Helpful Hints for Your Admission Gentle Path at The Meadows

Items Needed on Arrival

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Insurance ID card, or a copy of front and back of the card
  • Contact information for all mental health and medical providers who will be informed of the treatment process

What to Pack

The high Sonoran Desert climate produces cool morning, hot daytime, and cool evening temperature variations. Casual, comfortable clothing (fairly conservative in style) is strongly suggested. It is recommended to pack the following items:

  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Robe
  • Slacks/Jeans
  • Sweats
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Hiking boots
  • T-shirts
  • Athletic Apparel (non-spandex)
  • Knee-length swim trunks, or board shorts

For recreational activities, appropriate apparel includes knee-length shorts and bathing suits. These items may be worn in recreational areas such as the fitness center, pool, and basketball courts. Sleeveless shirts and tank-tops are not allowed, so it is recommended to bring a comfortable t-shirt or short-sleeved workout shirt.


Patients are free to do laundry during leisure hours. All laundry supplies are provided by Gentle Path at The Meadows, including irons. Also, bed linens and towels are provided on campus.


All personal toiletries brought to Gentle Path at The Meadows must be in their original containers. Non-alcoholic mouthwash is allowed. While emery boards are preferred, nail files or clippers (no longer than 1 ½ inches) are allowed on campus. Patients may bring their own electric/battery-operated razors. Disposable or safety razors are permitted but will be held by the Medical Services’ staff when not in use.


Any medications you bring to Gentle Path at The Meadows must be prescribed by your doctor and in the original containers with prescription labels attached. Medications not labeled and/or with a potential for abuse or dependency will be destroyed upon arrival. Vitamins and supplements will be reviewed by the medical staff prior to admission.

A physician at Gentle Path at The Meadows will evaluate all medications brought into the facility. For this reason, it is recommended to only bring a 72-hour supply of prescription medications, as Gentle Path at The Meadows will refill all prescriptions as needed. Patients can bring a full supply of approved supplements, hormones, vitamins, etc., provided they are in their original, sealed containers. Gentle Path at The Meadows will supply and replenish approved vitamins and supplements at no additional charge.


Your Primary Counselor will evaluate treatment/recovery related reading materials (no outside reading materials are permitted). Please bring personal stationery, an address book, stamps, pens, and notebooks. It is recommended to bring a small amount of cash ($200 or less).

If you currently have any Advance Directives or Living Will, bring a copy for your medical records.

Sugarless gum (but not sugarless candy) is allowed. You may also bring your own pillow. Alarm clocks are provided by Gentle Path at The Meadows.

For those with dietary restrictions, please note that a variety of food choices are available to vegetarians.

Gentle Path at the Meadows is a smoke-free campus. Cigarettes and all tobacco products are prohibited.

Plan to Leave the Following Items at Home

To provide a secure recovery environment, Gentle Path at The Meadows does not allow certain items on campus. If you are packing for a stay at Gentle Path at The Meadows, please plan to leave the following items at home, as they are prohibited on campus:

  • Electronic devices, such as cameras, laptop computers, iPods, CD players, electronic games, musical instruments, or anything not related to recovery
  • Novels or magazines
  • Medication not prescribed by a physician
  • Candy (even sugar-free candy), food and/or beverages
  • Sports equipment
  • Hobby materials
  • T-shirts with suggestive messages (sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Anything made of Spandex
  • Aerosol spray cans (except for shaving cream)
  • Herbal remedies
  • Large amounts of cash (Gentle Path at The Meadows is not responsible for personal items kept in a patient’s possession. However, Gentle Path at The Meadows does provide access to a safe.)
  • Pocketknives or tools of any kind
  • Firearms/ammunition
  • Sewing kits

Nicotine or tobacco products of any kind are NOT permitted on campus (this includes electronic cigarettes). If you regularly use nicotine prior to admission, Gentle Path at The Meadows offers a supported smoking cessation program with a time-limited nicotine taper. Visitors also may not smoke or use tobacco products while on campus.

While cellular phones and electronic devices are not allowed, Gentle Path at The Meadows allows telephone use during times outside of mandatory scheduled programming. Within the first 24 hours following admission, patients may make an initial phone call to a family member or significant other to check in and let loved ones know they have arrived safely in treatment. After that, to allow for full engagement in the treatment process, patients are asked to refrain from making phone calls during their first 14 days of treatment. Exceptions to this rule may be considered, with staff approval, to allow calls for emergencies or contacting minor children. If a friend or family member encounters an urgent situation and need to reach the patient, they may call 800-708-1743.

Because a great deal of sexual acting out behaviors can be facilitated by or accessed through the internet, Gentle Path at The Meadows places firm boundaries around patient internet access. Internet access is very limited, directly monitored, and must be approved by staff. While patients may be allowed brief access to the internet to plan for discharge, schedule flights, or address emergencies, we strongly encourage patients to arrange for trusted family members, friends, or colleagues to manage personal, financial, and professional responsibilities while they are in treatment.

Important Information

It is important to remember that all luggage and personal items will be searched upon arrival at Gentle Path at The Meadows. Patients may request to be present for the search, during which time any prohibited items will be taken and held by staff until a patient leaves, or be shipped to a patient’s home address.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are currently not allowed on campus. We regret the inconvenience and look forward to the lifting of this restriction.

Contact Us Today

Gentle Path at The Meadows located in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experiential-based 45-day treatment program for men with the complex issues of sexual addictions.

We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility with 28 beds, providing the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to men suffering from sexual addictions. We are accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high-quality treatment. Patients can be assured that they will receive outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.

In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, men are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their feelings, behaviors, and recovery. Visit us here or feel free to phone us at 855-333-6076.