Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:18

Technology is The New Oxygen

Dr. Erica Sarr, primary therapist at Gentle Path at The Meadows, facilitated an educational webinar titled Addiction Interaction in Young Adults: Drugs, Sex & Tech for clinical professionals August 24, 2017. Dr. Sarr, who specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology, touched on topics such as porn use in young adults, gaming addictions, drug abuse, and age normative behaviors for young adults during the 45-minute presentation.

 

Recently, some very famous people have been accused of sexual misbehavior, and they’ve responded by entering sex addiction treatment. Unfortunately, many people have serious misconceptions about what this means. They think, “Oh, this guy commits a bunch of sex crimes and instead of being thrown in jail, he jets off to a resort and says he’s getting help, and we’re supposed to just accept that and maybe even feel sorry for him because he’s got a problem, and then after he gets help we’re supposed to excuse his behavior and forgive him and act like nothing happened.”

Well, that’s not reality. Sex addiction treatment is not a joke. It’s not fun, or relaxing, or an excuse for bad behavior. Sexual addiction is a very real, deeply debilitating disorder with the same loss of control and devastating consequences as every other addiction – alcohol, drugs, gambling, spending, etc. And treatment for sexual addiction is just as serious (and as difficult) as treatment for any other addiction.

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Jennifer Lewis Talks to People Magazine

Jennifer Lewis is talking about her battles with bipolar and sex addiction.  In a recent interview with People magazine, she opens up about how this affected her life, and the repeating cycle of her behaviors was detrimental to her well-being.  With therapy and medication, she’s returned to a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Erica Sarr, primary therapist at Gentle Path at The Meadows, facilitated an educational webinar titled Addiction Interaction in Young Adults: Drugs, Sex & Tech for clinical professionals August 24, 2017. Dr. Sarr, who specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology, touched on topics such as porn use in young adults, gaming addictions, drug abuse, and age normative behaviors for young adults during the 45-minute presentation.

Gentle Path at The Meadows will launch its inaugural Alumni Days event October 12-14, 2017. Past patients have been invited back to campus to interact with the staff, peers, and current patients to share their Experience, Strength, and Hope with each other.

By: Nancy Greenlee, LPC, The Meadows Therapist

Once a month, the Workshop team is treated to a consultation from Pia Mellody, the creator of the Survivors workshop treatment model. She makes herself available, both to consult on clinical cases, answer and process questions and to inspire us with her wise adages for the spirituality of recovery. Often, I leave our gatherings with notes in hand to share with my workshop groups.

Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT, CST is a Senior Fellow at Gentle Path at The Meadows. The following is an excerpt from her book “Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence.” You can find it at www.TheMeadowsBookstore.com or on www.Amazon.com.

This is part two of this blog posting.

This is part two of our insights and excerpts from Dr. Patrick Carnes’ upcoming book, Recovery Zone II, Building A New Life. In this sneak peak, Dr. Carnes reflects on the experiences of business executives, professionals, celebrities, musicians, medical professionals or attorneys who he has seen come through the Gentle Path and Willow House programs at The Meadows. He states:

“Think of people of extraordinary talent that you know of who went to treatment. They had extraordinary success already but addiction and mental illness thrived in the trauma and stress of fame and performance. Sometimes whole bands or whole high profile families would seek help. Sometimes they would have to go more than once – maybe even multiple times. Because of their success, this was noteworthy to our media. They cater to an audience of people who enjoy the failures of people who followed their talent. Shakespeare knew that audience and talked about jealousy and envy as “a green eyed monster which mocks the very meat it feeds upon.” Media commentators roll their eyes and make fun when someone ends up in treatment again. Pundits discuss whether recovery or treatment works when someone in the news repeatedly goes to treatment, and then dies of an overdose or destroys their life with bad behavior.”

Religious Families and Addiction
Written by Thomas Gagliano, MSW

In order to understand why religious families inadvertently and at times unintentionally create an environment where their children run to addictions rather than God as their coping mechanism, we must first begin by understanding the mindset of a child. When we look back on our childhood, we look back through adult lenses. Since then, we have grown by our maturity and life experiences, which may have distorted the truth of our childhood. Many of us carry messages that tell us we are bad children if we get mad at our parents or disagree with them. This message can have a profound impact on the way the person feels about himself or herself in adulthood. It is important to respect our parents but we can also have different opinions. A child needs to feel their opinion is important to their parents or the child may feel he or she isn’t important. Validating and acknowledging a child’s feelings is essential if they are to have self-worth. If children are afraid to share their true feelings and doubts in fear of reprisal then who can they trust? All of these messages set up the destructive entitlement that leads to addiction. It’s no coincidence that most addictions begin before the age of 18.

Discovery to Recovery Part 2: Emotional Impact and Emotional Restitution

Couples who have struggled with the enormity of damage caused by sexual addiction often feel hopeless and helpless. When they think of the long road from discovery of the problem to recovery and reconnection, it can seem daunting and endless. However, many couples do find help and they find recovery and they reconnect in ways that are beyond what they ever allowed themselves to believe possible.

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