What’s Love Got To Do With It?

By Jean Collins LCSW, LISAC, CSAT, Executive Director of Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows What is love addiction and love avoidance and what does it have to do with love anyway? For women who struggle with self-defeating relationship patterns, things can get very muddy in this area. Fortunately for women whose lives have become…

Love Addiction: Myth vs. Reality

By Caroline Becker, LISAC, LAC Therapist, The Meadows Outpatient Center Pia Mellody defines love addiction as: “A condition in which individuals…are attracted to somebody who will neglect the relationship.” This creates a co-dependent love dance that is unhealthy, frustrating and debilitating to the love addict, yet they remain entrenched in a fantasy of what was…

Mutual Respect and The Power of Intimacy

By Dan Griffin, MA, Senior Fellow at The Meadows Power is a very interesting phenomenon. I remember having numerous conversations about the complex intersection of power and relationships in graduate school. There was a lot of confusion as to what exactly power even is. One of the most common misunderstandings about power is that it…

A Guided Meditation on Value, Power and Abundance

By Joyce Willis, Therapist, The Meadows Value, power, and abundance are connected to the five core issues in the Meadows Model of Developmental Immaturity as taught by Pia Mellody. The Five Core Issues are… Self Esteem Boundaries Reality Dependency Moderation Containment Value Value is related to issues of self esteem. When you have healthy self-esteem…

Feeling Compassion Fatigue? Reaffirm Your Purpose

Those who work as helpers and healers (e.g. therapists, social workers, doctors, nurses, police officers, first responders, teachers, and caregivers) often describe feeling a spiritual calling to do the demanding and meaningful work that they do. Unfortunately, this initial sense of purpose can get lost to the day-to-day physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stress involved…

Understanding the Neurobiology of Sex Addiction

Alexandra Katehakis, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, recently talked with Tami Simon of Sounds True’s Insights at the Edge podcast on a wide range of topics, including… the roots of sexual dysfunction, “grownup sex,” (i.e. sexuality based in honest communication of needs, preferences, and desires for novelty), asexuality, sexuality without intimacy, and why orgasms…

Bournewood Health Systems Is Now Part of the Alita Care Family

Alita Care, LLC (“Alita”), a leading national provider of behavioral health services, today announced the acquisition of Bournewood Health Systems (“Bournewood”), a leading New England based provider of acute psychiatric and dual diagnosis (psych / substance abuse) treatment services. Alita serves as the parent holding company for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare (“The Meadows”) and Sunspire Health…

Partners of Sex Addicts Struggle with Loneliness and Isolation

By Dr. Georgia Fourlas, LCSW, LISAC, CSAT, Clinical Director of Rio Retreat Center Workshops Partners of sex addicts often find themselves feeling alone and isolated. First, the feelings of loneliness come when the addicted partner is acting out. Although the partner of the sex addict is not always able to identify what is wrong, they…

The Unconscious and Sexual Acting Out

The Use of Psychodrama in Treating Sexual Addiction By Tian Dayton Ph.D., TEP Note: This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It is the body’s natural mandate to act; we are beings designed for movement and expression. It’s how we get around the world, communicate our feelings and thoughts, eat, sleep, cry, wail, kiss,…

Learn the Difference Between Panic Attack and Anxiety Disorder

The people often get confused between panic attack and anxiety attack. They both are not similar but do not have extra difference. What is panic attack? Panic attack is when you feel sudden uneasiness. It happens in the when a person feels a choking feeling due to nervousness or fear. It is said to be…

This New Year, Say “NO” to Alcohol and Drug Addiction

What is drug and alcohol addiction? Alcohol – a hard drink that people drink to show that they are cool. It is neither tasty nor good for the liver. Still, people drink just because of peer pressure. Due to continuous intake of alcohol, a certain kind of addiction is formed which we call as Alcohol…

Learn with The Meadows about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD in layman’s terms is “It is a disorder that is developed in a person after he/she is exposed to a traumatic event such as Sexual Assault, Warfare, Vehicular Accident or other threat.” It is a kind of fear of phobia developed in a person who experiences shocking, scary or dangerous…