression Treatment at The Meadows is so Unique

Although depression may make you feel isolated and alone, statistics show you are not. Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. Individuals suffering from depression often lack the motivation to get out of bed and can lose interest in the activities…

The Lasting Impact Of Childhood Trauma

“Trauma leaves fingerprints on the victim. These don’t fade when the bruises do.”- Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Childhood trauma has a lasting effect on an individual’s life. The trauma which is either physical, sexual or emotional in nature, creates a devastating ripple effect on every aspect of the individual’s adult life. According to one study, more…

Age Can Have An Impact On Mental Health

“Caring for our seniors is the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we enjoy” – Senator John Hoeven A very true and apt quote; senior citizens definitely play a major role in making important contributions to the present generation and society as family…

When You Think Suicide Is The Answer, Think Again

By Michelle Wells, Alumni I had been discharged from my treatment program for a year and was in the ups and downs of early recovery when the call came. My husband’s voice cracked when he said my name, so I knew before he told me that my father was dead. There were no details yet,…

3 Tips to Resolve Panic and Anxiety Disorder

Panic, Anxiety, Stress all are different names of one disorder – Grief. All are related to one thing that is upsetting episode of your life. When you encounter something disturbing in your life, you feel panic attack which instills a sense of panic and triggers it every time when a person witnesses similar kind of…

Dr. Shelley Uram on Finding Your Essential Self

Dr. Shelley Uram, a Senior Fellows at The Meadows, recently sat down with Kristin Sunanta Walker on Mental Health News Radio to talk about her new book Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness and Peace by Reclaiming Your Essential Self. Dr. Uram says that she’s noticed over the many years she’s been in practice…

Dr. Jon Caldwell on Attachment, Trauma, and Mindfulness

Dan Griffin, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, recently sat down with Dr. Jon Caldwell, Medical Director for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, for an in-depth conversation about early childhood trauma, attachment, triggers, reactivity and more. The conversation was featured on Griffin’s new podcast, The Man Rules, in which he talks with guests about the challenges men…

How God Shows Up in Recovery

By Nancy Minister, Workshop Facilitator, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows I recently listened to a friend talk about her practice of catching herself when she was “off” — in other words, being short or rude to someone when experiencing some sort of conflict. She explained in her sincere, soft voice, that she had learned…

Approach ‘13 Reasons Why’ with Curiosity Instead of Fear

By Lindsay Merrell, Therapist, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Since the years of my internship, working with patients facing suicidal thoughts has been concerning, challenging, and inspiring. Individuals struggling with such hopelessness come to professionals in desperate need of relief from what is starting to feel like an inevitable outcome. Our responsibility as professionals is…