Looking for Help for Male Sex Addiction?

At Gentle Path at The Meadows, our Family Program is designed to assist patients and their families in becoming more aware of the dynamics operating within their family systems. Patients and their families share their thoughts and feelings with each other in a non-judgmental fashion. We encourage patients to look at their patterns in dealing with life’s challenges as they relate to relationships. The family program offers an opportunity to understand better how addictions and other disorders impact the people in our lives. Family members are supported in deciding to transform unhealthy patterns into healthy ones to create a stronger and more functional family unit.

The Family Role in Recovery

Families are essential to the recovery process. Our experience shows that when family members work together in support of each another, dysfunctional cycles can be broken and intergenerational patterns can be altered. There is an opportunity to learn ways to engage in both greater relational skills and better self-care. Our goal is to help rebuild crucial support systems for patients. Families can help with this process by:

  • Being present – listening and offering support
  • Treating their loved ones as whole human beings
  • Accepting mental health issues
  • Believing they can recover
  • Building on their strengths

Family Week


Due to the COVID outbreak, we have restrictions in place in accordance with CDC guidelines. That means we have currently suspended in-person Family Week programming on our campuses. But we recognize that family participation is important, and a member of the clinical team will reach out to you after your loved one admits to discuss options for family work. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The primary purpose of our Family Program is to increase the family’s understanding of sex addiction, addiction in general, and any other mental health issues that your patient might be experiencing. We also seek to provide support to family members and introduce them to a lifestyle of recovery based on the principles of the 12-Step program. Family members and patients work with clinicians to learn about the disease process and explore the dynamics going on in their families. During the process, family members are given an opportunity to examine their family-of-origin issues, learn about functional and dysfunctional family patterns, and begin to address barriers to recovery and communication.

Family Week currently consists of a series of emails and phone calls on topics specifically relevant to families impacted by sex addiction. Also, patients are asked to hold themselves accountable to their family members for the impact of their addictive behaviors. Family members have an opportunity to share the thoughts and feelings they have experienced while living with their patient. Each family participates in mutual boundary-setting exercises to set limits and improve future interactions and communication. Finally, patients and their family members participate in a discharge planning session to discuss progress in treatment and aftercare options.

Our team is also strongly committed to the emotional health and healing of spouses, partners, and families impacted by the consequences of sexually addictive behaviors. We understand sexual acting out behaviors often result in hurt, betrayal, and a breakdown in trust between patients and their family members.

The decision to offer the Family Week workshop and possible dates for this event will be made after the patient has admitted and a full assessment has been completed. During this process, we encourage family members and patients to identify the problems they are facing and set goals for recovery. By working together as a family, we believe that recovery can continue for a lifetime. While family involvement can play a vital role in your patient’s recovery, a significant focus of the Family Program is to help family members and loved ones begin their healing process from the damage caused by addictive behaviors.

Healing the Family

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.