Undaunted Hope

The New Book by Dr. Claudia Black and Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, Released April 23, 2024

 Undaunted Hope

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Undaunted Hope – The New Book by Dr. Claudia Black and Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, Released April 23, 2024

The primary message of this book is that anyone willing to do the hard work can come out the other side stronger, healthier, and happier. Whatever the source of your pain, healing is possible.

About the Book

In Undaunted Hope, 21 brave storytellers, all former patients at The Meadows or other Meadows Behavioral Healthcare treatment programs, open up about everything from childhood trauma and abuse to PTSD, perfectionism, sex addiction, suicidality, substance use disorders, and family dysfunction. Their experiences may vary but they share a common thread: Each dark secret and deep hurt eventually gives way to hope and healing.

These aren’t just inspirational recovery stories, though. More than a dozen world-renowned psychotherapists including Resmaa Menakem, Peter Levine, Patrick Carnes, Richard Schwartz, and Tian Dayton, provide clinical, human-focused perspective and insights that takes some of the mystery out of therapy. Each story offers several opportunities for education and insight. These comments aren’t meant to be case consultations, but instead help demystify the conditions faced and explore the treatment methods used.

Trauma, mental health issues, and addictions can be very isolating. They are often shrouded in fear and shame. If you or someone you love is feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. This book is a reminder that anyone willing to do the hard work can come out the other side stronger, healthier, and happier. Whatever the source of your pain, healing is possible.

Undaunted Hope Chapter Listing

CHAPTER ONE – You Weren’t Meant to Heal Alone

CHAPTER TWO – Unwittingly Brave: Recovery from Trauma

CHAPTER THREE – Holding Out for Hope: Recovery from Depression

CHAPTER FOUR – Standing Tall: Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

CHAPTER FIVE – Discovering Myself: Recovery from Intimacy Disorders

CHAPTER SIX – Embracing All of Me: Recovery from Eating Disorders

CHAPTER SEVEN – Coming Out of the Shadow: Recovery from Sex Addiction

CHAPTER EIGHT – Finding the Courage: Recovery as a Family Member

CHAPTER NINE – Gifts of Recovery

Listen in as Dr. Claudia Black discusses her book, Undaunted Hope.


“No matter how extremely painful your history is, you can heal.”

— Bessel van der Kolk, MD

New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score (from the book’s foreword)

About the Author

Claudia Black, PhD, is a world-renowned clinician internationally recognized for her pioneering work with family systems and addictive disorders. Her work with children impacted by drug and alcohol addiction in the late 1970s fueled the advancement of the codependency and developmental trauma fields. She is the clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, part of the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family of treatment programs, and she serves as a Meadows Senior Fellow alongside other leaders in the behavioral health field. Dr. Black has more than a dozen books to her credit including It Will Never Happen to Me, Intimate Treason, and Unspoken Legacy. She is the recipient of a National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Lifetime Achievement Award, the Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award, the Marty Mann Award, and numerous other honors.

Claudia Black

Praise for Undaunted Hope

“The power of this book is that it reminds the reader that this need not be the end of your story. Broken and hopeless people can mend and regain energy, focus, meaning, and new direction to revise, redirect, and change the rest of their ‘story.’ This wonderful collection of insights … with an array of healing ‘tools’ gives the reader hope. Healing is possible. This book should be required reading for any mental health clinician … it is a beacon of hope.” — Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Principal of The Neurosequential Network, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (with Oprah Winfrey)

“If ever there was a comprehensive roadmap for how to easily understand and heal trauma, Undaunted Hope is it! Replete with complex stories from real people and commentary from top experts, the reader will find a true direction of what’s required should they take the leap to unwind their emotional pain. Black’s years of experience in the field of dysfunctional family systems, coupled with her intelligent and compassionate voice, accompanies the reader on this journey reminding us that, ‘You are not your trauma [and] healing is possible.’” — Alexandra Katehakis, PhD, Author of Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment

Undaunted Hope is an important work for anyone considering treatment, for clinicians of all ages, and for anyone who loves someone who has experienced trauma. In over 25 years of working with people who are hurting, I still thank Claudia for the groundbreaking way she unpacks adverse childhood events and the hope she has provided for so many.” — Karen Odell-Barber, MS, CISD, Founder and Chairman of Neurologics, Inc.

“Dr. Claudia Black has made a tremendous impact on our field, and the powerful stories she shares in this book shine an inspiring light on the innovative work at The Meadows, further cementing her pioneering legacy and heart for those who suffer.” — Miles Adcox, Chairman and Owner of Onsite

Undaunted Hope serves as an exploration of inspiration, illuminating narratives that underscore the inherent resilience individuals possess, allowing them to courageously seek support, even in the depths of adversity. Despite life’s intricacies and profound wounds, Claudia Black, a distinguished leader in our field, once again, contributes to fostering hope and healing.” — Nanette Zumwalt, ICADC, CCJP, CIP, CEO of Hired Power

“Dr. Black weaves together diverse individual stories of a variety of forms of compulsive behavior along with insights and impressions from experts in the field who help the reader to navigate the many tools for recovery. Undaunted Hope is a great resource to orient you to your options and illuminate whatever path you choose.”— Nancy Sobel, PsyD, APC, Founder of Global Adolescent Project


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