Treatment

The Role of Community in a Treatment Setting

Nothing is more important in life than the connections we make with others. In recovery, having a tribe of people you can count on when things are both good and bad is imperative for all ages. For young adults, developmentally, their peers still have the strongest influence on them. This… Read More

The Complexity Of Treating Young Adults

By Claudia Black and Leanne Lemire Leah, 22, enters treatment with a history of substance abuse since the age of 14. She also has a history of disordered eating and is addicted to Adderall. By the time she enters treatment, her use of drugs has ranged from alcohol and cocaine to a variety of speed derivatives, yet it is heroin from which she needs to detox. She has been raped more than once while under the influence and has just made her third suicide attempt. Read More

It Can Get Better. We Can Help

Life as a teenager or young adult can be very exciting, yet along with growing independence and new beginnings, there can be quite a few challenges too. Contending with things like identity, the need for approval, self-esteem, and purpose can sometimes lead to an increased degree of anxiety, confusion, and sometimes periods of sadness or depression. Read More

Inpatient, Outpatient, or IOP?

Most psychiatrists and behavioral health professionals agree that addiction is a complex disorder caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors. It can also vary in intensity; The DSM-5 defines addiction as a spectrum disorder that can be categorized as “mild,” “moderate,” or “severe.” Many other mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety, can be described in much the same way. Because there can be so much variation in the causes and severity of an individual’s disorder, there are varying levels of treatment to meet patients’ differing needs. Read More

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

Natalie felt lost. She didn’t quite understand why, but everything just felt wrong somehow. Even though it was hard for her to admit that she needed help, she reached out. She found The Meadows Survivors workshop where, for the first time, she began to understand where she came from, where she was going, and where she wanted to be. Read More

Celebrating the Claudia Black Young Adult Center’s First Anniversary

The transition period you go through between the last time you walk out of your high school, and the first time you walk into your new apartment or new place of employment, may be one of the most confusing and difficult times in a person’s life. (Also high on the list of confusing and difficult times: puberty.) When you add substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and trauma into the mix, this time can go from being merely “trying” to outright dangerous. Read More

Serving Members of the Military with TRICARE

Did you know that The Meadows is an approved TRICARE Provider and is in-network in the Western Region? This means that 2.9 million eligible beneficiaries can receive world-class mental health treatment services by accessing benefits available to them. Read More

11 Signs Your Young Adult May Need Help

By Ashley Chesky, MA, LAC and Patricia Plum, MSW, LMSW Do you sometimes feel that you no longer recognize the child that you raised? When you look at your young adult, do you find yourself asking, "Who is this person?" Do you feel "crazy," "lost," or “at your wits end?” Have you lost all hope?  Maybe this is where hope begins. Read More

To Thine Own Self Be True

By Dr. Shelley Uram Authentic Self What is it? Where does it come from? Why don’t most of us know about it? Most of us are well acquainted with aspects of our personality, like being a nice person, an addict, a good employee, the therapist, the hero, the traumatized person,… Read More